Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross & Mark Perini

published on May 5th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
new adult | contemporary | romance

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Eve’s time as a fashion model nearly destroyed her-now she’s determined to build a career behind the camera lens. But landing a coveted photography internship brings her face to face with her dark past-and her ex.

While Eve is snapping pictures, up-and-coming male model Alex is launching his career-which, for him, involves maintaining a fake relationship with his (secretly) underage co-star, Elana.

But Alex is falling for Eve, and Eve won’t let herself get hurt again. If Alex can pull off a fake love with Elana, can he convince Eve to risk a secret affair with him?


*I received a digital review copy for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Julie Cross is one of my go-to writers when I’m in need for a fabulous new adult romance, so when I found out that she had another book coming out (a collaboration–so awesome), I immediately added it to my wishlist. And I’m happy to announce that Halfway Perfect did not disappoint!

First off, let us begin with the most fabulous thing this book has to offer: the romance. There was no insta-love. *cheers* When Eve and Alex first met, they were drawn to the other’s spunky attitude. Everything just seems to go on from there. They banter (hilariously and adorably). They text, they meet up, they bond… They share some steamy moments. *wink*

You’re going to love both Eve and Alex individually, too! Eve was a passionate girl, and she worked hard for everything she got. She wanted to go to an amazing school, so she worked to earn enough money to support herself. Alex was a family man. His family members might’ve been a little bit crazy and high strung, but you can clearly see how much he loved every single one of them. He was also really sweet to Eve, and you guys know how sweet guys have a special place in my fangirl heart.

This book might sound a tad bit shallow from the synopsis, but let me assure you: This book is much more than just a fabulous romance. I was pleasantly surprised at how this book touched up on the darker parts of the modelling industry as well. There are deceptions, lies and betrayals woven into the story, and in a realistic way, at that.

Overall, I highly recommend Halfway Perfect to basically anyone. Whether you’re a reluctant NA reader or a NA addict, surely you’ll find this book to your liking.


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21 thoughts on “Review: Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross & Mark Perini / A Sexy, Slow-burn Romance

  1. So this sounds like fun, eh? It’s been ages since i’ve indulged in NA, and having been unaware of Julie Cross’s venture into this new genre, I think it’s as good a time as any. Thanks for putting this book on my radar!


  2. I am definitely a reluctant NA reader, but I can so see the appeal of this book, I do love it when an author has so much more to offer than the synopsis and Eve and Alex sound like wonderful characters! Thanks for putting this one on my radar Aimee! :)


  3. Don’t really like the cover of the book but no insta love!!! Not only that, they banter! So yeah, I need to check this out. Great review :)


  4. I love that this has some actual depth and that it goes beyond the romance. I’m not much of a NA or contemporary reader, but I have faith in Julie Cross and I do think this sounds great. The downsides of modelling would be the most interersting, I think. Great review.


    1. Julie Cross always whips up a lovely and non-shallow NA romance. The insider’s view on modelling here was definitely one of the most interesting aspects.


  5. I definitely wasn’t sold on the synopsis, but your review convinces me I should give it a try. I haven’t read any of Julie Cross’ books, but I definitely like NA, and the modelling aspect sounds like a good touch. :) Great review, Aimee!!


  6. I have this one for review and I’m so happy to hear you loved it! Whatever Life Throws at You is one of my favorites, so I hope I feel the same way about Halfway Perfect. Can’t wait to meet these characters.. and yes, that sounds like my kinda romance. :D
    Great review, girl!


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