Over the Top #1
In My Perfect Mistake (Over the Top #1) by Kelly Siskind, to finally move on after her five-year relationship ended in her boyfriend cheating, Shay is determined to find the confident, independent woman she used to be before her ex turned her into the sort of woman she's turned into -- someone that depended on a man to take care of her. During a ski trip to Aspen, her friends convince her to do the bra throwing on the tree tradition as her first step to finding her wild side. Another step is to find a guy to jump into bed with, except the only guy she's interested in seems to be a man she manages to collide with on the slopes.
Ms. Siskind has written a fantastic first book for this new series of hers, which was very engaging and fast-paced due to the way this couple first met and the bra throwing incident that I couldn't help but laugh at. I really liked how this book started, and the way Shay and her friends ended up introducing themselves to the three men they meet in Aspen. Shay is bold in that moment, and the nicknames Shay and Kolton have for each other at the start match their attitudes perfectly.
As for the dialogue, it was entertaining from start to finish. Shay and Kolton certainly know how to push each other's buttons, as proven by the playful and intense dialogue that illustrates the strong chemistry this couple has, which spills over onto the pages in some hot sex scenes. Shay has had a tough time trying to regain her old self, and goes through a lot including possibly losing her job, her home and the independence she's striving to achieve.
I really liked both main characters as well as the secondary ones. Shay's friends are determined to support any decisions she makes, even if they think at times that perhaps the ones she's making may be wrong. Then again, Kolton's friends aren't that different. They want the hero to be happy again after having lost the woman he loved years ago, and they believe Shay is the woman for him.
Shay is strong, brave, and determined to find the independent woman she once was before her ex ruined her self-confidence. After everything she and Kolton did in Aspen, he's hard to forget once she returns home. Luckily though, he's determined to get her back into his life, even if he has to trick his way back into it, since he lied about what he really does for his living. However, when she learns the truth, she's not happy because he's dangling a job in her face that could either make or break her career. Even worse, she has to find a way to keep her personal and professional life separate, which isn't easy. Especially when Kolton does everything in his power to woo her, to show her that they're good together and could have a future with each other, if both of them want it bad enough.
While Kolton is confident, hard-working and persistent. He's also a good dad, which is proven considering the kid has some quirks that other kids bully him about. The alphabet games they play, and the trips to the library as well as the reading of the Urban dictionary made me smile or laugh, especially the moment when the hero embarrassed Shay about fielding a question about the G-Spot.
Overall, this was a very good book, and I can't wait to read more of this series in the future. I want to read what is in store for Shay's friends and whether they'll get a happy ever after with Kolton's friends. I really liked the end, despite the fact that I thought Kolton made the wrong decision when he turned down Shay's proposal at first. But I could understand why he did, considering his long distance relationship with the only other woman that he's ever loved didn't turn out so well. However, the way he won her back was incredible. I was cheering the fact that Kolton chose to involve a cop acquaintance of one of his best friends. I would recommend My Perfect Mistake, if you enjoy the mysterious strangers trope, or stubborn heroines determined to re-invent herself into the independent and confident woman she used to be.
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.