Review: Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross and Mark Perini

Posted July 7, 2015 in Review / 8 Comments

Review: Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross and Mark Perini

Halfway Perfect

by Julie Cross, Mark Perini
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on May 5th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Eve's time as a fashion model nearly destroyed her-now she's determined to build a career behind the camera lens. But landing a coveted photography internship brings her face to face with her dark past-and her ex.

While Eve is snapping pictures, up-and-coming male model Alex is launching his career-which, for him, involves maintaining a fake relationship with his (secretly) underage co-star, Elana.

But Alex is falling for Eve, and Eve won't let herself get hurt again. If Alex can pull off a fake love with Elana, can he convince Eve to risk a secret affair with him?


I was interested in reading “Halfway Perfect” by Julie Cross and Mark Perini because I really enjoyed Ms. Cross’ book, “Third Degree” that came out last year.  It was such a fun, clever, and romantic story.  “Halfway Perfect” turned out to be a totally different type of story than “Third Degree” and maybe my disappointment in not getting another “Third Degree” clouded my enjoyment of this one.  Ever have that happen to you?  Have your expectations all set for one thing and then get served another?  That’s kind of what happened to me here.

First, I’ll start with what was classic Ms. Cross (ie. “great”) about “Halfway Perfect”:

  • The alternate POVs allowed me to get to know and really understand both Eve and Alex extremely well.  Eve left the modeling world, as a teenager no less, abruptly at the height of her career.  Part of the intrigue of the story is slowing finding out what happened to make her leave her career – the reader is only told so much as the story progresses until all the puzzle pieces are put together by the end of the book.  I was hooked and had to know what happened.  Likewise with Alex; I wanted to know what he was going to do with the dilemma he was presented with.  There was some excitement at the end of the story and it took knowing Alex’s personality to even anticipate his reaction.
  • There were some fantastic supporting characters that I wish would have had more page time or maybe could have a novella in the future.  I’m talking specifically about Finley and Elana.  Both are strong female characters (models, if you’re curious) with personalities that you know came from very interesting pasts.
  • I really enjoyed the two authors working on this book.  Having a male author on this book brought a more authentic masculine voice for the male lead character, even though both authors wrote both parts.  And HELLO, Mr. Perini brings with him first hand experience in the modeling industry.  No need to second guess the research done for the story.

Now, what the heck is my problem??

  • The subject matter – I probably should have paid more attention to the synopsis.  I was so giddy for anything with Ms. Cross’ name on it that I failed to really process that the story was written about the modeling world.  That industry just doesn’t hold any fascination for me.
  • The story was a straight line leading directly to the ending.  There were no surprises, no deviations, no “spins” on the story.  I was hoping for that little element of surprise to come from left field like it did in “Third Degree”.
  • Romance?  Hello, where are you?  I thought this story was more of a fictional story about the modeling industry than it was a romance.  I would say the percentage was 70% fictionalization of the modeling world and 30% romance.

So, I leave it up to you.  Don’t worry, the book is well-written: the plot was steady and I really wasn’t bored, no grammatical mistakes, and the two POVs are very distinct/different.  I just personally had my expectations set a wee bit too high (sorry, Mark).

…  and I need to read a synopsis’ slower.




About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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