We are today’s stop on the PICTURING PERFECT Blog Tour. Melissa Brown is one of Flirty and Dirty’s favorite authors. This is Melissa’s third book and let me tell ya. She made perfect on this read. Melissa’s stories are always written with such sincerity and truthfulness to them. She keeps them organic in that the characters have their own beauty (not stereo typical) that make them lovable and so book love worthy. The conflict in Picturing Perfect is something that is very believable and workable in the story and with the characters she develops. What I love most about this book is how Melissa has drawn from her own life and brought some of those elements into the story on a couple of different levels. This keeps PICTURING PERFECT viable and perceptible. You can truly appreciate this story and feel the characters. Ultimately wrapping yourself in the story. And what would one of Melissa’s stories be if she didn’t have the metro geek so totally swoon worthy book boy? – JASON!!!! He is so it. Picturing Perfect is a perfect read that needs to be on your one click list.
Check out the synopsis and excerpt. Be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance at a signed copy. Our review of PICTURING PERFECT is will be up shortly. We just want to revel in the awesomeness that is Melissa Brown. She rocks our socks. BOOM!
Life may not turn out like we planned, but sometimes that’s what makes it perfect…
Hadley Foster has always been a planner. But, since the age of nineteen, things haven’t exactly gone according to plan… not at all. And the changes continue to mount when a trip to Europe with her best friend starts a domino effect in all aspects of her life. Suddenly, the future she had envisioned for herself seems unlikely to happen. It’s time to make a new plan… or accept the dominoes as they fall.
Jason Kelly has a great life. He’s a successful self-published writer who’s living his dreams. But, something is missing. Hadley Foster. Letting her slip through his fingers is one of his biggest regrets. Over time, he had to accept the idea of being without his first love as he watched her fall in love with someone else. When circumstances bring Jason and Hadley back into one another’s lives, they’re forced to deal with their past, their present and the possibility of a future together.
I had a plan.
I knew exactly how my future would be. I wanted to marry my boyfriend Tucker, to have a nice long engagement as we planned the perfect wedding ceremony. My father would walk me down the aisle as my white dress dragged gently against the tile of our church floor, knocking the pews like a silent bell as I strolled down the aisle. I wanted to work as a teacher until I achieved tenure. Then, after all of those things had taken place, we would make the decision to start a family. We’d have two little girls who each had my blond hair and blue eyes. They’d be two years apart and the best of friends. And as for me…I would be prepared, stable, focused and ready. And happy…I would be happy.
I would not be twenty-two years old, terribly unhappy, unsettled, unmarried. And I certainly would not be standing in the bathroom of my employer, (which, by the way, was not even a school) peeing on a stick in front of my co-worker.
“It’s going to be okay, Hadley,” Ellie said as we stood near the sink waiting for the three minutes to go by. Three minutes of watching my plans bounce around the walls, threatening to leap out the window. Three minutes of feeling my heart pound furiously in my chest, dreading the outcome of the test.
“What if it’s not?” I asked her, my eyes red and puffy. Ellie scrunched up her lips. That’s what she did when she was hesitant. She had no idea what to say to me.
I’ve always been really observant and perceptive when it comes to people’s body language. They barely needed to say anything for me to know exactly what they were thinking. I was dreading Tucker’s reaction to learning he’d be a father in nine short months, rather than the five to eight years we had discussed. He wasn’t ready for this. I wasn’t either. And we…well, we were barely hanging on as it was.
“It’s been three minutes,” Ellie said, with hesitation in her voice. “Do you want me to look?”
I didn’t answer her right away. My pulse raced. Sweat poured out and my hands shook as I gripped the sides of the pedestal sink.
“Hadley,” Ellie whispered as she stroked my shoulder with her fingertips.
“Yes, please,” I said, taking a deep breath in and out. “I can’t look.”
I closed my eyes, waiting to hear the news. I heard Ellie pick up the small plastic stick from the ledge below the mirror. She sighed loudly before speaking, and just with that sigh, I knew my world had changed. Completely.
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Melissa Brown is a hopeless romantic living in the Chicagoland area with her husband and their two children. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading and baking. She also has a slight obsession with actor Henry Cavill and the TV show New Girl. This is her third novel.
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