beau·ti·ful adj. 1. Having qualities that delight the senses, especially the sense of sight. 2. Excellent; wonderful.
Beautiful Rose by Missy Johnson
(Beautiful Rose #1)
Publication date: October 24th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
**This book contains heavy themes suitable for a mature audience only**
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.
**Please also see Seduce (A prequel to Beautiful Rose)**
Wow. Where to start without giving spoilers.
I have to start with the cover. That cover drew me in and made me want to pick this up without even reading the blurb. Absolutely gorgeous!
This book is definitely not a light fluffy read. It deals with issues that are not of the “happy happy I am in love” romance type, mainly suicide. That being said, it is a beautiful book. While not light and fluffy, Beautiful Rose does read fast as you fall into this world where Jack is dating an evil nasty mean girl to avoid getting to close to anyone he would fall in love with it, (Harmony is evil, there is no other way of putting it) and Rose has checked herself out of an inpatient mental health facility that her parents checked her into after one too many (unsuccessful, thankfully) suicide attempts.
I get Rose’s thoughts. I have always been very open about my struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts, both on my blog and in my day to day life, because the stigma that is associated with mental health needs to go away. I didn’t start as young as Rose did, I was 14 when these things hit me, and it is scary when they do. At 39, I am in a good place (finally, thank you to my very patient doctor who has been there for me since I was 14), but it was still very easy for me to relate to Rose and the thoughts she had, even as a fictional character, my heart hurt for her.
I didn’t read Seduce first, though I have it. I am going to sit down and do that now because I want the full story with what happened to Jack, what he went through with Belle to get him to this point where he avoids love at all costs.
I loved it. Once I started I couldn’t stop swiping the pages by. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series that revolves around Jack’s brother, Alex. I think Missy is going to become one of those authors that I can’t miss any book from.
Note: There are definitely some hot scenes in this book, definitely for the more mature crowd.
I received an ARC of Beautiful Rose in exchange for an honest review.
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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