Title: A Perfect Man by Cecilia Dominic
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Page count: 293
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Rating – 4/5
How far will she go to find her perfect man? How far will he go to be one?
When Karen Hardeman sets foot on the Foothills University campus, it’s her first step toward proving her abusive ex wrong. Just her luck, her first writing assignment in Intro to Romance sends her in search of the perfect hero—a quest she’s never managed to conquer.
Worse, her professor forces her to collaborate with the most overconfident, annoying guy in the class.
Seth Sayers is also at Foothills to find new direction—preferably one that takes him far away from the family drama that’s followed him since his father’s death. He didn’t mean to humiliate Karen by rewriting her manuscript from the hero’s point of view. He blames the painkillers the ER doctor gave him after stitching up a wine-induced cut on his hand.
As their collaboration progresses, Karen begins to trust Seth with her manuscript, then maybe a little piece of her heart. But Seth’s half-brother resurrects Seth’s suspicions about his father’s death. Until he finds the truth, he can’t be the hero in anyone’s life. Even his own.
Warning: Some alcohol consumption. Okay, writer amounts of alcohol consumption. There are also some adult situations, but nothing too explicit. It is a romance-writing class, after all.
A Perfect Man will be released May 12 from Samhain Publishing. If you’d like to read the first part of the first chapter, please check out: http://ceciliadominic.blogspot.com/2015/04/a-perfect-man-first-chapter-and.html
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A Perfect Man is a dual perspective romance novel about a girl named Karen and a guy named Seth. They meet in a creative writing class in an MFA program where both are struggling to create their perfect stories. Sparks fly at first but then a trail of misunderstandings leads them apart until they get stuck collaborating on a romance story together for their class. It’s a bumpy ride at first but it definitely gets smoother!
A Perfect Man was just the read that I needed. I have been reading novels with some pretty heavy subjects recently and I really needed a good, light, funny, and romantic read. This book was just that for me.
I loved the dual perspective aspect of this book, as you know stories told in multiple perspectives are my favorite. I always love romance books told like this, in particular, because I love seeing the other party through the eyes of their admirer. It makes the story all the more interesting to me and just gives me another way to see the character myself. Without Seth’s perspective of Karen, I really wouldn’t have liked Karen. At first I thought she was far too dramatic but I also think that is a product of her past relationship with Marius, who sounds far too much like an ex of mine (which really made me laugh!). I’m sure we all have one of those under our belts. But, I really really liked Seth. He was a typical guy in some aspects but he was a rather sensitive type which I really loved and he was funny.
I loved how they both were attracted to each other at the beginning, sort of lose alot of that in their misunderstandings of each other (even though that aspect is still sort of there) but then start to fall for each other all over again. To me, the story that they are working on in class, is totally reflective of the evolution of their own story, which was really really cool. I also sort of liked Isaac, I think as we saw more and more of him in the story he grew on me…at first I thought he was just a jerk but no, I ended up liking him as a supporting character. I, however, detested Albie…I don’t think anyone can get more chauvinistic and I’ve definitely known these types in real life. Makes me laugh to think of him having read all those Romance novels for class!
Reading this book also made me want to go back to writing the novel I’ve been trying to write for years, so I think this book gave good writing advice which I think was inevitable since we are sort of sitting in on some of their writing classes and in their minds as they try to develop their stories. Really cool!
I ended up loving this book and read it just at the right time. I could totally see this book being made into romantic comedy movie. I’d definitely watch it and love it. I’d be interested to see who would play Seth and Karen. They are grad school students but for some reason I just kept picturing them as undergrads. I’m thinking it’s because they remind me of my friends and I when we were undergrads…probably because my grad school experience has been as a married distance education student which is vastly different from the book. Anyway, I am giving The Perfect Man a 4 star rating because I loved it. Please make this into a romantic comedy movie. That is all. I hope you enjoyed my review and please see the link below the summary above to pre-order your copy!
Discussion: What is your perfect pet and/or animal if you’re not a pet person? Do you prefer fur, scales, feathers, or something else? Imaginary animals are perfectly okay to talk about, too. Comment below for the chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card. Just please be sure to include your email address with your comment so Cecilia can contact the winner. By the way, she’s partial to cats and sharks, and she’s always wished fire lizards (from Anne McCaffrey’s Pern) were real.
To start the discussion, I’d like to say that I am a total dog person in my daily life but my favorite animal is an elephant. It’s super hard for me to choose an animal because I’m all about the animals. I’ve been vegan for the animals for 9 months! But yeah I love love love dogs, I have a super awesome, super cute dog who I feel is more like my daughter since I don’t have kids so I would be remiss if I didn’t say that she IS definitely my perfect pet. She’s a cutie, here’s a pic of her!
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About the Author
Cecilia Dominic became a clinical psychologist because she’s fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn’t stop writing fiction. By day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication. By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction that keeps her readers turning pages past bedtime. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she’s been told, is a good number of each. She has been published in short story and novel-length fiction and currently writes urban fantasy, new adult contemporary, and steampunk for Samhain Publishing.