Thursday, October 17, 2013

Book Review" The Perfect Distraction By Melissa Rolka


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.
***For Mature Readers 18+*** 

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Jenny's Review:
***ARC was provided by author in exchange for honest review*** 

Hmmmmm......I have a lot of  up and down feelings about this book. At times I wanted to scream at Kate, especially when she is dealing with Kyle. The way that he treated her was pretty horrible.  Instead of her acknowledging this, she blames herself. You will find yourself wanting  go into the book and just shake the shit out of her. Then there were times when I could sympathize with her. She is dealing with a lot of things with her family, especially dealing with  her mother. I would've like to know a bit more of the relationship with Kate and her mom. I think it would've made me understand her more.

I think one of the saving graces in the book was Reed. Swoon!!!!! When he would say her full name, Kaherine, I could feel the butterflies that Kate would be feeling. I liked that Kate and Reed didn't immediately get together. I feel like they got together at the perfect time. Reed was very mysterious. We got a slight glimpse about him towards the end of the book. So I'm interested to know more about him.  The ending threw me for a loop and gave me a WTF moment.

This is the first full novel from the Melissa Rolka and sometimes you could tell. There were a lot of times throughout the book that she was repetitive. The story have a lot of potential and I would like to see how Melissa will continue the story in the second book, especially in regards to Reed and Kate's mom.

 About the Author:

Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and then in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing. After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs, and worked in business for several years. She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing.
The Perfect Distraction is her first full length novel. A second continuation of this story is in the works with hopes for a third. When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle.

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