Thursday, March 13, 2014

Flawed Perfection by Cassandra Giovanni

Beautifully Broken #1
Publish Date March 7, 2014 by Show n’ot  Tell Publishing
 
From Goodreads:  

Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player--he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.
River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She's been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she's stuck right in the middle of the brother's dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn't even know she's the ultimate prize.

Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girl's hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.

Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself--or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all...

My Review:

I am struggling to write this review, only because I absolutely loved this book and do not want to give too much away.  It is a book that had me smiling, shaking my head, and crying.  I want to be River’s roommate or even just a friend so that I can know Bobby and Adam.   I wanted to grow up in their neighborhood so that I could be part of their family and know them back then.   It is very rare for me to feel so connected to a character in a book, much less three characters in a book.  

Bobby and Adam had a typical brother relationship.   They fight, hate each other, and then make up and are best friends and brothers again.  They also defend each other against outsiders.   Although, most brothers are not in love with the same woman, the same woman for the entire lives.  This causes such a wide crack in their relationship that there were times that I was very very concerned that they would not be able to get past it.   I felt the hatred they had for each other, knowing that only brothers would be able to work through it and, hopefully, be okay again.  I was not sure that this is where Cassandra Giovanni would take the story though.   Their protectiveness over River was sometimes crazy.   Bobby especially, had her on a pedestal that there were times I was not sure he even realized what he was doing to her. 

River was so real.   I could see how she considered these two men her best friends.   They protected her growing up, when her parents let her down.   They protected her as a woman when she was dating the wrong men.  It was bound to happen that she would have stronger feelings for one of them than the other.   She tried so hard to keep her feelings in check and not hurt Bobby, but fate stepped in and opened both Adam and her eyes showing them how good they could be together. 

The ending was shattering.   Never ever did I think this was how the book would end, I won’t give it away but be prepared to be shocked.   I am now anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. 
Of course, I am highly recommending this book to everyone.

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Meet The Author

Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and the Amazon bestselling thriller, Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children's novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra released her first New Adult novel, Love Exactly, which became an Amazon Bestseller overnight in June of 2013. She's currently working on her new New Adult Contemporary Romance, Beautifully Flawed. The first novel in the series, Flawed Perfection is scheduled to be published on March 7, 2014.
Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios Photography and Gio Design Studios Publication Marketing . She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

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