By Abbi Glines
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Woods had his perfect life mapped out for him. Rise up the ranks of the family business. Marry the rich girl of his parent’s dreams. Pretend that wealth and privilege are all he’d wanted. Then a girl named Della breezed into town, a basically imperfect stranger who captured his heart and opened into town, a beautifully imperfect stranger who captured his heart and opened his eyes to a new kind of future. Woods is ready and willing to sacrifice everything for her when the sudden death of his father leaves him with his mother to care for and a business to manage.
Della is determined to be strong for Woods, even as she’s quietly falling to pieces. No matter how far from home she’s run, the ghosts of her past have never stopped haunting her. Struggling to hide her true feelings from Woods, Della fears she can’t be his rock without dragging him down into the darkness with her. But is she strong enough to let go of the last thing holding her together?
Plot: Simple Perfection is the second book in the Perfection Series and is told once again from the points of view of Della and Woods and one chapter from Becky. It starts a little bit after where Twisted Perfection ended. Due to Wood’s dad death, Wood’s learns that the club that he has worked his ass off for was promised to him by his grandfather when he turned 21. Well now he is the manager of the club and has decided to sack everyone off the current board of directors and make a whole new one featuring young fresh faces that he can trust. Meanwhile Della starts feeling like Woods would be better off without her and her mental state so she takes off with Tripp and leaves Woods. What was surprising when this all happens is that Woods just lets her go as he discovers that she needs to find out who she is and where she comes from. While spending time away from Woods, Della learns a massive secret that was being kept from her, her whole life. Once she finds out what the secret is she starts to second guess everything that she knows about herself and she starts the long journey into finding who she is and where she belongs.
What I liked about the book: What I liked most about Simple Perfection was the way that Wood’s and Della’s relationship progressed (I don’t think that’s really the word I’m looking for but it is close enough). They both seem to go through so much this book in their own personal lives, that most people wouldn’t be able to fight through it all to stay together, but somehow they do (even if there are a few hick ups along the way). Once again Abbi Glines has written another relationship that every girl would dream of being in (well I know I certainly would).
What I didn’t like about the book: When is there ever anything not to like about Abbi Glines books besides that I think they are all too short and that I seem to read them way too fast. Although it was sad that one of the characters that we have come to know through both this series and the Too Far series had to die. I know I shed more than a few tears when it came to that part and will defiantly miss the character, but I am interested to see where Abbi goes with it in the rest of the series.
Favourite character: I can’t just pick one character, but I can pick two. It would defiantly have to be Wood’s and Della. They both learn so much about themselves in Simple Perfection. Upon learning a massive secret, Della learns that she can be anyone she wants to be and that the past doesn’t have to be your future. Whereas Woods learns to stand up for himself and the people around him, which is evident when he fires all the old members of the club’s board and hires new fresh young people like himself who he knows that he can trust and depend on.
Favourite part/quote: I know this bit is sad and it brought more than a tear to my eyes but I think it is such an impacting part of the story that a lot of people who have gone through the same thing can relate too.
Woods held on to my hand like it was his lifeline. He hadn’t let it go since we arrived. Rush also held Blaire’s hand just as tightly. Nate wasn’t with them today.
Grant stood on the other side of Rush, his hands tucked in his front pockets and his face pinched in a permanent frown. It looked like he was trying not to cry.
The others were there, too, but I couldn’t see them from where we were standing.
Each one of them had an impact on the other’s lives.
They all had stories.
They had all loved, and many had lost.
They had expected to grow up and become adults together. Get married and let their kids play together.
They’d planned on being the next generation in Rosemary.
What they hadn’t planned on was losing one of their own. Losing a member of their tight group. They hadn’t seen their future minus one. Death hadn’t touched them before. Not like this. Not one of them.
Everything was about to change.