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.
Title: Paris Cravings
Author: Kimberley Montpetit
Publisher: Spellbound Books
My rating: ★★★★✫
I’ve received a review copy of this book from e-books for review. The title and short summary sounded nice to me and therefore I accepted this book.
What the book is about
Can life really turn on a dime,
a missed bus—
or a stuck pastry shop door?
Chloe Dillard’s life has always been complicated. Her mother is a neurotic romance novelist and her boyfriend, Mathew, has been pressuring her to go “all the way”—even as one of her own best friends offers to accommodate him.
But after The Worst Night of Her Life, Chloe escapes on her Senior Class trip to the swoon-worthy city of Paris which takes her mind off her troubles—temporarily. On the final leg of her dream trip, Chloe squeezes in one final run for a last-minute box of decadent pastries. Add a stuck door, subtract a broken four-inch heel from her cute strappy sandals, and Chloe ends up one stuck girl on the bakery shop floor with a sprained ankle.
Rescued by the shop owner’s dreamy son with chocolate-syrup eyes, the beautiful city of Paris suddenly becomes Chloe’s personal secret adventure. And even though Jean-Paul, the oh-so-kind La Patisserie shop boy is the gentlemanly guy Chloe has always dreamed of, even he has a girlfriend.
The police are tracking her down as a run-away, Mom’s having a nervous breakdown over her daughter’s “disappearance”, and Chloe’s just trying to have a Happily-Ever-After even as her dreams with Matt are swirling down the drain.
Could being lost in the city of Paris be just what the doctor ordered? What’s a girl to do in the most romantic city in the world?
What I think about the book
First of all I would like to say that it was such a sweet story. Not only because of all the chocolate eclairs and other pastries, but also because of the sweet love story between Chloe and Jean-Paul. At first Chloe seemed pretty clumsy and it was really annoying that she missed her bus because she really needed to buy more pastries before catching her tour bus. Seriously? I thought it was a bit cliche, especially because Jean-Paul was there right away to save our damsel in distress. It gets better though!
Now that Chloe can spend more time in Paris, she takes you with her in her adventures in the city. At the same time, every chapter contains some fragments of the past couple of months, where Chloe thinks about her boyfriend at home. Mathew, the cheater. Mathew, the one who she thought was supposed to be the love of her life. Of course it’s clear from the beginning that Chloe and Jean-Paul like each other and that something will happen, but I must admit that I didn’t mind it that much. In fact, I was rooting for them. That must say something, coming from a girl who has no romantic bone in her body!
Most of all Paris Cravings makes me want to see Paris. I haven’t been there since May 2000. Back then I was there with my high school class as well. I have also seen Paris with my parents. Maybe it’s about time to go back and discover Paris in my own pace, so that I can enjoy the city the way I have read about it in several novels. That would mean I would make time to shop, walk around, discover some lovely chocolate shops and enjoy the lovely food and wines that France has to offer. Who is with me?