A Perfect Mess

A Perfect Mess

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by Zoe Dawson
     
 

I know what you did last summer.

Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there’s only one person who knows what she did.

Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers—all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be

Overview

I know what you did last summer.

Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there’s only one person who knows what she did.

Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers—all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be brash enough to make it big self-publishing horror novels on the internet. He promised never to tell, but everyone knows you can never trust an Outlaw.

Then a year later, in the middle of the night, she receives a phone call at Tulane. Her aunt, who took her in after her mother’s death, is in a coma under suspicious circumstances. Now she has to face that one person who knows all about what she did that summer—sexy Booker.

Returning to Hope Parish to be with her aunt, stirs up all those ugly memories. When Aubree starts getting threats, she can’t help but wonder if what she did last summer was tied to her aunt’s “accident.” Afraid, she turns to the only person who knows the truth and Booker doesn’t hesitate to offer his broad shoulder for her to lean on. But Booker has a secret of his own that could crush their fledgling relationship.

As the hot, sultry summer days on the bayou move on, she finds that even a perfectly smart girl can lose her heart to a perfectly bad boy. What is she going to do when someone starts asking questions Aubree doesn’t want to answer? She’s knee deep into a terribly dangerous, wholly life changing, who-can-she-really-depend-on perfect mess.

Warning: This book is for mature audiences only!
New Adult Contemporary Romance.

A Perfect Mess is part of the Perfect Secret series and is a Hope Parish novel. It can be read as a stand-alone novel or in any order with the series.

The publishing order of the series is as follows:

A Perfect Mess
A Perfect Mistake (coming soon)
A Perfect Dilemma (coming soon)

Other books by this Author-Going to the Dogs series
Leashed
Groomed for Murder
Hounded
Collared (coming soon)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940046137385
Publisher:
Zoe Dawson
Publication date:
08/05/2013
Series:
Hope Parish Novels , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
2,546
File size:
423 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of multi-published, bestselling author Karen Anders. Karen started her career because her grandmother gave her a book to read. That book made her fall in love with romance and started her on the trek to get published. She achieved that goal in 1996 with the publication of Jennifer’s Outlaw for Silhouette. Even with eighteen books under her belt, she can’t wait for that next idea, that next exquisite sentence and, of course, the next hero and heroine who fall in love.

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A Perfect Mess 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
preppea More than 1 year ago
Great Chemistry but Needs Some Fine-Tuning When hiding from the mess you made is no longer an option, facing it head on may be the only way to go. Aubree Walker strives for perfection in everything she does. Any complications are avoided at all costs. When she left her small southern hometown, she had no interest in ever returning. That is, until an accident with her only remaining family member forces her to come back. Booker Outlaw embodies everything Aubree hopes to avoid. He is the only one who knows Aubree’s darkest secret and the feelings he drums up in her are complex and scary. When someone starts threatening to unbury Aubree’s past, Booker is right by her side just like old times. Aubree wants to deal with her past about as much as she wants to deal with her feelings for Booker, but whoever is threatening her will force her to deal with both, or else.  The chemistry between Aubree and Booker was exactly what I’ve come to expect from a new adult romance. It was hot and unbridled and I could feel it on every page. Unfortunately, my issue with A PERFECT MESS was basically everything else. I got lost in the conversations between Booker and Aubree—usually it’s the conversations that reel me in but in this case I felt like I was walking in on the middle of someone’s conversation and I couldn’t catch up. They were ambiguous and talked in circles that didn’t make a lot of sense or mean much of anything. I enjoyed that Zoe Dawson fully committed to the southern locale but sometimes it felt overindulgent. I thought the foreshadowing of future Outlaw brother romances was also overdone. I could tell with only one hint, the rest felt a bit like an advertisement for the series since none of it actually came to fruition during this story. The climactic ending was rushed and sudden; it seemed abrupt given how little it had to do with the rest of the story. A slow building over the course of the story would have made it seem less like a different story thrown onto the end for an adrenaline rush. I also would have liked more time spent on Aubree’s aunt’s revelation. It was kind of confusing and Aubree took it a little too easily.  I’m not a writer, but I imagine creating believable chemistry could be the hardest, most intangible part of a story. Zoe Dawson’s characters had chemistry in spades. In my opinion, it would only take some tweaks and fine-tuning to catapult the star rating of A PERFECT MESS from good to great.  **Complimentary copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Blue Moon Creative and Netgalley.) Aubree is shocked when she gets a call to tell her that her aunt is in the hospital seriously ill, but going back to her aunt’s house means going back to the town where Booker lives – the guy she has always been secretly in love with. Will Aubree’s Aunt recover? And what will happen between Aubree and Booker? This was an okay contemporary romance story, but it was a little rough in places. I found it quite difficult to relate to Aubree, she just didn’t come across as a real person to me, and was a bit wishy-washy. The storyline was okay, but I found it pretty rough going in places. The writing was a little rough around the edges, and it made the story less believable. The mystery aspect was alright, but I wasn’t really desperate to find out what had happened. The ‘Love’ scenes were the best part of the book for me, as Aubree and Booker seemed to have some really hot and steamy chemistry. I don’t think I’d have liked this book much at all if it hadn’t been for the steamy love scenes. The ending was okay, and I was glad that the mystery and secrets were revealed. The sheriff did make a comment at the end that sounded a bit creepy though! Overall; okay story with some steamy love scenes, 6.75 out of 10.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Really loved this book can't wait to read the next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Perfect Mess is a good book that will keep you interested in what will happen next.
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Great read!
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Superbly written with emotion,humor,suspense. Author ( Zoe Dawson) sweeps you into a story of secrets, revenge and love.This book is a must read for anyone who loves a really good love story. L.M.A.
LauMarie More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. It was easy to read and really fun. It wasn't just your typical bad boy/good girl story since there was a past. It kept my interest and had a darker twist I wasn't expecting in the love story. I recommend you give it a try.
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This was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. Intense and surprising end. Humor woven in appropriately in some parts. Great realistic likeable characters. Looking forward to reading more in the series.
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Zoe Dawson writes in a soft, easy style that is much too slow, and contains much too much verbiage for the content of this novel. It's not a bad write, but there is so much I skimmed over. She really doesn't develop a plot ... it's almost like this is a "first write - unedited" and is sent to the printer who publishes it. The 168 pages in this novel could easily have been condensed to 100, maybe even less, and it would have picked up the pace, making for a more enjoyable read. I gave it a "three" only because it does have some merit, but it's a borderline "two" ... really. You won't dislike this book, but it could have been much more likeable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont pay for this series.
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RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
A story filled with tragedy, secrets, lies and passion, Dawson certainly knows how to draw her reader in and to keep them captive throughout. I really loved getting to know Aubree, Booker and his brothers, and I was thoroughly intrigued by the mystery of what had gone down between Aubree and Booker. Aside from the sexual tension and unmistakable chemistry between these two amazing characters, there was definitely something darker that lurked below the surface and Dawson gave just enough to keep me wanting more. With little hints as to what happened, I was able to form my own ideas, but was quite surprised when everything was finally revealed. This was a great suspenseful read with a ton of emotion and angst. The characters will capture your heart and drag you into a world of love, pain and hope. I was thrilled to get to read this book and cannot wait for more.
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