Dark, alluring and this book will leave you numb long after you have finished the last word. Colour My Ugly is the debut novel by Ms Giannoccaro has certainly set the bar high for her follow up works.
This is not going to be a story for everyone. The story is brutal and it is not for the faint of heart but despite the deceit and pain, you never forget that there is a love story growing in all the ugly. These two characters think they are so rotten to the core that no one could possibly love them. It’s quite beautiful when these characters realise just how much they do love each other. This is a story that will burrow under your skin and leave you with the worst book hangover.
From a reviewer’s perspective, I like to have a bit of an idea of what the story is about. From the blurb, I know Lauri needs to get away from her husband and the only way to do that, is by faking her death and when she wakes up dead her whole world changes and she can finally begin living. I had a bit of an idea but holy moly, no I didn’t. Expectations need to be left before you even open the cover.
At times, what the characters do and what they go through is very confronting and it will have you rethinking if you have picked up a romance novel. Normally, there is the standard formula for writing romance – this is so off the reservation of formula it will keep you guessing till the end. I never expected the ending. It’s beautiful as it’s fitting.
I think Ms Giannoccaro will have some harshly worded emails coming her way, but please keep in mind, she has merely written what the characters lead her to write. They are bad people. They are corrupt. They are doing what they know. There is a thing known as karma.
I’m eager for the next offering in the series. For a debut novel and an author to make me feel the way I did, both the good and the uncomfortable bits, I have to give praise where they are able to get that reaction from me.
I was kindly provided with a free copy of this book to provide an honest review. Receiving this book for free did not influence my opinion nor review.
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