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Imperfect by D.D. Larsen

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Published: October 27, 2020
Independently Published
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

D.D. Larsen is a lifelong resident of Colorado and has been an avid reader her entire life. She has the gift of incorporating her own experiences into her characters and developing stunning scenery with her words. This is the second book in her Perfect series.

“Life is too short. I want to live every moment to the fullest.”

Seryna and Kieran are attempting to come to terms with the fact that they are having a baby. After everything that happened at the bonfire and the raid that followed, Kieran being shot and beaten, they are both emotionally fragile. As they start making decisions, they decide to take a trip—just the two of them, and Ryan their security detail. Kieran takes Seryna to some of his favorite places, and they share many intimate moments during their vacation. Until the unthinkable happens. Now the biggest question is- who is coming back from vacation alive?

Picking up fairly immediately from where book one, Perfect, left off, we are immediately met with Seryna’s internal dialogue as she tries to come to terms with the fact that she is pregnant. As she tries to decide what her next move is, one this is certain. She is still madly in love with Kieran, and she wants to spend the rest of her life with him.

As they enjoy the ocean, the boat, and exploring islands, their list for each other continues to grow. As their dream vacation starts to wind down, the unthinkable happens as they are at the yacht club. Kieran is taken, and Seryna is drugged and left behind.

While these books could technically be standalone, I would recommend reading them both to understand the backstory fully. While book two does a pretty good job of summarizing the trauma and drama from book one, nothing beats getting the full details from the book.

Seryna is this book was disappointing to me. As she is trying to adjust to life without Kieran, being in charge of their empire, and starting college and the upcoming birth of their child… she decides she needs a friend. And of course, it’s a handsome guy from several of her classes. How she could even remotely be contemplating a potential romantic rendezvous with everything else happening is beyond me.

This book was well thought out, but I feel like specific details could have been developed even further for clarity’s sake. The case against Seryna’s father, while mentioned, has no closure. In this book, suddenly, Seryna realizes her mother is negative and unhappy. This comes out of nowhere and gets very little clarification. When a twist happens later in the book, Seryna decides she should be spending more time with her mom.

Some plot holes should have been worked out a bit more, in my opinion. I also feel like Seryna had minimal growth, despite everything that she’s been through. Yes, she does make some progress, and she does mature in a lot of aspects. But she is still very much 19 and focused on parties and boyfriends and frivolous things that frankly aren’t relevant to her current situation.

Overall, I did enjoy the book. It was a decent read, and D.D. Larsen is a gifted writer. The story flowed at a decent pace, and the characters all had the set quirks that made them memorable. These books are targeted toward the young adult crowd; I would say 18-25-year-olds. So I am not the target market, but the story was good. The writing was substantial; the plot was well thought out. Larsen has a gift for describing the scenery in her writing. That is what is most memorable, the way she paints a picture for her reader with her words. You will see the gorgeous mountains of Colorado rising from the pages.

It was a quick read. While I did enjoy the first two books, I don’t see myself rereading them. I will read D.D. Larsen again, however. I have a feeling her writing will continue to get better as she grows within her craft.

Find Imperfect by D.D. Larsen on Amazon. This title is available on Kindle Unlimited.

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