Imperfectly Perfect Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Tuesday, September 3, 2013




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Imperfectly Perfect
Author: A.E. Woodward
Release date: June 19th 2013
Publisher: Createspace
Series: A Series of Imperfections # 1
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: Xpresso Book Tours
Purchase: Amazon 
Add to your library: Goodreads

Emma, Tyler and Shane have been best friends since they were kids. Along with their college addition, Rob, the four friends have an exciting life in NYC. In fact, Emma Sloan appears to have it all.

Despite being happy with her current situation, a big family announcement leaves Emma questioning whether she is truly content with her life. With her thirtieth birthday fast approaching she vows to find her 'perfect' man any way she can. But Emma will soon discover that the path of true love never runs smoothly and that sometimes, instead of chasing love, you have to wait for love to find you...(via Goodreads)

REVIEW
The idea of living with your friends in the city is absolutely one of my fantasies. No kidding. When I was still in primary grade school, my friends and I used to dream about how we would live in a condo unit after college graduation and how funny it would be to buy our appliances together and all! But well, time goes by. Things change. Even we did. And so our friendship. That's why I was so excited to read this one because I want to sort of experience how it is to live with your friends. Of course, Emma's dilemma caught my interest too. It's a usual crisis when you're in that age, you know.

I was so hooked from the prologue. I loved the writing. It was so smooth, entertaining and a really good reading experience. It was really catchy as to how Emma started to realize that she was really lacking something in her life. Just when she thought her life was perfect when she got promoted at her work, she had to go back to her hometown and revisit some old issues. The things that she had to experience before she had that epiphany were actually quite painful especially her family was involved.  Obviously, her family didn't like how she became that city girl. Not to add that she was living with her three GUY best friends. It's probably a common thing when parents and relatives just don't accept how you've become. It's annoying actually. Because it happens in real life. I know a lot of people who are being forced to take this or that course because their parents want to. Maybe they'll love it in the future but there are no guarantees. So I can't really blame Emma if she wanted to go away from that town, away from her family. So yeah, after that heart-wrenching visit, she decided to look for her perfect man! Her idea was utterly funny but well, it worked out for her. Or so at least. 

Funny isn't enough of a word to describe my experience while reading this. There were a lot of funny scenes. Can't count how many times I laughed! But as much as it made me laugh, it went a little downhill right until the point where Emma and her perfect man were having their moment. I don't know why. But after that, it seemed quite rushed to me already. Everything happened a little fast and thus it ended. Though I still enjoyed it a lot especially with Rob, Tyler and Shane's presence. They were a handful of guys but I can see why Emma was so invested in their friendship. I actually admire their friendship. It was more than a status for them. They really lived up to it.

It was pretty obvious to me as to who actually was Emma's perfect man. It's always like that. You're too busy trying to look for something when all you're looking for is just right in front of you! But everything was meant to happen. And it lead them to where they should be. So I guess it's still a win-win!

Imperfectly Perfect is a good Adult novel which will teach you a lot about life's harsh realities. Emma's journey for her perfect man wouldn't disappoint you. There will be laughs, tears and realizations. It'll make you gear up for your own search of perfection through imperfections!


EXCERPT
     I snuck out of the party tent, making sure to grab a bottle of champagne as I exited. I knew exactly where I need to go. It was the place that I went after my first high school boyfriend broke my heart, the place I went when my grandfather died and the place I went when the girls at school had called me a lesbian. It had always been my sanctuary-my tree house.
      Gramps and I had built it with our own hands when I was five, right before Liz was born. I can remember being so upset at the thought of having a baby around; it was like I knew she would be cramping my style even way back then.
     I took my heels off and looked around to see if anyone was watching. Thankfully everyone was too busy with Liz and Mason to be worrying about me. Sensing my only opportunity for escape, I quickly climbed the ladder up the old oak tree before anyone could spot me. It looked like I had never left the place; even my old quilt was still rolled out over the floor and in the corner was a picnic basket that still contained some dusty old drink glasses that I had stashed just for the times like these.
     I popped the cork off my champagne, and struggled to fight back the tears as I carefully poured myself a glass. I noticed my hands trembling as I tried to get the glass to meet my lips in order for me to take a long swig.
     I didn't know what was wrong with me; I seriously had never been one to throw pity parties. Sure there were always those few events and occasions that would throw me for a loop, but to just feel all out sorry for myself? Now that was unusual. I was a confident and secure woman: wasn't I?
      So there I sat, feeling like a bum, and wasn't really sure why. I had a fabulous life in New York City. Most people would kill for my life. I lived in New York, the city where dreams come true. I had great friends, and who cared if they were all men. I even had the job I always wanted. Who cared if I didn't have a boyfriend, fiance, or husband? Who care if I didn't have any kids? Who cared if I was pushing thirty and didn't have anything to show for it besides a closet full of clothes? For some reason, I just couldn't convince myself that I had nothing to be upset about. I wanted a husband, a family, and a place of my own. Didn't I?

  About the Author 
A.E. Woodward lives in Vacationland with her husband and two children.  Between her day job and the pursuance of a master’s degree, she wrote her first novel.  Her novel Imperfectly Perfect, will be the first book in A Series of Imperfections.



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2 comments:

Giselle said...

This sounds like a really good book. Glad you enjoyed it, Nina!

Jacquelyn Lane said...

Just added to my TBR, looks like a good book to read.

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