In Review: The Perfect Distraction (The Perfect Distraction #1) by Melissa Rolka

Posted November 15, 2013 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 4 Comments

In Review: The Perfect Distraction (The Perfect Distraction #1) by Melissa RolkaThe Perfect Distraction by Melissa Rolka
Series: The Perfect Distraction #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 318 pages
How I got it: From the author
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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.  

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

A Perfect Distraction was a great coming of age story with an edge that took me by surprise. I was expecting a fairly light-hearted, sweet and sexy book. I got that and more. This book gave me a “perfect distraction” from my life as I got wrapped up in the characters and the story and found myself unable to put it down.

Katherine/Kate had been through a LOT with her ex-boyfriend Kyle over the last several months. He was her first everything. She was devastated when he decided he wanted to go off to college without a girlfriend. He realized the mistake he made and tried to win her back over the summer. Everyone in her life is against this reconciliation. While she’s not sure she’s ever gotten over Kyle, she knows she wants a fresh start for her own freshman year at college so she bids adieu to him and her hometown and goes off to school where she starts to live her life on her own terms. Kate’s time at college is so realistic. She makes friends, goes to parties, dates boys and tries to forget about Kyle. He’s persistent and that’s not as easy as it sounds. But, there are new boys at college. Ones that she has fun with and find treat her better than he ever did. And at the risk of giving anything else away, this is where I will quit typing. You have to experience Kate’s journey on your own. It has the perfect mix of sweet and romantic moments, melty, sexy scenes and some heavier drama.

Melissa Rolka has a way with words… and characters. I loved her writing style. The book was told primarily from Kate’s perspective, though there are a couple chapters from other character’s perspectives mixed in. There are several flashbacks throughout the story that really help give depth and allow the reader to better understand the characters and their history. The characters in this book were relatable, likable (mostly) and complex. I adored Kate, despite wanting to shake some sense into her a couple times. There’s a bevy of boys in this book – Kyle, Derek, Marco, Reed I found them each to be unique and interesting (though not always good “interesting”), but Reed was, without a doubt, my favorite. He was perfection. Sweet and deep and genuine, despite his reputation. ::sigh:: Totally swoon-worthy.

I lost myself in Kate’s story. The flow of Melissa’s writing and the passion she obviously put into her characters and story made it possible. I’m a sucker for a good coming of age story and this one absolutely captivated me. The last chapter about killed me… I *need* the next book. Like, right now.

I’m going to leave you with my favorite sweet and swoony quote from the book…

“We lay there gazing into each other’s eyes, somewhere deep in between liking and loving each other.”

About Melissa Rolka

Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and then in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing. After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs, and worked in business for several years. She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing.The Perfect Distraction is her first full length novel. A second continuation of this story is in the works with hopes for a third. When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle.

Kim

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4 responses to “In Review: The Perfect Distraction (The Perfect Distraction #1) by Melissa Rolka

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    Wow, thank you! What a wonderful review! That is my favorite line from the book too… somewhere in between liking and loving each 🙂

    • You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I just hope I did your fantastic book justice. 🙂 That quote gave me the warm and fuzzies. I can’t wait for the sequel! 🙂