(Finding Perfect #2)
Kendra C. Highley
Disclaimer: This book contains enough sexual tension to melt snow, the hottest near-kiss in the history of near-kisses, and a sexy snowboarder determined to win the heart of the girl he loves.
Zoey Miller lives for her holidays in Aspen. Her time up on the mountain with the Madison brothers, Parker and Luke, is everything. But for the first time, it’s not enough. This time, she’s determined to win one of the brothers’ hearts.
But the brother she has in mind is a renowned player, with hordes of snow-bunnies following him around Snowmass resort. And the other…well, he’s her best friend and knows she deserves better. Namely him. And he’s going to win her heart.
DISCLAIMER: I received an e-galley of this book (via NetGalley) for honest review. Fair warning: This review will contain a few spoilers, because I could not contain myself.
Firstly, when I first read Finding Perfect, I could not get enough. That book ended with Zoey getting ready to leave on her Christmas vacation. And . . . we catch a small glimpse of who she might be interested in. The thing is, you don't know exactly who she is thinking about, because she thinks about both brothers.
Defying Gravity begins with Parker Madison, Zoey's childhood best friend-slash-her other half of a PB&J sandwich. That's right; he's the PB, she's the J. Parker is anxious for Zoey to arrive, because he has not seen her since last summer and that is when he believes he had begin to feel things for her differently. The problem is he doesn't want their friendship to go down the drain. No one wants that to happen.
Zoey has a crush on Luke Madison, Parker's older brother. He's a total player, but she wants to see if she can get him to notice her anyway. Mind you, Luke is hot. Of course she's going to try and flirt with him.
Christmas vacation is moving smoothly. That is, until Zoey starts to notice the other Madison brother a little more. The reason is because Parker is trying to get her to see HIM. Parker doesn't want Zoey to go after Luke. He wants her to come after him. He wants her, and he's finally not afraid to show it . . . Thanks to a bet created by Luke.
Luke can see that Zoey has some interest in him, but he also knows that Parker has been in love with her for more than a year. He was basically giving Parker a push, but also Luke likes to one-up Parker. Everything is contest, everything is a trophy to be won. But not to Parker.
Zoey means everything to Parker, and when she starts noticing him, he starts to get bold. Here's a major spoiler, but I will hide it: You can highlight the following, if you do not mind spoilers.>>> After hanging out with Parker and his snowboarding buddies, she comes back to her family's cabin and is sitting in her room looking out the window at Parker's room. Their rooms are right across from each other. So they can see into each other's room when the shades are open. Parker comes out of the bathroom in nothing but a towel. Zoey starts to see her best friend in a new light. As if she weren't confused enough. She came back from seeing Parker in his element and can't help feeling butterflies, but she doesn't how to take it.
So, Zoey is gawking at Parker's amazing muscles and chiseled physique when he catches her staring. Her mouth is wide open. I imagine she was drooling, even though it is not necessarily mentioned. And he starts to laugh. Her cheeks are burning, but she can't seem to look away. Suddenly, Parker does something unexpected.
Parker grabs his towel at the seem and approaches his window with a hint of mischief gleaming in his eye. He stares at Zoey dead in the eye . . . and starts to lower the towel, letting it graze below his hip. Ya-huh! Magic Mike anyone? Zoey cannot tear her eyes away. And right when the towel is about to reveal the nether regions, the shades snap shut. Boom. <<<
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars.
This book has come close to my heart because, as I have mentioned many times, I absolutely ADORE plots that involve best friends turned lovers. I can't help myself. I'm so glad that I had the chance to read this book, especially since I go back to Finding Perfect all the time. It's quickie kind of read, but I managed to space it out to slowly devour it. A great story that can be read over and over again.