Author: Harper Sloan
Release date: November 17, 2015
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
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.
Last year I’ve read Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan for the first time, and after rereading it, I still love it. Like most women – including myself – Willow has issues with her appearance and her body and listens to that little voice in her head. I love the inspiring message this book gives; love yourself.
“Today, I choose to be a better me. One who doesn’t hate herself. One who isn’t so self-conscious of everyone around her. Today, I choose strength.”
Willow Tate has grown up without the support of a normal family; after the death of her mother her stepfather and half-sister have been nothing but cruel towards her, without any reason. Low on self-esteem Willow marries the first man who pays her attention, a man who doesn’t mind destroying her spirit even more. On the day her divorce gets final, and her family and ex-husband sickly enjoy making fun of her, Willow is helped by a stranger; actor Kane Masters comes to her rescue. She can’t stop thinking about the handsome and kind man, and when they meet again months later, she falls for him quickly.
“He’s utterly perfect. And I’m sitting in front of him rumpled from travel, sweaty from hustling through the busy Atlanta airport, and just a big, hot mess. I’m the imperfect to his perfect.”
Kane Masters is a world famous actor; women want him; men want to be like him. But Kane has reached a point in his life where he’s done with Hollywood’s superficial lifestyle, including the plastic, unreal women he’s surrounded with. He longs for something more, for a real relationship with a real woman, no false pretenses and secret agenda’s. The moment Kane sees Willow for the first time, he feels a connection, when he meets her years later at one of her worst moments, Kane goes out of his way to make sure their paths will cross again.
“Her eyes snap to mine, and she just blinks at me. Her long lashes fan against her porcelain skin with every downward blink. Stunning. “Good luck in there, beautiful Willow”
After the ending of her marriage, and the terrible relation with her family Willow is in a mentally bad place. With the help of her friends and therapy she’s finally doing better, but she just can’t believe Kane is paying her attention, let alone romantic attention. Kane and Willow are a sweet couple with great chemistry, and they are honest to each other about their feelings and insecurities. Kane is keeping a secret, but a grown and secure Willow handles the situation with confidence, gaining the respect of all people involved. No matter what the outside world thinks of them, Willow and Kane belong together.
I’ve enjoyed reading the story of Willow and Kane. I love their relationship and their interactions with their good friends and family. I love how Willow has transformed from the beaten down woman at the beginning, to the confident one at the end. Kane is almost too good to be true; the perfect man. I love how he is with Willow; sweet, caring and determined. I felt so sorry for Kane’s best friend Mia, who’s in a terrible situation, I love how Willow, Kane and the rest of the family were there for her and support her.
“I’ve found my little slice of flawless love and happiness here in Kane’s arms. His love makes every second yet to come of our perfectly imperfect life something I know will never get old. Our connection will never fade.”
I adore this sweet romance, and the message it gives. I give Perfectly Imperfect 4 stars.