Fugly by Mimi Jean PamfiloffFugly by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Published September 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Office Romance
Format: eBook
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My name is Lily Snow. I am twenty-five years old, and despite being born with an unattractive face, I have never doubted who I am: smart, driven, and beautiful on the inside.

Until I met Maxwell Cole.

He’s handsome, excessively wealthy, and the owner of Cole Cosmetics. It’s been my dream to work for this man for as long as I can remember. The good news is he wants to hire me. The bad news is he wants me for all the wrong reasons. Ugly reasons.

In exchange, he’s offered me my dreams on a silver platter. The job. The title. A beautiful future. But this man is as messed up and ugly as they come on the inside. I’m not sure anyone can help him, and he just might take my heart down with him.

Intelligent and clever Lily Snow is intent on getting a sales assistant role at her dream company, Cole Cosmetics. But her interview with the super handsome boss Maxwell Cole is over in less than three minutes, because it is obvious that Lily’s unusual looks did not become him. Lily isn’t exactly what you could call a beauty, but she knows she’s more than her (lack of) looks.

However, a couple of days later, Maxwell Cole shows up at her doorstep unexpectedly, still with the same disgust on his face, but offering her the opportunity to work as a sales manager reporting directly into him. It sounds like a great offer, but Lily will soon learn that Maxwell is afraid of ugly people, and that he wants her as a therapy tool…

What I loved about this book:

  • The MCs humour and sass
  • The steamy scenes

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The fact that the male MC was such a jerk
  • The storyline is just a tad far-fetched

Fugly is a genre-mix of office romance and your standard “hate-turns-to-love” plot, although here, the hate is not really hatred but has more to do with the fact that Maxwell has this disorder called cacophobia, which is his fear of ugly people. And the main point of this book is, of course, that the heroine Lily is… well… ugly.

“Some people have a fear of heights or small spaces. I have a fear of… ugly people.”

The plot was a bit too unusual to me. Not in a bad way, but certainly in a far-fetched kind of way. As the story unfolds you clearly understand why Maxwell ends up hiring Lily even though he has this profound disgust of her, and the reasons are more than… weird. And that he falls for her despite his disorder, well that’s weird too.

I mean, from the way Lily is described in the book, she seems to be quite the ugly person. Well, at least her facial features were those of a car accident survivor (huge chin, saggy eyelids, weird teeth, bulgy nose etc.) while her body is great and model-like. It was extremely difficult to picture her – I mean, just how ugly can someone be in the face? I sincerely had to Google something up here to help me out! And well, is it weird (been using this word a lot today!) to say that I couldn’t connect with her on a physical level, but on an emotional level?

While Lily didn’t have the perfect face, she had the perfect character. After years, she finally stopped being self-conscious about her looks to the point of just accepting them, and not wanting to have surgery. And what she lacks in facial looks, she definitely makes up for in sass and humour. She was the perfect superwoman, not afraid to stand up to jerks like Maxwell, who treat her like scum just because she doesn’t look like the average supermodel.

“You dismissed me from that interview in three seconds because I didn’t make your dick hard.”

And well, Maxwell, he was… interesting, to say the least. Starting with his good looks and his man-ho behaviour, over to his more than disgusting, condescending behaviour towards Lily – and his disorder. At the beginning, I really hated him for just how he thought he could treat Lily. There were quite some harsh words!

“What you lack, Miss Snow, can’t be captured on a piece of paper.”

Well, he changed a lot over the course of the book (because for some reason, Lily makes him lose his disorder and he falls for her), but this change is all very unrealistic.

“So just like I could want him despite my fears, he could want me despite his own.”

Anyway, I liked the morale that good looks do not necessary mean you’re a good person, and vice-versa. Don’t judge a book by its cover and all that jazz. But in the end, there was a bit too much drama, and sincerely, while the story ends with a HEA, both characters’ lives are turned upside down. I did not understand why the story needed to take such a drastic turn, especially since the characters seemed like they would have fought to live the future they wanted, no matter how hard the fight.

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Fugly is written in the first person, and told from Lily’s perspective. The writing was great, although there were a few errors here and there (dear Mimi Jean: it’s publicly, not publically). Other than that, as I said, it was great to be in the head of a heroine who wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself and who could still be self-deprecating and with a healthy dose of humour. The book wasn’t definitely an enjoyable read – especially the sexy scenes – provided you are not too finicky about the peculiar plot.

“I opened the door and found him sleeping with his head on the toilet seat. Yes, I desperately had the urge to take a photo, but lucky for him, I wasn’t a complete bitch.”

Detailed Rating
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Overall: three-stars