Title: Suddenly Beautiful [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Boone Brux
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Release Date: June 10, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: It was light and fun, but not well-developed and the characters weren’t the best.
About the Book: Being the son of Aphrodite isn’t a walk in the clouds. Rebelling against his demi-god status, billionaire make-up mogul Toraos Stephanos fights to separate his personal life and the immortal world by swearing off demi-god girlfriends forever. Too bad his newest employee can’t take the hint.
Though Nikki secretly pines for her smoking hot boss, no way will she jeopardize her job and independence professing her love to a guy so clearly out of her league. Too bad that leaves her with only imagining him naked and thinking evil thoughts about the new girl. After a single bottle of Ambrosia and one night of passion… Nikki finally thinks she has a chance with the man of her dreams. But the next morning, Tor pretends like nothing happened, leaving Nikki with an emerging drive for combat—after all, turns out she is the daughter of Ares and she’s about to make her mama proud.
All is fair in love and war… and Nikki’s not about to let anyone forget it.
At first glance, Suddenly Beautiful sounds like such a great read. Mythical demigods living among us in the real world?! I super hot son of Aphrodite and a daughter of Ares?! That intrigued my right away. Unfortunately, the execution wasn’t as riveting as I expected and the characters weren’t all that great either. While I read this fairly quickly, I was kind of bored at certain parts and couldn’t really connect with the characters.
One thing that really bugged me was how little emphasis was placed on the whole greek mythology aspect of the story. I felt like the mythical and contemporary parts weren’t meshed together as cohesively as I would’ve liked. I didn’t like how everyone knew they were demigods, yet Nikki has absolutely no clue. I couldn’t see how the demigods could tell if someone is one of them or not, there wasn’t any explanation as to why Aphrodite paid particular attention to Tor, when I’m sure she’s had a bunch of other children in her time. There were quite a few other inconsistencies and I just couldn’t believe that this type of world existed because it just didn’t click with me. I felt like the author just threw in the myth aspect to make the book stand out, when you could easily strip that part of it, and it would be a typical romance without much substance.
I did like the relationship between Tor and Nikki, to an extent. I didn’t like how easily and quickly Nikki bended over backwards for Tor, but then again, she is in love with the guy, so I can’t blame her. As much as Tor is a hot guy, he never made me swoon or care for him much as an individual. Their romance was a bit typical, too. They’ve been working together for years, but after one passionate night together and the idea of another guy chasing after Nikki, Tor finally realizes that he has feelings for her. I don’t think he did anything sweet or compelling enough for me to really believe Nikki HAS TO be with him, but they are cute as a couple and very compatible. All in all, the romance was okay.
Suddenly Beautiful is one of those books that you kind of just have to take at face value. There’s not a lot of substance or detail and when you really break it down, it’s just another mediocre romance novel. The myth aspect adds nothing to the story and the characters aren’t very memorable. It was an okay read, but only if you have the time, honestly.