Icy Pretty Love | L.A Rose
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Published: November 15 2014
Glass-doll beauty. A shy, proper smile. Georgette Montgomery is the perfect billionaire’s fiancé. Or she would be, if she existed. A dark past. A smile that hides everything.
At nineteen, Rae Grove escapes her disaster life by pretending to be other people—specifically, whoever the man paying her that night wants her to be. Until she’s offered enough money for a one-way ticket to a better life. All she has to do is fly to Paris and pretend to be the fiancé of young business tycoon Cohen Ashworth for one month.
Within an hour of meeting Cohen, Rae knows three things about him:
1. He hates everyone and everything.
2. He has abundant wit and a knife-sharp tongue.
3. He uses 2 to make everyone aware of 1.
Before long, Rae’s determined to crack open his unbreakable shell. Cohen’s determined to stay unbroken. But no one escapes unscathed when two opposite worlds collide.
3 Times A Charm
When I think about it, I've been rocking with L.A Rose since I started blogging. She's one of my favorite indie authors that produces some pretty great work. She's created both reckless and sensual scenes in Adrian Lessons, wild and unfiltered characters in James Games, and finally a full package consisting of an addictive story in Icy Pretty Love. Just a few pages in, I knew her third novel would completely over-shadow the other two. I guess the quote, " Three times a charm is a true statement.
Well Hello Georgette!
If you were offered a hefty amount of money to pretend to be someone's fiance for a month, would you do it?
I asked myself this question quite a few times while reading. I came to the conclusion that if this was a few years ago when I was single and childless, then maybe I would've. I mean come on, Paris, a new identity, a fresh start! But then I thought well, I would miss my friends . . . but what if I didn't have any friends? Well I would miss my mom . . . but what if I didn't have any parents? Sounds like a sweet deal to me.
This is exactly the decision 19 year old Rae Grove was propositioned to make. She was approached by an older gentlemen, with an offer she couldn't possibly refuse. Living the life as an escort, and enduring both physical and emotional pain, she was in dire need of a change. In comes the lovely Georgette Montgomery, Rae's new persona. She finally arrives in Paris, ready to meet her new " fiance " when shit kinda hits the fan.
Her fiance has no clue who Georgette Montgomery, let alone who Rae Grove is.
Meet Mr.Grumpy Pants
Cohen Ashworth is not a friendly fellow. In fact, he's down right mean. He's a hater of just about everything: people, children, ferris wheels, holidays . . . this man is the epitome of a year round grinch. So when he finds out his father has hired an escort, (of all people) to pretend to be his fiance,
he's pretty upset. No scratch that, livid is more of an appropriate word. Forced to interact with a complete stranger was like asking Cohen to have a vasectomy, but overtime that brick wall of ice he's spent years building around himself, slowly begins to dissolve. Note I said slowly lol.
Rae, er, Georgette, was a bubble of fun. She had this tell-it-like-it-is personality, that reminded me so much of myself. She was so annoying, (in a good way) to the point it was absolutely hilarious, and had such a problem shutting her damn mouth. Biting her tongue wasn't her best forte at all, but she needed these qualities to deal with the callous behavior of her fiance.
Introverted Cohen wasn't a big fan of conversation. He was extremely reserved, usually heavily into his work, and when out & about in public, was rude and completely thoughtless to others. But like my mother always says, Georgette was " Time enough for that ass " and during " Niceness Lessons " she created for him, she was able to little by little, get him to not only open up more, but treat people with much more respect than he had in the past.
Speaking of pasts . . . if there was one thing they had in common, it was this. Georgette with her risky profession and the abuse that came with it, and Cohen with his drug abuse issue that could possibly ruin his image as well as profession. Both were robbed of their childhoods, causing them to make poor decisions, but while Georgette learned to right her wrongs and to become a better person, Cohen on the other hand, was obviously still struggling.
One of the things I enjoyed the most, was that for half of the book, they didn't get along. There was constant bickering and banter, making their dialogue such a pleasure to read. Eventually, Cohen begins to come out of his shell, (only a little) giving us a peek of the man hidden behind that mask, and boy I understood why
Rae, sorry Georgette fell in love, well strong like.
Cliche Free Is The Way 2b
I've read quite a few New Adult novels this year. Most of them pretty much had the same plot, same twists, and same flat, one-dimensional characters, but honestly Icy Pretty Love was a different reading experience for me. The writing and pacing were very smooth. Nothing happened to quickly, which made every scene fall into place perfectly. Oh and no insta-love! It took them so long, (not too long though) to finally face that fact that they indeed liked each other. If I had to compare this to any other book, it would most likely be Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Although these two stories have different plots, they're romance/contemporaries centered in Paris. If I had to chose what book I thought was best, Icy Pretty Love would win my vote hands down. IPL is more of a mature read, with characters that have depth and meaning. The writing delivers as a good contemporary should, with amusing scenes that are sure to make you smile, or crack up laughing as I did. The ending is so realistic it was almost shocking. People don't change overnight, and I appreciated the fact that Rose took this into consideration.
If you're looking for a great New Adult read, I will definitely recommend this. This time around the story isn't as raunchy as her other two novels, and I appreciated that. We're given a cute, sophisticated story, (compared to her other works) with not-so-sophisticated characters. I loved it.