03 June 2014

Perfectly Messy by Lizzy Charles - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Perfectly Messy
Release Date: May 2014
Popularity isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota's next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren't enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin's dad's gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.

For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.

Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.

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It’s perfect. It’s messy. I loved it!

Lucy can’t believe she’s with Justin now. He’s everything she wants – he’s good-looking, sweet, popular and completely head-over heels in love with her. But popularity has its downfall, because our Justin has so much on his plate, I was surprised how he can juggle it all without blowing up. He loves his family, he loves Lucy, he loves basketball, he loves his business – he can’t give up anything, he didn’t want to disappoint anyone. He was a ticking time-bomb. But as long as he has Lucy, he knew everything will be okay.

And Lucy being the perfect loving girlfriend tiptoes and tries to understand his busy schedules. She contents herself with the time he spent with her – after all, he was doing it for his family. She stayed in the sidelines, supporting him. She feels she can handle anything as long as he is with her, until scandalous photos starts to leak to the media creating a malicious scandal during Justin’s father gubernatorial campaign. And Justin did one thing I didn’t expect him to do – he breaks her heart. It was like:  WTF! What the heck is wrong with you? She needed you! Why would you leave her? Although it drove the press’ attention from her, it was painful to watch her broken again. All because of him.

She had done everything to make everything smooth for him. Even when the pictures came out, and suddenly she was relieving her freshmen year all over again, but this time it was even more painful and lonelier since the guy whom she trusted and she loved the most was choosing his family over her. If he doesn’t want her anymore, it was fine, she was moving on… or at least she’d try.

Will Justin be able to pull his head out of his a** and make things right? Or will he let go of the best thing that has ever happened to him?

As for their family? The support Lucy got from her father and mother was really great, especially when they gave her the benefit of the doubt, despite what came out in the media. As for Justin’s? I get to have a love-hate relationship with his father, but completely adored his mother. The parents were just as interesting as our young couple.

I loved this story! Completely fell in love with it, because this happened right after a HEA – sometime when reality will set in and not because your prince came to your rescue, everything will just turn perfectly for you. Making love work requires a lot of effort and hard work from both sides. When everything turns ugly and less than perfect, you need to hold on to that love and trust that love to withstand the imperfections life is throwing at you.

This story is not just about love, it’s a story about family, and friendship. It gave surprising twists – especially rekindled friendships which had my jaws dropping, and had my love for Lucy completely solidified. This girl has a big heart, and Justin better be mending it right away! 

✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪

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When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.

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