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 answer would always be 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. I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.
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I thought it made a refreshing change addressing the issues most of us have, I loved that she became more confident and it was sweet that 'he' was so supportive, but I had some serious issues about how the man was portrayed.
The perfect issue - what is good for her should also be good for him, why was he portrayed as so perfect? doesn't this just displace the issue and project it elsewhere? Making it an unattainable thing only the gorgeous show stopper gets the girl. He could have been gorgeous in every way but perhaps be bald or had flat feet...
This had a contradictory message for me and for that reason is only a mid-range book.
"Heartwarming romance with a great message...."
First and foremost I must mention the performance: 5 well-deserved, I love Zachary Webber and Shirl Rae stars!!! This is my first Harper Sloan book, and my primary reason for buying it was because of this duo of narrators. If you haven't listened to a book narrated by either of these exceptional performers, you are missing out!
The books itself was great. I loved the characters...especially Willow and her phoenix-like rebirth. She was a destroyed woman...kicked repeatedly while she was down. Her rise and redemption was a thing of beauty.
The story was rather like a modern-day Cinderella. Willow's meltdown at her stepfather's company was sad but satisfying. Her return for closure was a thing of beauty that made me want to start high-fiving anyone in my vicinity!
The romance between Willow and Kane was sweet. Willow denies Kane's interest initially because she can't imagine why the perfect male specimen of a movie star could desire her. As Willow slowly becomes comfortable in her skin (a voluptuous size 14), the romance blossoms and sexual tension builds.
The only thing that I didn't like about this book was the time-skipping. There were events particularly during the building of the romance that should have been detailed. Large chunks of time were missing and glossed over with only a passing mention. This made the story choppy. I get that it had to take place over years, but there are more seamless ways to accomplish this. Cutting out the nitty-gritty of a courtship in a romance novel is a bad move. Sloan, I hope you have an ex-editor you hate for having done this to your book.
With that said, Perfectly Imperfect was a good romance read. Well worth a credit.
So this is a hard one for me. I really loved the idea behind the story, especially after looking up inspiration pictures on Pinterest. It was such a nice change of pace from the stereotypical heroin in a book. I think the twist at the end was well played out until the epilogue, then I got lost again.
I think the author tried to get her point across so much that it came across as redundant. I felt like screaming... We get it! He loved her for who she is! And it seemed quite unrealistic for him to be so incredibly patient dealing with such behavior Willow about her body image.
Ok, negatives aside... It was a great love story. I am so disgusted with her families behavior towards her and it was hard to listen to knowing that there are people who treat others that way. Worth a listen, definitely entertaining.
"This was the best of all her books"
This book is an erotic, romance novel. Loved every min.
I have to say this one really had me in tears and screaming all within five mins. The story between two people was so strong and the abuse that one person has to overcome just to be free of the past.
Willow use to know unconditional love through her mother but as she grew and her mother remarried, she soon became acquainted with a love that came with conditions. Starving and striving to give all she can to retain the love of her step father after her mother's death is a long dream that will be come to light. The emotional abuse of her stepfather and sister can only force willow into a shell.
Kane a man of the Hollywood spot light is looking of the one girl, a dream of finding the woman that he plays in every movie. When he finally finds her and await for her to lick her wounds so he can come to her rescue, he finds himself in the tabloids scandals. As stories from the press make him look bad when only trying to help a friend, Willow wants nothing to do with someone like Kane, sexy as sin and is no way in her league. He still will not let go of the hope that Willow is strong enough to believe the truth and to trust him.
Love, love, love this book. The characters are well defined and the emotions of each charter are truly a work of art. This book is not like her other, were there is a lot of action and violence, this book is awesome.
"It was just ok..."
The story was very predictable and didn't give much of a story plot, I felt like the story was ending before even begun.If it wasn't for the narrators being amazing I'm not sure if I want to finish the book. To tell you the truth the only reason I even bought the book is because I adore these narrators they're amazing.
Started out OK but quickly declined. Boring and basic. I couldn't bring myself to finish it.
"Narrator's Voice Doesn't Work for This Book"
Read the reviews warning about the narrator's performance and even heard the sample before purchasing thinking the bad reviews about her performance were exaggerated. They weren't.
The heroine is supposed to be a 20 something year old; instead the female narrator sounds very matronly and her portrayal doesn't mesh with the characters. It doesn't help that the female narrator's timing for conveying characters emotions is off and the voices she gives the male characters are all the same. Due to this, I couldn't even finish listening to the book. t
Thank goodness I had already read it before or else I would have been left hanging as to the ending. Skip the audio and read the book for this one.
In a very unoriginal story line it was nice to see a heroine that was not the typical size zero. Nevertheless her struggles to overcome her body issues were over used. I would have perfered to see Willow gain personal strength on her own and not through her relationship. Overall it was fine, not a re read in my opinion.
The story was overly predictable and too unrealistic. I found myself rolling my eyes too often. The narration was part of the reason for the eye roles. Webber was good. Rae would have been fine if she didn't drag out so many words and add inflection in odd spots. It was like listening to an overly dramatic, whiny teenager tell a story. With that narration, it was hard to picture a character I could like and want to know more about.
"Predicable & Bad writing"
I picked this because I like the narrators. I feel sorry for them. They had to try and make bad writing sound believable. I had to turn this off several times because I just couldn't stand how bad it was. Predictable story line and intimate scenes were badly written.
Beautiful, emotional story!!! So good that I didn't want it to end. Harper Sloan out did herself on this one.
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