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Il the day Noah Langford shows up on her doorstep His gentle spirit has an unexpected effect on Ceejay’s guarded heart tempting her to take one last chance on love But when a painful secret comes to light it threatens to break the fragile bond growing between themand to destroy a love powerful enough to heal them both My MusingsI always Asphodel (The Underworld Trilogy, last chance on Aquinass Way to God love But when a painful secret comes to Rebound Roommate (Men of Lake Tahoe Series, light it threatens to break the fragile bond growing between themand to destroy a Cure for the Loneliness love powerful enough to heal them both My MusingsI always


Far from Perfect

Matt abandoned years earlier and suddenly Noah has a new missionCeejay Lovejoy was nineteen and pregnant when her boyfriend walked out disappearing from her life just like her parents did Since that day Ceejay has devoted herself to giving her daughter a better life avoiding any man who could threaten that security unt Contemporary Romanc

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Noah Langford narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Ira that killed five of his men and took his leg leaving him haunted by flashbacks and riddled with guilt When his stepbrother Matt dies in a car accident the loss feels like the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul But then he learns about the girlfriend and baby This book was a per

10 thoughts on “Far from Perfect

  1. says:

    This book was a perfect example of why I usually dislike the contemporary romance genre The lead characters have the silliest reactions to things They jump to wrong and sometimes pretty awful conclusions about each other and create false issues in order to contrive tension for the plot The female lead is selfish and often stupid and the lead male is well just kinda stupid The whole thing just wore on my patience and I ended up skimming a lot The chemistry between them felt totally manufactured and I never believed it Why in the world besides her being cute would anyone fall desperately in love with such a selfish bitchy unreliable person as the heroine? And why would anyone besides his being hot fall for a guy who bumbles from one contrivance to the next? And of course everyone just thinks the two of them are individually the bees knees so it all makes sense I like small town romance I really do When it's done well as it is in several of Robyn Carr's Virgin River series it's very engaging Recently two of my favorite authors Julie Ann Long and Pamela Clare have begun book series in the small town contemporary romance genre and they were great This book however did not cut it for me and was a big let down after those other efforts Contemporary romance is a popular genre but just like chick lit it far too often as in this case leaves me cold

  2. says:

    I'm not really sure how this book came across my radar don't even remember reuesting it from the library but it was there with the last batch of books that I picked up this weekNeeding a light easy read tonight I picked this one up and uickly fell in love with the story The town charmed me even as it annoyed me I grew up in a small town so very much sympathized with Ceejay's feeling of it how everyone was in your business how you never had any secrets but also how the town was there to help you when you needed it Very much a lovehate feelingWith how this one opened there was nothing I could do but hate Matt even his way to pay Ceejay back was a case of too little too late for me I felt for Noah and Allison to learn what Matt did even as you were in that state they had to hate him a bitI thought Noah had a good plan to find out about Ceejay just wished that he would have been the one to spill the beans I think if I had one complaint about this book it would be how both Noah and Ceejay jumped to conclusions when only learning half of the story It would have been something if it was only once but it was time and time again Very frustrating because you were rooting for them as a couple and as a familyI was glad when finally both pulled their heads out of their butts and actually talked even talked about creating some sort of code word that meant they needed to be alone for a bit not get the hell out of my lifeI really loved the choice Noah and Ceejay made on where to start their new life and how they went about itI look forward to reading in this series

  3. says:

    Great first part but heroine became unlikeable The adorable 4 year old daughter has a large part in the storyThe first four chapters were really good a fourth of the book I was enjoying it and full of anticipation Then in chapter 5 Ceejay was bitter narrow minded angry and mean to the well meaning grandmother I would not have done what she did Ceejay was angry at Matt but she directed her anger at others And Ceejay continued being rude angry and mean later in the book several times I don’t reuire perfect heroines That would be boring I’m ok with heroines doing stupid or unlikeable things when it fits but here it made me angry I would have preferred circumstances and other characters create the conflictsThe last part of the book reminded me of TVLifetime movies Major life events happen for various characters health issues accidents marriage children careers moving This was ok but filming doesn’t pick up the depth and inner feelings that books can I wanted chemistry and interesting relationship development between Ceejay and Noah and maybe with some of the other characters as wellI loved Noah He is close to being the ideal boyfriendhusband I’d love to have a mother in law like Allison She was meddlesome in a compassionate loving and helpful wayThe narrator Kate Rudd seemed ok I wonder if her tone of voice made the heroine less likeable for me I’m not sureDATANarrative mode 3rd person Unabridged audiobook length 9 hrs and 56 mins Swearing language moderate including religious swear words but rarely used Sexual language none Number of sex scenes 2 Setting current day Perfect Indiana Book copyright 2012 Genre contemporary romance amputee

  4. says:

    Contemporary Romance like any other genre has recurring tropes there are archetypes and there are rules My personal opinion is the greatest writers know the rules and then try to get away with breaking them Authors like Penny Reid and Terri Osburn spring to mind That isn't this bookThis is fairly typical Contemporary Romance It reminded me of Robyn Carr and maybe a little of Marilyn PappanoAs a CR it really isn't bad I mean I've seen it all before but it still ticked all the boxes you expect from the genre I did find the way the author dealt with PTSD a little annoying but there's nothing new there Honestly I wish authors would just move onto the next trendy condition maybe a scar through the eyebrow or something

  5. says:

    This book was sweet and that is all From the beginning I wanted to read this book cz it takes place in Indiana A state which I lived in for a while and adore it

  6. says:

    Far From Perfect is perfect It is a heartwarming story that will sweep you away to a small American town and have you falling in love with the people who live thereWe meet Ceejay Lovejoy preparing her laundry while her boyfriend Matt is anxious to leave their apartment He leaves all right He leaves Ceejay at the curb literally after stealing her car and life savings She’s pregnant all alone with no money no car and her dreams of escaping small town Perfect Indiana are gone Aunt Jenny takes her back to the family homestead where Ceejay lives and raises her daughter Lucinda Mae Luce until she can take herself and Luce out of Perfect and to a big city where no one knows her life’s history There’s only one problem Noah Langford shows up on her doorstep with a kind heart and soul she can’t resistNoah Langford is a veteran who has returned home after surviving a suicide bombing losing a leg and is now coping with PTSD His stepbrother dies in an accident and while looking through personal belongings Noah finds an addressed envelope cash a letter and a life insurance policy for the woman his stepbrother abandoned when he found out she was pregnant Informing his parents of this news he sets out on a journey of healing finding himself and unexpected loveThis story grabs you from the beginning and holds you till the end You will be swept away to Perfect Indiana and won’t want to leave Barbara Longley writes with the charming detail color life and emotion You will smile and you will cry Far From Perfect now sits on my keeper shelf alongside my Nora Roberts books Yes it’s that good

  7. says:

    Ceejay Lovejoy has spent her life in the town of Perfect waiting for the day when she could finally leave it all behind her But when her boyfriend steals her car all her money and leaves her alone and pregnant at the age of 19 those plans to leave her hometown get put on holdFast forward five years and Noah Langford has survived a war and returned home with PTSD and missing a leg He soon discovers his stepbrother abandoned his pregnant girlfriend years ago and Noah decides to head to Perfect and het to know the woman who is raising his niece or nephewThis book really tugs at the heartstrings Emotionally it took me through all the ups and downs of these two people Noah and Ceejay are deeply scarred individuals but somehow they find a way to overcome the past and be just what the other needsThis is a warm story with a very happy ending But I have to say some of the bumps along the way to happily ever after had me sobbing big ugly tears There were some really painful moments and one in particular involving Ceejay’s Aunt Jenny hit a little too close to home for me Those were tough pages to get throughThe characters are wonderful and it looks like this is the first book in a series It looks like Noah’s baby sister is going to star in the second book and this is one reader who will be anxiously waiting that publication date I was really uite captivatedCherise Everhard November 2012Booked received from the Vine Program

  8. says:

    My MusingsI always enjoy a military romance and this one is a great one I loved the characters and the story line It Also has an excellent cast of secondary characters as well I listened to the narrator and she was fantastic really brought the characters to life Can't wait to read the next one in this series Happy ☺reading 📚

  9. says:

    Hh NoahCeejayWhere Perfect Indianna I found this book on a discount email from It's always fun to stumble on a little jewel Far From Perfect was a sweet romance with a sweet story built around it I found it refreshing after reading a few pretty intence books before reading this one Noah was an injured veteran trying to figure out what to do with his life since his plan to be career military was so abruptly taken from him Now injured and battling PTSD he is not only trying to rebuild his life he's trying to find a reason to rebuild itCeejay is dealing with some baggage of her own Abandoned by her father before birth abandoned by her mother as a preschooler and abandoned by her boyfriend she is trying to build a life for herself What made the story worth reading in my opinion was the way the author showed that there is hope for our veterans as they return home from war She didn't make it sound easy She showed the work it takes and the support that is needed But in the end she portrays a life worth living even if it's not the one that was planned Thank you Ms Longley for a story of hope community loyalty and love

  10. says:

    I have such a soft spot for military men I believe I've mentioned this before So of course this book instantly had a place in my heart As I read the story Noah burrowed himself in deeper and deeper The heroine CeeJay could have easily turned into the trope harpywoman scorned caricature Barbara Longley was really smart in showing CeeJay doubting her motives and uestioning why she was treating Noah and others like they had wronged her It helped me to like CeeJay throughout the whole book instead of having that moment like in most romance books that I wanted to shake herI'm still not sure I can warm up to Noah's dad but I couldn't help but fall in love with the rest of the family members on both sides Especially Ted and Allison I can't wait to read And I hope Ted gets his story some day

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