Title: Beastly Lights
Author: Theresa Jane
Date of publication: April 5th, 2017
Number of pages: Unknown
POV: 1st person
Where you can find this book: Amazon
Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Gambled away by her brother, Freya is now bound to the music world’s resident bad boy Liam Henderson as his live-in maid.
Freya Coleman is a struggling artist who can hardly get by. With a past, she would rather not revisit and a future that didn’t extend past her next cup of coffee, something had to change. Freya just didn’t know how much.
Liam Henderson lives in the spotlight. His wild nights and latest conquests make every woman want him, and every man wants to be him. The rockstar has a carefully constructed persona to keep everyone out. That is until a drunken night gets out of hand and he finds himself with the winning hand in a poker game, and the prize is a feisty redhead. A prize who just might break down the walls he has been so desperately hiding behind.
Thrown together, these two are a disaster waiting to happen. A disaster the world is eager to watch and comment on until their fingers drop off. What starts off as a fake relationship to improve Liam’s image, blossoms into so much more, and Freya is swept up into the world of bright lights and illusions. Everyone has an opinion when the lights are shining on their beloved rock god Liam Henderson, and they are eagerly waiting to tear down anyone who is bathed in the famous glow.
Can happily ever after exist when the whole world is watching?
This book was not what I expected. I was expecting a typical billionaire rock star romance with lots of hot sex, a heroine that was feisty but mysterious and a hero who was just as mysterious but had a heart of gold. Boy, was I wrong. What I got instead was a story about two polar opposite people trying to have a “normal” relationship while dealing with the hero’s suffocating clinginess, his career as a famous rock star and his drinking problem and dealing with the heroine’s issues. It is that story that blew me out of the water. Put it this way, I stayed up until 12 am reading because I got 110% into the story and lost track of time.
Freya had my sympathy for the entire book. She had been through so much before hooking up with Liam. She was with her mother when her mother was fatally shot, dealt with her brother and father blaming her for her mother’s death and treating her terribly. She also picked up the pieces of her father and then her brother’s life when they started drinking….dealing with so much verbal abuse it wasn’t even funny. I couldn’t even begin to understand why she kept Mason around except for the reason that he was family. I honestly wished that she had told him off sooner in the book because he totally deserved it. Then she had to deal with Liam and his issues, which were many.
Speaking of Liam, I felt awful for him too. He was 100% screwed up. I mean, he was this rock god who had everything at his fingertips….except friends and family. He also self-medicated by drinking himself into a stupor each night so he didn’t have to live with his memories. He was a hot mess who thought that everyone who loved and cared about him left. He also didn’t let anyone close because he felt that they would just end up leaving him. Then he met Freya and he was forced to let her in. Forced to stop drinking (well until his tour) and forced to start interacting with the few people that he let into his inner circle.
The love story between Liam and Freya was intense and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if it was actually true love until the last chapters of the book. She went from being his maid to being his fake girlfriend to being his real girlfriend in a short while. Even Freya wasn’t sure about how she felt about him or if he even cared about her. While he said he did, to me it looked like he was more afraid of being left alone than actually caring about her. And that, along with other things, was what ultimately hurt their relationship.
I will be honest, I am glad that sex was held off until the last half of the book. I think that it would have taken away from the story if they had sex earlier in the book. I also liked that the sex wasn’t really discussed in-depth. Only a few paragraphs and it wasn’t explicit. Which was really nice.
The secondary characters did make up a huge part of the book too. I never mention them but in this book, well the book wouldn’t have been as good as it was without them. They added depth to Freya and Liam’s characters and made it easier to understand why each of them acted the way they acted.
I also liked the chapters that were written like you were reading an online article about Liam and Freya’s relationship or lack of one. I was dying laughing at some of the comments by fans and nonfans.
The ending and the epilog were great if not predictable. While I loved the epilog, I kinda wish that it didn’t go the way it went. But it made sense with the changes that Liam made during the end of the book.
How many stars will I give Beastly Lights: 4
Why: I enjoyed reading this book. It had in-depth characters with real-world problems (anxiety, alcoholism). I could relate to both Liam and Freya, which is a first for me.
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Adult
Why: Violence, language. Also, a couple of scenes where Freya was attacked and traumatized. They might be triggers for some people.
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**