Title: Beautiful Failure
Author: Mariah Cole
Genre: New Adult Romance
Hosted by: Mary Elizabeth’s Crazy Book Obsession
If you're looking for a heartwarming story about a girl who falls deeply in love with a troubled boy who changes her life--a sob story with pretty metaphors and a million ways that'll tell you how "broken" she is, STOP. Don't read another word of this.
I'm not that type of girl.
My name is Emerald Anderson and I'm not going to bullshit you: I flunked out of college after my sophomore year, I've been fired from every job I've ever taken, and I've never had a fully functioning relationship in my life.
I wish I could say that I had a cheerleader in my corner, someone who says, "No, Emerald--You're great and you are good at something!" but I don't. My grandparents are completely oblivious to my life, and my mother's dying words to me were "You're going to end up just like me one day. A beautiful nothing."
She was right.
As I decide to start my life over and take two jobs that will forever change me--one from the inside, and one from the outside, I keep my mother's words close to my heart so I can keep the sexy and mysterious Carter Black away.
He's the first man who's ever pursued me, the first man who seems bent on finding out why I am the way I am, but he's wasting his time.
I'm not broken. I don't need to be fixed. I'm perfectly fine being a beautiful failure...
Whoa. That is my response to this book. Freaking whoa. I admit, at first I thought it was going to be like every other "My mother was a whore, I am a whore." tropes...but this book went in a completely different direction than I was expecting and I loved it! My thoughts, exactly, Court! This was such an awesome surprise--a fantastic debut novel!
Emerald has a horrible and daunting past to overcome, and it doesn't help that she is 100% in denial about it! Her childhood explains it perfectly, but it doesn't mean that now that she's in her twenties that she is a fully functioning adult...because that she is not. She is foul mouthed, sarcastic, rude and doesn't give a flying flip if you care or not. I liked this about her because a) she doesn't make excuses or pretend to be something she isn't and b) the people she finds to befriend give it back to her and don't put up with her crap either. They are her perfect balance, and again I fell in love with the secondary characters in this story.
Is it messed up that I love this messed up girl? I love her filthy mouth, her horrible attitude, her badass reaction to things, her fuckitall to the world/I'm not playing your games self. Of course I abhor the how and why of how she gained all of these features...but I love her. I loved reading about her journey.
Carter. Carter. Carter! I freaking love Carter Black. He is one of those that doesn't put up with her crap...BUT...I was over 80% before I realized that we also don't know a dang thing about him. We started making our predictions and were we ever DEAD WRONG! Yes, yes we were. BUT I have not been this anxious to get my hands on a sequel in a really, really long time...especially after the introduction was pretty low angst!
DUDE!!! This guy..I have lots and lots and lots and LOTS of questions. I also have a ton of love for him...even though I still have no freakin' clue about who exactly he is. How is that even possible? HOW?!! Because Mariah Cole writes both characters in such a way that you feel (strangely) okay with not knowing much about him. GAH!
Emerald's journey is not an easy one, but I loved learning about her as she was doing the same thing. She still has a ways to go...but she's getting there. I also loved the stripper aspect of this book. Maybe it's Kristen Ashley's fault, but I have a newfound respect for these women, and I love seeing them in a more positive light doing what they need to do to get by...and having bosses that make sure nothing happens to them. So yeah. I freaking LOVE this book! <3
I loved this book too. Now I must commence to cyberstalking Mariah Cole to find out when the hell the next book is coming out because I really am impatient to begin it!! NOW!!!!!!
Courtney: 5 Stars!
Shelley: 5 Stars
The first encounter...Alternate POV scene through Carter's eyes---
Walking inside of Starbucks, I expect to see the familiar bubbly blonde behind the counter, the one who never bothers to ask what I want to order. She always greets me with a “Hello, Mr. Black! I’ll have your grande coffee with two hazel nut shots right away!”
But today, there’s someone new. Someone with black hair who hasn’t even bothered to look up at me.
With her head down, she types a few buttons on the register and sighs. “Starbucks Bistro. What’s your name and what do you want?”
“Is that the new greeting now?” I smile. “Did it change recently?”
“They don’t pay me enough to make conversation,” she says flatly. “What’s your name and what do you want—Please?”
This is a first… “Carter…Carter Black. Grande coffee with a hazelnut shot and two sugars.”
She writes on the cup and quickly turns around, mixing the drink on the back counter. From behind, I notice a small grey and black tattoo on her neck, partially hidden by her long ponytail.
What is that?
I’m admiring her ass when she suddenly turns around and gasps.
She blinks, staring at me with her lips slightly parted. She looks as if she’s about to say something, but no words come out of her mouth.
Her mouth. Her fucking mouth.
Plump, pink lips. Bow shaped. Perfection.
“Are you going to give me my coffee?” I look into her dark green eyes. “Or do they not pay you enough to do that either?”
“Three dollars and seven cents.”
I keep my eyes locked on hers as I hand her the card, wondering why I’ve never seen her in town before.
Once she hands me my coffee, I decide to ask why. “When did you start here?”
“Thank you for visiting Starbucks.” She rolls her eyes. “Have a nice day.”
I smile and bring the cup to my lips, never taking my eyes off hers. I can tell I’m making her uncomfortable because she’s shifting her weight from foot to foot and blinking every few seconds.
“Is there something wrong with your coffee sir?” She purses her lips.
The coffee is actually the best it’s ever been, but I don’t want to leave the store just yet.
“It’s a bit bitter,” I say.
“No, it’s not.” She crosses her arms. “I just made it.”
“I’m pretty sure it is.” I hand the cup back to her. “Can you add some more sugar please?”
“There’s a condiment stand on the back wall. You can add it yourself.”
Is she serious?
I look at her nametag—Emerald, and prepare to really have some fun with her, but the familiar blonde suddenly steps next to her.
“Mr. Black, is there something wrong?” she asks.
“Not at all. I was just asking Emerald if she would add some more sugar to my coffee.”
“Oh! I got it!”
As she remakes it, I smile at Emerald—ignoring the fact that she’s scowling at me. It makes her look even sexier.
“There you are.” The blonde smiles as she hands me the new coffee.
I take a sip of it and immediately regret having it remade. It’s good, but what Emerald made was ten times better.
“Much better.” I look at Emerald one last time, deciding that I’ll be back at the exact same time tomorrow. “Thank you ladies.”
Emerald rolls her eyes and mouths “Asshole,” but she quickly forces a smile. I debate whether I should ask her to say that out loud, but I decide against it.
I’ll have plenty of time to see her this summer…
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