Far From Perfect book review | Blogmas #16

Posted December 16, 2018 by Jordann @thebookbloglife in 3 star, blogmas, book reviews / 1 Comment

Far From Perfect book review | Blogmas #16Far from Perfect by Barbara Longley
Series: Perfect Indiana #1
Published by Montlake Romance on 23rd October 2012
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 350
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For Ceejay Lovejoy, life in Perfect, Indiana, has been anything but. Abandoned by her parents and left pregnant by her boyfriend, Ceejay has had to fight every step of the way to carve out a future for herself and her daughter. She swears off men for good — until the day Noah Langford appears on her doorstep.

Noah narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that cost him his leg, returning home to the news that his stepbrother Matt has died in a car accident. It is the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul — until he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned. Suddenly Noah has a new mission: to make amends with the family his brother rejected.

From the moment he meets Ceejay, her beauty and warmth act like a balm on his fractured heart. But when a painful secret comes to light, it threatens to break the fragile bond growing between them…and to destroy a love powerful enough to heal them both.

Far From Perfect is actually a reread for me, purely because I didn’t realise that there were other books in the series. I knew that the last time I read this book I wasn’t massively impressed with the writing but it’s a complete guilty pleasure read. That opinion has not changed, the writing and the actual plotline isn’t great but I love that it’s an easy read and I don’t have to think too much when I’m reading it. Which was what I was after especially after reading Maus and The Tattooist of Auschwitz which was exceptionally deep books. So this was the perfect read for me!

I think my favourite thing about Far From Perfect is the cheese that runs all the way through it. I mean this book is just one big trope fest and there is so much that happens that you can totally predict what’s going to happen. But I kinda like that! Which is totally bizarre because usually, I’m the biggest hater of tropey books. However, I think because this book is so over the top with it there’s no getting away from it and doesn’t feel as though it’s trying to be anything else which somehow makes it a way more enjoyable read!

I think the characters could be way more developed than they are, I think there could have been a lot more depth and more of a look of the reasons why and having a more developed relationship. I also think a lot happens and there is a lot of drama that happens in this book, and it almost gets to a point where you’re eye rolling so hard. I think Far From Perfect could have lost at least two of the major events and still be drama filled. Which is saying something. 

I am currently reading the sequel to Far From Perfect and I think that I’m going to have the same issues and loves that I do with this one. I definitely love the characters even if they are a little two dimensional. I love seeing characters grow over time and how the world around them changes. It’s my favourite part of a series. 

I would definitely recommend Far From Perfect to someone who is looking for an easy read that is full of cheese and tropes. You shouldn’t expect fantastic writing but this book is definitely a feel good easy read!

What are some of your favourite guilty pleasure reads? Let me know in the comments!

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