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Striving for Perfection (Striving Series Book 2) by [Mooney, B.L.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4846 KB
  • Print Length: 439 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Twisted Books LLC (18 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,402,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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We all strive for it and everyone’s definition is different but what cannot be denied is that “Perfect” does nothing more than describe what is completely unattainable.

Nothing in this world is perfect but yet we are all guilty of setting the bar so high that getting even close is a major achievement.

But when Rachael caught her boyfriend with someone else, all illusions for her “perfect” life dissipated in that very instance. Her perfect relationship, life, job etc. all gone in the blink of an eye.

What she didn’t see on that day was that it was she who had ruined her dream by relying on him to provide her perfection. She set herself up to fail when she thought she could have the fairy tale –because we big girls learn early on that fairy tales are not real!

As if this was not devastating enough, her disillusionment was father compounded when the cheating bastard used every trick in the book, including blackmail to make sure that she was still under his control.

He kept her where he wanted her and did everything he could to make sure that she knew that he was calling the shots even though they were no longer together.

I suppose this was his revenge for the fact that she had found the fortitude to walk away from him on a personal level – because professionally she was beholden to him.

And what did Rachael do about it – well to be honest, professional not enough. She allowed herself to be down trodden by this muppet, subjugating herself in the process.

But privately she is made of sterner stuff and she promised herself that she will never make the same mistake again.

The gloss of a happy ever after was gone forever.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90d32294) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
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HASH(0x8f3c3ef4) out of 5 stars A Good Read 20 Oct. 2015
By The Literary Vixen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
*I received a copy of this book in exchanger an honest review*

Rachael was a strong, smart, and beautiful woman. On top of that she was a successful photographer. Carl comes into the picture and Rachael isn't the same. Carl is smart and handsome but has a need for control. She doesn’t want to be controlled and yet they have undeniable attraction towards one another. As the two fight their attraction, something from Rachael’s past comes out and all hell breaks loose.

I wasn’t too sure how I would feel about this book due to a character from the first book in it. I was pleasantly surprised. I love Rachael’s character! She is fun, smart, and very quick on the comebacks. Oh and Amy is such a sweetheart! I really did want her to get her happily ever after. This book was a good follow up to the first one. I will say there are sensitive/violent scenes in this book so proceed with caution. I give this 4 stars
HASH(0x8f48348c) out of 5 stars 5 PICTURE PERFECT STARS! 12 Oct. 2015
By Cutting Muse Blog Review - Laura & Makayla Redmon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Second in the Striving Series, but can be read alone.

Perfection is a gimmick.

It’s something they use to sell you s*** you don’t need. The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect marriage. Photos of that perfect life are all around us, but none of it exists.

This story is about Rachael, a photographer. Her boss is her ex-boyfriend who she once thought was her ever after and the love of her life. Her world ended when one day she came home from a photo shoot to catch him in bed with another woman. Not only did this woman take the love of her life, soon her perfect too.

Carl Williamson: He has the perfect job, the perfect house, a beautiful little girl, and the perfect marriage. That is till his wife suddenly died of cancer.

"I know better because I take those photos. It’s all a ruse to make us think that's what we want. Behind closed doors, the house is a mess, the family is fighting, and that loving couple hates each other. I prefer a different city every week, laughing friends, and a variety of lovers."

Rachael & Carl meet at a photo shoot, but that wasn't their first meeting. They've met before and there was a misunderstanding that Rachael ran away from and hasn't seen Carl since... until now, and boy do the sparks fly!

The misunderstandings get cleared up and they have great chemistry but they both have baggage and they don't know what to do about their feelings.

they be able to help each other get through their turmoil?
I loved watching Rachael and Carl fall in love. This story was written so well and kept my attention throughout.

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Laura Redmon
Cutting Muse Blog Review
HASH(0x8f83bf6c) out of 5 stars SAR Blog Review 18 Sept. 2014
By Secretly Adorkable Readers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
3 1/2 Stars

Nothing is perfect in this world and if you strive for a perfect life, reality will soon hit you in the face. Rachael's boss is her ex cheating boyfriend, a man in her life that she thought once loved & would soon get her happily ever. It all came crashing down one day when she came home from a photo shoot catching him in bed with another whom soon not only took her man but her perfect job.

Carl Williamson, the guy who has the perfect job, the perfect house, a beautiful daughter, but he also use to have the perfect marriage till his wife died suddenly of cancer.

"There is no perfect. Perfection doesn't exist. Life is messy and filled with things that happen daily but shouldn't happen at all; however, you pick yourself up and go forward."

Rachael & Carl have a chemistry out of this world but their lives are a mess and reality sets in that neither one knows what to do about this feelings that are quite unattainable. Rachael can't get away from her messed up Boss who is also her Ex and Carl can't move on from his late wife.

"When things get bent and broken, it doesn't mean they should get tossed aside. They just need to find the other half who can make them whole-the other half who can turn their imperfections into something beautiful."

I did like the story and it was well written but I wouldn't say it caught my attention enough to want to read it again which is how I score as a 5 star read for me. There were a lot of times in the book that I wish that it was more dramatic but never got to feel the true adrenaline rush of a page turner.

I was gifted this ARC in exchange for an honest review for a Book Blitz Tour. This is my first book from this author that I came across and read synopsis which intrigued me enough to take a chance.
HASH(0x8f48a708) out of 5 stars Loved the Sexy Banter & Real Life Dynamic of the Story!!! 18 Sept. 2014
By Nice and Naughty Book Club - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It took me a couple of chapters to warm up but once I got into the story I really enjoyed it :)

Rachael is a photographer who is trapped working for her a**hole ex. She has been stuck at her desk for the last several months editing others photos instead of out travelling, doing what she loves - taking photos!! She thinks her luck has changed when a new client requests her to take photos for him; what she didn't expect is for Carl to be the client.

Carl is an alpha male who is still struggling with the loss of his wife a few years earlier and raising their daughter by himself. He spreads his time between his daughter and work with the occasional casual sex on the side.

Rachael and Carl have met before, however after a misunderstanding Rachael ran away from what could have been with Carl and they haven't seen each other since. When they meet again the sparks fly and the misunderstandings are cleared up. Will Rachael be able to help Carl move on from the loss of his wife? Will Carl be able to help Rachael see that life isn't all about perfection and sometimes things that appear broken may actually be able to be fixed.

Both Carl & Rachael are strong characters and the banter and real life dynamic of the story had me intrigued and entertained from beginning to end.

While I haven't read Striving for Normal (the first book in the Striving Series) I was still able to follow this book with no problem, it can be read as a standalone. Would recommend if you like strong characters, a bit of action and some hot sex ;)

"When things get bent and broken, it doesn't mean they should get tossed aside. They just need to find the other half who can make them whole - the other half who can turn their imperfections into something beautiful." - Carl
HASH(0x8f456c6c) out of 5 stars Loved Carl & Rachael's Story!! 19 Sept. 2014
By Annie @ All is Read - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Rachael has always wanted to be a Photographer and has followed her dreams she thinks perfection is something others want you to believe in but it doesn’t exist, especially after catching her boyfriend cheating on her and then is blackmailed by him that proves further that a perfect love and happiness truly doesn’t exist.

Carl has everything he has ever wanted, a wonderful job, his beautiful wife, a perfect marriage and their amazing daughter. One day his happily ever after is crushed when his wife dies. Everything he ever had any feelings for has ceased to exist except for the love he has for his daughter, whom he would do anything for. He has become arrogant and has a need for control in everything just to make it day to day.

In a twist of fate, Rachael and Carl’s paths cross when she is hired to take family photos and a few other jobs that they start to realize how much of a connection they have together. They have amazing chemistry but can Rachael let go of the walls she has up and trust again and can Carl let go and not feel guilty over loving someone besides his late wife? To find out run on over and grab yourselves a copy of this wonderful book!!
B.L. Mooney has yet again written a beautiful story of lost love, second chances, and inevitably finding love again. I have said it once and will say it numerous times I love how B.L. writes, once you climb into one of her books you don’t come back up for air until it is finished. I will recommend Striving for Perfection to anyone that will listen to me and I urge you to one click this gem. If I could I would give so much more than a 5 star rating!!!
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