Series: Beautifully Flawed #2
Published by Show n'ot Tell Publishing on June 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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That's all it takes to have everything ripped away from you.No one knows this better than Adam Beckerson and River Ahlers.
Each is fighting a losing battle with the death of Bobby and the fallout it causes. Adam loses a brother; River her best friend.
And while Adam finds himself fading into the bottom of a bottle, River finds the only thing she can do is run away from everything-- including Adam.
Sometimes when you lose everything, you lose yourself. The important part is finding your way back again.
Faded Perfection (Beautifully Flawed #2) is one of my most anticipated book of the year. I’m a die-hard fan of Cassandra Giovanni’s and really have been anxiously waiting to see how River Ahlers and Adam Beckersons’ lives continue to intertwine. Flawed Perfection ended with heartbreak and Cassandra propels the story forward as River and Adam deal with theirs. The situation is desperate so while River and Adam deal with grief and the depression in different ways, their connection flounders. Where Flawed Perfection was angsty, Faded Perfection is distressing. But I don’t want that to put anyone off. It’s an amazing continuation in the series! I’ve had to wait a day, a few days actually, because I will say, this book gutted me and I’m not sure how I feel with where things were left. But there is promise…
From the very first book I read by Cassandra, I saw how she takes life stories involving everything from falling in love, to experiencing heartbreak, conflict, and emotional abuse, and creates a story that is sensitive to these elements of life She doesn’t gloss over these items, and she doesn’t offer solutions to everything. This makes her stories always feel very real. There are just so many levels of complexity involving this friends to lovers scenario. Between their personal histories and the family situation they are in a constant up-hill battle. They both put their heads in the sand and their communications are increasingly strained. River is left heartbroken and now the reality of how isolated she’s become eats away at her. She’s left with so many doubts and although her grieving process isn’t necessarily harmful, there are consequences and damage is done. With Adam, his sensitive artistic soul is in a perpetual state of anguish. His coping methods do point to a destructive path. He is so changed but as an #AdamGroupie I couldn’t be angry at him. I’m not happy with him, but he deserves sympathy and compassion. He is truly tortured, both in his head and heart. With circumstances far beyond anyone’s control it really looks like there could be irreversible damage.
With any series read I try hard not to expect a storyline to go a certain way. I have ideas but it’s the authors and their characters and we don’t always get what we think we want. I think it’s brave for an author to step away and let a character heal, outside of our expectations. After all, life isn’t always kittens and rainbows. Now this story isn’t over, but by the end of Faded Perfection I was left wondering ( in a state of low level anxiety mind you), what happens when the hero isn’t who you think it is nor should they be?
When I finished the book, near midnight during the workweek, I knew I wouldn’t be able to roll over and sleep. I got up and paced and tried again. I found myself on my back with tears pouring down the side of my face. I tried chanting …”it’s only a book, it’s only a book”, but come on, I’m almost never that kind of reader. There is not one single piece in the story line that caused this reaction, it’s the book in it’s entirety and my feelings ran the entire gamut from distraught to proud and back to distraught again. When you see a character find their way, on a path you hadn’t anticipated, its a mixed bag. Heartbroken and yet relieved, but then again I’m all kinds of anxious and my heart aches just thinking about it. Faded Perfection is a 5++ Stars are and is my 2016 #1BookHangover, deserving my highest recommendation. The release of book 3, Finding Perfection (scheduled for Oct 1st) can’t come soon enough!
~Review by Cyndi