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.
Books like this are hard to review. Why? Because they rip every emotion you have out of you and leave you drained. Most reviews I write soon after I read them to capture my emotions and thoughts before they leave my head. Not this book. I was so drained I had nothing left to give. So the question then would be how to rate it? Well, in my opinion if a book can capture you so completely and drain you then it is one heck of a book. Even if it drags you through the dirt along the way and you don't exactly like those emotions.
The characters are your typical teenagers. (aka they are emotion and dramatic and choose the worst possible path in the name of making their lives harder.) Lets face it though. It's real life! I love when an author can make a story so real that you are there with the characters. About 3/4 the way through we get the mother of all bombs dropped on us. I didn't see it coming. A great read.
In Present Perfect, Brad Johnson was sexy, cocky, rich and a complete Smurff**ker. He could afford anything he wanted and could charm any girl he set his eyes on. Everything was laid out in front of him, all for the taking except the one thing he craved and needed. A tragic event forces him to reevaluate his life. When he tries to change, will the people in his life let him move on from his past or will they constantly hold him to the life altering mistakes he’s made?
Mabry Darnell is intelligent, ambitious, beautiful, and sassy. Secrets from her past haunt the present causing her to question her actions in order to shield her heart and protect her life.
From the moment Brad and Mabry met, their connection was strong, intense, and electrifying. Both knew they had found the one person who could satisfy what the other ached for. When their pasts collide with their present, will it prevent them from having a future together or will love be strong enough to conquer their demons?
Again I am left reeling after a Bailey read. She is one talented lady. Again it is incredibly real life. Her characters react exactly as you would expect a young dramatic person. These characters have a past. A tragic and heart breaking past at times. I was a little caught off guard to find that it all connected along the way. I wasn't a fan of Brad in book one, so it was nice to see the real Brad and get to know him better.
Overall a great read and well worth your time. Be prepared to be emotionally wrung, although it is no where as intense as the first book. This is one of those series that stays with you. You play it over and over again in your head.