A Contemporary Romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
My name is Lily Snow. I am twenty-five years old, and despite being born with an unattractive face, I have never doubted who I am: smart, driven, and beautiful on the inside.
Until I met Maxwell Cole.
He’s handsome, excessively wealthy, and the owner of Cole Cosmetics. It’s been my dream to work for this man for as long as I can remember. The good news is he wants to hire me. The bad news is he wants me for all the wrong reasons. Ugly reasons.
In exchange, he’s offered me my dreams on a silver platter. The job. The title. A beautiful future. But this man is as messed up and ugly as they come on the inside. I’m not sure anyone can help him, and he just might take my heart down with him.
Fugly is my first read by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff and I know it won’t be my last. This beautiful, sweet, sexy, sometimes heartwrenching story explores the concept of ugliness in all its guises, and I found it very thought-provoking and introspective. I would challenge anyone to read this book and not stop and think about society’s definition of beauty and how completely messed-up it is.
Lily has been raised in a loving, nurturing environment and always been made to feel important, valued and loved. This is despite the fact that her face isn’t conventionally pretty and it doesn’t match her hot bod. Lily is super smart and fiercely career-orientated with a definite life plan in mind. She has always considered herself to be above the derision and hostility she faces and feels happy in her own skin.
All that changes when she meets Maxwell Cole – hot, CEO of Cole Cosmetics and a bit of an evangelist when it comes to true beauty. His motto is real beauty is soul-deep rather than skin-deep, and he’s adored by women the world over for his refreshing views. However, that’s all a carefully controlled marketing image that feeds the brand – Or is it?
Lily and Max challenge each other in so many different ways and I adored their relationship progression. Their witty back and forth had me in stitches and when the sexy times arrive it was definitely worth the wait. I spent the first part of the book detesting Max and calling bs on his supposed cacophobia. I’ll be the first to admit that I thought it was a made-up condition and I was initially skeptical. However, I’ve since discovered that it is a real condition and I became more emphatic toward Max, especially as he was trying so hard to overcome it.
We have two contrasting parental set-ups here which is interesting. A lot of Max’s issue arise from his dysfunctional childhood and bitch of a mother. Lily’s parents are awesome if a little bit overbearing and too protective at times. Polar opposites.
I enjoyed the setting and that the corporate environment was realistically portrayed.
I greatly admired Lily and felt for her as everything she thought she knew about herself came crashing down around her. I could understand how she acted as she did toward the end even if I was screaming at her to cop the hell on!
I LOVE Mimi’s writing – it was wonderfully eloquent and oh so witty. I laughed my ass off reading this book. The pacing was spot-on.
The ending was a bit abrupt and if a second book hadn’t been written I would’ve been grossly unhappy with that epilogue. However, I knew there was a second book so it didn’t faze me.
All in all, this was an amazing read and a great introduction to this author.
Can be read as a standalone with a HEA and no cliffhanger.
Actual 4.5 Stars.