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Review: The Perfect Distraction (The Perfect Distraction, #1) by Melissa Rolka

The Perfect Distraction (Volume 1) - Melissa Rolka

I cry foul!



I love reading, and I love ARCs because I love getting a preview before a bunch of reviews go up…but there’s also a downside…a dark side. It’s very hush hush and rarely talked about. (Ok, not really but go with me a moment). The dark side of ARCs is there is no warning of oncoming cliffs.



I'm starting to feel like all cliff hangers should come with this warning:



This book sounded awesome...



When Katherine “Kate” leaves for her freshmen year at college, a grounded and stable piece of her is missing. She pushes away the ghosts of her past, determined to start her college life single, carefree and distracted.

Throughout high school Kate was reserved and shy, with little experience. Now, on her own, with little holding her back, Kate is ready to branch out. She bonds with a tight knit group of friends and even starts casually dating. What starts out as innocent flirting on the tennis courts slowly turns into a friendship and eventually something more complex. Reed comes into her life giving her the distraction she craves more than anything; but is she ready to give her heart away so easily?

Things get complicated when Kate’s ex-boyfriend and first love continues to pursue her. Kyle deeply regrets breaking her heart when he left for college the year before and is now on a mission to reclaim her. Kyle’s persistence and relentlessness is nothing short of obsessive. He will stop at nothing to win her back and prove his love.

Kate finds herself torn between her past and the unknown of the future. Her determination to stay distracted may just be her downfall or the beginning of something new and wonderful.



But I found (for me) that there wasn't much of a friendship between Kate and Reed (guy on tennis courts). It was promised in the description, and while I was told that they were friends, but I only saw a few games between them and only a little flirting along with it.


I've never been one to complain about telling instead of showing (honestly, if I see it, it hasn't bothered me before), but this time, it did bother me. Example:



Once I get to the car Derek opens the back door for me and tells me that I look good. He also gives me a soft kiss on the cheek.



That might not seem like a big deal, but I would have rather seen him lean in to give the kiss instead of being told he did it.


My other issue with the book was Kyle. I hated him. No, I didn't hate him. I loathed him with the burning fires of h*ll. I seriously wanted to sentence him to



When Kate agreed to see him over her holiday break, I literally said



But, she didn't listen to me. And it didn't turn out well.


Another issue I had was the descriptions of some of the characters. They just didn't seem to fit.



my roommate, Quinn Danner. She is a petite brown haired mousy looking girl. She really is cute as a button. She definitely looks and sounds like she may have been captain of the cheerleading squad and Homecoming Queen.



I don't think many homecoming queens or cheerleaders that could be described as "mousy".




I, Katherine Rose Monroe, am tall and have a boyish figure, although I was blessed with a solid C cup.



Last time I checked, boyish figures didn't have C cups.


This book could have been really good. The relationship between Kate and Reed could have been great. I was happy with it once it happened, but I would have loved to see more build up and more of their friendship.


And it really sucks that the book ended in a cliffhanger.


I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.