Series: Beautifully Flawed #3
Published by Show n'ot Tell Publishing on November 14th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
River Ahlers is damaged goods. On the surface she's a driven businesswoman, leading a new division of the marketing firm she works for. But she knows better than anyone that being driven also tends to drive people away. At twenty-eight she's made some of the toughest decisions of her life by burying the reason she's damaged deep inside her. That is until she walks into a tattoo parlor and falls into the arms of someone else just as broken.
West Brighton is bad news. He's a tattooed rebel with more money than he needs, and so many scars on his heart, he's sure there's no way to let someone in. Until River, but she's still stuck on her ex and his friend -- Adam Beckerson.
Adam Beckerson is a changed man. He's made a successful career for himself and his best friend, Tara, hasn't left his side. She gets him-- the real him that he's never shown anyone, but there's still something missing.
Each one of them is beautifully flawed, and in one another they can find perfection, if only they are willing to reshape their shattered dreams into new, better ones.
Writing this review is bittersweet. This story, the one of River Ahlers and Bobby and Adam Beckerson has held heart for over 3 years now. With Finding Perfection Cassandra Giovanni gave us the best ending I could have hoped for. One that made my heart happy and made it worth the wait.
First to the writing. I’ve always found Cassie’s writing poetic and profound and I find that I have pages of highlights. Something in the plot and characters simply resonates for me. The story line is well paced and the characters genuine. Their relationships are sometimes simple, but more often then not they are complex. Finding Perfection is about redefining what perfection is and allowing that into ones life. This is a story about letting go of what you think you want (or in my case, what I thought I wanted for the characters) and embracing what your heart wants.
At the center of the story is River Ahlers. While trying to live a grateful and happy life so much of her identity has been wrapped up in the Beckerson men, Bobby and Adam. She is on a healing path but she’s grappling with the loss of her best friends and the grief and heartbreak is overwhelming at times.
“We all lost ourselves in that war, and none of us were connected anymore– at least not on the mortal plane.”
Until she faces down the past and forgives herself for being able to move on, she won’t be able to accept that she deserves the happiness she’s found.
River is not the type of women to hold a grudge and she’s learned to let go of things beyond her control, but she’s working on it and she has an amazing person in her corner, West. West is a man with limitless love and patience. He gives River exactly what she needs and provides that safe environment that helps to bolster her confidence and eliminate self doubt. West has a way of comforting River and allowing her to be completely open to him. When he doles out advice, it’s always on the mark.
“Time gives clarity. It lessens the distractions of how we think we should have felt,” he replied as if it was the most simple thing in the world.”
Without giving much away, I’ll just say that when we catch up with Adam, his motivation to make peace is genuine. Although the story didn’t go where I thought it would, I was TOTALLY good with it. Cassie convinced me of the rightness of where the relationships went and the story unfolded at the perfect pace, giving time and distance the ability to soften the sting of remorse and dashed hopes. Some characters further endeared themselves to me and I made my peace with the others.
Congratulations to Cassie on the delivery of the perfect conclusion in this all time favorite trilogy. I didn’t dare think that I’d be able to start this then put it down and reading it in one fell swoop. My emotions ran the gamut and sleep would have been impossible. Thank you for not giving up and for letting the story speak through you and for sharing with us. 5+++ Stars and my wholehearted recommendation!
“I never really pictured you with a guy like Adam,” West said, and we stopped walking as we reached the stairs. He turned to face me, cocking his head. “You’re both too high strung. There’s no balance there.”
“High strung?” I asked, narrowing my eyes at him. I’d never been mad at West before, but at that moment I felt the warmth turning into burning anger.
He leaned forward and kissed my nose. “Absolutely nothing wrong with that.”
And like that, it melted away.
“I think I just miss him,” I replied with a nod.
West smirked. “And you’re realizing what an ass Adam was.”
“You’re his friend!” I shot back and West shrugged.
“That doesn’t mean I think he deserved you,” he said, and his neck turned red.
“Are you jealous?” I asked, elbowing him.
He pulled me into his arms, his eyes teasing as he leaned down and pressed his lips to mine. The fire ignited in my heart, and the kiss deepened, taking any thoughts of either of the Beckerson boys always immediately. West’s lips moved away from mine, but I could still feel his breath on them as he tangled his hands in my hair.
“Not at all. You’re mine,” West whispered, and there was a painful edge to his voice as if there was a silent for now at the end.
“For as long as you want me,” I replied, trying to convince him with my eyes that I meant it.
“I’d like that to be a very long time, Riv. Is that a promise you want to make?”
I leaned up on my toes, pressing my hands into his shoulders as my lips met his ear.
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