Twisted Perfection (Perfection #1)
By Abbi Glines
Published April 24th, 2013
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
About the Book:
Life outside of her house was a new experience for Della Sloane. The dark secrets of her past weren’t something she ever intended to share with anyone. They would never understand. No one would ever get close enough to find out. There was always a chance she’d go crazy sooner than they expected…
Woods Kerrington had never been one to be attracted to fragile females. They seemed like too much work. He wasn’t in it for the work just the pleasure. A night full of naughty fun had been exactly what was on his mind when he’d laid eyes on the hot little number that didn’t know how to pump gas and needed some help.
What he didn’t know was she was as fragile as they came.
The carefree girl who spoke her mind and didn’t care what the world thought of her was more breakable than he could ever imagine…
What have I been missing?! I mean, I’ve been wanting to read Abbi Glines for some time now. I’ve seen her around. She writes new adult. I love new adult. I love hot romance. She writes REALLY HOT romance. I mean scorching, on the verge of being close to erotic romance. I said CLOSE!!! Not there yet people!
Abbi Glines wrote this little story about what happens when one night of scorching hot sex turns into something more that just doesn’t want to go away, despite the odds against them. I think the synopsis is a wee bit misleading, though.
Della is kind of fragile and yes, she has “issues”. But she has an extremely strong back bone. She’s recovering from a completely messed up childhood. I can’t even say she HAD a childhood! It’s been a few years since she “escaped” her own hell and she’s got a spunk that’s coming out loud and strong so it’s not a complete mess that Woods meets and picks up for a one night stand at a gas station just outside his town.
Woods is stuck in a life made for him by his parents. He’s been groomed to take over the family’s business and set to marry the daughter of another wealthy family since he was a child. Not much in life has been his choice. So a one night stand was perfect.
Except, oops, Woods finds Della in his world again. 🙂
It’s a chaotic, hot romantic mess full of evil villains and true friends. Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, the tables turn, rugs get pulled out from under you and you’re like, “WTF?”. What makes this story so worthwhile is Woods and what he goes through to get what he wants and deserves in life. I love his alpha male coming out to play. Hmmmmm. Sorry, just reliving.
At times I was frustrated with what the characters were doing But the pace, story, supporting characters, and hot, hot, STEAMING love between Della and Woods made me forget ever being frustrated until I looked back in my notes (“What? I was mad at Woods? Never!”).
Ending on a tiny cliffhanger, you still get closure for Della and Woods. But book two is right there, staring you in the face so you know something is up. What could the problem be? Hmmmmm…..
Simple Perfection (Perfection #2)
By Abbi Glines
Published September 23rd, 2013
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: Received from Atria Books / Simon & Schuster (via Edelweiss) in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank you!)
About the Book:
Woods had his perfect life mapped out for him. Rise up the ranks of the family business. Marry the rich girl of his parents’ dreams. Pretend that wealth and privilege was all he’d ever wanted. Then a girl named Della breezed into town, a beautifully imperfect stranger who captured his heart and opened his eyes to a new kind of future. Woods is ready and willing to sacrifice everything for her when the sudden death of his father leaves him with his mother to care for and a business to manage.
Della is determined to be strong for Woods, even as she’s quietly falling to pieces. No matter how far from home she’s run, the ghosts of her past have never stopped haunting her. Struggling to hide her true feelings from Woods, Della fears she can’t be his rock without dragging him down into the darkness with her. But is she strong enough to let go of the last thing holding her together?
So, we’re left with a bit of a cliff-hanger at the end of Twisted Perfection. It’s not a major one, we got our HEA and closure. But apparently only one of the many obstacles that were in Della and Woods’ way were eliminated last time around.
It’s time for personal growth on both Della and Woods’ side. That’s mainly what this book is about. Della has much farther to go and it’s the supporting cast she relies heavily upon to help her. This is where the other series’, Rosemary Beach and Fallen Too Far comes into heavy play. Characters from these other series’ play heavily into this story but they aren’t thrust in with no purpose. Their parts in this story both progress the plot and that of their own stories.
Della needs to learn to believe in herself and that she can be everything Woods needs. Unfortunately, those dastardly evil villains are at it again and the gloves are off this time. And I thought they were nasty last time!
There are so many side plots happening in this book that intersect each other, I think my brain might explode trying to not spoil anything. We have MAJOR happenings for characters from Rosemary Beach such as Tripp, Jace, Bethy, even Blaire and Rush from Fallen Too Far (note to self: read Fallen Too Far series, it’s up for 2013 Goodreads Romance Award).
The story moves quick, the romance is just as hot, but the reason why I only gave this sequel 4 stars is because it fell back on an old clichè I absolutely hate: the misunderstanding. It’s like an old sitcom where someone overhears something and then acts upon it. I cringe when I see that used. It wasn’t the entire story but it was there and irked me enough. If you can get past that, you’ll have a 4 ½ – 5 star book on your hands!!!
I am so glad I finally picked up Abbi Glines and she will continue to stay on my TBR list as one of my favorite contemporary romance authors.
About the Author:
Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama.