Release date: August 19, 2013
I know what you did last summer.
Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there’s only one person who knows what she did.
Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers – all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be brash enough to make it big self-publishing horror novels on the internet. He promised never to tell, but everyone knows you can never trust an Outlaw.
Then a year later, in the middle of the night, she receives a phones call at Tulane. Her aunt, who took her in after her mother’s death, is in a coma under suspicious circumstances. Now she has to face that one person who knows all about what she did that summer – sexy Booker.
Returning to Hope Parish to be with her aunt, stirs up all those ugly memories. When Aubree starts getting threats, she can’t help but wonder if what she did last summer was tied to her aunt’s “accident.” Afraid, she turns to the only person who knows the truth and Booker doesn’t hesitate to offer his broad shoulder for her to lean on. But Booker has a secret of his own that could crush their fledgling relationship.
As the hot, sultry summer days move on, she finds that even a perfectly smart girl can lose her heart to a perfectly bad boy. What is she going to do when someone starts asking questions Aubree doesn’t want to answer? She’s knee deep into a terribly dangerous, wholly life changing, who-can-she-really-depend-on perfect mess.
First I’d like to say HOLY TRIPLETS!! That’s right ladies and gents…Booker Outlaw is one of three and my oh my are they some sizzling southern men! A Perfect Mess is the first book in the series, the following two books follow his two brothers, Boone and Braxton.
Aubree returns to Hope Parish after she receives a horrible phone call about her aunt, the only family she has left. Within the first few minutes of Aubree’s return to Hope Parish we are thrust into mystery of who is terrorizing Aubree and wondering what happened 9 months ago? Booker immediately comes to her rescue and so the story begins.
Aubree and Booker seem to have been fawning after each other for awhile. Throughout the story we get hints at what they have felt for one another for awhile and an incident that invoked more intense feelings in Aubree. I really did enjoy the deep feelings Booker and Aubree had for each other but I felt a bit disconnected from the story throughout the first 70%. I kept thinking that I was missing something, that we should have more background information on these two. I understand that there were two ‘incidents’ that happened in the past that were the mystery but at points I felt that these mysteries were dragged out for far too long. I would have enjoyed to learn of at least one of the mysteries earlier in the story and felt a bit underwhelmed when it was all finally revealed.
Throughout the story we were not only introduced to Boone & Braxton but also to Aubree’s friends River Pearl & Verity (who appear to be the love interests in the following two books). The biggest positive of this series for me is the Outlaw boys and how misunderstood they are by the entire town.
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Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic comedy/mystery, new adult, urban fantasy. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.
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