Romance Novel Review: Beautiful Mess by Lucy V. Morgan


Genre: Contemporary romantic comedy

Average Rating of Goodreads: 3.46 stars

My rating: 5 stars

Life looks down for Bailey when she gets dumped by her long-term boyfriend Craig. Even his three best friends – Tom, Olly and Linc – can not cheer him up. Not for want of trying on their part. They bought him Jagermeister and wrote him a song comparing Craig to a slutty werewolf.

It does not help that Bailey makes wedding cakes for a living, or that Valentine's Day is coming.

But his friend Linc knows what he needs to cheer himself up, and he is quite willing to give it to him.

It's finally done: a love novel with a cheesy love. Alleluia.

Not an introverted pseudo-nerd but always a charismatic billionaire, but a real video game, creator of YouTube videos, a clumsy awkward nerd.

"Everyone would think you were trying to seduce me, Linc."

"I think … I think maybe I am." He gently pushed my shoulder. "Is it OK?"

He is the best. Linc's shyness and clumsiness are adorable, and he always has Bailey's best interests at heart, even over his own. Although he's been in love with her for five years, Linc was not happy to hear about Bailey's breakup with Craig. Instead, he worried about her and wanted to make her happy. The seduction only came later.

And this could be a short romance – it took me about three hours to read – but it's very well done and hilarious.

Bailey's personality is great. She is full of spirit, relatable and offers the best descriptions, like:

It had been a week since I had broken up with a guy who not only nibbled my heart and spit it out, but re-ingested it slowly so that he could (poop it) on crackers and feed it with parrots having attachment problems.

Crazy and yet accurate, right?

The book is filled with beautiful images like that. There is also a very real chemistry between Bailey and his friends. Their relationships do not feel at all forced and I like that Olly and Linc are YouTube celebrities with supernatural parody songs.

Not only do they remind me of Danny and Aaron from Starbomb, which I'm a fan of, but it also allows songs like "Slutty Werewolf", that I really want to be a real song. I can not post the lyrics here because of the language, but, Lucy V. Morgan, if you end up reading this, please record and make a video of the Slutty Werewolf song. I need it. The internet needs it. the world needs it.

The only thing I did not like, it was Bailey's pet rats. Yes, they add to his quirk, but they are rats. I just got rid of a bad rat infestation in my house a few months ago, so whenever she cuddled one of those rodents, I did not stop thinking about it uillew. (It took me ten minutes to sound the sound I was doing in my head so I could spell it correctly.) Please.)

But it is not really a story or a fault of writing. It's just me who is a speciesist. I do not remove any partial star from rats. Beautiful bazaar is a rare five-star book for me.

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