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Beautiful Mess (Bailey's Boys #1)

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Warning: contains pet rats, hot YouTube celebrity roommates, and one spurned girlfriend about to get even...

Working in a wedding cake shop sucks when you've just been dumped.

Bailey Frost has a recipe for disaster: one cheating ex, one big glass of liquor, and three well-meaning male friends who think her lack of a sex life is funny. Before she knows it, she's confessed tha

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Kindle Edition, 52 pages
Published January 13th 2014 by Lucy V. Morgan (first published February 14th 2011)
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Jacqueline
A super cute little story. Very British in language. Friends to lovers story that I really liked. Not a lot of description of people and places. the emphasis was on the character development of the heroine. The love/sex scenes felt fresh and fun. Nice way to spend about a half an hour.
Ni_kii
Nov 24, 2011 Ni_kii rated it it was amazing
After Bailey gets dumped by her long-term ex, her male friends decide to cheer her up the guy way. After getting her stinking drunk on Jaegermeister, they decide it’s about time to dish the dirt on the ex. After pointing out her lack of enthusiasm in her previous sexual experiences, they are all astounded to hear that she has never experienced an orgasm. Now feeling even crappier about her love life, she then has to contend with the sappy in love couples that frequent her wedding cake shop. Her ...more
Arlene
Jun 20, 2012 Arlene rated it really liked it
Truly enjoyed it. It must be the British sharp wit that keeps me coming back for more. I find their dialog entertaining and hilarious as hale. I finished this book in one sitting and laughed out loud at least a dozen times. Don’t even get me started on the goofy grin I had on my face the entire time. There was some steam factor… yes, but really this book was more about making me laugh and falling in love with the character right from the start. I don’t know how the book caught my attention. Oh w ...more
EroticaAfterDark (Lilith)
romance

Unfortunately the beginning was quite confusing? Who were these guys, what was their relationship to Bailey? Roommates? Brothers? Why is it so hard to add a clarifying sub-clause?
Again the classic mistake writing short novella': no real introduction, to description, and active-speech-plastered-behind-active staccato.

On the plus side, the narrative, Bailey's voice is refreshingly honest and funny. Quarter into the book I really enjoyed listening to her rambling thoughts and was curious if not a l
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Ridley
Nov 06, 2012 Ridley rated it liked it
Recommended to Ridley by: Dear Author review
Clocking in somewhere between a short story and a novella, this vignette started strong then fizzled out. The narrator's voice is wicked and funny and oozes youthfulness, but the story was incomplete and unsatisfying. The characters also use a lot of language in the "casual bigotry" category - referring to large pumps as being in "tranny sizes," calling things "retarded," and so on - which mirrors how most 24 year olds speak to each other, but some readers might want to give it a wide berth beca ...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
Feb 26, 2012 ♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡ rated it really liked it
This was a cute short story of a girl who is dumped by her boyfriend only to find out he was no good to start with & her male friend finally gets the courage to go for it. He's liked her for a long time & hadn't had the nerve.

I just love the slang & the English humor. I would definitely read more from this author.
Tammy Walton Grant
Aw, this was kinda cute. Random thoughts as I was reading:

Haha, these Brits sure talk funny; I love their expressions. This book is pretty good! :)

Hey! There's a pretty hot love scene in it. :P

Oh, friends to lovers, one of my favourite tropes. :D

With a HFN ending - which was ok, 'cause these crazy kids are all of, like, 23 years old. ;D

But the heroine is an insecure, virtually virginal, unaware-of-her-own-beauty wedding cake saleswoman. I'm getting tired of her - she's EVERYWHERE. :|

And why do I
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Quinn
Jan 30, 2012 Quinn rated it did not like it
I should have gone with my first impression. The blurb told me that this wasn't my kind of book - if only I'd listened. Damn those Kindle freebies!

The writer's voice didn't work for me (as I suspected would be the case) - it was a bit too 'young'. I liked the idea of the heroine living platonically with a couple of guys, but as it turns out, there were too many characters for such a short story, so the only one you ever got a good sense of was the protagonist. I didn't feel like I knew the first
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M3tamorphasis11
Mar 21, 2013 M3tamorphasis11 rated it liked it
This was a cute story about a gal(Bailey) who was dumped by her cheating ex (Craig the; and I quote-"Tosspot, wank-bastard nonce captain") ...Is there any other way? Seriously?!!

This gal has two male roommates (Olly & Tom) and one pseudo-male roommate (Linc). Dude is always over. They give her the male version of pep talks after a break up. Not all that good, but entertainingly funny! All except for Linc. Oh did I mention, Bailey works at a Bridal shop baking wedding cakes?! Yuuup! You got
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Robert Beveridge
Mar 29, 2012 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
Lucy V. Morgan, Beautiful Mess (No publisher given, 2011)

First off: okay, self-publishers, I've had it. I'm going to start taking pieces of stars off when you don't supply complete information with your releases. I mention this here (since this is one of, oh, ten or fifteen I'll be reviewing in this batch that qualify) because it's my favorite of the Kindle shorts I've read in this batch, and thus points off are going to be most notable here. When a review goes from one star to half a star, who'
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Tatum C. Rose
May 16, 2012 Tatum C. Rose rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I loved this book, it's a super fast read (and currently a kindle freebie). I related to this book on many levels, one being the aspect of male roomies, it's a dynamic that can only really be touched on by someone who has actually lived with guy friends (without other girls around as buffers).
"Chan was Olly's girlfriend. He called her his Hentai Princess after some weirdo Japanese porn. Tentacles we're involved. Never google it."
Oh yes, the things you find out about boys when you live with the
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willaful
I'm not sure what this title is about -- it makes the story sound angsty, and it's not. It's a breezy first person tale about of how wedding cake decorator Bailey was dumped and then discovered a better guy for her right under her nose, amidst the throng of her male friends.

I liked the deliciously awkward hero (and have no idea where the comparisons to "Twilight" from other reviewers are coming from) but found the general tone kind of off-putting; the characters regularly make gay jokes and call
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Jessica
Jul 14, 2014 Jessica rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
I just really could not get into this book. The lead female character seemed blah, and I never made a connection with her. She has just been dumped by her boyfriend, and now her two male roommates and their friend, Linc, are trying their best to cheer her up. Plus, she works in a cake shop, so she has to deal with happy "soon to be married" couples all day, which apparently depresses her. She really just came across as sappy, and depressing, and weak.

All of that would have been fine, except noth
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Kelly_Instalove
Dec 08, 2011 Kelly_Instalove rated it it was amazing
Holy crap, I love this book. Found it while browsing aimlessly on Smashwords a week ago, and I've already read it three times.

Wickedly funny and and wildly romantic, PLUS my all-time favorite "friends-to-lovers" plot. *happy sigh*

Unfortunately, I think this is another one where the "erotica" tag (which I am fully in favor of) might distract the smut-shy romance readers. It may be graphic, but THIS IS A ROMANCE. Maybe I'll start a Listopia list....
Christine
Aug 20, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christine by: Brie C.
This is short novella is a fun, sweet and sexy little romance sure to entertain you for an hour or so. Bailey Frost is a young 20-something working at a wedding cake shop. She's a sweet girl with a great group of best friends who happen to be guys--Tom and Olly who also happen to be her housemates, and their shy partner in crime, Linc. When Bailey is tragically dumped by a cheating boyfriend, these guys show Bailey nothing but brotherly love and support to help her get over her ex. After a stron ...more
Lux Zakari
Feb 25, 2012 Lux Zakari rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Mess is the first story I’ve read of Lucy Morgan’s, tiding me over until her novel Chairman of the Whored is released. After reading this, I look forward to reading Chairman even more.

Bailey has just been dumped by her evil boyfriend, Craig, and her flatmates Tom and Olly, along with their friend Linc, take it upon themselves to cheer her up with pizza and a bottle of Jagermeister. The alcohol leads Bailey to admit under duress that she’s never had an orgasm during sex before, a confes
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Hayat
Alert! This book is full of swear words and I’m mentioning some of them here so be warned if you are sensitive to bad language.

When I downloaded this free short story I had no idea it was exactly what I needed to cheer me up! I adore this book since my sense of humour leans towards the silly and ridiculous elements found in everyday life. So it’s no surprise that Bailey’s friends, Tom, Linc and Olly, the hilarious, crazy and over protective men are my favourite characters. Especially since they
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Myrto
Having already established that a read can be cute, "Beautiful Mess" was a short, sweet and cute little story!

I read this some time ago but I didn't think to write a review, simply because it was an one-afternoon read between release dates. But then I said "What the heck?" aaaand now I'm writing this review. Yeah, I'm funky like that.

Anyway, Bailey works at a cakeshop and she's just been dumped. So while she's mopping around she realizes that she and her friend Linc have a connection. And then t
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Sobia
Dec 21, 2011 Sobia rated it it was ok
why the hell is this rated so high?!

I mean it was just sorta....Meh...an okay read, I guess....hmm... i didn't hate it....I did like the premise...it sorta reminded me of that show < a href="http://www.fox.com/new-girl/"> New Girl but it didn't really deliver....

it's written in first person, which I wasn't expecting....if it hadn't been so short, I'd have been more annoyed by that fact. Add to that, for such a short length, there were a few too many characters!

And a lot of the story seemed
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Nadia
I enjoyed this short read, it was funny, although it was very british, so there were too many references that I didn't catch immediately, but the characters were good.

Bailey was fun to read, she was unfortunate in love... and sex, but she found what she was looking for in the less expected person, that was sweet to read.
Dianne
Jun 08, 2013 Dianne rated it really liked it
I loved this story. I thought it was absolutely hilarious! It's about Bailey, who gets dumped by her cheating boyfriend Craig. Bailey is very sad about the breakup but luckily she has 3 great guy friends to help her through it. One of them, Linc, tries to help her in more ways than one. :) I thought that this was a great story but this was WAY too short! It would have been great as a full length novel. However, this story still packed a little punch and was able to entertain me throughout it. I ...more
Amanda
Sep 05, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
This was another book that Kelly suggested I download (and did). It was so, so worth it. I think it was the "cunt whisperer" mention that truly sold me. Beyond the sex (it was nice!), I liked the relationship between Bailey and her roommates. I could have spent plenty of drunken evenings with them. And no, not like that. Maybe. The humor was a bit off the wall, and completely perfect.

Beautiful Mess was a free Kindle book I downloaded on September 5, 2012 for the Why Buy the Cow? challenge.
Mayra M
Jan 24, 2016 Mayra M rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-ny-ish
A cute and fun short story
Thom Swennes
Feb 14, 2015 Thom Swennes rated it liked it
Shelves: free-e-book
Orgasms (or the lack of them) form the mainframe of this story. Bailey Frost is a young attractive woman that has just been dumped by her boyfriend, Craig. Working in a bakery that specializes in wedding cakes doesn’t make her life and emotional recovery any easier. She does have a few advantages many women in her situation don’t have, three close friends and two rats (all male). One would think that relief would be soon to come but, as often is the case with life, her perceived advantages prove ...more
D.G.
Jan 03, 2015 D.G. rated it really liked it
**3.5 stars**

Recently, I started reading a book by Lucy V. Morgan and there was something about the way she wrote millenials that clicked with me. They were real, funny, nonPC and silly without being complete morons. But that book (which I'm still reading) is a bit heavy for me at the moment so I decided to look for something lighter by her. Beautiful Mess didn't disappoint (the title makes it seem really angsty, but it isn't really.)

This book had 3 of my favorite book tropes ever:
1. What I call
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This is a short story that is full of laughter and love - and that's just from her roommates. Told from Bailey's point of view, it starts off by counting down the very minutes since she got dumped by her boyfriend. Bring on some pizza and beer and you have Bailey confessing some things that she really doesn't want to tell them. Let the fun commence. Apparently the humour is very British. Being British I don't see that but it definitely did make me laugh.

This story does have swearing in it but, t
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Brie C.
Aug 16, 2012 Brie C. rated it really liked it
This story was adorable. Really short, no drama whatsoever, just one girl being consoled by her three best friends after her boyfriend dumps her. A group of friends that happen to be a rambunctious group of guys. It's shorter than a novella so you can read it in less than an hour. The heroine has pet rats, the romance is cute, the bromance even cuter and the sex hot. It's also free on Smashwords, Amazon and I assume the other e-retailers. I hope all the guys get their own story.
Ellen (more books, please)
Cute. Well written novella in that there were no info dumps. Lots of background delivered organically.

Low score is for use of derogatory terms that I am uncomfortable reading, and they were in large volumes.
I think with minimum effort she could have come up with adorable derogatory terms (she did it quite often) that didn't use offensively stereotypical terms.

Not interested in the follow-up books.
Carolyn F.
Mar 20, 2012 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it
Short story.

Bailey's boyfriend has broken up with her and she's crying all over the place. Her male roommates are trying to cheer her up along with Linc, their friend who hangs out with them but actually doesn't live in the apartment. Linc invites her over to the house to escape the noises of her roommates' Valentines celebrations and she finds out he's had a crush on her for years. Really cute story.
Pamela(AllHoney)
The first book in the Bailey Boys series. This was a cute little story but way too short. I'd have given it 4 stars if it had not been as short as it was. Bailey's boyfriend of two years breaks up with her and she gets drunk with her men friends and spills the beans about her sex life. I loved the characters - Bailey, Linc, Tom, and Olly. Lots of humor but as I stated before - too short!
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Lucy V. Morgan writes sharp contemporary fiction, usually with a liberal splatter of filth. She is the author of the dark, hot KNIVES & FLOWERS duo and the stand-alones TWISTED SUMMER and BEAUTIFUL MESS.

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