Beguiling The Beauty by Sherry Thomas

I attempted 5 books but other authors before relenting and reading another Sherry Thomas. I suspect I’m trapped in her web for the foreseeable future. And I’m okay with that.

This was sort of a romance in reverse. Christian falls in love-at-first-sight with a married woman – solely based on her looks. When he can’t have her he believes crap things about her to salve his busted ego. Eventually he starts spreading those mean things, and she finds out. Venetia decides to get revenge by making him fall in love with her so that she can break his heart. The premise feels awkward to explain but is a lot of fun when reading it.

Of course things go awry – everyone ends up with some busted feelings. And everyone is responsible for this mess they’ve gotten into. There are side characters (specifically Helena and Millie) who make the book more interesting bc they have love problems of their own. As always, Thomas’s writing sparkles. Her characters are well-thought-out and complex. Her plot lines are just a little different than anything I’ve read. And, in case I haven’t mentioned it enough, her writing is phenomenal.

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