Release Date: December 1st 2014.
Publisher: Bloomsbury (Australia)
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Ashtyn’s life just got complicated. Her boyfriend is being distant and her sister’s back at home after ten years – with a stepson in tow!
Derek has a perfect body, THE sexiest smile and a car – Ashtyn’s only way to escape from her crazy life. But Derek likes to play by his own rules and is keen to take Ashtyn on a ride she’ll never forget. As they spend more and more time alone together, will Derek’s flirty games drive Ashtyn wild?
A sweet and steamy romance from New York Times bestselling author Simone Elkeles.
I loved this book. Going into it, I knew I was going to like it, but as I read I moved quickly from like to love. It was exactly how I like my contemporary reads – funny, light hearted and full of romance. It was easy to fall into and the undeniable spark between Ashtyn and Derek kept me hooked. It is told from both Derek and Ashtyn’s POV, alternating chapters, so you get to see inside both their heads, which I loved because you get the whole picture of the story.
Football is Ashtyn’s life, and when she is voted Captain of the team, instead of her life getting better, it starts spiralling out of control. Her boyfriend is distant, and her sister is back in town with a stepson in tow – a gorgeous, seventeen year old stepson.
Ashtyn and Derek get off on the wrong foot, but an attraction quickly builds between them – even if they won’t admit it. I loved the chemistry between these two, you could say they had perfect chemistry(See what I did there!). They constantly antagonise each other which was a delight to read. Although Derek loved to tease Ashtyn and annoy her, he had a good heart. He had his fair share of problems and I loved the surprise twist in his past. Ashtyn and Derek really make this book. They lept off the page and sunk into my heart. They have become one of my fav YA couples.
This was a great start to the series and I can’t wait to read what Simone has in store for us in book 2. If you are looking for a light-hearted and funny romance, with great characters and plenty of steam and snark, Better Than Perfect is for you. It will leave you filled with all the good feels. I highly recommend it.
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