Monday, August 10, 2015

PRESENT PERFECT by Alison G. Bailey

Series:  PERFECT #1
Author:  Alison G. Bailey
Publish Date:   08.01.13
Publisher:  Alison G. Bailey
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content and language

Received from:  Alison G. Bailey (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 05.17.14
Goodreads link: Present Perfect

Description from the publisher:
I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant.

Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, articles, and poems written about it. There are experts on love who will tell you how to get it, keep it, and get over it.

We’re led to believe love is complicated. It’s not the love that’s complicated. It’s all the crap that we attach to it and put in front of it that makes it difficult. If you’re smart, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and simplify.
Amanda Kelly spent her entire life trying to control every aspect of it, while striving for perfection. Her obsession with being perfect, along with her feelings of worthlessness, consumed her. The one thing she thought was perfect in her life was the bond she shared with her best friend, Noah.
Everything was going according to her life plan until she woke up one day and realized she had fallen in love with him. The one thing she couldn’t control was the affect he had on her. Noah had the power to give her one hundred lifetimes of happiness, which also gave him the power to completely devastate her. He was the one thing in her life that was perfect, but she couldn't allow herself to have him.
Her life begins to unravel. Events take over and force her to let go of her dreams and desires. She needs to realize that a person cannot control the events in their life, only their reaction to them...but will it be too late for her to save her relationship with her best friend?
Present Perfect is a story of how past events have present consequences and how perfect your present could be if you stopped fighting and just allowed it to happen.

*WARNING* You will need a box of tissues!

This is the first book in the Perfect series.  

I laughed.  I cried.  There was at least one time when I was crying and laughing at the same time.

Each chapter started with a journal entry from Amanda/Tweet.  I think these are where most of my Kindle highlights were marked.  What I most want to comment on would be a spoiler, so I’ll leave that part out.  You’ll just have to trust me that this story does go where you expect and it also doesn’t.  There is a clear theme to this book:  Life doesn’t always go as planned.  You can’t change the past.  You can’t control the future, but life can be perfect in the present.

The writing is flawless.  Ms. Bailey is a fantastic storyteller with a wicked sense of humor that shines throughout this book.  It’s hard to believe this is her freshman work!

I am reading the second book in this series as soon as I finish posting this review.  I have another box of tissues at the ready, just in case.  

Grammar/editing:  B – a few small errors

Perfect series:
  1. Present Perfect
  2. Past Imperfect
  3. Presently Perfect (not yet released)

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