November 20, 2015

Review - Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan

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Meet Willow and Kane in the newest stand alone by Harper Sloan!
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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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“Are you nervous right now?”
I nod.
“Tell me why.”  His demand, steady and calm, gives me the courage I need to tell him.  To open a vein and bleed my insecurities.
“I’m not perfect,” I whisper.
“And neither am I, Willow.  I don’t want perfect.  What so many see as perfect, to me, is fake.  Perfect isn’t achievable naturally.  No one, and I mean no one, is perfect.”
I’m shaking my head before he’s even done speaking, but one long finger comes up and presses against my lips before I can speak.
“No, let me finish.  There isn’t beauty in perfection.  It’s as fake as the image the word projects.  Beauty is found in imperfection, Willow, because to admit you’re not perfect means you’re admitting you’re not whole and absolute.  When I think of myself, I see someone willing to admit he’s as far from complete as it gets because, in order to get to that perfection, I need to find the other part of me who will make my life better.  To take all the faults I have and fill them, and only then will I be there.  You see, the way I see it, the only way to become perfect is to find that perfectly imperfect person who brings it out of you.”
When he stops, I swear I might have stopped breathing.  How am I supposed to respond to that?
“Do you trust me?” he asks, his voice strong and sure.
“Yes, Kane.  Nerves or not, I do.”
“Then let me show you what I see when I look at you.”
He brings his hands up, framing my face once again in a way I’m quickly becoming addicted to the feeling of.  His warm eyes implore, begging me without words to let him continue.  I do not intend to stop him, regardless of the butterflies currently taking over my system.  I’m all in.
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About the Author:
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Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husband’s chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!

Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.

My Review 

This story. What an absolutely beautiful message! I don’t know of any person, man or woman, who has always felt confident and sure of themselves or their appearance. I have had plenty of moments of insecurity and self doubt. I think we are always harder on yourselves than we are on other people. That’s why I loved this story’s message. I love how Harper told a story about a real girl and her struggles with her self-image. 

When we first meet Willow she is getting divorced, after learning her ex has been sleeping with her much thinner sister. I was immediately cheering for Willow. Her family and ex are evil people who thrive on making her feel bad about herself. I could feel her sorrow and lack of self-esteem. I could see how her own self-hate spurred so many negative feelings. Her inner thoughts broke my freaking heart and I just wanted to hug her. 

Today, I choose to be a better me. One who doesn’t hate herself. One who isn’t so self-conscious of everyone around her. Today, I choose strength. 

Don’t worry this isn’t a sad story, it’s the story of a woman taking control of her life and discovering her self worth. Kane Masters is a famous actor and he is completely taken with Willow from day one. He was into her regardless of her size, when she was overweight or healthier, he didn’t care. He was completely captivated by her and just wanted a chance with Willow. 

I’m the imperfect to his perfect. 

I loved Kane for Willow, he was strong and domineering, but just enough so that she could feel his intentions. He allowed her to choose the pace of the relationship, but always showed his cards so Willow had faith in their connection. I loved these two together. 

I actually loved so much about this story, but felt some moments were over the top. I feel like these two already had enough things against them. I loved the initial twists when I thought they would lead to different conclusions, but when they didn’t they just seemed unnecessary. The ending was kind of rushed and I wish we had experienced more scenes with them together. Does that take away from my love for the message in this story, absolutely not. I still seriously enjoyed the story and the message was beautiful. 

If you are looking for a feel good book with tons of heart and sexiness, this is it!

I know that our world will be full of imperfection, but I’ve found my little slice of flawless love and happiness here in Kane’s arms. His love makes every second yet to come of our perfectly imperfect life something I know will never get old.

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 

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