Book & Author Details:
Beastly Lights by Theresa Jane
Publication date: April 2nd 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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 want 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 felt a bit like a book of two halves. The first half of the book had characters that I wasn’t particularly enamoured with, and a somewhat up and down plot line. Thereafter, it seems that the author hit her narrative style. And, whilst Freya was still annoying, and Liam was still a self indulgent idiot, it was less of an issue, and fed more into the plot arc.
Ultimately however, this was an enjoyable story. The author has managed to create characters who, despite their flaws, felt raw and genuine. A promising debut.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
I have spent most of my life immersed in literary wonderlands, often forgetting to come up for a breath of reality. Most of my schooling was spent hiding my latest book beneath the table and jotting down notes in the margins to tell all of my friends later. Writing has always been my second love, and my imagination has been dominated by fairytales, daring knights and happily ever afters. There was no choice but to put pen to paper if only to retain some semblance of sanity.
I live in the greatest city in the world; Melbourne, Australia (and will not let anyone tell me otherwise) and when I’m not writing, I’m off trying to find the best places for tea and scones.