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.
Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆
Why do all little girls grow up thinking they must be perfect? That they must be the perfect weight, a size 0 and if they are not, no one will want them! This is a social issue that is addressed by the incredibly insightful Harper Sloan in her latest release, Perfectly Imperfect. In this novel Ms. Sloan addresses the pressures that society places on young women and the consequences that those pressures often cause. This is a beautiful story of a woman that finds redemption, love and self-worth with a special man that loves the whole package, and not just what is expected!
Are fairy tales really for everyone or just those select few that meet the standard of what is considered perfect? Willow Tate has struggled through years of verbal abuse from her stepfather and half-sister. She has always been on the outside looking in and longing to be loved and a part of the family. She exchanged one abusive family for an abusive husband that enjoyed taunting and demeaning her every chance he got. When she finally breaks free from her husband and files for a divorce, she decides that no one will ever treat her like that again. However, when she literally stumbles into Kane Masters her life is never the same again. Is he too good to be true? He is a beautiful, sexy, rich movie star/director and he is interested in her! Why?
It is not easy being Kane Masters. He wants a real woman, not the fake women that he is forced to rub shoulders with! The first time he saw Willow Tate across a crowded room, he wanted to know more about her. That was not something he could pursue at the time because she was already claimed. When he ran into her years later, Kane was determined not to miss his chance with her. What Kane had not expected was now he had to fight not only secrets he was sworn to keep, but also Willow’s own concept of herself. He had to find a way to overcome those views and at the same time convince her he was the right man for her, that he is serious.
If you are searching for a love story that is at times unconventional, but still hauntingly beautiful then look no more. This is a remarkable insight into issues that touch women of all races and socioeconomic levels. Ms. Sloan is true to her craft as a teller of stories that are relevant and need telling. The love story that unfolds between her two main characters is perfectly revealed and contains all the elements needed for a sexy intuitive read. Perfect addition to my library!
***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***