Review | Imperfections by Shaniel Watson (@shanielwatson1)

03 July 2016


Pages: 534
Who knew falling in love with my best friend had the potential to single-handedly destroy my entire family?

For as long as I could remember, I'd been in love with sexy, lawyer extraordinaire Nicholas Alexander. We’d always had a certain chemistry growing up, especially after we shared one passionate, forbidden, perfect kiss as teenagers. For years, I’d hoped he could look past my overprotective brothers and our age difference so we could be more than friends, I was wrong. Four years ago, I left New York and my heart behind. Now I was back to stake my claim on the only man I'd ever loved. But unbeknownst to me, things were way more complicated than I could’ve imagined when I learn he's engaged—to my sister.

Will the love and desire I feel for the one man I've ever truly wanted destroy me? Am I willing to risk it all, for a chance at everlasting love?

Catherine Reed was the one woman I couldn't have, but the one I always wanted. She was my best friend’s baby sister, which meant she was definitely off-limits to me and anyone else if I had my way. Not even having a merry-go-round of beautiful girls could stop me from wanting her. Watching her leave was hard, but I knew giving in to what I wanted back then would ruin her... us. All I've ever wanted was for her to be happy and to see her beautiful smile.

I haven't gotten to where I am by always doing what's right. She's back. I want her. I have every intention of making her mine.

This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18 due to language and sexual content.

Wow! Wow! Wow! This book is worth every single one of those five stars. I was contacted a few weeks ago about this book by Shaniel's PA and after realising I had time this month to fit in the book this month I am so glad I did. This book is one of the best romance books I've read, the characters are so well developed and you really rally around Cat and Nick. 

Cat and Nick have loved each other since their childhoods but neither of them acted on their attraction mainly due to the fact that Nick is Cat's brothers best friend. Cat has been away from home and decides upon her return home to finally go after Nick and make him hers but things go wrong when she discovers Nick and her sister, Kate are engaged to be married with the announcement happening the night she returns home.

I really felt for Cat at that point and I just wanted to hug the poor girl and, even more so, when it appears that nothing is as it seems between Nick and Kate and she is essentially trapping him into something he wants as much as a hole in the head. Nick and Cat have an intense attraction to one another and are pulled to each other whenever they are nearby. Once Cat learns the truth behind the engagement and what led to it she realises that nothing is as it seems with her sister and the love of her life.

Nick and Cat's relationship is so well developed in this book and it isn't just them. All the supporting characters are well developed and I give major credit to Shaniel, you fell like you know something about all the characters, not just the main ones and that's the way it should be. 

There's a moment in the book where the walls come crashing down and Nick and Cat find their way to each other and you can't help get behind them. One of my favourite points in this book is when Nick and Cat spend a weekend together, in a bubble and are so happy, I just wanted it to carry on like that but I knew it wouldn't.

Every scene in this book is so well thought out and I love how we switch between Nick and Cat's point of view, it means you see from early on just how ripped up Nick is by the situation he is in and how clear it is that he knows he's made a huge mistake and that makes you not hate him. It would be so easy to hate Nick and I think that's why it's so important we need to see his POV and it's only through his eyes we begin to see Kate's true colours and plans before Cat does. 

Can I just say how much I hate Kate? I don't think I have ever hated an antagonist in a book as much as her, she honestly doesn't have a nice bone in her body and that's when she's talking to her own flesh and blood. Also, Cat's mother isn't much better either! I really hope in the next book they have a stand-off and are told how badly they've behaved by Cat.

But for all the bad Kate brings with her it is balanced out by Cat's best friend, Ava, who is also Nick's cousin. Ava is all kinds of amazing and I loved this girl to the moon and back, there isn't anyone better who could be there for Nick and Cat and she's there for them both through this all and, despite Nick being her cousin, she wasn't afraid to stand up to him and tell him where to go when she needed to. She is the best friend every girl needs and Cat definitely needed her. 

Throughout the book, Nick and Cat spend more and more time together and fall further in love and I really wanted it to work but I honestly didn't see how it would. I had an idea in my head how things would go between Nick and Kate and I was right but that didn't ruin the book for me. 

I honestly cannot wait to start to read the next instalment and I honestly hope these two get the happy ending they deserve without any more damage to themselves or those that they love around them. I know it'll be a bumpy ride but I'm hopeful, that in the end, they will land up where they're meant to be, together. 

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