A Perfect Mistake by Author Zoe Dawson

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Title: A Perfect Mistake (A Perfect Secret Series, #2)

 Author: Zoe Dawson

 Release date: December 22, 2013

 Publisher: Blue Moon Creative, LLC

Age Group: New Adult

 Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mystery



How can they have a future when their past is based on a lie?

The perfect preacher’s daughter, Verity Fairchild, has something that only she and God know about and she wants to keep it that way. Her mistake was easy to keep secret when she was out of town, but now that she’s come back to Hope Parish for the summer, she comes face-to-face with the guy responsible for it all. Boone Outlaw nearly ruined everything for her and despite the fact that he’s now working at her father’s church, she’s determined to stay as far away from him as possible.

Boone Outlaw doesn’t understand Verity’s anger towards him. He barely knows her. In high school she was Holy Mary Verity and she was off limits – except in his dreams where Verity seems way too real. Most of the time he was wasted in high school, not the type of boy Verity would ever look at twice, but he can’t shake the feeling that something might have happened between them. He’s going to break his own rules to get the answers he needs straight from Verity.

What will Verity do when she finds something in Boone

that she never knew existed and her perfect mistake is the only thing that could stand between them and their happiness? Will she sacrifice Boone to keep her secret?

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About the Author

 Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

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A Perfect Mistake is the second book in Dawson’s, A Perfect Secret Series. The two books could be read as stand-alone’s, but book 2 may give away a spoiler or two about book 1. Also, certain sayings may pass you by unless you have read book 1, A Perfect Mess and have an idea behind the reference. One good example would be the mention of, Braxton’s  pink frilly apron in book 2. There is a great scene in book 1 where he is wearing said apron. But, that is all I am going to say about that, you will just have to read it to catch my meaning…

A Perfect Mistake, is set in a Louisiana Bayou town. This novel focuses on Verity Fairchild and Boone Outlaw. A Perfect Mess introduces the reader to the three recently graduated ladies and the Outlaw triplet brothers featured in the series.  Verity is the Preacher’s daughter, Boone is one of the Outlaw triplets that has been judged by the town due to his name and a relative of generations past.

So far after reading both novels, I see several similarities. Both novels involve a specific secret(s) between an Outlaw brother and one of the three school chum gals. Social class and standing are issues, The females in the novels seem to be serious, smart, and wanting to change their lives moving beyond Suttontowne, to bigger and brighter futures. While the Outlaw brothers are happy living where they are. Have established lives of their own in the town. In each novel there are car issues, misunderstandings, feelings for someone they feel they shouldn’t, and calling someone they care about, Sugar.

I love the dialect in the novels. I am a southern gal, and love their southern voice creating the scene and telling the story. Instead of sure, they say shore; Geezus for Jesus; and I have no idea where Huckleberry came from, but it is a hoot when they call each other by this name.

The stories in the novels take place over the course of one summer. A Perfect Mess begins the series in May, with, A Perfect Mistake  taking place in June that same summer. There has been mentions of the towns Founding Day event. So I believe that that dear reader is where book 3 will be leading us. To the end of summer and Founder’s Day.

In book 1, A Perfect Mess, readers are introduced to Verity as she is sitting at Braxton Outlaw’s restaurant. It is mentioned several time that she scowls, giving Boone the stink eye all the time. This creates interest and curiosity. Surely did in my case. Made me wonder just why Verity was so sassy when it came to the sight or mention of Boone Outlaw.

How the series begins…

Book 1

A Perfect Mess    

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 A Perfect Mess introduces readers to Aubree Walker. It is in the middle of the night and she is having a recurring dream/nightmare. Her phone rings  and she is told of a family emergency.  Next thing is she is in her way home, 2 hours away from her college. When she reaches home a terrible storms is taking place. And this is where Booker Outlaw is brought into the story.

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Readers soon learn that Booker, along with his triplet brothers, Boone and Braxton have a bad reputation in their town. Aubree is a college student living two hours away from what was her home since the fourth grade. A terrible secret connects Aubree and Boone together. This secret is the reason she does not want to return home, ever.  However, fate had other plans for Aubree and sends her right in the thick of where she did not want to be. Yet, while in her hometown, she will learn that hers is not the only secret to be revealed. But, dear reader, you will just have to read for yourself to see what these secrets are all about.

This was the first novel I have ever read by Author Zoe Dawson. I have to admit it was a nice change from my more adult reads. While reading I even had a craving for Cajun food. I still might venture out to a place close by so I can experience, Boudin sausage. But I am sure it will not be as  good as Braxton’s recipe.

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Songs from the Novel

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A Perfect Mess, Ratings


4.0 Rosebuds of Writing Rave

Plot is well laid out and characters are rounded and described to a perfect T. Grammar and flow of the story, and the scenes creating story fall into a flow that have you wanting to know what is around the next page. While it also creates interest and intrigue into what the stories of the rest of the characters could be.

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1.0 Tear-Drop Rave

It was only towards the end when the secrets were being revealed, that my emotions got the best of me and my heart went out to Aubree and Booker. Plus, I have to admit, the one secret revealed was very surprising to me. It was a good surprise, but it was still nothing I was expecting. A real twist in the story.

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3.5 Romance Rave

From the moment in the novel when Aubree and Booker see each other for the first time in nine months readers feel a spark between these characters. Throughout the novel, this spark only grows brighter. The romance is not explicit, but is meaningful and emotional in how it is described and undertaken.

Would I recommend this novel? YES!!  I love the Southerness of it, the sass of the heroine and the emotion filled ending. Plus, I just like the name Aubree for a girl. My husbands grandfather was an Aubrey, and if we ever had a girl I wanted to name her that. He did not share the feeling. So I am glad to see a female Aubree as the heroine of this novel. You go Girl!!!

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                            I have not finished reading, A Perfect Mistake yet.  Verity is a very entertaining character. I love her sass, quick thinking and her feisty attitude toward Boone. Part of the secret Verity holds inside of her is shared with Boone early in the story. However, all is not revealed. Boone has been having a recurring dream for the past months since graduation night, and he says ‘Fuck’ quite a lot.   Verity is confused about her feelings for Boone, is he or is he not the jerk she thought he was after that night. That night that changed her life and created the secret eating away at her soul. So it will be interesting to see how this novel ends and how the secrets make their way through the novels plot.

So far I have found two quotes from the book that I like very much. Let me share them with you.

Women were sure passionate about their flowers, but my guess was that a lot of the beauty in the world came from women. I know my ma sure was one beautiful lady.

– Boone
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I felt her hand in my jeans pocket, and she made a grab for what she thought was the bulge of my keys.“Not the keys,” I said as she grabbed my dick.My still hard dick.“Damn, Boone.”

– Verity

                     Music for Boone and Verity

Verity’s song

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I want to see Verity be BRAVE. To be able to share her secret with Boone. To stand up to her father, be the brave, confidant, and outspoken person she wants to be…

For all the Past glances and for the Future I hope Boone and Verity can have together…

The secrets in the two novels are similar to secrets that any woman could have. The setting of the secrets are written in a way that engages the reader and draws the reader into the story. Making this reviewer only that much curious, as to what River Pearl’s secret must be. For Aubree and Verity’s secrets are pretty big ones.

Whew!!! River Pearl and Brax have it out. Words are slinging faster than Brax’s spatula grilling frog legs at a family BBQ…

Chapter 17 was quite climatic, and a tear jerker (at least for me).

Will Verity’s secrets break her and Boone? What about her relationship with her father?

Like the Heroine, Verity, I also grew up in a religious family. We went to church every Sunday morning, night, and Wed. night too. My daddy read his bible every night before retiring off to bed. Even though he was my father and I loved him we were not very close. It seemed he could talk to my older siblings better than he could me. Seems no matter how young or old you are, it is hard to please our parents. I can feel the emotion and fear running through Verity. I just can’t wait to see how this novel ends…

The Outlaw Brothers Church Debut

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Well, I am off to finish, A Perfect Mistake!

And I just finished it. Lordy, my eyes hurt from crying through the last of the novel, Chapter 17 and onward. The ending was so sweet. Know I just want my ‘sugar’ here to cuddle and kiss. Such a good story. Now, sad to see it end. Plus have to wait till May 2014 (4 months) to read Book 3 in the series, Braxton and River Pearl’s story. Hmm, wonder if her founders day project holds the secret to that story? Wonder what Braxton will be ‘cooking’ up?

Here is a recipe from Verity, (and Braxton approved)

Preacher’s Daughter Potato Salad
Makes 4 servings
Prep 30 minutes. Cook 30 minutes. Ready in 2 hours.
4 potatoes
4 eggs
½ stalk of celery, chopped
¼ cup sweet relish
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tbsps prepared mustard
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes; drain and chop.
2. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water; peel and chop.
3. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, eggs, celery, sweet relish, garlic, mustard, mayonnaise, cider vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper. Gently mix together.
4. Garnish top with sliced boiled eggs sprinkled with paparika and serve warm.
Try it, see if you like it, I am going to have to get my man-some, handsome cook to make it!!!
4.0 Rosebuds of Writing Raves
Writing was detailed. I felt like I was in the bayou with the characters. Being a past preschool teacher I could feel the excitement of Little Henry and his relationship with Boone. Dawson took us on another frog gigging adventure. But none for me thanks…  I was sucked into the story. The details of Verity’s clothing and Boone’s skill as a landscaper makes these characters pop right out at readers. I felt a kinship to Verity. She was the quiet, shy, preachers daughter. Yep, I was the shy and quiet deacons daughter. This book touched so many of my emotions…
2.5 rating
2.5 Tear-Drops
There were a few tears here and there. I could tell Verity was hurting from keeping her secret inside so long and worried about Boone’s and her Father’s reactions. Yet, it wasn’t till Chapter 17 that the tears streamed constantly down my face. Then especially in Chapter 18 and the Epilogue. I used many a tissue for the end of this novel. Not sad tears, but emotional happy tears for how it all worked out. Sweet, sweet ending to a wonderful read!
4.0 Romance Rave
A Perfect Mistake was one LOVE of a read! Once the Hero and Heroine joined up, their love was hotter than the bayou on the hottest day in the summer. These two just could not keep their hands off one another. Plus you caught Booker and Aubree kissing too…
Yes, this read has more steam than Book 1. Verity and Boone really now how to make each others heart race. Readers, you also may learn a little about Jock Straps while reading this novel 😉



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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Zoe Dawson
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 11:47:02

    Anna – Thank you for such a nice feature of my books! Love the song and I’m going to add it to my playlist.



  2. ReadingWritingandReviews
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 15:01:44

    So glad you enjoyed the review. Adding more songs as finish up review. Great book, keeps readers guessing…



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