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Another author recommended this book and having noted it a while ago, I’m glad I decided to follow up on it because this book is a lot of things. It’s age difference, it’s so incredibly funny and it about impossible love. I savoured this read because I lacked reading time and really this helped me dwell in the book for a week.
I love an older woman, younger man trope and this book worked that angle so damn well. Age isn’t their only complication, being colleagues and a familial connection makes this ten times worse. These two however, bond over friendship, similarities, shared love of things and it’s a lovely slow spiral. There’s a fair amount of spatting too.
“Look,” said Eric, “we had such a promising start to this conversation. We can’t do yesterday again. I have banter burnout.”
And banter is right, the diaglogue and interactions were everything and so well written.
Jenna is such a ‘real’ character, flawed, sometimes ridiculous with a huge heart. I found her to be a strong woman, such that I could be satisfied with her decisions. She had learnt what she didn’t want in life and sought better; I admired her. Eric was a hot, immature and yet sweet guy, he grew on me. These two together were something something but more than that there was a longing, a deeper connection.
“It was like she’d left her personality in a cab somewhere years ago, and he’d found it, dusted it off, and delivered it to her doorstep wrapped in a red velvet bow. She felt alive, understood, -and drop-dead sexy.”
So, this is contemporary romance done good, it felt different to what’s generally out there and I devoured that spark of uniqueness and humour. Highly recommended.
I've been hearing about this book for months now--*months.* I kept seeing it reviewed on different blogs; authors I respect continually hyped it. I finally broke down and decided to read it, and I'm glad because it was adorable. *Absolutely adorable.* . Whether or not I'd recommend it would depend on the reader--you've got to appreciate the necessity of *feel-good* stories. You've got to love stories about impossible love. If you don't, the storyline will just seem absurd...
Jenna was once a force in the New York fashion world, but a broken engagement and career set-back have compelled her to make big changes in her personal and professional life. Eric Combs, the son of Jenna's new boss, has just graduated from film school. He wants to create content that matters, but lack of opportunity has encouraged him to take a job as a videographer of a fashion magazine. Jenna's 40; Eric's 22. The age gap between them is REAL and significant. They're at completely different spaces in their lives. As they get to know each other and develop an amiable friendship which becomes something more, each comes to realize that they've found the right person at the wrong time...and often love isn't enough to make something--even the very best of things--last. I really loved the character development. Both Jenna and Eric were charming, frustrating, complicated characters. The supporting characters, however, weren't as robust and were often more distracting than enhancing. The dialogue was amusing and the narrative exposition was good. I found the story to be engaging; it was equally realistic and ridiculous. The heart of the story, however, the personal growth and introspection that both Jenna and Eric engage in, was compelling and satisfying. Like so many other readers, I found the ending to be...fine, but sooo unfulfilling. I wanted more. I think that the ending, as it was, worked and fit with the arc of their lives. It was sensible. However, the hopeless romantic in me wanted something less ambiguous, something firmer. And since the plot itself was exaggerated at times, is it so terrible to have hoped for something...more? In any case, this was a good quick read.
I first heard about The Perfect Find from one of my favorite authors, Robinne Lee. And after reading and loving Seven Days in June, I decided that I must read this book! The Perfect Find is an older woman/younger man office romance set in the cut-throat NYC fashion scene. I didn't love it as much as Seven Days in June, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I like Tia Willams' writing style very much, and I adore the characters she creates. Jenna and Eric's love story is sexy and angsty, and it is exactly what I love in a romance. If you are looking for a great book that celebrates Black love and Black success, I highly recommend The Perfect Find!
I was enamored with the musicality of the engagement of words. My mind was transported by the elegant writing style that had me rereading sentences over more than focusing on the storyline as a whole. Jenna... The main character had the task of trying to re-enter the workplace within a strict society of the creative world that moved forward without her involvement or interest. There's something to be said about the power of time and how even when you stop moving, it never ends. That when we mature into our next journey in life, how we must readjust to the constant changing environment around us while attempting to hold on to the one piece that makes us who we are. Jenna's struggles were no different from others but shared by many in her same predicament; those that want to belong in the present while reviving feelings of yesterday but evolving into a better self for the future. In the end, Jenna Jones found her happy place within the dream that she envisioned.
Totally enjoyed this book! While I must confess to initially being a little skeeved out by the age difference, it became very clear as the story progressed that Jenna and Eric were meant to be together.
I absolutely loved Jenna. She was so quirky and awkward, but in the best way. As a former fashion editor and insider, she was NOTHING like I thought she would be. And Eric - sexy and passionate one minute, then a big man-child the next. But he loved him some Jenna. And they had the best friends. Billie and Elodie were too much fun, and such wonderful, supportive friends to Jenna. Tim was a real trip, but he was one person that Eric always knew he could count on to be in his corner. And with a mother like that damn Darcy Vale, he definitely needed that.
I would love to know how the author came up with Darcy Vale's character. Such a nasty piece of work! She was so...heartless. And evil. Truly a character that you love to hate.
Lovable characters and a great storyline set in one of my favorite cities all made for a wonderful story that I hated to see come to an end. My TBR collection stays on overflow, so I don't do a lot of re-reads, but I keep going back to this book and reading bits and pieces. Definitely looking forward to whatever is next!
OMG I don't even know where to start. I don't come across too many chick lit novels with a black female lead so I was incredibly happy to find this "perfect find".
The characters were all so dynamic; Tia did an excellent jig at painting a picture of who they are. I feel especially connected to Jenna and Eric's ordeal and found myself rooting for them more than I expected to given their situation. If I could jump in to the book and shake some sense into the both of them I absolutely would and the ending was heartwarming and hopeful. I 100% see myself recommending this book to anyone that will listen.
Took me a while (maybe 30%) to really get lost in the book. I wanted to give 3.5 but rounded up. Kindle edition had lots of grammatical errors that were obnoxious at first, but then I got over the missed words, misspelled words, and quotations of different people speaking but on the same line. Once getting over all of the fashion jargon or just speed reading through it, I had to know how it all ended. It ended just how I wanted. Good read...solid 3.5 (maybe 3.3 :-).
I thought it was cute. Made me think of the show Girlfriends, Eve, and Sex and The City. Some of the mush made my teeth hurt, but overall I enjoyed it. I did figure out the ending, but I mean it's Rom Com so it had a rhythm.
As a middle-aged woman, I was let into a world of fashion that I knew nothing about. The lingo was even foreign to me. But once I got that lesson out of the way, I loved the younger man/older woman concept. Tia Williams kept it fun. It wasn't a whole lot of drama (just some) to get these two love-birds together. The way Tia wove this love story with them, I forgot about the age difference until I was reminded of it by other characters. This was a fun read.