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The main male lead, Liam, wasn’t much better. He was constantly drunk, jaded, and pretty much treated all his friends (and Freya) like trash. In fact, a lot of the characters were not only imperfect, but downright awful people, and it was hard to get past that for the first couple of chapters.
But (and that’s a big but), the story improved. As the story continued I found myself enjoying the stubbornness of Freya and the little disputes between here and Liam. There were moments when I genuinely laughed at her strange snarky comments and the way she handled Liam’s off-putting manner. This was a character, that although heavily flawed and marked by her past, was more than willing to stand up for herself and challenge the people around her. She didn’t let this rock star walk all over her. Freya didn’t bend for anyone—and not only did she not bend, she often pushed back. Over time, I grew to really enjoy her character and the dynamic relationship between her and Liam.
Although there wasn’t actually much maid-work going on throughout the story (make no mistake, that part of the plot was quickly dropped), the overall story was very reminiscent of some Korean drama’s I’ve seen. It was an interesting mix of dark drama, light-hearted comedy, and a bit of a power war between the main couple that made it really fun and interesting.
Although the book wasn’t a straight home-run for me—there were definitely some parts of the story that I felt could have used a little more polish, or at least been a little less obvious—I do think this was a promising start from a new author, and I ended up really enjoying it overall. I only ran into a few typos, and I think overall, I enjoyed the book. If you’re interested in a fun contemporary read with a dynamic relationship at its core, I think you’ll probably really enjoy Beastly Lights.
When I was asked to read and review this book I was a little hesitant based on the premise of the book--a woman is bet by her brother in a card game to work as a maid for a rock star playboy? I thought, "Is this going to be about sex trafficking?" It isn't and that initial catalyst quickly ends once Freya (one of our main characters) moves into the apartment with Liam (the aforementioned rock star). All is forgotten after we find that Freya is terribly messy and Liam is borderline OCD in his cleaning habits.
Their love quickly escalates but they can't see it at first, all they can see is the back and forth in how their insecurities and brokenness affects the other. Their entire relationship seems unhealthy--except for when they are alone and also when the book nears the end and Liam and Freya have both, individually, changed and have begun to heal.
Something that I had a hard time with was why Freya let in to things so easily, things that she didn't have to accept or walk into (before she started to have feelings for Liam, of course. Because after, we know why she stayed). She didn't have to move in with him. She didn't have to go to his house to begin with. Also, I had a hard time understanding Liam's initial interest with Freya's life-- why did he want her to come before he saw her apartment?
I wish that we has seen both of their perspectives through the entire book, I felt like it really added to the storyline to hear Liam's thoughts in those few chapters near the end.
This book did have a few redeeming factors, the growth in each of the characters being my main modivation for continuing--I was rooting for them as individuals.
A thought that I had early on, this book would be good for those that enjoy romantic Korean Dramas. It felt like it fell into line with something like that.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.
I could not put this book down I read it in two days and when I wasn't reading it I couldn't stop thinking about it. I like how the author didn't rush through it. I enjoyed the characters I wasn't very fond of Freya at first. It bothered me how she kept getting herself in certain situations but Liam also didn't help matters. I loved the other characters in the book also.
But I absolutely loved this book!! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys love stories and good humor.
Liam and Freya are now one of favorite fictional duos, along with the other characters.....
Wouldn't mind seeing a storyline on any of the other characters...