Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player--he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She's been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she's stuck right in the middle of the brother's dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn't even know she's the ultimate prize.Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girl's hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself--or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all...GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Flawed Perfection by Cassandra Giovanni
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I ended up really liking this book. It had a weird love triangle involving two brothers, Bobby and Adam, and their childhood best friend, River. Bobby has always loved River, River has always loved Adam, and Adam has always just seemed content to have River as a friend. Now that they are adults living in apartments across the hallway from each other, their worlds keep colliding in a more adult way. Before long, it's too hard for them all to keep denying the feelings that they have for each other.
At the beginning of the book I really liked Bobby. He is the All-American good boy brother. His parents love him and think that he can do no wrong. Adam is the more artistic bad boy. And no matter what he does, he can never please his parents, or live up to the legend that is Bobby in their minds. River has been like a sister to them since she was born, and her parents and the boys' parents are all close friends. That's why I thought that it was odd that Bobby and Adam's mom despised River. It was very obvious - she was not subtle about it at all, and I don't understand why River's mother and father never called her out on it. Hell, I never even understood what her reason was for not liking River, and it was never explained. It just was, which I thought was weird. It's not normal for an adult to hate a "kid" that much for no reason. Anyway, the weird family dynamic seems like a secondary story line, but it ends up being woven very deeply into the overall fabric of the main story.
Back to Bobby....by the mid-point of the story, I couldn't stand him. He went from being such a great guy to an out and out d-bag. I get that he is jealous of River's feelings for Adam, but he's had years to deal with the reality. River is just NEVER going to love him like that. At first, I really wanted her to give him a shot and let him try to romance her into loving him, but after a while, I knew that she was in love with the right brother. Adam is a complex character, but he is written so well that once I got to see what makes him tick, and I began to understand his thoughts and feelings and motivations, I fell in love with him. He is just the perfect damaged, artistic soul.
I must warn you that there is a huge blindside twist towards the end of the book that I never saw coming. I wasn't particularly a huge fan of what happened, because I think it was the easy way out, plot-wise. And this book also ends on sort of a cliffhanger. It's not as dramatic as the big event, but the storyline is left open for a sequel. Overall, I enjoyed this book and the characters and it is definitely worth a read.
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