Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Blog Tour + GIveaway: Beautiful Failure by Mariah Cole

Title:  Beautiful Failure
Series:  Beautiful Series
Author: Mariah Cole
Genre:  Adult Romance
Publish Date: December 17, 2013
Review Source: Mary Elizabeth’s Crazy Book Obsession

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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...


What happens when a girl grows up with no father and literally a highly sought after escort (whore) for a mother? You would be amazed if she ended up anything other than a whore herself, right? Well, for Emerald Anderson she didn’t know any different. The men would tell her, “Your mom is really something special.” And she believed it too.

Emerald and her mom, Leah Belle because she wasn’t allowed to call her mom, had their great mother/daughter fun times. Well, if you count drinking together, smoking together, doing drugs together and telling her crazy things about sex then it was just wonderful happy times. Emerald didn’t know any better. They rarely had money to go out and she didn’t have any friends because she was told they would all betray her. That friends were considered “sponsors” to get things from. Leah Belle was all she had in the world, literally.

Then she’s gone. Just like that Emerald is completely alone in the world. But turns out she has some pretty amazing grandparents that take her in. This is an entirely different world full of “normal” family time of eating together and playing games. She gets job after job not able to keep one since she’s so messed up. However, it does seem like she should be more disturbed. I found her amazing in being able to deal with things she’s been handed.

She slowly realizes that her mom was wrong about everything. The drinking was a terrible idea. Some friends really can be friends. Family is important. Men are not all the same and some can be nice. Falling in love can be wonderful! Her journey in finding out pieces of this is amazing. The writing is wonderful and the characters are genuine and loving.

She makes a friend, Sarah, who she thinks is a “sponsor” but starts thinking maybe she can actually have friends. She meets him, Carter. Good looking and doesn’t want to only get into her pants. He takes her on a date and enjoys spending time with her. It’s weird to Emerald – she’s never had that before. Can she allow him to care for her? Will she learn to care for him? Will she forget everything her mom ever told her and learn that not everyone will hurt her?

Emerald is very wise for her age and if you consider the things she’s seen in her short life so far….she is nothing short of amazing! I love this character. She has so much depth and heart but it’s hard to see that at first. The way the story builds and carries you away – allowing you to watch Emerald find piece after piece of herself is really fantastic writing.

I found this book to be many different things. Disturbing, Hard & Sad. However, it’s also about Love, Friendship and Forgiveness. It’s emotional and uplifting almost at the same time. I HIGHLY recommend Beautiful Failure!!! I can’t wait for the 2nd book, Beautiful Temptation. There is a small cliffhanger but nothing that isn’t normal for a series book. Read this book!!!! You won’t be disappointed!!!

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Mariah Cole is a Starbucks addict (hazelnut shots please!), New Adult author, and an incessant daydreamer. Known for pushing the envelope, she’s an avid reader of indie books and is always looking to chat with readers and authors alike. 


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