In Present Perfect, Brad Johnson was sexy, cocky, rich and a complete Smurff**ker. He could afford anything he wanted and could charm any girl he set his eyes on. Everything was laid out in front of him, all for the taking except the one thing he craved and needed. A tragic event forces him to reevaluate his life. When he tries to change, will the people in his life let him move on from his past or will they constantly hold him to the life altering mistakes he’s made?
Mabry Darnell is intelligent, ambitious, beautiful, and sassy. Secrets from her past haunt the present causing her to question her actions in order to shield her heart and protect her life.
From the moment Brad and Mabry met, their connection was strong, intense, and electrifying. Both knew they had found the one person who could satisfy what the other ached for. When their pasts collide with their present, will it prevent them from having a future together or will love be strong enough to conquer their demons?
The day comes when you finally find “the one”—the one that owns your heart and soul and completes you. You feel you can’t live without that one person, or breath, or even exist. When you’re this deeply in love that person is your security blanket; You feel safe, protected, cherished, and overjoyed that you get to spend the rest of your life with that person.
But, What happens when your past collides with your future and the possibility of being without them becomes your reality? Would you give up? Would you let them go? How hard would you fight?
We met Brad in Present Perfect and knew he was a complete Smurffucker, a douche, an asswipe—you name it. He was the one we loved to hate. I couldn’t wait to dive into his story and get inside his head. I knew it would be real eye opener.
Can people change? Truly deep down, can they turn over a new leaf and leave the past behind them?
Brad Johnson grew up privileged with every material possession in his reach. His parents were divorced and made it know that he wasn’t wanted. He never had a real relationship—not really. He used girls for sex, and quick gratification. He has no desire for more, until he meets Mabry Darnell. He is so deeply in love with her and goes to great lengths to prove he is deserving of her.
Mabry has not had an easy life. Losing her mother in a tragic death, and her father who is still alive, but buried so deep in grief, leaving her all alone. She is afraid of love, commitment, and has her own way of coping with the fears she faces every day.
Brad and Mabry meet while working together in Brad’s Father’s law firm. The time they spend together is magical—they flirt, get to know each other and begin a whirlwind romance.
Their back and forth banter combined with the heat level between them was INCREDIBLE!!! Brad will do anything to keep her from running away from him. His “Operation Relentless” is his sure fire way of making sure Mabry realizes he’s not going to give up that easy. He does everything, and I mean everything, in his power to make her see how serious he is. Shows up for morning runs, sends her flowers, gifts, and even goes as far as showing up at her book club meeting charming the panties off all her friends and worming his way into her heart even further. God I love him!!! While discussing the book, Brad goes off on a tangent:
“Maybe he tried to stay away, but craved her so much that he couldn’t think clearly. He needed that connection with her. He felt lost and lonely, and couldn’t imagine his life being anything but miserable if she wasn’t in it.”
How can you deny that? How can you even think for a minute you’d be able to say no to him?!!!!
“I want to love you so bad,” I say.
“Then love me,” he whispers.
“I do love you.”
“Thank You. You won’t be sorry,” he says, choking on his words.
We get their stories in alternating point of views that glimpse into the past and the present. We watch as they struggle and grow and fall in love. And what a beautiful love story it is. There are ups and downs, their love story, their journey towards the future.
“Thanks. Do You recognize it?” Her eyes meet mine. “It’s the one I used the night we played Fifty. Remember, I tied you to the headboard and ate ice cream off your body?”
OMG!!! I LOVED Brad and Mabry together. The heat, the laughs, the chemistry was PERFECT!!! Brad, oh my sweet, delicious, Brad, how I love you!!! What I wouldn’t give for you to call me “Sweetness”, do a little dance for me, and give me THE SMILE.
There is loved angst, secrets, laughs, really hot sex and the most BEAUTIFUL epilogue I’ve ever read in my life.
When you write a review, you hope that you can do a book justice. You want whoever reads it to feel compelled to read the book you’ are shouting about from the mountaintops. I just finished that book. The one that you want EVERYONE to know about. The one you want EVERYONE to drop whatever it is they’re doing and read it, breath it, cherish it, hold it close to your heart and never, ever forget it. PAST IMPERFECT by Alison G. Bailey was that book for me. She has a gift, a way of pulling you in and feeling every word she writes. You don’t just read the story, you experience it. You savor it. You don’t want to do anything else until you finish the last word. Then you’re sad because you wish you could experience reading it for the first time all over again. Alison is a ROCKSTAR. She knocked Past Imperfect out of the park and has a forever fan in me.
About Alison G. Bailey
Alison was born and raised in Charleston, SC. As a child she would create (write) additional scenes to TV shows and movies that she watched. She attended Winthrop University and graduated with a major in Theater. While at school she began writing one act plays which she later produced. Throughout the years she continued writing and producing several one act plays, but then life got in the way and she hung up her pen for a while. At the end of 2012 a very talented author friend convinced Alison to go back to writing and see what happens. So she did and fell back in love with it. Present Perfect will be Alison’s first self-published book. A few personal facts, Alison loves anything sweet, especially frosting, and is addicted to Diet Pepsi. Alison’s philosophy: Don’t let your obstacles define you. At times life can get pretty overwhelming, but with a great support system and a lot of humor you can get through them. If you have humor in your life your spirit stays strong and you can tackle anything.
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