Sometimes in love, the person who’s your future isn’t always your destiny…
Forever Perfect by Alison G. Bailey is now live!
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Forever Perfect by Alison G Bailey
Series: Perfect #4
Published by Self-Published on March 24, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I was five years old when I met the love of my life. He was my best friend’s older brother, but he was also my friend. We shared popsicles, we hunted for shark teeth on Folly Beach, and told each other secrets. But everything changed when we became teenagers. Brandon no longer wanted to have anything to do with me. I was a pest. Something to ignore. I hated that he tossed away our friendship.
Although he broke my heart, it still fluttered when he looked at me, was near me, and touched me. But eventually he would look away, push away, and walk away. Finally, I realized you can’t make someone love you even if they were supposed to be your forever.
*This book contains sensitive subject matter.
*ALL THE BOOKS IN THE PERFECT SERIES CAN BE READ AS STANDALONES.
Forever Perfect is the fourth book in the Perfect series, but the first book I’ve read. It is an emotional roller coaster of a read. Brandon and Halle were childhood friends, but secretly, they always had a crush. Once high school hit, Brandon started to pull back, believing Halle deserved someone better in her life than him.
Throughout high school and into college, Halle and Brandon dealt with so much, and yet, the one constant was the inexplicable feelings they had for each other. Feelings they refused to give into despite wanting to do just that. Very much a coming-of-age, new adult tale and for sensitive readers, there are some triggers to be mindful of with this read.
Brandon was a bit of a jerk for a large portion of this book because he wanted something—someone—he didn’t think he should have. He was a protector, but also a bit of a coward because he wanted Halle but did the opposite of showing it, which left her with a lot of confusion and hurt. She didn’t understand what happened between them.
For me, this book didn’t really pick up until the halfway mark. Before that, Halle and Brandon circled each other but never quite had a real conversation. Once the halfway mark came, things started to change and we got a sense of why they belonged together, and what would have to happen for them to overcome their issues and make it happen. By far, this was my favorite part of the story.
If you’re looking for a slow burn romance with real life issues and conflicts, Forever Perfect is a good book to pick up. While it spanned a few years and took a while to get going, it turned out to be a well-written and solidly told romance with two stubborn people who managed to figure themselves and each other out. I enjoyed the read.
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