Perfect Stranger (Perfect Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Kate and Jordan are both the sort that deep down they want to believe in happily ever afters and in love that can endure, but between their less-than-picture-perfect childhoods and bad experiences as adults neither can bring themselves to trust that love could be possible for them. On the face of it, this is somewhat of a typical setup for contemporary romance, but it all plays out in a way that is unique and never feels like a rehash of other stories. Part of that stems from the supporting cast of characters I think, for each of them has an effect either directly or indirectly on Kate and/or Jordan and on the way their story plays out.
Speaking of the supporting cast, it should be noted that besides their influence(s) on Kate and Jordan, most all of them have their own storylines going on as well. Some of these stories are heartbreaking, others will have you shaking your head. It's hard to say much without getting spoilery, but all in all, the entire cast of characters here is pretty much a hot mess and you may just want to have some popcorn handy as you watch some of it play out (though at times you'll want to reach into the pages to smack a few jerks that richly deserve it).
I have to say that so far I'm loving this series of stand alones by Sofia Grey as much as I've loved her Talisman series which they are loosely related to. The afterwords promise that we will see some of these characters again in another book that is to come as well as in a new series she has on the horizon. I for one can't wait to see where it all goes next. In the meantime, I would definitely recommend you give this one a read, and if you haven't checked out her other books, read them as well. I promise you won't regret it.
I enjoyed this book. The book tells the story of Kate and Jordan and also Jenny, with a cast of friends and extras.
Kate meets Jordan on a business trip and they start a long distance relationship. Kate is in Manchester (northern England) and Jordan is based in London. To say that hings do not go smoothly, is an understatement. Kate’s job is tough due to having a boss who considers himself God’s gift to women. When Kate makes it clear she is not interested he makes her life miserable.
Jenny is Kate’s friend who works at her former company. Jenny married a man who she considers her soul mate. She had to break with her family to do it and this complicates matters. Her perfect life is developing a few cracks and she is trying desperately to hold it together.
This book covers everything from spousal abuse to unplanned pregnancy. Love, hate, betrayal, and sadness will all play a part in the story. There is also friendship, family ties and forgiveness.
The book has an HEA ending for most. (The abuser is not too happy!) I think some of the people were too stereotypical, but I guess that is why stereotypes exist. I thought Kate and Jordan a little indecisive and over-the-top at times. I think Jenny was written as the typical abused woman usually is – clueless.
This was exactly the kind of read I needed. Come at me with a Houston boy, southern drawl and all and you are GOLDEN! Brownie points right out the gate! One night stands that turn into a great big love story typically bores me to death. Simply because it has literally been done, you guessed it, to. death. Perfect Stranger however slaps the reader with a heavy dose of reality that strips away any preconceived notion of 'fluff'. It ain't all rainbows and unicorns ladies!
The first half of this book was perfect and that's not something I say lightly. Jordan, Kate, their meeting, their chemistry, everything just fit so perfectly. All the while, another side story began brewing that had my full attention as well. I found myself fully invested in each and every character and how they were all connected in some way, shape of form.
The twist, however, created a shift for me. It wasn't the twist itself, or the fact that I saw it coming a mile away. It was the character reaction to the twist that caught me off guard. Jordan didn't quite make sense and Kate all but floored me. It felt a bit out of character for both, given what I had come to learn of them up to that point. Once I got over that aspect of things, I was able to go back to drooling over Jordan. Poor, stupid, he's no idea what he's doing, Jordan. God love him. Heavy swooning occurred, not to mention some teary eyes...
The side story that I mentioned above was that of Rob, Jenny and Cade. I was extremely disappointed that the rest of their story played out off screen. When the ending came and all the storylines were wrapped up with a pretty bow on top, I felt cheated. That trio deserved their own book. Even though I know how things ended, I would still go back and read their journey. Fingers crossed!
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This was such a fun book and I enjoyed the characters a lot. Can't wait to see what happens next!
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First time reader of Ms Grey and I find her story to be very well
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