Past Imperfect – Alison G. Bailey


Type: NA
Rating: 1 Star
Steamy: hm

A lot of people love this book. But I just … didn’t. Well I couldn’t. In fact this book made me want to curl up in a corner and rock back and forwards until someone would take me to Disneyland assuring me that the world is pink and bright and little birds that sing will help me getting dressed everyday.

Disturbed heroes and/or heroines can be intriguing. A bit of difficulties in the past and obstacles to overcome are the kind of drama that adds spice to some of the best romantic stories, but in this book it is not a bit of a difficulty or a bit of an obstactle: The heroine needs to be put under psychiatric surveillance. This is not romantic at all, this is worrisome.  This review contains minor spoilers:

What the official synopsis reads: In Present Perfect, Brad Johnson was sexy, cocky, rich and a complete Smurff**ker. He could afford anything he wanted and could charm any girl he set his eyes on. Everything was laid out in front of him, all for the taking except the one thing he craved and needed. A tragic event forces him to reevaluate his life. When he tries to change, will the people in his life let him move on from his past or will they constantly hold him to the life altering mistakes he’s made?

Mabry Darnell is intelligent, ambitious, beautiful, and sassy. Secrets from her past haunt the present causing her to question her actions in order to shield her heart and protect her life.

From the moment Brad and Mabry met, their connection was strong, intense, and electrifying. Both knew they had found the one person who could satisfy what the other ached for. When their pasts collide with their present, will it prevent them from having a future together or will love be strong enough to conquer their demons?

What I read: I need a Disney movie after that book.

Don’t get me wrong I feel for the heroine and I feel badly for her but I do not understand why the concept of someone who pulls her hair out or bangs her head until she passes out could be used for a romance story. Mabry is not someone who has had a rough time and is now going through a bit of a hard time, she is someone who actually has a disorder. Self-harm is not like a bad habit that one can tackle easily. This is serious and needs psychiatrists not sex-scenes. As for the latter: They had a rather clinical and cold feel to it.

She is really mean towards Brad and basically towards everyone trying to help her or get close to her. Which is understandable because in this state of mind you don’t care about anyone than yourself and you don’t really believe that others out there actually want to help you. So what we basically read is about a mentally not stable woman who pushes away everyone. Not romantic.

Brad is … well. Apparently he used to be the bad guy in book one of the series. Now he is into Mabry and no longer uses girls. As nice as that is there is actually no real indication why he falls for her. And less hints why he still stays with her. He is basically her doormat. Not romantic either.

To sum up, this wasn’t the book for me. If you are into reading about mentally unstable persons this might be the book for you. The writing is not bad at all.

On a side note: This is actually the second book in a series. I just read this one (I found the synopsis intriguing). However, I did not feel that I missed some major parts because I didn’t read the first book.


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