by Harper Sloan!
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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.
“Are you nervous right now?”
“Tell me why.” His demand, steady and calm, gives me the courage I need to tell him. To open a vein and bleed my insecurities.
“I’m not perfect,” I whisper.
“And neither am I, Willow. I don’t want perfect. What so many see as perfect, to me, is fake. Perfect isn’t achievable naturally. No one, and I mean no one, is perfect.”
I’m shaking my head before he’s even done speaking, but one long finger comes up and presses against my lips before I can speak.
“No, let me finish. There isn’t beauty in perfection. It’s as fake as the image the word projects. Beauty is found in imperfection, Willow, because to admit you’re not perfect means you’re admitting you’re not whole and absolute. When I think of myself, I see someone willing to admit he’s as far from complete as it gets because, in order to get to that perfection, I need to find the other part of me who will make my life better. To take all the faults I have and fill them, and only then will I be there. You see, the way I see it, the only way to become perfect is to find that perfectly imperfect person who brings it out of you.”
When he stops, I swear I might have stopped breathing. How am I supposed to respond to that?
“Do you trust me?” he asks, his voice strong and sure.
“Yes, Kane. Nerves or not, I do.”
“Then let me show you what I see when I look at you.”
He brings his hands up, framing my face once again in a way I’m quickly becoming addicted to the feeling of. His warm eyes implore, begging me without words to let him continue. I do not intend to stop him, regardless of the butterflies currently taking over my system. I’m all in.
As a fan of Harper’s previous books, I wasn’t expecting anything less with her newest book, Perfectly Imperfect. Not only did I think it was a good book, it completely took my breath away. I personally think this is her best book by far. Harper tackles the body and confidence issues of 32 year old Willow Tate. Willow has had a rough life; after her mother’s passing, she is left to be raised by a step-father that wishes she was dead and a younger, hateful, spiteful half-sister. Not only had Willow been beaten down by her own family, after putting up with several years of verbal abuse by her husband, she divorces him. Willow is at one of the absolute lowest points in her life when she is star-struck waiting at her attorney’s office by Hollywood hunk, Kane Masters. Kane Masters is a man that women fantasize about, Willow and her friends included. Fast-forward months later and Willow is again in the presences of Kane during the middle of an argument with her step-father. Little does Willow know, but Kane has been planning for months to be in her company again as he thinks she is the most beautiful woman in the world. The book focuses on Kane and Willow’s relationship, especially in regard to her distorted views of herself.
Perfectly Imperfect is the book that I have ever highlighted the most passages in. As most everyone has experienced some type of self-doubt and self-worth, this is a book that everyone should read. Harper has done a beautiful job constructing and writing the conversations that everyone should be having and if they are lucky, they have a supportive person in their lives like Kane Masters. This book really hit home for personally. Perfectly Imperfect has a beautiful message which was delivered flawlessly by Harper. In my book, this was a infinite number of stars book because it was so good. If you only read one book this year, make it Perfectly Imperfect.
Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husband’s chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!
Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.
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