December 18, 2013

Book Review: Beautiful Rose by Missy Johnson

Beautiful Rose by Missy Johnson
(Beautiful Rose #1)
Publication date: October 24th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Jack Falcon is a new man. Three years after he left his life behind in London, Jack finally feels settled. He’s surrounded with everything that is important to him; a great relationship with his brother, Alex, a bar he is about to re-open, and most importantly, he has control of his life and his dreams. He knows he can’t undo the wrongs of his past, but he sure as hell can determine his future. He has worked hard to move forward and nothing is going to undo that.

Until he meets Rose.
Rose Wilson has never felt normal. Since she was a child, Rose has felt nothing but the overwhelming desire to end her life and she has no idea why. We live to die, so what’s the point in living? Rose has pushed the limits in the past, and pushed people away. She can’t figure out why Jack and Alex are so insistent on helping her. Twelve years of therapy has failed to help her, so why should they be any different?

Jack sees just how beautiful and important Rose is, but convincing her of that means putting his heart on the line, something he isn’t sure he can do. He can’t deny his feeling for Rose, but that doesn’t mean he has to act on them. And Jack isn’t the only one developing feelings for Rose.

Before Rose, Jack vowed he would never let himself fall in love again.

Before Rose, he had control.

But sometimes, it’s losing control that makes you really see what’s really important in your life.

Beautiful Rose (Beautiful Rose, #1)Beautiful Rose by Missy Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While I did enjoy this book more than the prequel to this series (Seduce), I still felt a lack of connection with the main characters. It was a little bit better in this book, I think mostly because of the alternating POV's, but for some reason I just can't quite "click" entirely with these books. It's really frustrating because I actually really like the story lines and I'm a big fan of how great a writer Missy Johnson is. But there's something that just keeps making me feel like I'm an outsider looking in to these stories and characters instead of being totally immersed.

Even though Beautiful Rose is technically the first book in this series, you really need to read the prequel Seduce before you read this book. Seduce is a full length novel, and it gives the entire back story about Jack Falcon and his past. In order to understand Jack and his reluctance to fall in love, you need to read that book first.

Beautiful Rose is a continuation of Jack's story and picks up pretty much immediately after Seduce. Jack has moved to the United States to be closer to his brother, and to rebuild his life. It's been about three years since the tragedy that he had to endure, and instead of moving on and trying to find love again, he has insulated himself with a buffer of sorts, and decided that he doesn't deserve real love ever again. But all of that changes when he meets Rose. The first time he runs in to her, she is a patient at a psychiatric facility. So, it should come as no surprise that she has her own serious baggage to deal with. Rose has always felt like something is missing in her life, and those feelings have resulted in seven or eight failed suicide attempts, starting from when she was a child. Jack feels an immediate connection with her, and she with him. The story progresses nicely with these two severely damaged individuals trying to process their feelings for each other, and trying to find a way to heal themselves so that they can be together. It's not easy, and at times it gets downright ugly and messy, but that's the beauty of the story.

I liked that Beautiful Rose focused more on the development of the emotional side of the relationship between Rose and Jack instead of the physical one. There are definitely some hot sex scenes, but instead of those overwhelming the book (like in Seduce), they enhance the story. There was a natural progression between Jack and Rose that felt real and not forced.

Even though I'm still having a hard time connecting as much as I would like to with these characters and story, I do enjoy reading these books. I will definitely pick up the next book in this series when it comes out in 2014. It will be told entirely from Jack's brother Alex's POV, and I can't wait for him to hopefully find his HEA.

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Check out my review of the prequel to Beautiful Rose:

Seduce (Beautiful Rose, #0.5)Seduce by Missy Johnson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*Le Sigh* I liked this book, but I did not love it. It had all of the potential for me to love it, and in fact had a wide variety of the plot points that usually draw me right into a book. I love bad boy womanizers who repent their ways when the right woman comes along. And Jack Falcon fit the bill perfectly. I love when two people who really shouldn't be together can't fight the sexual and emotional pull towards each other, and so they sneak around or change the rules to where it's okay for them to be together. But most of all I love a hot and sexy love story. Especially the ones that have several unseen twists and surprises that pop up along the way. However, I'll just say this right now: I did not see the BIG twist coming.....and I didn't like it one bit!

But, I'm getting ahead of myself. I liked the book for all of the above reasons. It was a good story. Of course, it is a story that has been done several times over, but Missy Johnson is such a great writer that she managed to make it seem fresh and new. However, she did such a great job with Jack Falcon, that it was actually hard for me to believe that he could change his ways for one woman. Johnson painted the picture of him being a womanizing man-whore a little too well, I think. When Jack meets Belle, he is immediately infatuated with her. He keeps thinking that there is something so different about her, something that catches his interest when no other woman has. But, I call b.s. on that. In all reality, there was nothing special about Belle. Jack bragged several times that all of the women he has ever slept with were beautiful, so am I to believe that Belle was really that much prettier? And he was hung up on her way before he every really knew anything about her. Anyway, let's just say that maybe he experienced that weird phenomenon of undeniable chemistry, or love at first sight, or whatever. The next problem that I had was that Belle's actions did nothing to distinguish herself from other women. I kept thinking, oh yeah, she's going to be the first girl to ever tell him no, or to lead him on, or to flat out not even be interested in him. She sleeps with him almost immediately. In my opinion, this almost makes it totally unbelievable that Jack would want to keep her around. He got what he wanted and she gave it up way too fast. There was no reason for him to keep her around long enough to get to know her. So, this sort of turned me off of the story. I just didn't believe it.

Anyway, they begin a relationship of sorts. It consists of A LOT of very hot and very naughty sex. So much so that it never seemed like I was able to see the other side of their relationship grow. There were a few tender moments laying on the couch together, or playing silly games to get to know each other better, but something was just lacking that kept making me feel like I wasn't fully experiencing their connection.

Ultimately, I enjoyed the book. After all, it was a quick and very sexy read! But I don't think that it achieved the emotional attachment or reaction that Johnson was going for. I hope that the next book in this series does, because I'm really looking forward to reading it. 


Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture).

When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

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1 comment:

  1. Great reviews, Jessica! It sounds like a guilty pleasure kind of series, to me :)


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