Book Review - 'Beautiful Mess' (Bailey's Boys #1) by Lucy V. Morgan ~ 3.5 Stars.
This was a fun quick read that took about an hour to finish, and it was great fun to slip away in Bailey's troublesome life for an hour and laugh along at her and her roommate's antics.
Bailey's relationship with her roommates was so much fun, and the way in which Lucy Morgan wrote the interactions between the three of them was superbly done. I felt she perfectly depicted the type of relationship a girl would have with her two male roommates, with the harmless and not at all serious flirting as the boys exit the shower wearing only a towel to protect their modesty, and in turn the serious protectiveness the boys feel towards her well-being, and their desire to hurt anyone who has hurt her. This was heartwarming to read, and I laughed out loud at some of the embarrassing discussions that the boys managed to lure Bailey into.
However, there were a few issues that made me rate this book a little lower than I would have liked to. I know that this was only meant to be a short story, but I felt that in order to lower the word count, some of the backstory to the characters wasn't given the attention it needed. You have to be so careful with shorter stories because the time-frames can seem really rushed, which I felt was the case in the development of Bailey and Linc's relationship. Not knowing anything about Linc's other than that he is good friends with Bailey's roommate Olly and hangs out with them. I would like to have been given a little more information about Linc that explained just how close he and Bailey were as friends, and whether they did in fact ever spend any time together alone before the time-frame of the novel. However, I thought the decision to skip four months was an excellent device which allowed us to see from Bailey's monologue that her and Linc's relationship wasn't all sunshine and daisies when they first got together. I would have preferred to see a longer story which included these moments in the present tense, rather than just having them thrown in as an afterthought because I would have loved to have seen how Bailey's confidence developed from the end of her relationship with Craig and the beginning of her relationship with Linc.
Overall though, this was a fun read that had me laughing and awwing in equal measure. 3.5 - 4 stars.