A Perfect Mess by Zoe Dawson review

Monday, November 04, 2013
A Perfect Mess (A Perfect Secret  Series, #1)

Actual rating: 3.5 Stars

I really, really enjoyed reading this book, it was the perfect light read with a bit of mystery thrown into the equation. The banter between Booker and Aubree was hilarious. Booker was cocky, funny and yet at the same time he could be sweet and considerate.

The book is set in the south (everything I no about the south is from watching true blood :P)That being said the story did have a few inconsistencies. But they didn't bother me much, although they were pretty obvious.

Aubree, is a perfectionist. She thrives on controlling her surrondings, the better she does the better she feels about her self. This perfect dream is burst by an incident that happened nine months before she went to college. Because of this she stays as far away from home as possible, alienating her aunt who has always been there for her. When her aunt is injured in a mysterious incident, she comes rushing home only to be greeted by Booker, the last person she wanted to see. But when she starts getting threats via text, she realises she may need him.

Booker, is one of the unholy trinity, three brothers who happen to be triplets, all identical. He has crushed on Aubree since he was twelve years old, and he has been standing up to anyone who has ever had a bad word to say about her for almost just as long.

When Aubree comes back to town, he wants her and he wants her bad. But the shadow hanging over his family holds him back. He's always been told he'll never amount to anything because he's an Outlaw, and even though he doesn't show it, this has always hurt him.

What worked
The first thing that attracted me to this book was the fact that we have three brothers. They are triplets. They are identical. Need I say more? Booker is a bit of a jerk, but a sweet jerk. He has this really close relationship with his two brothers, they're always there for each other.

The banter between Booker and Aubree was hilarious and adorable. This a coming of age story at heart, and although this book was very light and fluffy, the message still came through strong. You are not your past, your family's past sins do not define you who you are.

The outlaw brothers also have Cajun cousins, and they throw the word "Chere" around alot! SWOON!!! :P

What didn't work
There were just a few things that couldn't be ignored.
1. Damien went missing nine months ago, no one in town has even thought to ask about his whereabouts. I don't care how big of an asshole he was, this did not sit right with me.

2. Aubree's aunt's big reveal close to to the end of the story, it was completely random and it just didn't gel with the story very well.

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5. The ending was just way too rushed, in this case the story needed to be longer.

Final Thoughts
Despite my long list of glitches with this book, I really did enjoy it. I couldn't put it down and I am really looking forward to Verity and Boone's story!

ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Blue Moon Creative in return for an honest review 

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