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Chasing Perfect

Chasing Perfect

4.6 17
by Melanie Shawn
They'd been best friends since elementary school, knew each other's secrets, and supported each other in times of need...Sandy Cooper and Hunter Blakely were there for each other no matter what...until one epic graduation night changed everything...

For Sandy, her sexy best friend knew too much of the life she wanted to get away from. She wanted to start


They'd been best friends since elementary school, knew each other's secrets, and supported each other in times of need...Sandy Cooper and Hunter Blakely were there for each other no matter what...until one epic graduation night changed everything...

For Sandy, her sexy best friend knew too much of the life she wanted to get away from. She wanted to start fresh but also keep the one constant in her life; his unwavering friendship and support. And she was willing to push her growing feelings for him down in order to protect their special friendship.

Hunter always knew that the gorgeous blonde was all he wanted, and even though her rejection hurt, he was willing to do whatever it took to prove to her that they belonged together in every way.

When it comes to Chasing Perfect, sometimes you don't have to travel very far.


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Red Hot Reads Publishing
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The Someday Series , #4
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Chasing Perfect 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
Chasing Perfect by Melanie Shawn (book 4 of The Someday Series) stars Sandy and Hunter. Sandy is one of Cat’s roommates and twin of Brandy. Hunter has been best friends with Sandy since first grade, in addition to always caring for her. Sandy has her life planned out for herself. She wants to leave their college town of Arcata, California and travel the world. She needs a man who is confident and sure of himself who travels in the circles of the wealthy. After a night of passion, Sandy says the wrong thing and suddenly, before she can apologize, Hunter leaves town for his out of state college. Move forward in time and Sandy is getting ready for a spring break trip. She is flipping out because her twin, Brandy, is backing out of their trip. In walks Hunter, returning to make amends with Sandy for his lack of communication with her over the past months. Upon hearing that Brandy was backing out, he volunteers to accompany Sandy on her spring break trip. The story is full of all the various activities going on during a college spring break; sunbathing, drinking, partying, hooking up, and meeting new friends. Sandy and Hunter meet Avery and his twin sister Acacia, whose family owns a summer home on the beach. Theirs is the life style Sandy always dreamed of. Sandy has caught the eye of Avery, which worries Hunter. However, Acacia has eyes only for Hunter. It is through this friendship, and scenes of jealousy, that Sandy realizes how important Hunter truly is to her. I enjoyed Chasing Perfect and was pleased with the way Melanie Shawn allowed the growth of Sandy & Hunter in addition to Sandy realizing she had everything she wanted near at hand. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to reading the next installment of the Someday Series, Embracing Reckless, which will be Brandy’s story.
amowrer More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a great addition to the Someday Series. It touches on first love and I just love how the story unfolds for both Hunter and Sandy. After what one would think is a lapse in judgement, life takes a different turn and both characters are thrown into a life without the other. But in a last minute turn, they find their way back to each other and the puzzle pieces fall into place. I was skeptical about this book as the Someday Series gave me a love hate for the books...or rather just some characters...talk about great writing. So I was slow going into this book, but it quickly turned me around and I started to connect and just fall for the characters. This is a great book and I can't wait for more to come!
KatrinaWiese More than 1 year ago
Melanie Shawn has been one of my favorite authors since I was introduced to her Crossroads Series, and when I got the chance to dive into a different series, The Someday Series, I dove in head first. Even though this is the fourth book in the series, I didn't mind picking up in the middle of the series because I know that all of Melanie's books can be read as standalone books. I can't say it enough, Melanie Shawn's books just keeps getting better and better! Chasing Perfect was amazing! This love story was fun because it was based around true friendship and the love that can bloom out of that. I think what I love the most was that yes, there was crazy attraction, but the relationship was built and founded from friendship and the characters realizing that what they have been searching for has been in front of them all along. The Someday Series is built around a younger, more risque group of people, which is a change from Melanie's other books, yet just as hot and lovable. Melanie Shawn has an ability to keep their readers engaged in the story. They make you want to live with these people and be friends with them. All of Melanie's books always have the perfect blend of romance, heat and plot. This can be ready as a standalone novel, even though reading just this book will not be enough, you will have to read the entire series! I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
shobeteener More than 1 year ago
Sandy and Hunter have been friends since they were little. No matter what they always had each other. After high school graduation they took their relationship to a whole new level that they weren't prepared for and it split them apart. Sandy has always had a plan on where and who she was going to end up with in her life. They reconnect while taking a trip over spring break. After Sandy has a serious accident she realizes Hunter is everything she will ever need. Hunter has been in love with Sandy their whole life and had disappeared from Sandy's life due to her 'lack of feelings' for him. I loved this book. We followed Sandy/Hunter while they grew up, grew apart and came back together in young adulthood. *I have given this ARC for an honest review*
sferguson105 More than 1 year ago
Chasing Perfect is a sweet, but sexy, story of childhood friends turned to lovers. Sandy is Avery outgoing heroine, who seems to be just having fun while growing up. Her character was overall likable, with a bit of a wild streak to her. Hunter is an awesome hero, who's crazy protective of his bestie. It was nice to see them reunite and work through their feelings after a night of fun turned to a night of hurt for both of them. I'm not usually a huge New Adult fan, but I am so glad I took a chance on this. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a great New adult read
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
A sweet romance about finding your one true love, your first love, right in front of you. Sandy Cooper and Hunter Blakely have been best friends since elementary school. His heart has always been worn on his sleeve, and she's always known that he loves her ... but she wants more. She doesn't want to live in the same town forever, she wants to see the world and find what's waiting out there for her. When graduation night rolls around and they go a step too far during their celebration, it scares her and she lashes out and their friendship is splintered. When Hunter steps back into her life, will she be able to let her guard down and admit her feelings? If she doesn't, will Hunter be able to stay "just friends" or will he walk away again? ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
heavenlycirce More than 1 year ago
"Chasing Perfect" is written by Melanie Shawn, and it is the 4th book in The Someday Series. It can be read as a stand-alone book. It features Sandy Cooper and Hunter Blakely. Sandy and Hunter have been best friends since they were young kids. Their relationship has always been platonic until the evening of their high school graduation. Everything changed afterwards. Sandy got scared. Hunter was hurt and left. He never said goodbye to Sandy. Fast forward to the present day. Sandy is ready for Spring Break! All is going according to plan until her twin sister, Brandy, bails out on her. Who steps in her place? Hunter. Hunter misses Sandy. He's always loved her, and Sandy knows it. He needed to go away after that fateful graduating evening. But he wants Sandy back in his life. Problem is, Sandy is hurt by Hunter leaving her. Will she give him a chance? What happens at Spring Break? Will someone other than Hunter capture her heart? And will that happen to Hunter as well? Or will all of what happens on Spring Break just bring Hunter and Sandy more closer together? "Chasing Perfect" was beautiful to read. What I've always loved about the writings of this sister duo, Melanie and Shawna, is that we get point of views from both the hero and heroine. There was a scene near the end of the book that leaves you holding your breath. That scene alone made the book for me. You could see right then and there everything made sense for Hunter and Sandy. What a wonderful story! Everyone should read it!
kmichels More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful story from Melanie Shawn. Chasing Perfect is part of their Someday Series, but can be read as a standalone. It's written in alternating first person, which is always harder for me to read (a personal quirk), but was well done in Shawn's typical voice. The characters are in college, so they're younger than the typical contemporary romance. But you get a great book regardless. Friends to lovers is always a good story in my opinion. Looking forward to more from Melanie Shawn.
booknerd81 More than 1 year ago
Sandy and Hunter have been friends since the first grade. Hunter is Sandy’s best friend and rock, he is the person who has helped her through a very difficult childhood and seen her at her worst. Sandy firmly believes that she needs to keep Hunter firmly in the friend zone. However, one special night after graduation changes everything for both of them. I loved reading this story! I loved it so much that I read it in one afternoon/evening. This is a great story about two people weathering the ups and downs of life and finding that the person that is their better half. This is a standalone book but I would highly recommend reading the 3 stories other stories in this series. It’s a great series and I can’t wait for the next installment
AliDavies More than 1 year ago
Hunter and Sandy have been best friends forever.. Hunter has loved her since the day he laid his eyes on her, but he never made a move on her, as he doesn't want to lose her as a friend.. Sandy grew up with an abusive, alcoholic mother..Now she wants to get as far away from her hometown as possible and forget the past.. She has her heart and mind set on the perfect guy, far away from the hurt and pain... Not realising that the "perfect" man was right under her nose, the whole time.. What can I say, I love every book I have read by Melanie Shawn.. ** The ARC was given to me by the author for an honest review **
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Sandy and Hunter have a special connection. The friendship reaches out to the early childhood, and they have been there for each other ever since. Through everything, the growing pains, the abusive mother, the dead father, they have always been there for each other. Until sex changes everything. The one amazing night between them, and nothing will ever be the same again. In the absence of Hunter, Sandy has to learn to stand on her two feet, to be independent, or as much one as having a twin sister, will allow. But now Hunter is back, and with Sandy on the first adventure of her life. And it is a true spring break adventure, with beach life, parties, boating and games - mind games, jealousy, drinking games and all that is part of spring break, growing up, and finding your direction. And the games go on, until a life and death situation, make Sandy to face her true feelings, and admit that life is sometimes better than any fairy tale. I love Melanie Shawn's writing style, the characters are so real, not only likable and charismatic, but people you would want to spend time with. Hunter's love Sandy is palpable in every scene, Sandy's emotional fears have kept her on distance, but life has perfect timing, and reasons for the wait game. Even though the story is in the first person and the Young Adult genre, both something that are not normally my favourite as I usually enjoy a bit more mature characters, but the Someday series has captured my mind, because of the compelling characters. ​The stories are filled with growing pains, the difficult decisions of adulthood, passion, love, and amazing friends. Lots of sweet romance, steamy love scenes, and fun banter, in midst of struggles and life lessons ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow just wow This was sent well written in felt like a fly on the wall
Tinabooklover More than 1 year ago
Another great book by the sister duo known as Melanie Shawn. Be warned though, the characters in this book are much younger than most of their other books. It is the classic story of if you would have just talked about it, you could have avoided all that pain, hurt and anger along with the confusion. Sandy is the strong one who wants to see the world. Hunter, her BFF since first grade loves the town they grew up in and dreams of moving back there after college. An impulsive act on the night of their graduation sends their relationship into a tailspin. Watch as they maneuver through the awkwardness to find the HEA.
Sweetpea53 More than 1 year ago
Sandy and Hunter have known each other since elementary school and have been best friends through thick and thin. High school graduation day has arrived and they are ready to face the world. Sandy thinks she knows what she wants… to get out of her small home town and marry a rich, confident good looking man who will treat her like a queen. Hunter is content with his small town life and sees himself marrying, having a family and settling down right where he grew up. Graduation night takes an interesting turn when they become intimate.. which is something neither one was expecting but each deep down wanted. Sandy’s first reaction was “Crap I think we just ruined our friendship” and she leaves Hunter wondering what just happened. They both go their separate ways to college and months go by with no contact between them. Sandy and her sister plan a trip for Spring Break and at the last moment, her sister backs out. Hunter is in town with the intent to deal with the issues between him and Sandy and ends up going on the trip with her. It is a story of young love and of self-examination. Will Sandy and Hunter face their feelings or will they continue on the paths to the future they think they want? How they deal with their long seated feelings for each other and with their dreams for the future is the basis for the story. The books ends with a glimpse of what the next book is about so we will be seeing more of Hunter, Sandy and her twin sister Brandy. Yeah! Disclaimer: I was gifted an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
MaureenBartlett More than 1 year ago
There's something about a Melanie Shawn book that you just can't describe. Whatever it is, it hooks you in those first few pages, few paragraphs even. It makes you not want to put it down until you've finished it. Chasing Perfect definitely has It. Even though this book isn't something that would regularly gravitate towards since the characters are a little younger than I normally read, I still really enjoyed it. There are a few authors out there where I'd read anything they wrote, Melanie Shawn is one (two) of them. Pick this book up today and follow along as Hunter and Sandy discover that sometimes what you think you've always wanted can change when you find your true love. When that person becomes your home and geography no longer matters, life together can be an adventure.
deeeee More than 1 year ago
HONEST REVIEW FOR FREE ARC Sandy and Hunter have been best friends since 1st grade. Hunter had been Sandy's protector since they met. He would protect her from her sick and abusive mother. He would protect her when others said rude or hurtful things, but Hunter's goal in life is to get a college education and come home and settle into Arcata. Sandy wants to get out of Dodge as quickly as possible. She wants a refined man who can show her the world and what it's like to live on the RIGHT side of the tracks. The night they graduated from high school, Sandy and Hunter's relationship changed. Sandy knew Hunter had always had feelings for her and suddenly she was feeling lusty for Hunter. One the beach after a few beers, the two "did the deed". As soon as it was over, Sandy basically told Hunter that things between them wouldn't change. That deeply wounded Hunter and he left that night for an internship at his college. Sandy called, texted, and emailed Hunter several times, but he wouldn't respond. Now they both felt a huge hole that the other person had filled. Ten months later: spring break At the last minute Sandy's twin Brandy decided she couldn't go on spring break with her. Conveniently, Hunter appeared at their door just as this conversation was taking place. Hunter gallantly volunteered to go in Brandy's place and things snowballed from there. Since Sandy and Brandy were sharing a room, and it was spring break at Myrtle Beach, Sandy and Hunter had to share the room. There was only one bed which made matters even more tense. Time, proximity and quite a lot of alcohol worked against (maybe for) them, and the chemistry was no longer in their control. They tried to fight it, tried to become interested in other folks, but they both caved. I enjoyed the 1st person aspect of the chapters and the ladies did a wonderful job with the story. There were a few instances when my logical side would say, "TSA wouldn't let that happen" or "Why didn't anyone comment on their ages when they were either being served or being checked out by the physician?", but most readers most likely wouldn't be thinking about those things. The story kept my interest and it was easy to feel the heat between Hunter and Sandy.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC from the author for an honest review** Sometimes you have a picture painted in your mind of what your future is supposed to look like, when in reality, your future is staring you right in the face. This was definitely the case for Sandy Cooper. Sandy and Hunter Blakely had been best friends since grade school. They'd done everything and nothing together. They had seen one another through the best and worst of times. And, on the night they graduated from high school, they crossed the line that she swore they never would and slept together. After freaking out and bolting, Sandy didn't hear from Hunter for months even though she tried every way she could to reach out to him. Had she ruined the best friendship she'd ever had? When she and her twin were supposed to take a spring break trip, the plans got derailed when Sandy's twin was suddenly unable to go. Having shown up to try to make amends, Hunter offers to go on the trip with Sandy. Will the besties be able to get back to where they had once been or will the feelings that Hunter knows he has for Sandy be too much for either of them to deal with? I absolutely love Melanie Shawn's writing and this was no exception. The characters are always so real and the stories are engaging and heartwarming. I would highly recommend this book, as well as the rest of the series. I can't wait for the next installment in the series!