Thursday, February 6, 2014

Review: The Perfect Distraction by Melissa Rolka

4 Stars

When Katherine “Kate” leaves for her freshmen year at college, a grounded and stable piece of her is missing. She pushes away the ghosts of her past, determined to start her college life single, carefree and distracted.
Throughout high school Kate was reserved and shy, with little experience. Now, on her own, with little holding her back, Kate is ready to branch out. She bonds with a tight knit group of friends and even starts casually dating. What starts out as innocent flirting on the tennis courts slowly turns into a friendship and eventually something more complex. Reed comes into her life giving her the distraction she craves more than anything; but is she ready to give her heart away so easily?
Things get complicated when Kate’s ex-boyfriend and first love continues to pursue her. Kyle deeply regrets breaking her heart when he left for college the year before and is now on a mission to reclaim her. Kyle’s persistence and relentlessness is nothing short of obsessive. He will stop at nothing to win her back and prove his love.
Kate finds herself torn between her past and the unknown of the future. Her determination to stay distracted may just be her downfall or the beginning of something new and wonderful.
***For Mature Readers 18+***

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 This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review
   My Thoughts: I just have so many feelings right now, I am trying to unjumble them so that I don't type incoherently all over this page. *Deep Breaths* I started this book still reeling from a major hangover from the last one I had read. It took me a day before I could make my brain focus and give it the attention it deserved. 

  When I began this book I don't know what I was expecting. I just sorta jumped in with both feet, I didn't read the synopsis I only knew that a friend of mine had read the book and said the author was looking to get out some reviews before book two releases, asked if I was interested and here we are. I enjoyed to book immensely, but I did have a few issues here and there that were/are completely about my personal taste. 
  1. Young, inexperienced college girl meets hottie older guy who also happens to be a major player. Over done? Perhaps. Do I still continue to read and fall hopelessly in love with said hottie? Pretty much.
  2. Love triangles... please not again! *facepalm* Ok pfew, dodged that bullet. >Completely irrelevant sidenote --- Do I still continue to read those as well? Ok, yes and I still fall in love with both boys and can't choose. I am weak I tell you!
  3. Excruciating endings..... Why god Whyyyyyyyy?? I absolutely loathe when a book ends on this type of note but once again I find myself totally wrapped up in it, and thinking about how book two will go.

  Now that I have gotten all of the babbling nonsense out of the way here is what I LOVED. Please refer to older hottie mentioned above in line 1. Reed Harper is pretty much perfection. I fell so in love with him that I am now having a very hard time liking Kate. Speaking of Kate.... I really do like her character. She seems strong on the outside but deep down she is sad, vulnerable and impressionable and these things get her hurt and subsequently cause her to hurt others as well. I understand why she has made the choices she has in her life and that she makes at the end of this book. She has been hurt by those she loved the most and she needs to learn how to deal with that.

  If you love angsty drama then this one is a good book for you. It was not so far over the top with heartache that you feel wrung out, but it was just enough to make you fall in love and then have your heart squeezed tight at the end. I look forward to seeing what happens next. Great debut novel. Congrats to the author and good luck with book two!


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