Better Than Perfect by Simone Elkeles REVIEW

Better Than Perfect Book Cover Better Than Perfect
Wild Cards #1
Simone Elkeles
Bloomsbury Children
(re-release) December 2014

Ashtyn's life just got complicated. Her boyfriend is being distant and her sister's back at home after ten years - with a stepson in tow!

Derek has a perfect body, THE sexiest smile and a car - Ashtyn's

only way to escape from her crazy life. But Derek likes to play by his own rules and is keen to take Ashtyn on a ride she'll never forget. As they spend more and more time alone together, will Derek's flirty games drive Ashtyn wild?

A sweet and steamy romance from New York Times bestselling author Simone Elkeles.

Better Than Perfect was previously published under ‘Wild Cards’

Better than Perfect (wild cards) is about Ashtyn, the kicker on her high school football team. Senior year, she is voted captain. Her boyfriend, the star QB, is growing distant. Her sister, whom she hasn’t seen for years, returns with two stepsons in tow.

Derek? Derek has a perfect body, cocky attitude and never plays by the rules. Derek’s stepmother, is Ashtyns sister.

Ashtyn tries her hardest to resist the charm of the boy living under her roof. But can she?

Simone Elkeles is a fantastic author. She puts so much description, details and FEELING into her work. I envy her ability to create characters that force you to feel all the feels.

Better than Perfect, is a roller coaster of everything from feelings to the storyline.  I adored the characters she has created. They seem so simple yet complicated and real at the same time. A pure talent. Ashtyn never got annoying, she was smart, passionate and most of all, determined. She was the perfect blend of tom boy and girly girl. Her voice was incredibly unique. The other voice of which this book is told, is Derek. I love the backstory which comes along with him. It shapes Derek as a character and why he responds to certain situations the way he does. Also. Abs.

The plot, sometimes felt a little bit predictable but then again, there were parts that took me by complete surprise. I read Better than Perfect in under 10 hours. (That includes sleep!) I was never bored. No part in the whole thing felt dull to me. It was great and really refreshing. I love the length of this book. It feels a lot shorter than it actually is. I was surprised when I finished.
My initial reaction went something like this:
“WHAT! I think they send me an incomplete book. Where is the last 100 pages?! It can’t end like this!” But once it settled in, I came to terms with the fact that, it was a brilliant ending. It ended perfectly leaving us just enough room for imagination.

Overall, Better than Perfect was a great read. It had the perfect blend of pacing, brilliant characters and extraordinary descriptions. Simone Elkeles is wonderful. Brilliant. I can’t wait to see what else she brings.


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