A Perfect Mess – Zoe Dawson
Title: A Perfect Mess (A Perfect Secret #1)
Author: Zoe Dawson
Publisher: Blue Moon Creative
My rating: ★★★✫✫
Since I will be joining the Paperback Summer soon, I decided to pick another book on my Kindle for now. I scrolled to the books that were still on there (50+ e-books are still waiting for me there, so maybe I need a Kindle month as well) and picked A perfect Mess quite randomly. I got it as a freebie on Amazon a couple of months ago, but saw that it is still available for free at Amazon.com at the moment.
What the book is about
I know what you did last summer.
Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there’s only one person who knows what she did.
Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers—all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be brash enough to make it big self-publishing horror novels on the internet. He promised never to tell, but everyone knows you can never trust an Outlaw.
Then a year later, in the middle of the night, she receives a phone call at Tulane. Her aunt, who took her in after her mother’s death, is in a coma under suspicious circumstances. Now she has to face that one person who knows all about what she did that summer—sexy Booker.
Returning to Hope Parish to be with her aunt, stirs up all those ugly memories. When Aubree starts getting threats, she can’t help but wonder if what she did last summer was tied to her aunt’s “accident.” Afraid, she turns to the only person who knows the truth and Booker doesn’t hesitate to offer his broad shoulder for her to lean on. But Booker has a secret of his own that could crush their fledgling relationship.
As the hot, sultry summer days move on, she finds that even a perfectly smart girl can lose her heart to a perfectly bad boy. What is she going to do when someone starts asking questions Aubree doesn’t want to answer? She’s knee deep into a terribly dangerous, wholly life changing, who-can-she-really-depend-on perfect mess.
What I think about the book
The story starts at a fast pace. I was kind of expecting a romantic, contemporary story with some sort of dramatic personal secret that would be exposed, but soon it became clear that there was more to this secret. The book seemed to be a bit thriller like, there was someone watching Aubree and sending her mean text messages. The reader doesn’t know what she has done last summer. It is only clear that Booker was there with her when it happened.
The book shows both the point of view of Aubree and Booker. That was nice, because it shows you that both Aubree and Booker like each other and would like to get to know the other one better, but for their own reasons they think it would be a bad idea to get involved in a (committed) relationship. I really did like to see how their contact changes throughout the story and I was really hoping they would finally get together.
I liked the story, but I do have some ‘complaints’ about it as well. The content of this book is not clean at all. I really don’t mind it when there is sex involved in a romance novel, but in this case I had to get used to the way Booker is thinking about Aubree. Nothing was left to the imagination and in my opinion that didn’t really add anything to the story. I am not a prude, but I think that scenes where you can fill in the blanks are way more sexy. This seems to be an issue that I have more often with new adult novels.