Series: Perfect #3
Published by Self-Published on December 4th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Perfection is an illusion fueled by the perception of others.
Tweet was my heart, my soul, and my purpose.
She was my everything.
Neither of us were perfect. We both made mistakes. Looking back, that was okay, because every choice brought us to where we needed to be at the time we needed to be there. The one constant, our love and friendship.
There are two sides to every story and I wouldn’t trade our sides for anything in the world.
If you haven’t read the first book in the series don’t be discouraged. In my opinion, it can be read as a standalone. It just details the story in a different POV. Presently Perfect is told in our hero Noah’s point of view and I would have to say that I enjoyed each just the same.
As the story goes, Noah and Amanda are neighbors. They did just about everything together therefore they developed a very close relationship beginning at a very young age. Their feelings started to evolve however as they both hit their puberty At first I thought that this may be because of their raging hormones but over time both Amanda and Noah proved that what they are experiencing is more than a physical attraction.
In every way they were perfect for each other but because of Amanda’s low self-esteem she always thought that Noah deserve so much more than she could give. Even with her profound feeling towards him she repeatedly pushed him away. She was also hesitant because she didn’t want to sacrifice their deep friendship if things didn’t work out.
Noah understood her reasoning and although he was rejected countless times he remained persistent which was one reasons I was very much impressed with his character. No matter who and what came between them he always held her close to his heart. He was always emotionally invested as she was no matter what stage they were in their lives.
Finally when their time came, Noah spared to expense showing how deep his love and devotion was for Amanda. Knowing each other their entire lives you would think things may get stale but for them it was an advantage. What I have to say about that is Noah during that time was he was with out a doubt swoon-worthy!
Tweet was my heart, my soul, and my purpose. She was my everything.
Neither of us were perfect. We both made mistakes. Looking back, that was okay, because every choice brought us to where we needed to be at the time we needed to be there. The one constant…our love and friendship.
It has been months since I’ve read Present Perfect yet between all the stories I’ve read since then I still remember how emotionally moved I was by Noah and Amanda’s story. Even if I knew what was to happen, it still felt new and fresh to me. There were moments in Present Perfect that made me question Noah’s actions and every single one of those issues were addressed in this book which made me love it even more.
If you ask me what I l enjoyed most about the book though, I would have to say that it was the endearing Epilogue and I am hoping that Alison G. Bailey expands on the two new characters that were mentioned in the end.
I immensely loved this story and if you are looking for an emotionally charged romance than look no further…Alison G. Bailey delivers yet again in Presently Perfect.
I was standing one step below Tweet when she broke free from Brad, twisting her body in my direction. I let go of her other wrist and caught her as she fell toward me. Her arms wrapped around my neck as I grabbed hold of her hips, trying to keep her steady.
Tweet’s head tilted back as she clung to me. “Look, Brad! It’s Noah! My Noah!” Her voice was ear-splittingly high. “He’s so sweet and sexy. He’s swexy. He licked my thigh under my parents’ dinner table.” She straightened her head, bringing her forehead to rest on mine. The look in her eyes had turned smoldering, her voice husky when she asked, “You remember licking me, Noah?”
We had a huge fight just a little over an hour ago and now she was completely wasted; her clothes were rumpled, she had pieces of sand stuck to her face, her hair was a tangled windblown mess, and she reeked of tequila and the ocean. But she was still the most beautiful thing I had ever laid my eyes on. My expression teetered from snarling at the Smurffucker to wanting to smile at Tweet.
God, even drunk she’s adorable.
I was either the biggest idiot known to mankind or so beyond in love with this girl that all my common sense and self-preservation got obliterated when I was around her. My heart was pounding against my chest while the temperature in the room soared. The tension in my muscles was beginning to disappear and I was getting lost in teal eyes. I needed some distance.
My hands moved to Tweet’s shoulders and I helped her stand upright. “I’m taking you home.”
“But Brad was going to do some things to me on purpose. I don’t know what, but I’m having fun. Hey! You want to come with us?” she asked, hooking her arm around mine.
My gaze zeroed in on Brad glaring down at me, his jaw clenched tight. My priority was to get Tweet home safe. I’d deal with this asshole later.
I snaked my arm around Tweet’s waist and led her down the steps. She was abruptly yanked away from me. I whipped around and saw Brad clutching Tweet’s arm.
“Haven’t you done enough to her tonight? She’s having a great time with me, so get your fucking hands off of her,” he growled.
Tweet smiled up at him, then turned to me, and said, “I really am having fun. He’s not a Smurffucker at all.”
Glaring at Brad, I grabbed Tweet’s hand, and led her toward the front door. We had taken two steps when I felt her being tugged away from me again. I let go of her hand, walked over to Brad, and punched him in the stomach. His hand fell from Tweet as he doubled over and dropped to the floor. I picked up Tweet, tossed her over my shoulder, and finally headed out uninterrupted.
Just before reaching the front door Tweet grabbed the waistband of my pants, lifting herself up slightly, and yelled, “Bye-bye, Brad! Thanks! Maybe you can lick my thigh next time! Bye-bye!”
Once we were at my truck, I lowered Tweet off my shoulder until her feet touched the ground. Her eyes struggled to stay opened, losing the battle, right before she passed out. I wrapped my arm around her waist, holding her body against mine while I unlocked my truck. I placed her in the seat and leaned over to fasten her in. The click of the seatbelt caused her to stir. Reaching my hand up to her face, my thumb brushed away the dusting of sand that clung to her cheek.
Her eyes stayed closed as a lazy grin slowly appeared across her pink lips. “Mmmm…,” she moaned. “Noah.” She sounded breathy.
“You’re my knight in plastic armor.”
A slight chuckle escaped me as I remembered our Halloween costumes from when we were six years old.
“You always take care of me and make sure I have candy,” she said, her voice trailing off.
I stared at her for several seconds, simply enjoying the view. As I inched away from her, she shifted in the seat.
Another slight moan flowed over her lips, and she whispered, “I love you Noah.”
I knew she wouldn’t remember saying those words to me tomorrow, but that didn’t matter. The only thing that counted was that for the first time she let go of her heart, her head, and allowed herself to love me. There was nothing better than when the girl of your dreams made all of yours come true.
Present Perfect (Book #1)
Past Imperfect (Book #2)
Presently Perfect (Book #3)