Double-Shot Dislike: Perfectly Imperfect + Just Friends

September 9, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 14 Comments

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Double-Shot is a feature at Latte Nights Reviews, where two books are reviewed in a post.

Sadly, the books I reviewed today are two books I didn’t like. I really wish I had because the covers are really pretty and their synopsis’ had me so interested.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Double-Shot Dislike: Perfectly Imperfect + Just FriendsPerfectly Imperfect
by Harper Sloan
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: November 17th 2015 by Self-Published
Format: eBook
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 Stars
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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.

I received this book for free 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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This year, I’ve read books by authors I had never read before so it could be said this year is a year of firsts. I’ve heard about Harper Sloan a lot. The cover for Perfectly Imperfect had me transfixed—it’s beautiful! The synopsis was really interesting and it deals with Mental Illness so I was all for it. When I got it for review, I was so giddy.

I’m the imperfect to his perfect.

WHAT I LIKED:

I really loved the message in the story. This is a story that openly talks about Anoxeria Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. It has been a while since I’ve read a story that feels so real when it comes to these two topics and the struggle the character goes through. Willow is a very curvy woman and heck, I actually liked that she was. The majority of books have girls/women that are so skinny. As someone who’s skinny, believe me when I say it’s not that good of a thing. (I’m serious. I want my curves. I really do. I’m hoping that when I hit 25 years, my body will get the memo that it needs curves.) Anyways, so reading about Willow had me so freaking excited. Her view of herself isn’t great at all, but she is a very strong woman who won’t let herself get beaten down. There are times she believes she’s pretty and I would be so happy for her. Then there were the depressing times, which were a lot, and I sympathized with her.

The message of loving your body and overcoming the struggles that go with suffering from a Mental Illness had me loving this book, so what ruined it?

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:

I don’t know how I made it so far into the story (61%).  I pushed through the beginning because I was so excited for Willow to fully accept her self-worth. Plus, this is a very personal story to the author so I was very interested in it. I also was ready for Willow and Kane to get to know each other. When they did, I couldn’t deal with the book. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to barf while reading a book until this one. The romance was that horrible. It didn’t let me enjoy this one at all! Instead of going all soft and “aw’ing” over the romance, I just wanted to get it over with.

Overall, Perfectly Imperfect did not work for me at all. The message was there and I would have loved to continue reading, but the romance could have been handled in a different way.

About Harper Sloan

Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn't writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Double-Shot Dislike: Perfectly Imperfect + Just FriendsJust Friends
by Monica Murphy
Series: Just Friends #1
Genres: Contemporary, Mature, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 13th 2016 by EM Publishing
Format: eARC
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1.5 Stars
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With friends like these...

It's the end of summer. Just before I start senior year with my two best friends in the whole world. Dustin and Emily are everything to me. We've been inseparable since middle school, and when we're together, nothing can go wrong.

But things aren't always what they seem. Em's turned into a drunken mess who parties too much. Dustin and I have hooked up a few times--and now he's ready to take our relationship to the next level. Yet I'm not sure I want things to change. I'm scared if I take it any further with Dustin, our friendship will be ruined forever. Then there's Ryan. The new guy. He's hot. He flirts way too much. And Em has totally set her sights on him.

So when my best friend betrays me in the worst possible way, guess who's there to help me pick up the pieces of my broken heart? Ryan. But he's so confusing. Annoying. Sweet. Sexy. I want to trust him, yet he makes it so hard. What I really want is for everything to go back to the way it was before.

Before I found out that best friends make the worst kind of enemies.

I received this book for free 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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Just Friends is the second book I’ve read by Monica Murphy and I don’t know if I would give this author another chance. I read another YA title by her and while it was okay, it didn’t wow me at all and it was very childish.

Just Friends was a train-wreck. I wanted to stop—boy, did I want to stop—but I couldn’t. For some unknown reason, I had to keep reading. I was ready to DNF this one, but I don’t know why I kept reading. It’s safe to say I wasted my time.

Olivia has two best friends, Em and Dustin. She has been hooking up with Dustin and hasn’t told anyone, not even Em. When Em finds out, she tries to play it cool, but it’s obvious she’s also interested in Dustin and that’s when the claws come out. Enter in a new guy, Ryan. He’s the type that everyone warns you about. He’s kind of player, but will let you know beforehand what he’s in for. Olivia still has feelings for Dustin, but she can’t get Ryan out of her mind.

Normally, I don’t read love-triangles so I don’t know what possessed me to pick this one up. I have to say, I wasn’t bothered by the love-triangle, which says a lot. Although, it could have to do with the fact that it’s not much of a triangle since most of the book Olivia spends her time with Ryan.

What I really disliked were three specific characters.

  • Dustin is… I’ll settle for jerk, but I have some more colorful words for the guy. He screwed up big time and lost Olivia in the process. Guys, I was so mad because he’s the one to blame, yet he was blaming Olivia. Like, can you not?! From the start, I didn’t like him at all.
  • Then there’s Em, who’s supposed to be the best friend. If she’s a friend, I don’t want to know how an enemy is supposed to be like. I was so skeptical of her right from the start and with good reason. She also screwed up, but I feel like her cause was redeemable. It’s what she did after. She would humiliate Olivia and lie to her all the time. I was so fed up by her.
  • I don’t know what to say about Ryan. At the beginning, my feelings were mixed. He came on to Olivia way too hard and the things the guy would say… Soap, meet mouth. They were filthy, to say the least, especially to someone he had just met. Over the course of the story, I kind of liked him and near the end, I was kind of won over. I have to say I’m team Ryan on this one.

Olivia was an…interesting character. She would make some really bad decisions, which is normal since she’s a teenager. I was just iffy about her. I think the only great decision she made was befriending Amanda. I honestly kept reading this story for Amanda. I was far more interested in her life and her romance than Olivia’s, which is why I’m looking forward to her book. Amanda is a fantastic friend to have. She’s upfront, loyal, and so kind. She also thinks twice before making decisions. A few times, she made some not so good decisions, but it was because Olivia would pressure her.

Amanda’s romance had me so excited. Gosh, I so wanted more of her and Jordan. Imagine my surprise when I find out the next book in the series is her story! I’m really excited to get to it and see if she can get her happy ending.

Speaking of endings, Just Friends left an open ending at the end View Spoiler » and I don’t know how the author is going to wrap it up in the sequel, since it won’t be Olivia’s story. We’ll see how that goes.

Overall, Just Friends wasn’t good. I wasn’t interested in the characters (only one). Everything just kept getting worse and worse.

About Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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  • I feel like these two books will defeat the purpose of why I read in the first place: to de-stress. So yeah, hard pass on both.

  • Yeah, both of these books don’t sound like I’d want to read them especially after the crap books I’ve been reading lately.

    I’ve been thinking the same thing about Monica Murphy, giving her up and just sticking with her writing as Karen Erickson because while those books aren’t the best either, they’re fun and they’re quick but her Monica Murphy stuff would probably drive me up the wall.

    Hope you read some better books this week!

  • Oh boo! Sorry these didn’t work for you but now I know to pass on them. Great reviews!!

  • Definitely staying away from these books. Sounds like they’re just going to make my head hurt, lol! Great reviews!

  • Umm these sound awful. I don’t think I could handle either of them, tbh. I kind of want to know what the deal is with the romance with the first one, because the message does sound good. Okay, after reading some spoilery stuff on Goodreads, I feel you 😉 But the second one… an, it sounds like a hot mess. They all sound like awful people, except for Amanda! So sorry that these didn’t work out for you, and I really hope your next books are much better!! Great reviews 😀

  • I’m going to pass on this book for sure. Great review, Gen! 🙂

  • Ugh, two clunkers in a row (or at least close together). I think I mentioned recently that I received Perfectly Imperfect in one of my Bookworm Boxes and I’ve been pretty excited about it. But the romance sounds so lame. I still plan to give it a try at some point so hopefully I have better luck!