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Flawed Perfection
     

Flawed Perfection

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by Cassandra Giovanni, E.S. Tom (Editor)
 

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Bobby Beckerson is the American All-Star hockey player-he's the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he has everything but the one girl he wants: 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

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Bobby Beckerson is the American All-Star hockey player-he's the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he has everything but the one girl he wants: 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 brothers dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn't even know she's the ultimate prize.
Adam Beckerson is a boy with a guitar, a smile that sinks girls' hearts and a stone wall around his own. He's anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tries he's nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thinks Adam loves anyone but himself.
Bobby loves River, River loves Adam, and Adam only loves himself-or so everyone thinks. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all...

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ISBN-13:
9780692523155
Publisher:
Show n'ot Tell Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2015
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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Flawed Perfection 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Flawed Perfection by Cassandra Giovanni is a good read. Who doesn't love a best friend love triangle? It was a fun, fast read, mostly. Giovanni is very detail oriented and this book is overly so, which may be why it reads so quickly. Some of the details are a bit superfluous. Just as things were beginning to come together, Giovanni throws a huge curve ball and ends on a cliff hanger. Be warned!
Bex_n_Books More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Read. Reviewer: Lynn Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review. This is the story of River and her two best friends Adam and Bobby whom also are brothers. They have been friends since they were children but now as adults the dynamics of their relationship is changing. River is in love with Adam and both brothers are in love with her. The relationship between the three is complex yet at times so simple. They support one another, love and fight as best friends do. Yet there is in an underlying tension with all the feelings involved. Adam has never felt good enough for River, where as Bobby the golden child never seems to have any problem trying to get River to pick him, but River doesn't feel for him that way. They all date others but nothing ever lasts. Where River and Adam are hurt by their parents actions and attitude towards them, Bobby does no wrong, this allows River to bond with Adam more then Bobby. Even though this is a love triangle the dynamics between them are wonderful. They do frustrate you at times and you want to reach in and shake them as they try to come to terms with the feelings and try not to hurt the other one so much. None of them want to lose the friendship they have but what the heart wants the heart wants. it was hard at times to decide what brother I think I wanted to see River with. Bobby was more outgoing, more vocal about his feelings but at times a goof. He makes you laugh. Adam is more brooding, serious and more then likely to keep his feeling to himself. The secondary characters play a great part in this story and River's best girlfriend Tara plays a major role in the story. The ending is not what I thought it would be, it does leave it open for the next book. If you love books that make you feel, and not just happy feelings but the whole gauntlet of them this is a must read for you.
xxBianca More than 1 year ago
“You’re worth the world to me, River, but am I worth it to you?” Brothers Bobby and Adam Beckerson are complete opposites. Bobby is the star hockey player. His family adores him and sees him as just perfect. On the other hand, Adam is the musician that breaks girls hearts. His family isn’t fond of his life style. The one thing they have in common? They are completely in love with their best friend, River Ahlers. River doesn’t see herself as the ultimate prize. Her heart belongs to Adam. While Bobby wants nothing more than River to love him. Hearts are shattered, promises broken. When the ultimate tragedy strikes, nothing is ever the same.  “My heart stopped beating, and all I could hear was his breathing and mine, in perfect rhythm with each other.” You are immediately drawn in the world of these best friends. Can you imagine being in love with your best friend and the only other person that stands in your way is your other best friend? Bobby wants River, but knows that she wants Adam. Adam cannot commit to any girl, because none of them are River. And River has no idea of the feelings Adam harbors for her. Crazy right? Sounds like an insane love triangle? Well you’re wrong. It’s SO much more than a triangle. The emotion in this story is raw. You feel the inner turmoil of every single character. It is unlike any other story I’ve ever read. How do you move on when the one person that has your heart wants to give theirs to someone else? “You’re the first girl I fantasized about , the first girl that made every part of me feel like I was on fire...and every time I see you I still feel it.” Love. Flawed Perfection will challenge your thoughts about love. You will be on the emotional roller coaster with River, Adam, and Bobby. This story is all bout their journey. Their journey about love, hope, and life. That real love cannot and does not disappear.  Giving away which brother gets River would be a complete disservice to the reader. Just know that this story will touch your heart. It will remind you that love knows no boundaries. It goes where it belongs. Love never fails.  “That was it. I  loved him desperately, completely, and he wasn’t threatening to complete me anymore. He already had.”  “I’m yours, River. I’m yours.” The love in Flawed Perfection hurts. You will grip your kindle. You will FEEL their love. The intensity it. It’s passionate. Everything. You will feel. The writing of this story is effortless. The author is highly descriptive in that as a reader, I was completely captivated by it from beginning to end. I didn’t just read this story. I felt like I played a part. Like I was there. The characters are real and so true to their age. I love that there is no explicit love scenes as the author has so much depth in her writing. It just wasn’t needed. It was refreshing to read a new adult novel like that.  The emotions of this story spoke for itself. I ached over this story. I laughed. I cried. I felt it all.  “Fix me, please. I want to be yours forever. I am completely gutted over this story. I HAVE to know what is to happen next. While it ends on a cliffhanger in the sense that you have NO idea where the story is going to go, I still recommend you read this story. These are characters you will never forget.  You WILL want to know what happens to them. Just when you think you know what is going to happen next, a train wreck comes in a obliterates everything. And I mean everything. And I never saw it coming. If you are looking for a new adult contemporary story that is deep, intense, and passionate, I suggest you pick this one up. 
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Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Flawed Perfection by Cassandra Giovanni is the first book in her Beautifully Broken series. Please prepare yourself to be frustrated, charmed, amused, sad, and then utterly freaking devastated. Holy Cow! What a ride that just was! River loves Adam, Adam (secretly) loves River, Bobby (Adam's brother) also loves River. They are all best friends and this is less of a love triangle and more of a love "V". You can't help who you love and no one here is in love with more than one person at a time. We take a ride with these characters through their developing adulthood and learn the past interactions of the brothers and their family history and rivalry. We then must prepare ourselves for the mightiest pile of poop to hit the largest fan created - figuratively speaking. The love scenes are more of a fade to black nature than an instructional piece but are still super steamy, and the book itself is amazing. I'm still hurting but it's way worth it. What is not so cool...the wait for Pieces of Perfection to be released to see where the story goes next for these characters.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Flawed Perfection is a story of friendship and love. There's a love triangle, which I'm not always fond of, but kind of enjoyed in this book, and a friends to lovers story, which I almost always love. There's a great cast of characters and the novel is very realistic. The friendships, the relationships between characters, the feelings and emotions evoked by both were all very believable. As I review this book, I'm pretty much going to skip over talking about the plot because I want to avoid any possible spoilers. River has been friends with brothers Bobby and Adam forever. She's been in love with Adam nearly as long. Bobby has been in love with her as well. Adam was the black sheep of his family; Bobby the golden boy. They still managed to have a pretty good relationship, despite their differences. River loved them both in very different ways. They loved her, too. That much was apparent in their actions. It's just that they loved her in different ways than she wanted. Bobby was always very upfront with his feelings for her. Adam's feelings were more of a mystery. There were times it seemed like he just might be into her, but then he'd parade a bunch of women into his apartment, which hurt her.  I loved the dynamic between these three, despite the fact they individually drove me completely nuts at times. None of them were perfect, but they remained likable regardless. From the beginning I had very strong feelings about what I wanted to happen in the book, so I found myself frustrated during the times the characters didn't play along. I wanted to scream at River to tell him how she feels. I wanted to tell Bobby to back off just a bit because he could be a bit much at times. I wanted to smack some sense into Adam. I went through a full range of emotions while reading this book. Cassandra writes great characters and I can't wait for more of them.  I enjoyed Flawed Perfection. It was sweet and sexy. It focused on not only love but friendship and family. I felt a whole bunch of feels. I love a story with a strong, successful heroine, even if she's a bit dumb when it comes to love. I have to be honest and say that the unexpected twist at the end left me a little angry, a little heartbroken and more than a little anxious to get my hands on the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
I was completely blown away by the aching depth of emotion and the high soaring spirit of hope that permeated the very core of this brilliant story. The intensity slammed into me like a brick wall, but I was held up by the tender arms of a fragile yet resilient love that refused to die. It was this love that we watch with wonder and appreciation as it transforms the stunning characters that you meet along this harsh yet beautiful journey. This story will crawl under your skin and seep into your heart until it becomes a part of you. You will not want to let go. River Ahlers finds success and fulfillment in every part of her life except one. She is unable to have the love that she has so deeply longed for throughout her life. She stumbles from one meaningless relationship to another trying to drown her sorrows and find a way to keep going. She has loved her best friend Adam for as long as she can remember, but she knows that he doesn’t love her in the same way. Adam has always been seen as the black sheep of the family. He doesn’t measure up to the success of his bother Bobby. Bobby holds the love and adoration of his parents while Adam only receives their disdain and disappointment. If his own family can’t love him, he doesn’t expect anyone else to love him let alone the one girl he has secretly loved this entire life. He isn’t good enough for her, but that doesn’t stop him from loving her from afar. River captivated me by her strength of spirit and her unwavering hope that Adam might come to love her as much as she loves him. The small embers of hope that she sees from him in recent years fuel her determination to not give up on him. Above all, she wants nothing more than to run into his arms and show him how much she has longed for him to know the unspoken passion that lives inside her. The recent change in Adam’s behavior towards her has her flirting with him more and more to see if he will let his guard down enough to show his feelings for her. No matter what, she is first his friend, his biggest cheerleader, and his confidant, and she will never do anything to destroy their friendship. Day after day, her resolve beings to weaken, and she finds that she is barely keeping herself from exploding as she tries to find contentment with just loving her friend. The dynamic between Adam and Bobby is completely fascinating to me. Since I have no siblings, I was intrigued at how they danced around the sore spot that is River. They both want her, and yet they both know that they would rather cut off their own hand than to stab the other in the back. Their restrain is phenomenal, and the level of lies and deception heightens as the stakes keeping rising. River does not want to come between the brothers, but she can’t change how she feels about Adam even to save Bobby from the pain of that knowledge. Adam knows what it feels like to be continually hurt by family, and he refuses to put Bobby through the pain of proclaiming his love for River. He will not consciously betray Bobby, but sometimes life has a way of taking the reins when we refuse to move forward. To say that I am impressed by Cassandra Giovanni would be the understatement of the century! She is a hidden treasure that the world is finally able to behold and cherish. I was speechless after reading this stunning work of art, and I still am. My heart has been stolen by the outstanding and extraordinary characters that live within the pages of this book. If you want a story that will take you out of your comfort zone, make your heart ache, and force you to feel, then you have found exactly what you need in Giovanni’s Flawed Perfection. River and Adam have stolen my heart, and I can’t wait to find out how their story continues!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like a very well written story that touches on LOTS of different emotions, you NEED to read this story! It was down to earth, with very believable characters, and a suck you in story line. This is my first book by Cassandra Giovanni, and I really enjoyed it. I went in blind, and I'm very glad that I did. River has been best friends with the Beckerson brothers since they were kids. One of which she always seen as the brother she never had, the other... as everything she's ever wanted. The problem is, the one she wants doesn't seem to want her back, and the other can't seem to take a hint. So she's walking a tightrope between them to maintain their friendship. Bobby is the guy we all know that has always gotten everything he's ever wanted. He's hot, charming, athletically gifted, and competitive. His parents think he can do no wrong. He refuses to consider the possibility that he won't always get what he wants in life. Adam is the sexy, guitar playing, womanizing type who only seems to care about himself. He is used to being the black sheep in his family and seemingly lacks the desire to ever break free from that mold. He's used to living in his brother's shadow. The relationship between these characters drew me in from the start. I enjoyed the way the story was so relatable, and not just your typical "triangle". I loved how they were so believable and the writing felt very real to me. And to only make it better, talk about some curveballs! WOW. If you like a very well written story that touches on LOTS of different emotions, you NEED to read this story! It was down to earth, with very believable characters, and a suck you in story line. This is my first book by Cassandra Giovanni, and I really enjoyed it. I went in blind, and I'm very glad that I did. River has been best friends with the Beckerson brothers since they were kids. One of which she always seen as the brother she never had, the other... as everything she's ever wanted. The problem is, the one she wants doesn't seem to want her back, and the other can't seem to take a hint. So she's walking a tightrope between them to maintain their friendship. Bobby is the guy we all know that has always gotten everything he's ever wanted. He's hot, charming, athletically gifted, and competitive. His parents think he can do no wrong. He refuses to consider the possibility that he won't always get what he wants in life. Adam is the sexy, guitar playing, womanizing type who only seems to care about himself. He is used to being the black sheep in his family and seemingly lacks the desire to ever break free from that mold. He's used to living in his brother's shadow. The relationship between these characters drew me in from the start. I enjoyed the way the story was so relatable, and not just your typical "triangle". I loved how they were so believable and the writing felt very real to me. And to only make it better, talk about some curveballs! WOW. It's the personalities of the characters, the long standing sibling rivalry, and the layers of family drama woven throughout that made this story go above and beyond what one might expect. Love, family, friendship, humor, loss, heartache, drama, angst, and some really swoony moments too. Perfect blend of emotions to keep you emotionally invested, as well as keeping you wondering what's going to happen next. Read. This. Book!!! to keep you emotionally invested, as well as keeping you wondering what's going to happen next. Read. This. Book!!!
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Oh Cassandra Giovanni, what have you done to me? Flawed Perfection is the story of the ultimate love triangle, which made me want to feel apathy towards River, Adam, Bobby and the constant circuit they were on. Yet as I sat there at the end of the book with tears running down my face, clutching my Kindle, I knew I had succumbed to your brilliant writing (again!) Although Adam and Bobby are brothers, Cassandra Giovanni has conceived very individual personalities for them, which in a sense does make River's choice more understandable. Rather than just a romance, Flawed Perfection is a family drama as Adam and Bobby not only fight over River like a toy, but also who is the favourite son; an argument which spills over to include River and her parents, the result is that she is ignored by her mother. Flawed Perfection is full of angst, but the author balances this with beautiful romance, and although I am not sure I am ready for the emotion of Beautifully Flawed #2, I am convinced that again Cassandra Giovanni's writing will cause me to relent again!
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Flawed Perfection (Beautifully Flawed #1) by Cassandra Giovanni Hockey player Bobby Beckerson was the favorite son.  He was good-looking and charming.  He could have his pick of any girl except the one he wanted. Adam Beckerson  lived in Bobby’s shadow.  He played the guitar, and he played the field. River Ahlers was the girl next door.  She had a successful career and an unsuccessful love life.  Best friend to both Adam and Bobby she has no idea that they were both interested in her.  I loved Flawed Perfection.  It is a very realistic and believable novel. At the beginning of the book, I sort of wished we could roll Bobby and Adam into one person to have the best of both worlds, a hockey playing musician, perfect.  Clearly, that would have been a very short book and not nearly as exciting.  That being said both Bobby and Adam are very appealing and likable characters.  I love that they were best friends as well as brothers.  Bobby could be a bit extreme in the jealousy department.  However, I still really liked and sympathized for him. This is one of those books that was very emotional for me.  Flawed Perfection is very powerful and well done.  Reading this story, I felt everything from happiness, to annoyance, and heartbreak.  It is one of those novels that still affected me days after I read it.  It left me speechless. My heart broke for the characters and what they endured.  I can’t wait to read how they persevere in  Pieces of Perfection (Beautifully Flawed #2). This is the first book I read by Cassandra Giovanni.  She is a very talented writer.  I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.  I highly suggest this book to lovers of new adult contemporary romance novels.  ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.  
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
I am struggling to write this review, only because I absolutely loved this book and do not want to give too much away.  It is a book that had me smiling, shaking my head, and crying.  I want to be River’s roommate or even just a friend so that I can know Bobby and Adam.   I wanted to grow up in their neighborhood so that I could be part of their family and know them back then.   It is very rare for me to feel so connected to a character in a book, much less three characters in a book.   Bobby and Adam had a typical brother relationship.   They fight, hate each other, and then make up and are best friends and brothers again.  They also defend each other against outsiders.   Although, most brothers are not in love with the same woman, the same woman for the entire lives.  This causes such a wide crack in their relationship that there were times that I was very very concerned that they would not be able to get past it.   I felt the hatred they had for each other, knowing that only brothers would be able to work through it and, hopefully, be okay again.  I was not sure that this is where Cassandra Giovanni would take the story though.   Their protectiveness over River was sometimes crazy.   Bobby especially, had her on a pedestal that there were times I was not sure he even realized what he was doing to her.  River was so real.   I could see how she considered these two men her best friends.   They protected her growing up, when her parents let her down.   They protected her as a woman when she was dating the wrong men.  It was bound to happen that she would have stronger feelings for one of them than the other.   She tried so hard to keep her feelings in check and not hurt Bobby, but fate stepped in and opened both Adam and her eyes showing them how good they could be together.  The ending was shattering.   Never ever did I think this was how the book would end, I won’t give it away but be prepared to be shocked.   I am now anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.  Of course, I am highly recommending this book to everyone. 
LoveLustPages More than 1 year ago
The Beckerson brothers, Bobby and Adam & River Ahlers have been best friends all of their lives. Even after flying the coup they manage to end up living, not only in the same apartment building but across the hall from one another. The All-star hockey player and friendly giant, Bobby Beckerson has loved River for as long as he can remember. Unfortunately for him not only is he so far in the FRIEND ZONE that he is never coming out, the only thing he can see that stands in his way is the fact that River is in love with his brother. In Flawed Perfection Cassandra Giovanni displays her talents in the very graceful way in which she bring the past into the present. Seamlessly bridging the early scenes of teenage life, where the tight bond between these three characters is established, into their current - and very much “grown up” – lives. With parents that clearly play favourites, Bobby’s competitive nature and Adam’s ability to render himself unworthy of, well… anything good in life, the Beckerson brothers unwittingly enter in to the competition of a lifetime. Unbeknownst to River, she is the ULTIMATE prize. I’m not generally a fan of angst and love triangles, but Cassandra has certainly won me over with this one. She has managed to portray the inner workings of three compelling and very different characters with lives irrevocable entwined from the very beginning, bringing the reader to an emotional precipice, without diving off the edge of reality. There were so many times during this story that I found myself shaking my head, rolling my eyes and slapping my hand over my mouth in shock. I still haven’t gotten over the BOMB at the end. Flawed Perfection is a truly amazing and heartfelt story! I fell head over heels in love with the wonderfully flawed characters written in to the pages of this magnificently tumultuous tale.