Release Date: 14th August 2014
Edition: UK e-proof, review copy
Other Titles by this Author: How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, How to Ruin My Teenage Life, How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Reputation, Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction, Chain Reaction, Paradise
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 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 am a die-hard fan of Simone Elkeles’ emotional, sexy and romantic stories of love over logic, and while Better Than Perfect isn’t my favourite of hers, it’s still a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Our heroine, Ashtyn, is a strange one. She gave me serious whiplash with her chopping and changing from fragile and emotional to abrasive and impenetrable and it really stopped me from forming a proper connection with her. I went from sympathising with Ashtyn and egging her on to rolling my eyes. But saying that, she had brilliant chemistry with Texan god, Derek. And yet I couldn’t help but compare them to Brittany and Alex of Perfect Chemistry, the epitome of sexual tension, and a bar I compare most YA couples to.
Derek and Ashtyn are tied together in strange ways – pushed together when Ashtyn’s older sister who is Derek’s stepmom moves back home with him in tow – throws Ash’s life into chaos. Her feelings for her boyfriend battle with a burgeoning attraction to Derek, her pride at being left behind butting heads with her need for a big sister and her unrelenting love for football being testing at every corner.
It was a roadtrip (yay!) that changed everything, as it always does. The string of discoveries that Derek and Ashtyn made about themselves as they drove from Fairfield, Chicago to Texas for Ash’s football camp and Derek to visit his grandmother, changed the game dramatically. It led on to a classically cheesy and romantic ending that made me heart smile.
As always, Simone Elkeles delivered a quick, easy and involving read that I flew through effortlessly. I’m already looking forward to the next book in the Wild Cards series.
Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for the review copy.