Review: Craving Perfect by Liz Fichera (@NetGalley)(@CarinaPress)(Rating 3.50 Wine Glasses)

Posted July 23, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 8 Comments


From Goodreads: A Life Less…Hers

Grace Mills craves being perfect almost as much as she craves raspberry scones. In fact, her life would be perfect if only she could lose ten more pounds, if only the pastry café she co-owns with her sister would turn a profit, if only the hottest guy at the gym would look her way…

And then “if only” comes true. Grace is suddenly straddling two lives: an alternate reality where she’s a size two, weathergirl celebrity and being chased by the hot guy. Only Mr. Gorgeous isn’t very nice.
In her other life, she’s starting to realize her sister is less than happy running the family café, and hunky Carlos, the gym’s janitor, seems to have a secret crush on her. Maybe there’s more to him than meets the eye…

Grace is living two lives and it’s beginning to cost her. Is there a way to pick one…that’s perfect?

Requested from NetGalley by me
Overall Rating 3.50
Character Rating 3.75
Story Rating 3.25

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NOTE: I picked up this book because it sounded like premise that I could identify with. This turned out to be a light, fun, summer read that I am glad I picked up!

What I Loved: Carlos and Grace were such a perfect mismatch that I instantly fell in love with them as a pair. I loved Carlos sense of family, loyalty, and strong attraction to Grace. In fact, Carlos was one of those wonderful leading men that you knew was perfect for the leading lady. He was smart, handsome, had layers, and most of all knew he liked Grace. In fact, it was the parts of the book told from his POV that I enjoyed the most.

What I Liked: Grace’s journey through her insecurities with family, life, and knowing that she was better as herself. I really cheered as she began to fight to get back to her life as Grace instead of Callie.

Complaints: I liked the alternate reality world were Grace was more accepting of her inner voice and instincts. I think she very much needed that escape when her life was off-kilter in her real world. That being said, I was done with Max 1/4 of the way into the story so anytime he showed up through out the rest of the book, it just didn’t work for me. I felt the love story of Carlos/Grace was strong enough without the Max element.

Why I gave it a 3.50: I really did love the Carlos/Grace love story–it was sweet, hot, and real. I also really enjoyed all the other characters in the book, sans Max/Alexandria, and would love to read Elena’s story (Carlos sister). Fun summer read!

Liz Fichera

Craving Perfect

Felicia S
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8 responses to “Review: Craving Perfect by Liz Fichera (@NetGalley)(@CarinaPress)(Rating 3.50 Wine Glasses)

  1. Twimom227

    Thanks for the review! I adored Liz's earlier book and thought this one sounded interesting. Now, to find time to read it!!

  2. Aisle B

    It's the inner voice that breaks me when it comes out of nowhere in a book. It throws me off sometimes and sometimes it works. loved your review 🙂

  3. Aurian

    Ooo this sounds like an original to me, I want to read it! Thanks for the review Felicia.

  4. Bookish Brunette

    Hmmm… Is it just me or does the chick on the cover look like Uma Thurman? Anyone?

  5. Diana (Book of Secre

    This book has an interesting premise. I am burdened with "if only" thoughts too. I'll have to check this one out!

  6. Melissa (Books and T

    You know I might have passed this one up. I want to meet hunky Carlos! Pick him! Pick him! ;D It does sound like a fun summer read!

  7. Christi Snow

    Hehe…I just finished typing up my review for this book (it will be up tomorrow.) You said it all very well and I agree with your review. Very well-said!! smiles…