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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 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.
And … I hate myself.
I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.
It was perfect!!!
I knew the subjective matter addressed in Perfectly Imperfect yet I was not prepared for the emotions it stirred up. I wasn’t sure I could mentally handle it as I read the first two chapters. It hit WAY TOO close to home on body issues and self image. I understood Willow. I felt her pain, fear and self worth issues. But that was Harper’s objective and I embraced it as I read.
And that’s when the magic began. Connection-at-first-sight. Electricity. Desire. Transformation. Strength. Willow and Kane’s story evolved into something beautiful, enlightening and up-lifting. And true to Harper’s style, there was a super hot alpha-male, steamy scenes and the soul mate connection between characters that keeps me coming back to her books over and over again.
**I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
Lessons in Self Love
"To be a little stronger. To be able to get through this without breaking into a million pieces."
This is Willow and Kane's HEA story. It doesn't come without a few bumps and bruises along the way. Although a romance, the main theme is self-love. The type of love that is not unconditional or come from another source. But the love you feel for yourself.
I believe that most women and men could relate to Willow. Willow's story was centered around body image. These feelings of self doubt and loathing can come from other conditions: mental capabilities, personality, or status within your group. Kane is the prince charming all of us ugly ducklings hope to find. He loves Willow for Willow. Not the vessel that holds her but the real person.
This is my first read of Harper Sloan and I was not disappointed with getting a HEA with lots of steam. The story tended to lag in parts, mostly the characters re-hashing their internal dialogue. This interrupted the reading pace for me, however, it's a personal preference thing. Many may find this engrossing into the mindset of the character. If you are looking for a read that is both hot romance and something that will make you cheer and feel good about the characters, this is a recommended read.
Perfectly Imperfect- says it all
This book hit close to home. Being a big girl myself now, being teased and taunted in my earlier years. Yeah, I can relate to being haunted everyday with cutting words. I loved this book. I felt the emotion, the turmoil, the verbal abuse. I felt what Willow was feeling and in areas of this book, I cried, and cried hard. It's a good thing when the author gets the reader to feel the emotion of the story to actually act out on it. I was sad to hear about Kyle, though. I was hoping he would have a better ending in the story. To have a woman go through torment, everyday, from "family" is horrible, and for someone to write about it and put it out there for millions to read about, takes courage. I love this story and will be in my heart, close, because I can also breathe now because I have also overcome those demons who used to haunt me as well. Good job- well done! Worth the 5 stars given.