My rating: 4 of 5 gargoyles
My goodness, I certainly seem to be running into the ugly duckling trope lately. Either it’s just a fluke or there was a whole slew of them published at around the same time. However, I still enjoyed most of this book.
Allison – Totally and completely a geek with very limited knowledge of how to any of the traditional “make me girly looking” procedures. I totally heart her for that. If my mother hadn’t been a Mary Kay consultant who left me with some lingering memories of how to do things properly, I’d probably be in a similar place as Allison. I liked how she turned to her brother’s friend and asked for his help and even after he turned her down, ultimately accepted his help when he saw how badly she needed it. The only thing I really had a problem with was just how absolutely over the top Nick was when he found out about the growing relationship between the two of them. Still, Allison worked through the issue in an innovative fashion.
Jared – he’s more or less a good guy. He’s understandably concerned about the fallout (rightfully so) given his best friend is also his business partner and Allison’s over-protective older brother. Still, he can’t, won’t, and doesn’t when Allison’s first attempt at a makeover bombs so spectacularly. I really give the man props for stepping in the way he did to help her overcome her makeup challenges.
These two had to figure things out for themselves and I think they both grew nicely as individuals, along with growing into a couple, over the course of the book.
I enjoyed myself thoroughly, which isn’t unusual at all for an Entangled book. They’ve come to be my go-to publisher for both contemporary and paranormal. Hope you enjoy.