Title: Alex: Perfect Opposite Book
Author: Zoya Tessi
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Their wishes were simple and modest. Fate had other things in store though, and she can be a real bitch sometimes.
All he wanted was to get the job done and somehow to endure those long months playing nanny to a spoiled little rich girl. Without strangling her with his bare hands in the process. Well, it is going to be much easier said than done.
All she wanted was to escape the past and live like any other girl. Her plan definitely didn't include the arrogant, tattooed savage, with his awful mahawk and lack of social graces, whose only mission was to stick real close and mess up her life.
But, people aren't always what they seem to be, are they?
|*I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*|
Perfect Opposite tells the story of Sasha who is a Mafia leader's daughter. She grew up surrounded by crime, death and witnessed things a child her age should never have had to witness. She also went through some very traumatic situations herself and did not come out unscathed. Wanting to get away from her past and everything that reminds her of it, she decides to study somewhere far away from home and finally live an ordinary life. As ordinary as it can get, at least. But, a girl like her cannot get a break for long. She has a killer on her trail because her father is accused of something he might or might not have done.
In order to ensure her safety, her father decides to give her a choice. She can either go back home with him, or tolerate one of his bodyguards who will have to follow her everywhere she goes. She chooses the latter, because really, who would want to stay locked up in a house and leave behind the new life he or she worked so hard to build. That's where Alex comes into the picture. He's the assigned bodyguard who is set on doing his job without getting attached. But, things don't always go as planned right? We all know that. We *somehow* have come to expect it.
I've read a lot of NA novels since being introduced to the genre and it's safe to say that, as a reader, I've come to the point where it's obvious for me, from the beginning, whether I'll like a book or not. Granted, there are some exceptions to the rule but still. Perfect Opposite got off on a rocky start for me. It was promising but, as I kept reading, I came to conclusion that, it wasn't as interesting as I initially thought it would be. The path the story followed, wasn't anything extraordinary or even special, and I found the plot lacking in a lot of ways.
I found some parts very slow to get through and it took me longer that I ever thought it would to finish. It didn't have a solid foundation on which it could grab on to, meaning that it started as abruptly as it ended. There weren't any details about the characters' backgrounds and there was no major development, both plot and character wise. Also, the story itself felt weak in a lot of aspects, mainly on the action part. There were a lot of plot holes in the author's particular take on the topic and it wasn't as developed as I would have liked.
Alex and Sasha were likable characters, but they didn't blow my mind with their personalities. I was mostly frustrated with their interactions, mainly because of Alex's behavior. If he put me through all the things he put poor Sasha through, I would definitely not have taken him back with open arms and forgiven him on the spot. That's not how life works. What I enjoyed was, seeing things form both their perspectives. Being able to get a glimpse into Alex's mind, even for a little bit, was very entertaining and sort of, redeeming. And I have to admit that Sasha was a very strong main heroine. She went through a lot of things and somehow, managed to survive.
That little twist on the end, which of course I'm not going to reveal because it would obviously spoil things, made things a bit better. I was not expecting it at all. I figured out that something fishy was going on with Alex, but the truth didn't really cross my mind. I think I was mostly disappointed with the ending. If felt so rushed and I was not impressed with it. I would have liked a bit more on Beth and Paolo because truth be told, they were great and did not deserve a one-sentence mention at the end of the book.
Overall, I really enjoyed the romance and the relationship between Alex and Sasha, unconventional and dysfunctional as it might have been, but everything else left me feeling kind of indifferent. The writing was alright, the plot itself wasn't the best and the character development was nowhere to be seen. In conclusion, it was an entertaining read and lovers of NA will probably enjoy it