A Life Less...Hers
Grace Mills craves being perfect almost as much as she craves raspberry scones. In fact, her life would be perfect if only she could lose ten more pounds, if only the pastry café she co-owns with her sister would turn a profit, if only the hottest guy at the gym would look her way...
And then "if only" comes true. Grace is suddenly straddling two lives:...more
FORM: eBook – NetGalley
While I was granted permission to read this book by a Net Galley affiliate publisher, Harlequin, I have received no compensation for this review other than the joy of reading!
SYNOPSIS: Grace doesn’t lead a perfect life, she’s a little bit over-weight, she lacks the self control to avoid her famous Raspberry Scones, and lives with her sister at their café; The Desert Java. While she isn’t unhappy with her life, she does sometimes wonder what it would...more
I don't read much in the way of Chick-Lit, but I found Craving Perfect to be a fun summer read with a very lightly expressed moral about learning to be happy with what you have and what you are. Grace Miller is a slightly overweight 20-something, who fantasizes about being the perfect 10, and the perfect 10 Max who works out at the gym at the same time she does. By virtue of an enchanted t...more
Liz Fechara's Craving Perfect is a sweet contemporary romance that brings a common concern, and delivers the message with a twist. Almost everyone wants their life to be perfect. If not normal in society's standards, normal for themselves. I know I strive for some sort of perfection when it comes to my lifestyle, my appearance, and even my personality. Whether or not I achieve that perfection, well that's another thing to be said.
Grace Mills is an overweight, single woman w...more
(We received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.)
I really enjoyed this book. The story was different then your typical contemporary romance. There was a bit of otherworldly vibe to it.
Grace is struggling to lose weight and score the perfect man. One day she wakes up in another life as Callie. Callie is skinny, gorgeous and has an excellent career. But she's also engaged to the gym hunk that Grace has been ogling since she started...more
I won’t expand upon that… I’ll let you all read about that interesting funny tid-bit. :)
Craving Perfect tells the story of Grace Mills, a baker in a pastry café that she co-owns with her sister Kathleen. Grace and Kathleen are quite...more
Although Grace still possesses her humble and clumsy nature, s...more
KILL. ME. NOW. Seriously, that's all I have to say, just kill me now! That is exactly how Grace feels after she face plants at the gym while running on the treadmill...in front of her cutie crush, Max.
Don't lie. I know you have thought it before...we have all thought it... If only I was 10 pounds lighter, a little taller, had a smaller nose, bigger boobs... You know what they say about the green grass on the other side? It just migh...more
Fraught with poor self-esteem issues, but a strong personality, Grace Mills is a character I can really understand and root for.
Carlos Flores isn’t your typical cookie-cutter alpha male. He oozes charm and intensity but he’s solid and dependable.
I really enjoyed this very unusual novel. An important lesson about the grass not always being greener on the othe...more
With likeable characters, a yummy hero and a cracking storyline that keeps you turning the pages for me, 'Craving Perfect' has the perfect ingredients for a delicious summer read.
Overall Rating 3.50
Character Rating 3.75
Story Rating 3.25
NOTE: I picked up this book because it sounded like premise that I could identify with. This turned out to be a light, fun, summer read that I am glad I picked up!
What I Loved: Carlos and Grace were such a perfect mismatch that I instantly fell in love with them as a pair. I loved Carlos sense of family, loyalty, and strong attraction to Grace. In fact, Carlos was one of those wonderful leading men that you kn...more
Grace Mills runs the Desert Java cafe with her sister Kathryn and wishes for 2 things: that s...more
Grace Mills is a baker, sister, and wanna-be girlfriend of Max Kramer, who always seems to want to lose 10 pounts (although you never do quite figure out why, other than her being a normal woman). Her motivations for exercise lie in ogling the above-mentioned Max, and the promise of raspberry scones at the end of each workout where she sees him....more
Grace Mills runs the Desert Java cafe with her sister Kathryn and wishes for 2 things: that she was the perfect f...more
Home has a lot of problems, but suddenly, it also has Carlos, the gym's gorgeous janitor, who thinks Grace is perfect just the way she...more
Thumping away for endless hours on a treadmill at the local gym, average twenty-something Grace Mills whiled away the time dreaming of raspberry scones and the gym hunk Max Kramer, longing for him to notice her.
Well, he finally does notice her as she crashed to the floor, falling off the sta...more
She’s determined to lose those ten extra...more
Liz Fichera sure knows how to draw you in and keep you glued to the page. Especially in Craving Perfect, her new release due out July 25th, 2011.
The heroine of this enchanting adventure, Grace Mills, is disillusioned about her life and wants “the perfect life”. For her this is weighing 10 pounds less, having more success and being noticed by the buff hunk at her gym. Suddenly Grace finds herself in an alternate reality where she...more
I'm a sucker for love stories, that's the true and Craving Perfect was a wonderful book for me. I had TONS of fun, and I mean, really, tons and tons of fun.
The main character, Grace, was a really sweet and annoying girl that made me laugh and hit my pillow a few times.
You see, Grace loves to bake pastries and cones, she simple loves to do that. And of course she loves to eat them as well, but most of them she keep them to sell them at their Café she and her sister own. Bu...more
I was completely blown away by Grace Mill's run on the treadmill and she went to the gym just to ogle Max's hot body! Well a girl has to have an inspiration to lose weight.
Imagine a girl rewarding herself strawberry scones after a vigorous workout. But she was craving the perfect body and the perfect man.
And when she got her perfect body she found out that she could never eat enough. Her favourite occupation of baking was not of use to...more
Publisher: Carina Press
Publish Date: July 25th
How I got this book: NetGalley
I loved Fichera’s first Carina Press historical, Captive Spirit, and when I found out she was writing a contemporary… I was psyched!
Grace Mills is frustrated with herself. Her body isn’t perfect, the man she is in love with hasn’t noticed her, and her wonderful sister is starting to pull away. When a fluke run on the new treadmill at the gym sends her...more
Grace is a bit chunky, doesn't know how to do her makeup, doesn't date, tends be clumsy, and has a huge mega crush on this hot guy at the gym. An obsessive mega crush. Not a day goes by that Grace doesn't ogle him and wish she could attract his eye... She wishes she looked like one of those perfect chicks cause then he would notice her, right?
While she's pining away for this...more
I don't think I've read a chick lit in months, and it was very exciting to jump back into the genre with Craving Perfect, a sweet tale of love and difficult choices.
Of course, I was rooting for Grace and Carlos right from their first date, but the story keeps you guessing what will happen right to the end. Grace has to survive a lot before she learns what's best for her, and a few times I was actually biting my finger, wor...more
The fact that it never became a must-finish for me. There was never a moment in the book where I had to read more, needed to learn what happened next - the book just never rose to that level, even at its climax. One of the main reasons for this was heavy handed foreshadowing - by page fifteen I knew what the ending would be - and I was right.
The disappointing performance of the heroine. I am fond of a self-deprecating heroine; but...more
I want to start by saying this is the first book I've ever read by Liz Fichera. I requested this from Netgalley based on the recommendation of a friend. She seemed to like it so i decided i needed to give it a try. Craving perfect is referred to as chick lit/contemporary romance on the Carina Press website. Let's start with a blurb to introduce you to the book
Craving Perfect by Liz Fichera
July 25, 2011