Rating 4 out of 5
I have been waiting and waiting for more of Jack Falcon’s story. The prequel, Seduce, left us with a very messed up Jack and I really loved Jack’s character so I needed him to find his happy again. Beautiful Rose is the story of Jack finding his happy again. The book is not very long, I read it in an afternoon during naptime. But the pacing is perfect and the characters are endearing.
Rose and Jack are both so damaged and gun shy about their feelings and a psycho ex of Jack’s throws a few monkey wrenches into the storyline that keep you wondering how things will play out. I love Jack’s brother, Alex, and I am so glad that the next book will be from his point of view.
As for Jack and Rose, the story was exactly what I needed to feel better about Jack and what he has gone through. Not a lot of sexy times, but the book is so well written that I didn’t care. The story kept me too involved. I couldn’t put it down. I already told Missy that she has a lifelong reader with me after Seduce, and I maintain that promise after reading Beautiful Rose.
3.5 stars out of 5
This was a little tough for me to read. First, because I read the prequel Seduce, and I had trouble getting past my loyalty to Belle. And second because, well, this was sad! I had a difficult time rating this because I both liked and disliked it.
Jack’s inability to move on from Belle’s death, coupled with Rose’s tragic history depressed me at times. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, I just really wanted Jack to be happy and I was having trouble coping with the aura of sadness in the air.
The beginning moved a little slow and I found my attention wandering, but when I got further along I understood the purpose behind the slow build up. The situations weren’t the type that would have worked well with a slow reveal and it was worth the wait.
Ultimately, it was great checking in with Jack’s character, and seeing his growth after Seduce. In the end, I did like Rose and I feel the two of them will be good for each other in the long term. Alex’s character is next up and I can’t wait to see who Missy Johnson finds for him.
5 out of 5
Missy Johnson is the SHIT! She is an amazing and very talented writer that grips you from the start of the book and makes you experience the story right along with the characters. I love how you get a point of view from more than one character and yet feel like the book was written for each one personally.
You have Jack, a broken man that is trying to live a life that would make Belle proud of him. He is trying to make something of himself with no help from his daddy or his daddy’s money and be a good friend and brother but still manages to punish himself and all those around him in the form of Harmony! That is, until the day his brother needs another ride home from work and Jack hears the sounds of a sweet and sultry voice coming down the hall! The pull between them is noticeable instantly but of course each of them are so damaged they fight it at every turn.
Rose has dealt with so many traumas and allows no one to get close. Until Alex takes her to interview with Jack that is. Once she is hired she is thrown into many situations that challenge the walls that she has spent her life building. Now she cannot deny the feelings Jack stirs in her.
I absolutely loved this book. I love how Missy takes the time to fully describe her characters and their thoughts and feelings. It pulls me in and makes me feel like these are people I know instead of characters in a novel. She makes you feel invested in their lives which have you crying and cheering for them throughout the book.
I am looking forward to Missy sharing Alex’s story with us. I cannot wait to see who she pairs him up with and I do hope we get to see a little of Jack and Rose and the other amazing characters she has in her stories.
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.
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