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Michael was ready to finish his final year of classes and take his place in the family business. He’s not looking for a relationship, but when he sees Elona, he immediately knows she is the one. He just needs to convince her of that fact.
Both Elona and Michael have tragic events in their past that have shaped them and brought them to where they are today . . . but will their newfound love be enough to allow them to leave the past behind and create a new life together?
A Life No Less than Perfect is author Angela K Parker’s debut novel. It’s a very sweet contemporary romance and would be appropriate for young adults to enjoy. While it is love at first sight, the characters both move slowly towards their ultimate goal.
Elona is a sweet, but somewhat naive young woman. Because she sheltered herself after the accident, she isn’t quite prepared for the attention Mike is ready to lavish on her. Michael realizes his love for El almost immediately, but understands he must take things slowly to allow her to catch up to him emotionally. He also has to deal with the hurt from his past to fully accept El in the present.
I also enjoyed watching both characters interact with their families. Elona is an only child while Michael has many younger siblings. While their families are complete opposites, both sets of parents are incredibly supportive of their children and the interactions between Mike and his parents and El and hers add a lot of depth and understanding to the plot.
Angela K. Parker created a sweet story with her characters reaching for their own brand of perfection and a happy ever after. 4 stars.
Plots in the story were closed up well. I didn't have questions and Angela left me wanting more from the secondary characters. I can only see her growing more as an author as she continues writing and REALLY REALLY REALLY hope she writes Jess and Laurence a story.
Elona is a girl that got a late start on the college life. She is a quite thinker. I can see where she needs that friend to bring her out of her shell. When she gets to school she is immediately engulfed by Jess. The woman who becomes her best friend. While they aren't the focal point in the story, you can see through snippets how their friendship evolves in a short time line.
Michael stops everything when his eyes land on Elona. I really enjoyed his maturity and how he grew and cherished Elona. He knew what he wanted in professional and personal life. He is what every Mom would want her son to grow up in to.
The secondary characters were fantastic. They blended into the story so that you felt the dynamics as you were reading. I really want more of them.
While the timeline is quick, the author makes it work. There are also snippets in the past that she seamlessly blended into the present. It was like a movie playing in your mind. I also really admired how the characters were written. They were young and she made them have an air of maturity about them as well as fun. This reminded me so much of my time at school and with my parents. That there is nothing wrong with good clean fun. If anyone is looking for a read that has emotions but isn't full of drama and suspense is a fantasized way, I would recommend this. It's a great coming of age book about growth and love.
For a first novel this was a good offering, I also felt that the book improved as I read through it. Or perhaps I was becoming used to her style of writing.
I liked the characters and felt they were believable. Elona was a little immature at times, but this was fitting to her age and circumstances. I loved the connection between her and Mike and felt the intensity of their attraction. The plot moved at a fairly decent pace, the writing flowed well and the book was easy to read.
I felt the blurb was a little misleading for several reasons. First was that 'lone survivor' suggested that the car had more than 2 people in it! Second, I didn't get the feeling that Mike was 'pained and broken'. The book seemed to skim over the issues that both Elona and Mike had faced in the past and I just didn't quite get any feelings of angst or stress regarding these situations. Finally they also seemed to move into a relationship incredibly quickly, whilst the blurb talked about them struggling to move on and how getting through the pain would be 'tragic', none of which matched what I took from the story.
That said I DID enjoy the story, it was entertaining, sweet (only hinting at their love life), and seemed a little more about growing up and trusting others. The author clearly has talent and I look forward to reading more work by her.
I received an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
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