We have the honor of reading a lot of great books here at Fiction & Fashion. Honestly, we are very lucky ladies! But every now and again we get our hands on a book that isn’t just great- it’s blows our freakin’ minds! I’m talking SERIOUS book hangover people!! Well, Present Perfect by Alison G. Bailey was totally one of those mind blowing books for us!!
We are so excited to be a part of this blog tour and to share with all of you this absolutely breathtaking book! We hope you enjoy reading Amanda & Noah’s story as much as we did…but honestly, I have NO clue how you couldn’t
Present Perfect by Alison G. Bailey
Release Date: August 6th, 2013
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Amazing Book Cover by artist Robin Harper of Wicked by Design
I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant.
Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, articles, and poems written about it. There are experts on love who will tell you how to get it, keep it, and get over it.
We’re led to believe love is complicated. It’s not the love that’s complicated. It’s all the crap that we attach to it and put in front of it that makes it difficult. If you’re smart, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and simplify
Amanda Kelly spent her entire life trying to control every aspect of it, while striving for perfection. Her obsession with being perfect, along with her feelings of worthlessness, consumed her. The one thing she thought was perfect in her life was the bond she shared with her best friend, Noah.
Everything was going according to her life plan until she woke up one day and realized she had fallen in love with him. The one thing she couldn’t control was the affect he had on her. Noah had the power to give her one hundred lifetimes of happiness, which also gave him the power to completely devastate her. He was the one thing in her life that was perfect, but she couldn’t allow herself to have him.
Her life begins to unravel. Events take over and force her to let go of her dreams and desires. She needs to realize that a person cannot control the events in their life, only their reaction to them…but will it be too late for her to save her relationship with her best friend? Present Perfect is a story of how past events have present consequences and how perfect your present could be if you stopped fighting and just allowed it to happen.
ABBY’S REVIEW: 5 STARS!
I’M IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION!
Honestly, I’m not the most emotional person, so when this book had be awake at 4:30am sobbing, I knew it was something special. I didn’t realize how much I needed this book until it was over. I’m always surprised by a good “book therapy” session and that’s exactly what Present Prefect* was for me. At times I seriously thought my heart was going to explode from all the love and adorable moments that this story possessed. Other times I was so overwhelmed with emotion that the term “ugly cry” was not even close to describe the state I was in. When I finished the book I immediately texted Brittany and Rhiannon to tell them they NEEDED to read it! However, in my crazed book hangover state I failed to realize it was 6am…on a Saturday…sorry ladies
“If there’s no such thing as perfect then, why does the word exist?”
Present Perfect follows the life, love and friendship of best friends, Amanda (aka Tweet) Kelly and Noah Stewart. You literally are a part of all the milestones of the first quarter of their lives. Witnessing Noah and Tweet’s friendship and love grow stronger and stronger with each year, along with Bailey’s engaging and relatable writing, made it IMPOSSIBLE to not be completely 100% invested in these characters and their beautiful story. I personally love when books take place over a long period of time. Not only do you get to see the characters grow and (hopefully) mature, but you get to experience more with them. I always feel like I have a stronger connection to characters and understand them better when I know them over longer periods of time. Wow, that was a total book nerd revelation….
“I’ll always take care of you and make sure you have candy, Tweet.”
I loved the early chapters of Amanda and Noah’s childhood. From trick or treating at age 6 (when you find out how Amanda comes to be known as Tweet), to Noah caring for for her after she takes a spill of her bike at age 8. Bailey did such a perfect job showcasing the love that these two share for each other even at such an early age. I mean it’s obviously true love if you are willing to share your halloween candy and chocolate cake (at any age really…).
“You’ve always been my girl and always will be. No one will ever take me away from you, Tweet. You’re my heart and soul and that’s never going to change, no matter what you say.”
As Tweet and Noah mature with each chapter so does the tone of the book. It seamlessly transitions from YA to NA as these two grow and enter different stages of their lives. At times the chemistry and angst between these two was more than I could bear. On more than one occasion I found myself holding my breath with anticipation. Their chemistry was OUT. OF. CONTROL.
“There hasn’t been a day in my life that I haven’t loved you. I wish you would just let me love you.”
I don’t think Noah Stewart could have been more perfect. At every age he was charming, protective, unbelievably sweet and as he grew up he turned down right swoon-worthy. But I think my favorite Noah quality (besides the baby blue eyes and athletic body) was his honesty. From the beginning he was always honest and open about his feelings for Amanda. There was very little of that annoying misinterpretation and miscommunication that usually takes place in these kind of romantic situations. Noah and Amanda’s friendship is tested countless times, but his feelings and intentions were always crystal clear to me!
“I need you in my life.”
“I need you in mine, too.”
“Be my friend,” I said
Unfortunately, due to Amanda’s insecurities that step out of the “friend zone” does not happen very easily for these two. I’m sure most of you will want to give Amanda a good shake and I’ll admit I wanted to at times, but I actually really connected with Amanda and understood her reservations. If anything I found it heartbreaking that she couldn’t see herself the way Noah saw her. As much as I wanted them together, I understood why she was so terrified to lose Noah as a friend and wanted to preserve that friendship. Plus lets be honest, if everyone got their wish and these two lived happily ever after at 16, the book would be boring (not to mention hella short).
“Well, dammit all to hell. If that isn’t the sweetest fucking thing I’ve ever heard of. I think I just had a little orgasm.”
Even though I was completely consumed with Noah and Amanda, I can’t not mention some of the other remarkable characters that played a vital role in their story. Dalton Connor may just be one of my most favorite characters of all time. He was hilarious, heartbreaking and so, SO wise. I think every person could learn a thing or two from Dalton about how to live their lives. Also Brad Johnson was an extremely interesting character. I promise you will absolutely love to HATE him… and seriously fucking hate him at times. I cannot wait to read Brad’s story in Bailey’s next book, Past Imperfect.
“Ah young grasshopper…perfection is an illusion nurtured by insecurities.”
My only complaint about this book is the cover. First of all, in NO way or form does it do the book justice. Secondly, I found the cover model to be a little distracting with those photoshopped eyes, and it really was not how I pictured Tweet to look like in real life. I personally like when covers are more abstract. Unless you cast the perfect cover model (which has been done before…i.e Hopeless & the Avoiding Series) I think it should be up to the reader to visualize what the characters look like.
“The only thing perfect is our present because we’re breathing, moving, loving, feeling. And we’re able to let the people in our lives know how much they mean to us.”
Ok, so this is my plea to you before you read this unbelievable book. PLEASE trust the author and DON’T skip ahead to read the ending. One of us here at F&F (ahem, BRITTANY) skips to the last page when she is feeling “anxious” and it drives me INSANE. There will be times in the book that your heart will be so broken you don’t know if you can (or want) to keep reading. There were times when I was crying so hard I couldn’t see the screen of my kindle. Other times my cheeks hurt because I was smiling so hard. So have a little faith, please.. I promise when you finish this book your heart will be so full. You may need a glass of wine, or in my case, a glass of wine and some ice cream at 9:45am to help recover. But the emotional ride is SO worth it!
*ARC provided by Author for an honest review.
MEET THE CAST OF PRESENT PERFECT
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alison was born and raised in Charleston, SC. As a child she used her imagination to write additional scenes to TV shows and movies that she watched. She attended Winthrop University and graduating with a BA in Theater. While at Winthrop she began writing one act plays which she later produced. Throughout the years she continued writing and producing several one act plays, but then life got in the way and she hung up her pen for a while. On the advice of a friend, she started writing again. In January 2013, Alison sat down at her computer and began writing her first novel, Present Perfect.
Alison lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Jef, and their two furry children (dogs). She’s addicted to Diet Pepsi and anything with sugar.
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