**** I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
I was looking forward to reading this one as I had enjoyed the first book in the series Imperfectly perfect, which had been Emma and Shane’s story. It had been such a fun easy read, and the basis of the storyline of it had reminded me of one of my favorite shows New Girl.
Imperfectly Real is Tyler Johnston’ story, and one that I really enjoyed. I was surprised when I realized Tyler’s love interest was going to be Elizabeth, as I knew she was married, and therefore, any relationship that developed was not going to be drama or angst free.
“I can’t explain it, but when she’d walked back into my like she’d woken something in me that had been asleep for a long time –longer than I’d like to remember”
"But the moment I saw you, I remembered what it’s like to feel. Being near you brings out things I haven’t felt in a long time. I feel like a woman again"
I liked Tyler, such a sweetheart he did frustrate me a few times, but for the most part I find myself feeling sorry for him as he was definitely fighting between his head, and his heart when it came to all things Elizabeth.
“Deep down I knew everything about this was wrong. But if it was wrong, why did it feel so right”
Elizabeth is Emma’s little sister. I wasn’t too sure about her at the start, she did annoyed me at times only because I didn’t like some of her decisions, but as her story started to unfolded, I could understand some of them. I felt sorry for her as I could see she had issues, and is far from happy with the way she had let her life turn out.
“I was living the life my mother wanted for me, the one she handpicked for me. I never stood a chance. I never even knew what I wanted for myself”
By the end she had definitely won me over, with the way she had grown to become a much stronger person, was making her own choices, and choosing the life she wanted.
I enjoyed the storyline, it was a quick easy read, which kept me guessing till the very end. Tyler and Elizabeth have some highs and lows, there is drama, and angst, but it was also entertaining, sweet, and funny. I’m not a fan of cheating (as you know) but because of their childhood friendship, their connection, and their chemistry I couldn’t help but root for Tyler and Elizabeth.
“I wonder if anyone else noticed the sparks between us, because they felt out of control to me”
I can’t sleep. I don’t know much, Tyler, but I do know that I can’t stay away from you”
The story is mainly told in Tyler’s point of view which I really loved as it gave me an insight into his true feelings about Elizabeth. His struggles with his conscience about her being married, and how it could affect his friendship with Emma.
“Elizabeth was fire, and I was attracted to it like a moth- surely I would get burned”
I like how A.E Woodward every so often added Elizabeth’s POV, it was always short, but their was an air of mystery about it, and I was very curious to find out what Elizabeth secret was, and my heart broke for Elizabeth when all was revealed.
Loved seeing Emma, Shane and Rob again I couldn’t really even call them secondary characters as they were such a big part of they story. You get to see what is happing in their lives especially Emma and Shane. What really comes across in this book, and the last is the friendship that Tyler, Emma, Shane, and Rob have. The banter and the interactions between them all were both funny and heart warming at times. Tyler, Emma, and Shane really have a special bond as they as they all grew up together.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, I’m becoming a fan of A.E. Woodward, and her characters. I like her writing style felt the story flowed well. It has an ending that you are going to love of hate, and personally I loved it as I felt it made sense to do it this way. I did smile to myself as I read the paragraph added after as it was like A.E know exactly what some of her readers would be thinking.
I can’t wait to read book 3 of this series, not only because at the end of Imperfectly Real A.E. Woodward gives you a sneak peek into Rob’s story “Imperfectly Bad’, but because I know that we will be getting more from Tyler, Elizabeth, Emma and Shane.
Definitely a series I recommend you add to your TRB list.
A.E. lives in Vacationland with her husband and two children. Between her real job and writing she finds little time to enjoy life's finer things. However, in the free time she does manage to steal, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and reading. A.E. is the author of Kismet and A Series of Imperfections: Imperfectly Perfect, Imperfectly Real, and Imperfectly Bad. Working Girl is her fifth book.
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