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Review: Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan

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Title: Perfectly Imperfect
Author: Harper Sloan
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 17 Nov 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

**Standalone novel**

Mirror, mirror … who’s the fairest of them all?

I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn’t grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all ‘mean girls.’

And those mean girls were right – it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world – and I knew the answer would never be me.

The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.

The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.

Well, that’s definitely not Willow Tate.

No. That will never be me.

Because I’m completely imperfect.

And … I hate myself.

I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.

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Firstly, please take the time to read the author’s notes in this book, they are both emotional and insightful adding a deeper connection to the story as a whole.

Perfectly Imperfect is told in dual first person narrative with more from Willow than Kane.

Willow has very low self-esteem having been subjected to criticism and verbal abuse by those closest to her following her mothers tragic death. Turning to food as a source of comfort escalated her problems adding body issues to her already fragile view of herself. The insight into the damage verbal abuse causes was heartbreaking to witness. Ultimately, the damage inflicted can only be overcome by inner strength until the person victimized can find their own strength, nothing and nobody can alter their perspective. I loved the quote ‘The influence of others only holds as much power as you let it‘ – words to live by. There may well be a catalyst to promote  the change but ultimately it has to come from deep within ourselves.

Perfectly Imperfect provides a perceptive look at bullying but that insight can be applied to any negative situation a person might find themselves in; although the experience is negative, being able to use the experience as a learning tool and channel it into something positive helping overcome the damage inflicted and making us ultimately emotionally stronger.

The peripheral characters in Willow’s life provide an amazing support system for her in the form of her best friends, Eddie and Kirby ♥

Kane is a super sexy movie star but there is so much more to him than a pretty face and hot body :) He is extremely self-aware and has an enviable level of emotional depth. He is also somewhat of a romantic, believing in soul mates and recognising everything he wants in his life partner in Willow, even down to the beautiful curves she hates so much ♥ Seeking that profound connection all his alpha tendencies spring forth at first glimpse of Willow making him determined to claim her for himself. SWOON

I loved witnessing the blossoming relationship between Kane and Willow especially Willow’s gaining self-confidence in all areas of her life. Although I have to say I did find the sub-plot a little superfluous.

Review: Fighting for Devlin by Jessica Lemon

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Title: Fighting for Devlin
Series: Lost Boys #1
Author: Jessica Lemon
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date:
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 2.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Devlin Calvary makes his own luck. Orphaned as a young child, he was taken in by a crew of bookies and gamblers—and they became his family. They’re the reason Dev’s running a trendy bistro, living in a high rise, and enjoying the good life with a string of women who never ask for too much. Until, one night, he finds out how much it hurts to trust the wrong people.

Rena Lewis sticks to the straight and narrow, determined not to slip up again . . . like the terrible night of partying four years ago that ended in tragedy. A waitress at Oak & Sage, she knows that sleeping with her boss is not a smart move. But when Dev shows up on her doorstep, beat up and clearly shaken, Rena’s not about to turn him down . . . or kick him out of bed.

Dev reawakens something primal within her—a need to go wild. And Rena soon finds out that the heart she’d sealed away years ago still has the power to fight for love.


I’ve read a lot of books recently because they have been promoted as being similar to some of my favourite authors, with that in mind I don’t know if I have been overly critical in my judgement of the stories because I have a pre-conceived notion of the writing style expected based on my favourite authors (you understand what I’m trying to stay right??) Well lesson well and truly learned LOL

Fighting for Devlin has intriguing characters where events have shaped them and placed them behind self-imposed barriers. However, I have to say I didn’t fully connect with the characters and therefore, it is this aspect that affected my overall enjoyment of the story.  Jessica does build an incredible plot that is both fast paced and thought-provoking so it was just my personal connection to the characters that was the main problem :)

Told in dual first person narrative with alternating chapters from Rena, the ‘good girl’ waitress and Devlin, the ‘bad boy’ restaurant owner. However, I did feel it was Devlin’s character development that was the heart of the story.

Incidents on both sides are hinted at through the narrative allowing the reader to jump to conclusion and therefore, fear the worse. So when the revelations happen they do feel a little anti-climatic following the dramatic build-up. Especially with the way Rena is filled with misplaced guilt and regret. Personally, I found Rena a little immature and naive,  While Devlin seems to be caught in a life to pay for his fathers follies. With links to organised crime and gambling addiction being woven into the plot. The narrative takes into consideration the addiction gambling can cause – the continual quest for the next big win dominating all rational thought. While I have no experience with gambling it was easily to relate it to the personal experience I have had with other forms of addiction, seeing it control a person’s life to the exclusion of everything else.

For me, Fighting for Devlin focuses on how events in your life can freeze you into being a shell of who you actually are. It took being together for Devlin and Rena to melt the ice holding them in place so they are able to move forward together.

Books I’ve Read: More Than Comics by Elizabeth Briggs


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Title: More Than Comics
Series: Chasing the Dream #2
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 23 Feb 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

They’re friends online – but can they be more in real life?

Writer Tara McFadden has been friends with artist and drummer Hector Fernandez for years, long before his band became famous on reality TV – yet they’ve never met in person. They finally have a chance to connect offline when they’re both sent to Comic-Con to promote the graphic novel they collaborated on.

Hector’s secretly been in love with Tara for as long as he can remember, and once they meet, she sees him in a new light. All the years of longing lead to an incredible night of passion after one of his concerts, but neither is sure if their online relationship can translate into a real life romance – or if this will ruin their friendship forever.

Over four crazy days at Comic-Con, Hector and Tara must decide if they want a future together. But when their story seems to be over, it’s up to Hector’s entire band to make sure he and Tara get their happy ending.

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I’ve had this series on my radar for quite some time, more since starting the comic book club in school. Yes I know it’s a weird reason but that is me for you 😀

Firstly, More Than Comics is an unbelievably quick read, I was surprised it was such a short book. Saying that it doesn’t lack for action and characterisation within the narrative.

Not having read the first book, More Than Music, I can honestly say it doesn’t matter as the main characters are different. the cross-over points between the series are quickly recapped and explained for people like myself who are new to the series.

The characters were well-rounded and a connection to them was easy to form. Although the relationship speeds along it honestly doesn’t matter because the length of time Tara and Hector have known each other outweighs any thoughts of insta-anything. Hector carries quite a bit of emotional baggage stemming particularly from his mexican heritage and deportation of his parents at a young age. In all honesty I didn’t fully understand his issues of abandonment and feelings of inadequacy, this did not diminish my feelings toward Hector at all.

I really enjoyed the way in which the plot played out with fate stepping in to guide Tara to where she should be and what she should be doing. The importance of friends was very well portrayed within More Than Comics.

Even more than the characters I think I loved the setting within ComicCon for this story – the workshops, the fans and most of all the amazing cosplay. I wish there were actual photos of the brilliant costumes described within More Than Comics.

Elizabeth does an amazing job of setting the background for the other books in the series. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for this motley group of friends.

Review: Once Upon A Power Play by Jennifer Bonds

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Title: Once Upon A Power Play
Series: Risky Business #2
Author: Jennifer Bonds
Publisher: Brazen
Publication Date:
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

He’ll do whatever it takes to get her against the boards…

Sidelined by a potentially career-ending injury, the only thing hockey player Ryan Douglas should be thinking about is recovery. But after sharing a near death experience and a night of passion with a spunky brunette, the only thing on his mind is five and a half feet of sexy sarcasm. And he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back in his bed–even if it means playing dirty.

Chloe Jacobs is done with fairytales. And men. She’s kissed her share of frogs and what’s it gotten her? Dumped by text–again. Determined to eighty-six illusions of romance and prove she’s more than just a good-time girl, the last thing she needs is a pushy, arrogant hockey player testing her resolve. Especially one who’s sinfully good with his hands and thinks date-by-blackmail is a perfectly acceptable social convention.

Ryan wants to play games? Fine by her, but this is one faceoff he’s going to lose.

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Although this is the second book in the series it is not necessary to read the first one in order to enjoy Once Upon a Power Play. There are references to the first book within the narrative but it doesn’t impact the plot of Once Upon a Power Play in any way.

Told in third person narrative with alternating focus between the two main characters, Chloe and Ryan. Thrown together in extremely unusual circumstances, sparks really fly.

Featuring witty, sarcastic banter between the main characters perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase. Once Upon a Power Play is a fast, engaging romance.

Both character have been burned by previous relationships in different ways, Chloe far more than Ryan, causing emotional barriers to be set in place. Their level of comfort around each other when fate throws them together quickly helps breakdown the barriers. Ryan has defined himself through his sport and when a serious injury threats his career he finds himself re-evaluating his life and it’s purpose. Chloe and Ryan fit together perfectly although life of a high-profile sports star causes more than a few problems. Throw in a gold-digging Ex adding to the angst.

I really enjoyed Once Upon a Power Play and have added the first book in the series, Once Upon a Dare to my wish-list.

Review: Friction by Sawyer Bennett

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Title: Friction
Series: Legal Affairs
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date:
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

At the powerhouse law firm of Knight & Payne, winning comes first and ethics a distant second. Leary Michaels uses her female charms to daze opponents, and it’s always worked well—until now. On her most personal case yet, she finds herself going up against a defense attorney just as skilled, shameless, and seductive as she is.

Reeve Holloway has never met a woman as sure of her own sexuality, or as ruthless in wielding it, as Leary is. But he won’t be toyed with. What Leary starts, he’ll finish—in the courtroom, the bedroom, or any-damn-place he wants. The sex is uninhibited, electrifying, and absolutely against the rules. Reeve’s job is to ruin Leary’s case…even if it destroys her in the process and costs him the woman he’s come to love.


I absolutely love this series so jumped at the chance to read the next installment. Although I was initially confused as to how the characters linked to the previous stories all is revealed as the story unfolds.

Leary is an amazing character, we see her as a newly qualified lawyer blossoming into a femme fatale via the mentorship she receives from her employer. Undertaking the most personal and critical case of her life Leary puts all her talents to the pursuit of justice.

I loved the insight into how the justice system works, how very differently cases are viewed both from a defender and prosecutors perspective, but not just that it looks at it from the point of view of a large, money driven corporations as opposed to purpose driven  companies.

Reeve, maybe the opposing counsel in this story but it shows how he doesn’t really fit in to the corporate ideal of money being the end goal, he has far more credibility and self-worth than the sharks he works for. I loved seeing his inner thoughts as to the workings of the legal system he is embedded in.

The plot provided food for thought by way of looking at what lengths would you go to for justice to be served. Not necessarily illegal but more a bending of professional ethics.

The romance plays out brilliantly in a hook, line and sinker scenario. Both Reeve and Leary develop a lot of self-awareness via their relationship which is fantastic to follow.

There is a lot happening between the sheets in Friction (yes pun intended) from womanly wiles, to the pursuit of justice to doctors with god complexes all making an appearance. You’ll become invested in the outcome of not only the relationships but in seeing justice served.

I’ve got to say it, seriously I have to: Friction will chafe in all the right places 😉