Title: A Perfect Mess
Author: Zoe Dawson
Published by: Blue Moon Creative LLC
Publication date: 16 May 2014
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I feel a bit like I have hit a bad run when it comes to my book choices. All I can say is that I am glad that this one was free, because if I’d spent money on it it would have been a waste of cash as well as time! In the books defence, I’m not really the target audience for the novel – but that’s really clutching at straws when it comes to the flaws in this book.
Aubree is a girl running from her previous life and the secrets she has been keeping – which all comes back to bite her on the backside when her Aunt Lottie has a terrible accident and Aubree is called; her aunt being the only family she has left (First mistake of the book, the whole ‘I’ve got a tragic past and lost all my family’ trope has really been done to death) While visiting her home town, Aubree hooks up with Booker. Booker, and his two brothers, are the typical bad-boys of the town; with a reputation left by a terrible father. Upon her return, Aubree is hounded by Daniel Langston, who assumes the two of them had something to do with his brother (Damien) disappearance.
The blurb starts with ‘I know what you did last summer.’ In my humble opinion, another mistake seeing as that strap-line is so indicative of the movie… “I know what you did last summer” and I am pretty sure that the two aren’t related. The fact the author thought it was a good idea to use such a well known phrase still makes me cringe.
This book can really be summed up in two phrases. ‘The girl got to me‘ and ‘The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree‘ Which Zoe Dawson uses far beyond what would be classed as reasonable! Seriously, these two phrases are thrown about seemingly at random when it comes to the parts of the book that are in Bookers point of view.
Also, the name, River-Pearl got really annoying to read over and over.
The first half of the story is basically Aubree and Booker falling for one another, while there is the hook of some sort of terrible ‘secret’ that they both share to keep the reader interested, there is little else going on. Seeing as Aubree is back in her home town to visit her Aunt (who is in a coma) I feel it is pretty insensitive to go out partying, spending her time making out with Booker and doing the no pants dance – which, did I mention, was more than half the book?
Don’t get me wrong, the description of the more erotic scenes were the best of the book, but it seems like all this fluff was there to pad out the book and make it feel more ‘valid’ than just writing erotica! Which brings me back to the ‘hook’ that kept me reading the book to it’s conclusion. The plot twists are predictable and boring – and honestly, I kept reading in the meagre hope that the author would pulls something out the the bag that I wasn’t expecting. She didn’t.
There are other plot points/twists in the book that were unnecessary and these felt not on incredulous, but also very rushed. Aubrees Aunt Lotties romance and wedding felt extremely rushed – generally people who have been married before live together and whatnot before rushing into marriage after only dating one another for a couple of weeks.
Another gripe I had was the age of the characters, Booker is a wealthy and sucessful self-published author who has invested his money into his two brothers – Boone and Braxson – businesses (A bar and a landscape designer/architect, brought two plosts of land and had houses built on it, owns three cars (one of which is a mustang) all before the age of 20. I know this can happen, but on top of other plot ‘holes,’ it feels a little contrived. There is just something that’s begs to be believed about the whole plot. The Sherrif, who just so happens to be Aubrees Aunts love interest, overlooks a rather major and serious crime, because he is marrying Aubrees Aunt – and seeing as the whole relationship feels rushed it makes the whole story and ‘secret’ aspect of the novel irritating. I would certainly hope the Fathers of murderers wouldn’t look the other way if they were in a position of lawful authority!
Needless to say, I was not impressed with this book and I’m glad I didn’t waste any pennies on it. Nor will I waste them on any of the 11 follow-ups.