Review: It’s a Fugly Life (Fugly #2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Title: It’s a Fugly Life
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series: Fugly #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, comes a new standalone Contemporary Romance.


My name is Lily Snow. And I was once the kind of ugly that turned heads and made people stare. The worst part was how I let it ruin my life and destroy my relationship with the love of my life: Maxwell Cole, one of the sexiest, wealthiest, enigmatic men on the planet. All because I felt ugly and certainly not good enough for a manโ€™s love.
But not anymore.

One car wreck, three reconstructive surgeries, and some unexpected money have changed my life.

Iโ€™ve started my own company, Iโ€™ve finally learned to like myselfโ€”not love, but like (hey, itโ€™s a journey)โ€”and Iโ€™ve met a wonderful new man whoโ€™s helped me put Max in the past where he belongs.

Thereโ€™s only one problem: after six long months, Maxwell Cole is back, asking for the one thing I canโ€™t give him. And heโ€™s not taking no for an answer.

My Review:
It’s a Fugly Life picks up six months after Lily and Max’s breakup and we find our heroine in quite a different place.

Lily has tried to move on – she has a new man in her life and a new business venture and she’s convinced herself she is happy. But she isn’t. Really, she’s settling and trying so hard to fit into her new skin and she’s a lost little puppy. The Lily we meet here is but a shell of her former self, and at times it was hard to watch as she hit that self-destruct button over and over again.

More than anything, this book is about self-acceptance and discovering who you are and what you aspire to achieve in life.

Lily thinks she has it all figured out but she’s cowering behind an imaginary wall and failing to face reality. Until Max makes a reappearance and she is forced to confront her demons head-on. Max is Lily’s past and her Italian-stallion actor lover is her future. Or so she tries to tell herself over and over again. It was downright painful to watch Lily push Max away but it was all part of her learning curve. I felt her uncertainty and her self-doubt and I hated how this strong, intelligent woman made stupid mistake after stupid mistake.

The pivotal scene toward the end was fantastic because it showed how far Lily had traveled – how she had won the battle with her crippling self-doubt to emerge as someone who knew she was worthy of love and devotion.

Patricio is an ass. There, I’ve said it. How on earth Lily could’ve fallen for him is beyond me. I saw nothing of the man she described at the outset, and I was scratching my head wondering how a woman like Lily could be so blinkered.

Max was AMAZING in this book. Yes, he’s still a jerk and all his hot-headed fights with Patricio were totally immature, but he never stopped loving Lily and he was always there for her. When I found out everything he had done for her, I swooned big style.

The writing was great again, and even though it wasn’t quite as funny as the first book it still had plenty of humorous moments.

In summary, this was another great read from Mimi Jean and I’d highly recommend this series to readers who enjoy well-written, emotionally complex romance with heart.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are my own.

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