Fugly, a stand alone novel from Mimi Jean Pamfiloff. This book is different from other books Mimi Jean has written, it's not your Mama's Billionaire Romance for sure, while it has the smart ass and snarky humor that you expect with her books this one delves into a subject matter that a lot women have issues with. How others "see" us and how they "perceive" us and how we see and perceive our selves. Mimi Jean left me speechless at the end of the book. I wanted more, I wanted her to draw it out more I really didn't want this book to end. Mimi Jean writes from the heart in this book; it takes the ugly truth of reality and makes it beautiful.
Lily Snow was named after the flower because her mother thought the flowers were elegant and timeless and beautiful and Lily is on the inside. Lily has overcome the fact that people recoil when they look at her, she has come to expect it. But as usual once they get to know her they love her. She is a strong person, loyal and is fearless. She knows what she wants and when she sets her mind to something there is no changing her mind, and what she wants is a job at Cole Cosmetics. Her long term goal is to own her own cosmetic business and she wants to learn from the best and the best is Maxwell Cole. But her expectations are smashed when she meets him, he's a bastard and a hypocrite. For all his posturing and claiming that a woman should embrace her inner beauty he can't stand to look at Lily.
Max Cole has a problem and Lily is exactly who he needs, he offers her a job. Max is beautiful beyond perfect the opposite of Lily. Where she is ugly he is beautiful, where she is beautiful on the inside he is a hideous monster and he wants her help to fix what’s wrong with him. Max bring out all the insecurities Lily has ever had but spending time together Max starts to see Lily for who she really is, he sees the beauty of Lily. Together Max and Lily fit together perfectly like two sides of a coin. But all is not copacetic at Cole Cosmetics, and things from Max’s past threaten to tear them apart. Can Lily's insecurities survive what is to come or will her fugly win out?