Tuesday 5 April 2016


My Perfect Mistake
Over the Top #1
By: Kelly Siskind
Releasing April 5, 2016
Forever Yours
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.

What happens in Aspen is 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.

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He tosses me my anti-sexy helmet. “We should take another run before we head down.”
I catch it and shake my head, unsure I heard him right. “Sorry, we? Shouldn’t you be skiing with your buddies? It’s bad enough you hijacked my lunch and I have to sit at a table with you again tonight. Now you want to ski together? Thanks but no thanks.”
He lifts his arms over his head and stretches from side to side. A sliver of skin peeks out below his jacket. “The guys called it quits early. Worried you can’t keep up?”
As fucking if. The dude’s obviously egging me on, but he snaps my self-control. Everything between us is action, reaction. Spark and flame. What’s his deal, anyway? Why sit with me and ski with me when we’re worse than cats and dogs? If he thinks firing me up means he’s getting a replay of last night, he’s mistaken. Still, I need to beat his ass on the slopes. “Fine. I’ll take that run. It’s about time I put you in your place. But let’s be clear. We can have lunch and ski together, but there will be no sex.” A teen walking by stops midstride and doubles over in a fit of giggles.
“I didn’t catch that.” Kolton leans forward and cups a hand around his helmeted ear. “Do you mind speaking up?”
What a total douche.
“Everyone is wise until he speaks,” I mumble, recalling my granddad’s words.
Kolton straightens, a question passing across his face. “Are you Irish? My granddad used to say that all the time. Along with, ‘Shut your mouth and eat your dinner.’”
I laugh, abrupt and maniacal, the sharp sound catching me off guard. The energy shifts between us, like the first time I understood my Spanish teacher—the foreign becoming familiar. I frown, unsure I want Kolton to feel familiar. “Yeah, I am. The first curse I learned was feckin’ arse, and I’d kind of like to use it now.”
He smiles to himself, as though we’re friends who would sit and talk and laugh about our shared upbringing. Ruffled, I cram my helmet on, get geared up, and try to stomp out of the lodge all look out, buddy, but with the boots and Martian head, it’s a fail.
Skis on and goggles down, we race to the lift. He arrives first, making like he’s been waiting forever with a dramatic yawn. I roll my eyes and push past him. The lift line is empty, so it’s just him and me on the four-person chair.
“Mind not doing that?” he says partway up as I swing my skis.
The chair sways in response, and I rock my legs harder. “This?”
His olive skin grays. “Yeah. That.” He leans his elbows on the safety bar and closes his eyes.
If he pukes, I’ll likely toss my cookies, too. When my brother got food poisoning from China House’s all-you-can-eat buffet, it wasn’t pretty. I hadn’t eaten a thing there, but the second he threw up, I proceeded to reenact that pie eating scene from Stand by Me: projectile vomit, solid stream, fire hydrant force.
I still my skis and stop bouncing.
We pass one supporting tower, then another, before he opens his eyes.
“You regretting that lunch?” I ask, smirking.
He flexes his hands, and the poles dangling from his wrists knock around. “No. I’m regretting getting on this chair with you.”
Such a charmer.

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly Siskind moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.
She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful review! Can't wait for you to read A Fine Mess in August. Sawyer and Lily are quite the pair <3