". . . What a tragic yet beautiful story of two damaged souls" - T. Supple
". . . Miss Shephard’s book covers so many struggles that soldier’s face in real life . . . My heart quite literally ached for each character as the story progressed . . . Will bring you to your knees in tears and beaming from ear to ear."
- Saints & Sinners Books
". . . it is very easy to relate to these characters. You can’t help but struggle to put the book down. You just want to know how they survive. What they do." - K. Crees
". . . This book has real heart, emotions, sadness, love, loss . . . Shan and Stone are such great characters because of their realness . . . Their chemistry is off the charts, I loved this book!"
- Love Infinity Book Blog
US Special Forces, Staff Sargeant Ethan Stone, lives by one mantra “fight or die”.
The army is his life, his men are his family. So when an injury sends him home from Afghanistan, the nightmares of what he’s witnessed can no longer be kept at bay. The alcohol he drowns himself in every night only sinks him further into depression’s abyss. Waking after one of his benders, Stone is greeted by a tiny, knife wielding firecracker and one destroyed bar.
Saddles, was meant to be her escape. A new start away from an abusive relationship and a way to fulfill her daddy’s dying wish. But all the bar has brought Shannon is debt collectors and pushy buyers threatening to destroy her. The last thing she needs is a handsome, angry soldier to distract her.
All he wanted, was to pay for the damages. But when she refuses there is only one thing he can do. But when a familiar face from his past changes everything, can they learn to work together?
Will they find salvation in each other’s arms?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was excited to get a copy of Imperfect so that I could read and review. I had read one of Cherry Shephard's books previously and enjoyed it, but this one demonstrated a her writing at a whole new level. I was kicking myself for not reading it sooner. The beginning started off with an intensity that had my heart racing. I felt angry for Shannon and wanted to see her do better for herself. I enjoyed Stone from his first interaction with Shannon. He was quite the character. The memories that he was battling and struggling with were enough to get my own pulse racing in terror. These scenes were rich and well-written. The tango of attraction that Shannon and Stone continued to do left me breathless and wanting. The tension there was palpable and just when I thought they would go through with it, one of them would pull away. I was left frustrated on more than one occasion, but I love when books can elicit such feelings from me. It really makes the story stick with me when it can put me through the emotional paces. There were so many intense things happening all at once in this story. It was very brilliantly written, the way all of it kept me on the edge of my seat. Effie, and all that she brought to the table, had me grinding my teeth in rage. For Shannon to have to deal with her and her plotting, on top of everything else that she was going through, made me livid. I had feelings of helplessness wondering how she was going to come out the victor in that situation. Watching Stone and how he constantly drowned himself in drink made me feel a sharp blend of hurt and anger. I understood his need to numb himself from the world around him, and yet he was affecting so many others at the same time. His drunken self was hard to like, even though I knew where the need to drink stemmed from and why he continued to need it. He was very a complex character. I felt for him and wanted to see him overcome his demons and heal enough to be what Shannon and Zeke needed. As things moved along, the weight of the baggage that both Shannon and Stone carried became startlingly evident. Both of them needed to open up and release all of the pain that they had been carrying for so long. I was mentally cheering them on with every page. I felt so strongly for these characters and wanted nothing more than total peace and happiness for them. There was no shortage of action or suspense throughout the entire story. The ending tied up all of the loose ends to my satisfaction. I was pleased with how things turned out for Stone, Shannon, and Zeke. I was still left with some curiousities about Ruth and Keets, which I hope will carry over into the next book. I am definitely going to want to read it very soon.
Loved this story-very emotional & heart wrenchin?-loved Stone, Shannon, & Zeke-amazing!
4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, abuse, pain, addiction, depression, and heartbreak. This is Shannon and Ethan’s story. Shannon is trying to run Saddles but it is a struggle. Then in comes an angry soldier who causes all kinds of his own problems. She is already bothered by debt collectors and people wanting to buy the bar. Can these two get along? She wants him gone and he wants to help fix what was destroyed in the bar. With them the most shocking might be the surprises they both have show up from there past. Will this bring them closer together or further apart. Can they work together to fix the bar and maybe even each other? This is a dark story with tons of emotions that are pulled out. Be prepared for feeling a whole lot of emotions. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.