Sunday, July 24, 2011

Craving Perfect by Liz Fichera

Title:   Craving Perfect
Author: Liz Fichera
My Rating: B-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Grace & Carlos
Release Date: July 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $4.79
Sexual Intensity: mild

I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
A Life Less...Hers

Grace Mills craves being perfect almost as much as she craves raspberry scones. In fact, her life would be perfect if only she could lose ten more pounds, if only the pastry café she co-owns with her sister would turn a profit, if only the hottest guy at the gym would look her way...
And then "if only" comes true. Grace is suddenly straddling two lives: an alternate reality where she's a size two, weathergirl celebrity and being chased by the hot guy. Only Mr. Gorgeous isn't very nice, and she doesn't get to eat...anything, much less bake!
In her other life, she's starting to realize her sister is less than happy running the family café, and hunky Carlos, the gym's janitor, seems to have a secret crush on her. Maybe there's more to him than meets the eye...
Grace is living two lives and it's beginning to cost her. Is there a way to pick one...that's perfect?

My Review:
This was a fun little story with an interesting twist. Grace is dissatisfied with her life, but through the twist of a magical treadmill, gets to see that life isn't always better even when it looks perfect.

The way that this book is written is pretty original. Each chapter is written from a different point-of-view switching between Grace, Carlos, and Callie (who Grace becomes when she gets on the treadmill.)

What was interesting to me was the Callie/Grace story line. When she gets on the treadmill, Grace ceases to be that alternative reality, Grace never existed. Instead she becomes Callie- someone who actually exists and has the "perfect life." Grace simply takes over her body with no memories from Callie's life. I think that I personally would have preferred that the alternative reality would have featured just a different version of herself, but that's just me. I think the fact that she didn't know anything about Callie's lifelike it a whole lot more difficult.

Grace is constantly trying to lose another 10-15 lbs. Callie is a tanned, perfect size 2. Grace's main incentive for working out at the gym isn't actually to lose's so she can ogle Max (a hottie that doesn't know she exists.) Callie is engaged to Max. Grace's measure for perfection is Alexandra. In the alternative reality, Alexandra is Callie's personal assistant.

While Grace is obsessed with Max, she starts to develop a friendship with Carlos, the janitor at the gym. He's also a part-time fighter and full-time law student, so he has a lot going on in his very busy life, but he finds himself becoming more and more drawn to Grace. The best part of this book was Carlos and his sister Ellena...and even their extended family at Mario's. Great characters...all of them and I really enjoyed the scenes in the book that were spent on them.

Overall, this was a fun book. It kept me entertained and riveted enough that I read it all in one sitting. It would make a GREAT beach read...


Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

Great review Christi! This does sound very interesting and I've found that I've really enjoyed books that come from different POV's! They keep things entertaining and I always love to see what other characters are thinking throughout the book instead of just one POV all together.

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

Well Said! I really do want Ellena's story :)