Series: Over The Top #1
Published by Forever Yours on April 5th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Sports Romance
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What happens in Aspenis definitely not staying in Aspen. . .
A girls’ trip to Aspen was exactly what Shay needed to forget about her toxic ex-boyfriend. She’s got her girls, pristine slopes for skiing, and hot guys everywhere. Of course, her epic self-rediscovery goes completely to hell when a wild (and deliciously hot) skier knocks Shay on her ass . . . and war is declared.
Kolton doesn’t know what it is about Shay that makes him lose it. Not just his cool—although she does have an unholy gift for that—but his restraint. When anger gives way to explosive chemistry, they’re both shaken with the intensity of it. But somewhere between lust and hate, Kolton and Shay realize they could have something real . . . if they don’t kill each other first.
Has anyone noticed how beautiful this cover is? I love covers. I could sit and stare at them for hours on end but this one? It’s fantastic. There’s so many things about it that I love and it really fits into the story. The models are perfect for Kolton and Shay, the physical descriptions, the connection, the body language, all of it. I’ve spent way more time looking at and analyzing this cover than I probably should but it’s just too good.
The opening scene is sure to grab the reader’s attention, and it definitely got me hook, line and sinker. How fun is that? I liked how it’s an easygoing tradition but also how there was also weight behind the heroines decision. Then the after effects of the ‘karmatic bra’. Quick question. Would you ever slingshot a bra into a tree? After reading this I totally would, sounds like a good time! Just out of curiosity, I asked Google to share its wisdom about this topic, and I’m so glad to pass along that it’s real!!! This is a real thing in Aspen! The tree is real! The tradition is real! HA! I thought this was absolutely hilarious and such a fantastic idea. Then for Kelly to use this as the intro to her novel? Perfect.
“My girl here just got dumped by a total douche, so we three are hating on men. Since you’re the only dude on this chairlift, I’d say your choice is simple. She either hurls her bra on a tree covered in bras, or we channel our angry-girl hormones in your direction. What’ll it be?”
I’m a fairly busy person in general. I work full time, I’ve started my own business and I read/review for the blog which puts me on a schedule. Usually while reading an ARC, I have no problem breezing through it. I read it quickly, get it done and move on. There’s something about My Perfect Mistake that just made me slow down. I could’ve easily read this in two nights but took twice as long. I wanted to savour it, drag it out. This is the type of book that you don’t want to end and where you want to keep living in the character’s world. The farther I got, the slower I read. I just didn’t want to let go of these characters, I loved them too much. In my world that’s really a testament to Kelly and how she’s done a truly fantastic job.
I love bickering. It can be competitive and flirty and all around a good time. Kolton and Shay? They needed gold medals for the amount that they bicker and fight! It’s enjoyable to read, leads to some hot as hell scenes and is just plain hilarious. These two are passionate about whatever they do, so the amount of effort they put into this is admirable.
At the Sisterhood, you better believe we take our job seriously: find the next greatest book boyfriends and share/fight over them, clearly. Kolton both does and does not fall into this category. Perfect book boyfriend? Check. Am I sharing? Hell to the no. Back off ladies, I’m calling dibs. M-I-N-E. He isn’t just boyfriend material, this is the type of guy you want to spend the rest of your life with. Better get on that Shay, cause I want one. He’s completely bypassed my book boyfriend list, he’s officially on the book husband list. Just think about it this way, out of every single book I’ve read, I only have one other character on that list and Kolton just easily over took him. As far as hero’s go, this is my highest honour to give.
“Because,” I say, “you’re the one I can’t forget. The one who drives me nuts. The one who makes me want to risk things.
Now just in general about Kolton, what’s not to love? He’s hilarious but sweet, territorial but tender. He’s kind, generous and will drop everything to help the ones he loves. He knows life is too short to be wasting days, months, years and he goes after what he wants wholeheartedly: Shay. In my opinion, she never stood a chance.
I’m so consumed by you. I don’t understand why, but I’ve stopped trying to figure it out. You’re the first woman in forever to get under my skin. And it’s not just the attraction. This torn lace holds some delicious memories, but I kept it because it reminded me of you. It’s the only thing I had to remember our time together, and keeping it meant there was a chance it wasn’t over. That I’d see you again.
Shay is hilarious and feisty and pretty damn awesome. I love seeing inside of her head, how she was trying to overcome her past trials and tribulations to become her own person. She had a vision of who she wanted to be and was working towards getting there. Her attitude was fun and spot on, and when I say feisty you better hold on cause she’ll ripe you a knew one. I love the person she became and do think she accomplished her goal, or I guess you could say both. Becoming herself and by choosing to be brave. Conner knows what’s up.
“I’m a fucking snowball.”
Raven blinks at me. “I don’t follow.”
I pound my fist on the table. “A fucking snowball. I mean, look at us.” Lily and Raven exchange glances and shrug. “How different we are,” I say. “We’re all snowflakes. All unique. But we still work, right? Richard snowballed me. That fucker packed me into his world, belittling and molding me until he killed my uniqueness. And I let him.”
I love how strong both of the main characters were. There’s nothing worse than a limp noodle of a hero and a heroine with no backbone. They were both driven and ambitious, working towards goals and accomplishing them. Growing as humans. Even dealing with past issues, both the hero and heroine had a tremendous amount of character development. They were truly better and stronger people towards the end who deserved to get their shot at happiness.
There is nothing I can say about the relationship between these two other than it was downright electric. It was always sizzling, you didn’t know which direction it would turn next and it jumped off the page. One word kept coming to mind over and over again: passion. These two are the most passionate characters I’ve ever read about. They throw this into every aspect of their life so best believe by the time they came together, it was explosive.
Just like every other romance reader out there, I love to swoon. Swoon over the hero’s actions and words; have him make up for some of the douchenozzles that live in the real world today. Holy cow was Kolton ever perfect. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to be wooed so badly! He has this down to an art form – a carefully planned and detailed art form. Every aspect of what he did was so thoughtful and sweet, but created with maximum impact. He was great, end of story.
It’s time for me to live my life, whatever the fallout.
Terminator Shay’s about to get schooled in the art of wooing.
We were granted an excellent group of supporting characters in this story. Shay’s best friends, Lily and Raven, Kolton’ best friends Sawyer and Nico, then Stella and Jackson to round out the gang. On a random side note, I love the character names that were used. Shay, Kolton, Sawyer, Nico, Raven. They fit each character quite well and while they aren’t necessarily something you may hear every day, they work. They were all significant in different ways and their roles carried through the entire novel. We also got plenty of details to leave the reader waiting for Lily and Sawyer’s story, then hopefully Raven and Nico’s in the future. I’m really curious about both of these two ‘couples’ and can’t wait to see where Kelly takes them.
“[…] what’s gluten?” Jackson leans forward to read the sign above the small store on our right. Good-bye Gluten.
With her hand on the door, Stella says, “It’s an evil monster that attacks pretentious people, killing their ability to have fun.”
I really enjoyed Stella’s character and the momentary glimpses of insight that she offered. Then Jackson was an absolute doll, he was great. I love how different he is, then how easily he fits in with the other characters. They help him embrace his uniqueness, and I think it was quite special for him and Shay to relate and bond over this. And over words like glomp. In case you’re curious, Glomp: an attack hug made of love.
It was really exciting to see a story take place in a location that I’m familiar with. There’s not too many stories these days based out of Toronto, so I got a little nerdy and did they whole ‘Hey! I know what they’re talking about!’ song and dance when I read about this. And Collingwood! It wasn’t mentioned by name but anyone from the area would know exactly what the author was talking about while referencing the ski hills. After going to college in Alberta, I tried to explain Blue Mountain to my roommates… ‘Sure, it’s a mountain! Well, the closest we’ve got. You ski and stuff… Like normal mountains. Just on more of an Ontario sized scale.’ It didn’t go too well. They think I’m crazy.
“We need a signal.”
With a huff, I turn my back to the door again. “Like what? If Raven and I are about to hook up, we flash an image of a condom instead of the bat-signal?”
Lily rolls her eyes. “No. If one of us wants out or, I don’t know, feels uncomfortable, we should have a sign that we want to leave.”
“Okay, sure.” Raven smirks. “If a guy puts the moves on you, or doesn’t put the moves on me or Shay, and we get bored, we make the sound of a dying giraffe.”
I honestly didn’t know that other people did this, but the idea of writing letters on someone’s hand/back is a memory I’ll always have. Like Shay, growing up whenever I was sick, my mom would do this with me. Just a small memory but it really solidified my connection with the heroine.
I really like how Kelly tackled a problem that can be very real in today’s society. It didn’t have random plot lines or exaggerated events. No huge twists and shocking revelations, but very true nonetheless. What would you do in this situation? It’s a bit of an eye opener if nothing else. The characters struggled yes but in the end I was quite pleased with the conclusion. With that being said, the way the author brought each event and scene together was extraordinary. It’s a quite plausible situation, but it wasn’t overtly heavy. Yes there was angst but I wasn’t overwhelmed. Looking back My Perfect Mistake had a lighter tone and overall enjoyable feel.
“Put your hands on the wall.”
He flexes his fingers. “I’ll watch a week straight of chick flicks if I can put my hands somewhere else.”
This is the first book I’ve read by Kelly Siskind and I’m absolutely floored by her writing. I know she has another book – Chasing Crazy, which sounds excellent by the way – but like I said earlier, I get busy. Back to the writing. It’s brilliant. Each scene flows perfectly into the next and the emotions are unmistakable. It’s completely seamless. You don’t notice as the chapters change because everything is complimentary. Considering this is only her second book, I’m in awe. How has she not been writing for years?! Mark my words, Kelly Siskind will take the writing world and romance genre by storm.
Forget interior designer, I should pilot a reality show titled Seriously Bad Ideas.
Each song used in this story is quite impactful. They’re all truly outstanding choices, they’re perfect in the order, for the situation, in the message, all of it but Mu favourite is the use of Together by Ne-Yo. This actually makes me chuckle a bit because the song in my head that I’ve been associating with Kolton and Shay was by the same artist. Let Me Love You by Ne-Yo has some solid lyrics that I think can fit for this couple as well.
Much as you blame yourself, you can’t be blamed for the way that you feel
Had no example of a love that was even remotely real
How can you understand something that you never had?
Ooh, baby, if you let me, I can help you out with all of that
Girl let me love you
And I will love you
Until you learn to love yourself
Girl let me love you
I know your trouble
Don’t be afraid, girl let me help
Girl let me love you
And I will love you
Until you learn to love yourself
Girl let me love you
A heart of numbness gets brought to life
I’ll take you there
It’s the beginning of April and I’ve read close to 50 books so far this year. Out of everything in the past 3+ months, if I was only allowed to recommend one book, it would be this one. Oh you want a romantic comedy? Read My Perfect Mistake. You want something with angst and tension? Read My Perfect Mistake. You want a book with explosive chemistry and passion? Read My Perfect Mistake. Do it, I dare you. This has easily soared to one of my favourite books of the year and has earned itself a place on my all time favourites shelf. Bravo Ms. Siskind, you’ve blown me away.
“You should come with a warning label.”
This book is the reason why people read romance. It has everything you could possibly want: wit, sass, humour, longing, angst, passion, I could go on. I loved everything about it. The characters, the dialogue, the pacing, the heat (I’ll warn you, this one is hot!), everything is fantastic. My Perfect Mistake is the quintessential romance book and everyone needs it.
*An ARC was provided by the author and InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review