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Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player--he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.
River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She's been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she's stuck right in the middle of the brother's dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn't even know she's the ultimate prize.
Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girl's hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.
Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself--or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all...
GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
River is the girl next door. The girl next door to two very hot guys who happen to be brothers and more different than the sun and moon. They are her best friends, but she wants to be more than friends with one of them, only he doesn't know it. She sits by and watches as he dates bimbo after bimbo, each time wishing that the bimbo was her. Yearning for it, wishing it, hoping for it to come true. It kills her inside. To help her get over it, her best friend Tara throws guy after guy River's way. But none of them are right. None of them are Adam.
Adam may not want her, but his hot hockey player brother certainly does. Bobby does everything he can to get River to be with him, to give him a chance. Any chance. But her heart has belonged to Adam since they were kids, now if only she could tell him.
I loved the characters of this book from the very first page. These characters all have great chemistry, it's a great dynamic to read, but the entire time you're thinking.... this is a train wreck waiting to happen. River loves Adam, Bobby loves River, Adam loves.... well who the hell knows who he loves. Only Adam knows that as he keeps his heart under lock and key.
Let me give you a low down on the characters... first there's River. The girl next door. She's pretty, has a great job, a great personality and is in love with someone who doesn't even notice. Then there's Adam... where do I start with Adam? See the guy on the cover? Yea that's him. He's sexy, sultry, dark, and mysterious. He plays the guitar, is super sweet, a player, a true artist and he has won the heart of his life long friend River. He is the black sheep of the family and loathes it. Last there's Bobby. The sexy as hell hockey player brother that is built like a God. He's funny, charming, sporty and is almost every girls dream. He is the golden child and can do no wrong in the eyes of his parents. He wants River, but she wants the other brother.
Reading Flawed Perfection makes you feel like the friend stuck in the middle. You are that friend on the outside looking in. You get to see it all, you are the one who get's to see the whole story. And sometimes it feel's like you are the only one who knows what in the hell is going on. It's like seeing the love between two friends and both are completely oblivious to the fact that they both love each other and belong together. You just want to shake them both and force them to see what you see. Yup, reading Flawed Perfection is just like that. You want to grab these characters and shake some sense into them and help them see what you see. For most of the book I was torn between banging my head against a wall and smacking the crap out of the blind characters. I loved it and hated it. I knew where I wanted the story to go. I was just worried it was never going to get there. Good thing the feeling past.
But after a bunch of back and forth and hair pulling moments, this story goes where you want it to go. It goes down the path that you want to force these characters into and it is beautiful. Of course happiness doesn't last forever and things happen to make the road a little rocky. And then tragedy strikes and leaves everything up in the air. You spend the whole story frustrated with the characters for being freaking blind as a bat, stupid, naive, or just plain freaking stubborn to have it smashed at the end.
Flawed Perfection is a flawed yet delightfully fun book. It will frustrate you, but I promise you will laugh and swoon a lot too!
About the Author~
Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and the Amazon bestselling thriller, Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children's novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra released her first New Adult novel, Love Exactly, which became an Amazon Bestseller overnight in June of 2013. She's currently working on her new New Adult Contemporary Romance, Beautifully Flawed. The first novel in the series, Flawed Perfection is scheduled to be published on March 7, 2014.
Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios Photography and Gio Design Studios Publication Marketing . She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.