September 28, 2013

We’re so excited to host today’s stop for the blog tour for
A Perfect Mess by Zoe Dawson

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Title: A Perfect Mess
Author: Zoe Dawson

Series: A Perfect Secret
Publisher: Blue Moon Creative, LLC (self)
Published: August 19, 2013
Age Group: New Adult/Adult
Genre: Mystery
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

From the Publisher: I know what you did last summer.

Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there’s only one person who knows what she did.

Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers—all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be brash enough to make it big self-publishing horror novels on the internet. He promised never to tell, but everyone knows you can never trust an Outlaw.

Then a year later, in the middle of the night, she receives a phone call at Tulane. Her aunt, who took her in after her mother’s death, is in a coma under suspicious circumstances. Now she has to face that one person who knows all about what she did that summer—sexy Booker.

Returning to Hope Parish to be with her aunt, stirs up all those ugly memories. When Aubree starts getting threats, she can’t help but wonder if what she did last summer was tied to her aunt’s “accident.” Afraid, she turns to the only person who knows the truth and Booker doesn’t hesitate to offer his broad shoulder for her to lean on. But Booker has a secret of his own that could crush their fledgling relationship.

As the hot, sultry summer days move on, she finds that even a perfectly smart girl can lose her heart to a perfectly bad boy. What is she going to do when someone starts asking questions Aubree doesn’t want to answer? She’s knee deep into a terribly dangerous, wholly life changing, who-can-she-really-depend-on perfect mess.

**I received a copy of this book for the blog tour,
but that did not influence the review**

First Thoughts: Secrets! They all came out at the end, and the finale of this story was chock full of action.

Plot, Setting, Pacing and Style: This story was told in alternating POVs of Aubree and Booker. Aubree decided to move back home for the summer after her aunt had a terrible fall. Even though she had stayed away for so long, she could not turn her back on her aunt. As soon as she arrived the hair on the back of her neck stood up as though she was being watched. Either kids were playing some awful pranks or someone was out to hurt Aubree. Of course, smexy Booker Outlaw stepped in and saved Aubree….more than once. They both had plenty of secrets, but the first one they confessed to each other was that there was an attraction they couldn’t deny.

I don’t always touch on the setting, especially for a contemporary novel, but this took place in the south. Either I’m so Northern and clueless, or this really was the depths of the south. It was like it was taking place on Mars! I guess I’d like a southerner’s take on it *looks at Christina* to see if it was realistic or else it didn’t put southerners in the best light…..

The pacing jumped around, and I found the beginning was a little jumbled which didn’t connect me with the characters. However, by the end I had come to know them and it was much smoother.

The MCs: Aubree and Booker had a history together, and they finally admitted their feelings for each other. While they might seem different on the outside, they really clicked well together. I think I connected better with Booker, and I’m not sure why. By the end of the story though, I had grown to love Aubree. I think she was just so closed off in the beginning that it made it much harder to get to know her.

Romance /Chemistry: I guess it was supposed to be hot, but it didn’t work for me. Sometimes it felt like “stuff” was throbbing every other page. It was just a little over the top. Sometimes less is more, and can actually be hotter.

Title/Cover: The title and cover are both spot on. The girl is so very pretty, and her hair is exactly as I would picture it in the story, read and a little messy. Loved it.

Twists and Turns: There was a pretty big twist in the story, and I was surprised, but it seemed like it came out of left field.

Ending: While it tied up nicely, it certainly doesn’t paint a good picture for southerners and following the law. While I liked the outcome, I’m a total rule follower and covering up a crime is fairly illegal in my book….

Final Thoughts/Rec It? It was a nice little story, and I think I might like the next installment even more as this series matures.

About the Author: Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic comedy/mystery, new adult, and urban fantasy. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

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