Perfection by R.L. Mathewson
Series: Neighbor from Hell #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 27, 2011
Format: eBook, 219 pages
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Zoe is used to taking care of herself and has long ago accepted that if anything bad was going to happen, it was going to happen to her. So when she loses her job over something most bosses would probably be happy with and her life starts going down hill from there she doesn't expect it to get any better. She certainly didn't expect any help from the loud jerk next door, but then again she has nothing to lose so puts her trust in him and hopes for the best. What she didn't expect was the once in a lifetime opportunity that he offers her through an arrangement where they both benefit and no one is supposed to get hurt, but she should have known better because her luck has never been that good.
Like most Bradfords, Trevor has a soft spot for food, but that's about all. He leads a pretty straightforward life and likes to keep things simple and that includes his relationships. He wants the perfect woman and knows exactly what she'll be like. So when he discovers much to his horror that he's thinking about his frumpy little neighbor he decides the best way to get his head straight is by working her out of his system. He'll keep her around, but only until he finds perfection.
This book was first brought to my attention by my friend Steph (of No BS Book Blog) when she did the Harry Potter Spells Book Tag. Unlike me, Steph isn’t big on the “reading for feels” thing so when she talked about how she loved this one, how much it made her feel and how she regularly rereads it, I knew I had to find out what all of the fuss was about.
If I’m honest, I have to admit that after a couple chapters, I wasn’t sure if this book was for me. I kept going because I trusted Steph’s opinion and there was something kinda charming about the characters, even if there were a couple things bugging me. I’m really glad I kept going, too. It was a delightfully quirky, romantic and funny book.
Though this was the second book in the series, I didn’t really feel lost or like I’d missed much by not reading the first. (Though I do plan to go back and read it at some point.) The only thing that was kind of a mystery was the Bradford obsession with food. I’m not sure if the first book clears that up any or not. While odd, I could still read and enjoy the book without knowing the trigger for their obsession.
The characters totally made this book. I liked Zoe pretty well from the start. I could sympathize with her over her weight issues and Trevor’s attitude in the beginning towards her made me really skeptical I would come to love him. There’s just no easy way to put this – he was a douche. He was attracted to her, but didn’t know what to do with those feelings and it wasn’t pretty at first. BUT, he mellowed. He accepted his attraction and I absolutely loved watching him fall for the woman who is unlike the women he’s usually attracted to. I think I loved it most of all because of the way his character transformed and the awkwardness that ensued as he accepted his feelings. They were super cute together once he stopped being a jerk.
Perfection was funny and heartwarming and definitely gave me plenty of feels. As uncertain as I was in the early chapters, I liked this one a lot. Plus the blurb for the following book caught my attention so I’m pretty sure I’ll continue on with this series… and I still want to go back and read the first one.