By Amy Patrick
(A 20 Something Novel)
I received a signed paperback copy of this book through the Goodreads Author Giveaway program.
Kenley Moran thought she had her life planned out. She gave up
her on-air news job for the man she planned to marry. Just weeks before her big, society wedding, she was dumped for another woman and found out that her fiancé had been cheating on her. After that Kenley had to decide what direction she wanted her life to take.
From a young age her mother has pushed her to use her looks to land a rich husband. In fact, at the beginning of the book, her mother wants her to forgive her fiancé and take him back.
Until now Kenley has always been the dutiful daughter. Even taking a job as an on-air reporter because she was told that with her looks that was where she belonged. However, she has decided to shun all that and go into production instead.
She has vowed to only date poor guys and to not wear make-up or designer clothes. She plans to prove to everyone (especially herself) that she does not need to rely on her looks to succeed.
Larsen Overstreet is everything that Kenley has sworn to avoid. He’s gorgeous. He’s rich and he comes from “old money”.
He is the on-air anchor of the news show Kenley works for and despite her best intentions, she can’t help but be attracted to him.
Larsen is sick of being sought after because of his money. He wants a real woman, one who will love him for him. He finds Kenley attractive and nice and would love to date her, but she shows no interest in him at all.
Will Kenley allow past heartbreak to keep her from finding happiness in the future? Or, will she be able to get over her heartbreak and give Larsen a chance? And, if she does give him a chance, will he turn out to be just another spoiled rich kid?
This is the third book in the 20 Something series, but each book contains a stand alone story.
To be honest I was not expecting much from this book. I figured that it would be just a fluffy distraction that would be a fun but ultimately forgettable read. However, I must admit that I was wrong. The story is fun and and fluffy and predictable but it is also very well written.
Amy Patrick has perfectly captured and transferred onto the page that ‘butterflies in the stomach’ type of feeling that comes with the anticipation of a first kiss.
She has also done a truly exceptional job of capturing the depth of feeling and the passion felt at the outset of a woman’s first real sexual encounter; one that is not merely based on lust, but on something deeper.
She was able to describe and make the reader feel the intensity of emotion that a woman experiences in her twenties of uncertainty, excitement and anticipation about her future.
Another feature of this book that I consider noteworthy is the fact that the “sex” scenes are not graphic at all, and in fact, they leave the majority of the details to the reader’s imagination. This is refreshing. It proves that a book can be sexy without having to be either crude or exceedingly graphic.
Normally I do not rate romance novels any higher than 4 out of 5 stars, I reserve 5 star ratings for those books that I would recommend to my friends and that I believe are memorable.
STILL PERFECT by Amy Patrick deserves a 5 star rating not so much for the plot but for it’s amazing ability to convey emotion. This is a fun and feel-good read.
I will definitely be reading more of Amy Patrick’s books and I highly recommend this book to all female readers from the age of 16 and up.
More information about this author at http://www.amypatrickbooks.com