Tuesday 9 December 2014

Blog Tour ~ Review, Excerpt and Giveaway ~ Presently Perfect (The Perfect Series 3) by Alison G. Bailey

Book Description:

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.


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.
“Yeah, Tweet?”
“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.

Our Review:

**ARC Received for honest review**

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 Stars

“There are two sides to every story and I wouldn’t trade our sides for anything in the world.”

OMG, I had totally forgotten how emotionally draining Present Perfect was but to be treated to the flip side of the coin was even more emotionally draining. I absolutely loved Noah in Present Perfect; he was the ideal book boyfriend, ideal best friend and just a great all round good guy. I couldn’t wait to see just what his thoughts and feelings were during their life story and I hastily dived in.

“Tweet was my heart, my soul, and my purpose. She was my everything.”

I must admit, there were times I could have throttled Noah, but as much as this fleeting thought burst into my head, it was soon over taken by my heart and soul understanding the whys and wherefores and at all times, feeling heart broken and sorry for him. The thing that I love about these characters are that both are flawed in their own way, neither of them are perfect, yet they are perfect for each other. Everyone can see it, everyone that is except Tweet.

“There hasn’t been a day in my life that I haven’t loved you. I wish you would just let me love you.”

Tweet and Noah have been best friends since they were practically in nappies. Their bond is unquestionable and undeniable, they are inseparable. Every spare waking moment is spent in each other’s company, they know what each other is thinking and can read each other like a book. They are soul mates. When Noah hit puberty he soon realised that the love that he had for Tweet was evolving. As much he loved her totally and unconditionally as a friend, his love for her was changing to that deep, deep love, all consuming and all encompassing, he loved her totally and completely.

We know their story from Present Perfect, we have read it and laughed and swooned and cried so I will not go through the story at all. If you have not read Present Perfect, I highly recommend that you do before reading this one. The one thing that this book brought to the forefront was just how emotionally invested Noah was. Alison G Bailey managed to convey through her perfect words just how much Noah loved Tweet, how devastated he was at her constant rejection, how broken he became, how just being in her company made his life unbearable and so painful that he had to do the only thing he could to protect himself from being completely destroyed. To say this book brought me to tears is an understatement. My heart broke for Noah and I have to say that I could have easily throttled Tweet at times.

“That intangible connection where the mystery of falling in love lies in wait until the right person comes into your life. You can’t force it, predict it, or manipulate it. It’s what trips your heart in order for the fall to begin. My heart was tripped eighteen years ago and had been falling ever since.”

Don’t get me wrong, Noah makes mistakes too, but these I felt were borne more out of frustration and rejection than anything else. His thoughts and actions fuelled by that constant rejection, his thoughts swimming and plaguing him as he goes through the motions just to try and forget about the only woman he wanted, the only woman he loved and seemingly the only woman that didn’t want or love him back.

“You do have me. Every part of me. You always have. You just don’t want me.”

To say Noah was patient is a severe understatement, he knew deep down in his heart that it was only a matter of time before Tweet woke up and smelled the coffee. Despite the intense pain and heart ache that these thoughts gave him he played the waiting game and though it took years he was rewarded in spades for his patience.

This book gutted me; I was heartbroken all over again but for all different reasons. Seeing their relationship through Noah’s eyes gave an all new meaning to their connection, more profound, stronger, deeper, intense and unequivocally fated from the moment they first set eyes on each other. Their love may have been imperfect but it was perfect for them.

This is not just a re-hash of Present Perfect, we are treated to new material, so even though I knew how the story goes, it didn’t seem like that as I was reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it is bittersweet being the last in the series. However I will take away from this book that if you love hard enough, if want hard enough, if you try hard enough, you will succeed, never give up your rewards will come eventually.

“Nothing has ever been a waste when it comes to you. Not my time, my thoughts, or my heart. I don’t regret anything about my life with you, even the times we were apart. Those times showed me how much I belonged to you. I knew we would be together one day. I just had to be patient and wait. And you were so worth waiting for.”

This was the perfect conclusion for these two, two characters that are deeply embedded within my heart and certainly a story that I will read time and time again. Loved it!!
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Buy Links:

Present Perfect (Book #1)

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Past Imperfect (Book #2)

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Presently Perfect (Book #3)
 About the Author:
Alison was born and raised in Charleston, SC.
She attended Winthrop University and graduated with a major in Theater. While at school she began writing one-act plays, which she later produced. Her debut novel, Present Perfect, landed on Amazon's Best Seller List and appeared on many "Best Reads of 2013" Book Blogs. The novel won Best Book at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention Awards. The second book from The Perfect series, Past Imperfect, was published in February of 2014 and hit many Top 100 category lists on Amazon

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful review and for being a part of the tour.