About the Book:
It’s true. I’m not what most people would call “pretty” and, well, high school was rough. Fast forward ten years and life is good…
Until a bunch of jerks think it’s hilarious to put the “butterface” (AKA me) on a wedding Kiss Cam with the hottest guy ever—and that old humiliation hits hard.
I recognize him immediately. The hottest cop in Waterbury and totally out of my league.
But then he kisses me.
And we totally forget the room, the crowd, everything.
Then he tells everyone we’ve been dating for months.
Soon everything starts to feel too real, from adorable fights over “necessary” tools to fix my broken porch to surviving a free-for-all dinner with his six siblings to picking up where our last kiss left off.
But there’s something he’s not telling me about why he’s really hanging around, and I’m pretty sure it has to do with my mob-connected brothers.
Because this is not a make-over story, and Cinderella is only a fairy tale…
Print Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: July 30, 2018
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read through this book like it was a chapter in my own life. Butterface took me right back to how I felt in high school. I was the girl who was too skinny and had a large nose. I was teased unmercifully for both. I can remember training for the cross-country track team and we had to run laps around the inside of the high school at the same time the football team was also in there training. As I rounded one of the corners, a group of football players came up beside me and told me to go back to Ethiopia where I belonged. I’ve been out of school for over 20 years and it still makes me sad sometimes. It doesn't help that occasionally throughout by my 20s and 30s, someone felt the need to remind me about my size (jealous much) or my nose. I was crying by the 12% mark. The sheer number of times the emotional content of this book hit too close to home is staggering.
I connected with Gina on a level that I’ve never connected with a character before. I may not come from a mob family but she and I are kindred spirits. I think we would get along really well in real life. And for those of you who’ve read the book and don’t understand why a 31-year old book character still gets teased and is hung up on her looks – You’ve obviously never had to deal with something so soul-crushing that you spend your whole life working through the garbage people keep throwing at you. This book perfectly explains how a 31-one year old still gets teased about her looks and how she is still completely hung up on the other people’s opinions and assessments of her.
I loved the characters and how they developed. The relationship between Gina and Ford is beautiful and genuine. I can totally understand how the complications in Gina’s life affect her ability to believe Ford is sincere. Plus, her brothers’ involvement in activities that are less than legal causes Gina to worry for them and how Ford will react if/when he finds out. Her brothers, regardless of what they are both into, love Gina and the author does a great job portraying that to the reader.
The author also includes multiple threads in this story besides just the slow-growing romance between Gina and Ford. Gina is also the granddaughter of Big Nose Tommy Luca, who disappears many years prior. Information is discovered pertaining to the mysterious disappearance adding another layer of emotion into the mix.
I purchased this book.
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