December 21, 2013

Review of Perfect Regret by A. Meredith Walters

The spin off of the New York Times bestseller, Bad Rep.
Can be read as a stand alone!

Riley Walker makes all the right decisions and knows exactly where her life is headed.

Riley Walker does not make mistakes.

Riley Walker certainly doesn’t make spontaneous decisions.

But then Riley Walker gets dumped.

Spectacularly, gut-wrenching, stomp all over her heart dumped. And she is feeling more than a little angry. And a whole lot bitter. And suddenly the girl who has always done everything right feels like doing something completely wrong.

Garrett Bellows, lead guitarist for the local band, Generation Rejects, is going through life without a plan. Trying not to think past the next gig or the next party, he has worked hard to not become too attached to anyone or anything. So he is shocked to find himself drawn to the snarky girl with a chip on her shoulder. She pisses him off and puts him down. He knows she’s nothing more than a self-entitled college brat who thinks she’s better than the townie boy without a future.

Alcohol and a hefty dose of lust leads to a night both Riley and Garrett immediately regret. Her embarrassment, his pride and the weight of rumors and misconceptions convince Riley and Garrett that their one-time indiscretion will never be repeated. Particularly when their harshest critics are each other.

But how do you reconcile a head that wants to let go with a heart that keeps holding on?

And what happens when your biggest regret begins to seem almost perfect?

Reviewed by Dawn~
After 're-reading "Bad Rep" (the first book in this series), I couldn't wait to get into "Perfect Regret".  I certainly wasn't disappointed. This is a story about a girl who has her life planned out ahead of her and then realizes things don't always go as planned when her heart is shredded to pieces.

Riley Walker knows what she wants and goes for it. She's an English major at Rinard College, has a good part-time job at Barton's Bar and a boyfriend who loves her....or at least she thought he did until he decided he was bored with the relationship and dumped her. She was devastated. So much so, she felt like doing something totally not her.
Garrett Bellows has no life plans as he likes to live day to day. He's the lead guitarist in the local band, Generation Rejects, and sometime  plays at Barton's Bar. Garrett is usually seen drunk or high, throwing big parties at his house. He works very hard to not become attached to anyone due to a life shattering experience when he was younger. However, things change when he meets Riley Walker. For some reason he is drawn to this sarcastic, frustrating, rude, beautiful girl.

Garrett and Riley have one drunken romp in the hay during one of his parties that they immediately regret. Riley couldn't remember much of that evening and was embarrassed that it ever happened. There was no way she'd ever do that again. However, tragedy strikes and Garrett is there to help her out. Riley sees a different, sweeter side of him and thought for a second that she could like this guy. Then things  change and she ends up chewing him out again. Riley needs to get her act together and stop thinking so much. She needs to live in the  moment and follow what her heart tells her, not what her brain is saying.

There is a lot of drama in this book. Many times I wanted to slap Riley upside the head to wake her up and see the good in doing something different or falling for someone she would never look at twice. Garrett showed he wasn't always a "bad boy".  That he was romantic and sweet too.

(Quote from Garrett)
Garrett's hands slid up my back until he was cupping the back of my head. "I'm here because no matter what you say, or what you do, I want you. I want every part of you. There is something in you that calls out to the messed up pieces inside of me. And I think that you might be the girl to make my world right again."

Garrett won my heart with how sweet he could be under that bad boy persona.

Will Riley finally come to her senses and go with the flow by giving Garrett a chance?  Will she ever change her ways?

I totally loved this book. Yes, Riley was a pain in the ass sometimes, yes I wanted to harm her for treating people meanly, but what's a good book without a little drama. This book was  intense, dramatic, romantic, heart wrenching and funny at times. Riley's sarcasm made me laugh when she wasn't trying to be mean. I also shed a few tears at times. I really didn't want this story to end because I fell for Garrett and wanted more. Thank you A. Meredith Walters for another wonderful read. I cannot wait to see what you have in store for the other characters in these stories.

4 stars

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