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The Perfect Shine

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Jackson Meade was a shy, awkward kid just trying to survive a high school with too many bullies and too few friends. Now that he’s in college, his eyes have been opened to a whole world of possibilities, especially those regarding love and sexuality. However, he can’t enjoy any of it since he’s been separated from his best friend.

Blake Renault has been in love with his bes
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Published March 18th 2019 by NineStar Press
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When I read the blurb for this book, I figured it would be a perfect read for me. I love YA/coming of age books. Throw in some sexuality struggle and secret crushes and I am sold !! Not to mention that J.K. Hogan is the author of one of my "all-time favorite" books "Unbreak Broken". 

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I didn't quite get what I expected though... These two don't really get romantically involved until the very end. Now I can do "slow burn"... I am actually a big fan, but I didn't really feel any burn here. 

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Vero Rinconin
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Al leer la sinopsis pensé que me iba a encontrar con otro tipo de historia. Pero lo que yo tenía en mente tardó en llegar, casi la mitad de libro fue una puesta en escena para conocer a los protagonistas y sus personalidades. Allá en el 60% fue cuando la historia, para mí, comenzó a coger fuerza y a ser realmente un libro adictivo.
Las partes narradas desde el punto de vista de ambos protagonistas, me gustaron, así se puede conocer mejor a los personajes.

Me gustó ver a Jackson una
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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Un libro entretenido y fácil de leer, pero en el que la historia de amor entre los protagonistas llega tarde, para mi gusto. Mientras que se descubren y llegan a sentir algo el uno por el otro, disfrutamos de la bonita amistad que nace entre los dos y que se va fortaleciendo a medida que pasa el tiempo. Sin embargo, lo que es el romance en sí, no se da hasta más de la mitad del libro.
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Jess Gabriel
I was so excited to see a new JK Hogan so I jumped on the change for an ARC. Unfortunately, this story felt almost unfinished to me, or like a draft. It could have been so much stronger with some adjustment.

I really loved Blake and Jackson. Characterization was not an issue at all. I loved Jackson's relationship with his mother, and I loved how Jackson & Blake's friendship developed.

What didn't work for me was that there was no burn. There is no on-page attraction between them until nearly the e
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book really was a mixed bag for me!

To get this out of the way, my single biggest issue with this book is the description. I get that some people don't read descriptions, but I like to know what I'm getting into. And I know that most authors are not responsible for the descriptions of their books, but this was really annoying. From the description I thought we would get some little flashbacks to high school and the main story of this book would be Jackson and Blake figuring out their sexuali
I must admit when I started "Perfect Shine," I really wasn't in the mood for a young adult romance about two teenagers living in a very small town in Georgia. But this book grabbed a hold of my attention and really captivated me.

Jackson is a junior in high school, determined to simply survive until he can leave town and get to college where he'll be free of the bullies that plague his existence. Blake is the new kid in school, transferred from Baton Rouge and against all odds they become best fr
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
This book isn't what I expected but I ended up really enjoying it. Actually I probably wouldn't have read it had the blurb been a bit more accurate since I don't read YA books and the first 60% of this book takes place while the two MCs are in high school. Surprisingly though that ended up being my favorite part of the book and I really loved it. I liked both Blake and Jackson as characters, I loved Jackson's relationship with his mother and I loved the friendship that developed between Blake an ...more
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Jackson and Blake are best friends. Blake has moved to Jackson’s small town in Georgia from Louisiana. He’s a good-looking smart guy and Jackson – who considers himself a geek and a nerd – takes a shine to him immediately. The stunning part is that Blake seems to want to be his friend – something Jackson is not used to at all! He’s been bullied and picked on for as long as he can remember and he is clueless as t
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
**ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Ok, so reading the synopsis I was hooked by the friends to lovers and sexual discovery aspect of the book; however, once I started reading it was clear that it was a good idea, but it lacked real clear execution.

First, we start off with Jackson in college, an introvert missing his best friend. Then he meets a girl that kinda becomes his girlfriend and then we are whisked off to Jackson and Blake in high school, where their story bega
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, read-in-2019
This ARC was kindly provided by NineStar Press in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

3.5 stars

I picked up this ARC because I was in the mood for a cute/fluffy read, and it did deliver just that. I’ve never picked up any of J.K Hogan’s novels, so I had to get used to the writing style, which wasn’t exactly my taste but I did like it. Judging by the cover, I automatically assumed this would be in the genre of fantasy, but soon realised it definitely wasn’t.

The Pe
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
J.K. Hogan is a new-to-me author, but reading this book has inspired me to check out her backlist.

I’d call this a coming of age story that straddles the line between young and new adult fiction. Jackson, a nerdy outcast, meets Blake when he starts attending Jackson’s high school. Blake quickly befriends Jackson, who can’t quite figure out why, but the two of them go on to become best friends. Blake even moves into Jackson’s home to escape a bad family situation, and they become inseparable. When
Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is hard for me to review. I love this author’s writing and storytelling, and I like this book. I like Blake and Jackson together. This just felt like two different books and this is where I’m torn because both parts are necessary to their story but the transition between the parts didn’t really flow well.

Part one is the boys meeting and becoming best friends in high school. Other than a couple of small hints we have no idea that Blake is in love with Jackson during this time, especial
Melissa Brus
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect Shine is a fantastic glimpse into the lives of Jackson Meade and Blake Renault, two young men who are facing the trials of the last two years of high school and the beginning of their lives after graduation. I totally recommend this book. It has just the right balance of angst and sweetness. I loved Jackson so very much. Despite being bullied and having plenty of tragedy in his young life, he still has such a giving heart. His relationship with his mom was probably one of my favorite par ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Friends to lovers is a fun and exciting trope! When best friends cross that line into something more... that feeling is the best!

Jackson was always a loner. A predictable introvert, he had his mom and school and was happy. Then Blake waltzed into his life his Junior year of high school and introduced him to friendship and happiness and the rare feeling of home.

The feelings were all there. The actual writing was perfect. I loved both characters and their truthfulness. There was something
Sarita Chapdelaine
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.

I was so looking forward to this book as I loved J.K. Hogan's Oceans Apart but unfortunately this is only an okay read for me. I love the characters but I was disappointed that a lot of the story took place when Jackson and Blake were teenagers and best friends. I like knowing their history together but I wish there was more about them as adults. They have an amazing connection as friends but ther
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Received this via Netgalley(ARC)

I think this story had a lot of potential. I loved the idea of best friends to lovers and both characters were appealing in their own way. The first half of the book shows how Jackson and Blake's friendship came to be while the second half deals more with their romantic feelings. I didn't feel a connection to their romantic connection for some reason. (view spoiler)
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am having a hard time writing this review because I loved these characters and I love their story of discovery, acceptance and love but the first quarter of this book was really hard for me to read. I actually love the fact that this story unfolds over 3 years in the lives of these young men but the first few chapters were just jarring with the back and forth flashback, fast forward aspects. The beginning is also very heavily Jackson's POV and Blake's perspective was sorely missing. I love rea ...more
Carrie Griffin
I have always loved friends to lovers stories and this was an example of a really great one. The relationship between Jackson and Blake felt so genuine and real. It made me fall in love with them through every interaction. I enjoyed reading from both of their perspectives throughout the book and also throughout their time together. This was an enjoyable story that I loved reading.
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
Elaine Gray
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Perfect Shine is a perfect coming of age and friends to lovers book. Jackson and Blake are high school friends and the story is about what to happen to them during college. The book is mostly Blake's point of view and the discovery of their feeling for one another. The interactions with them has a great flow and truly enjoyed the book.
Emily Hirst
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This books showed a relationship between Jackson and his best friend Blake, I’ve never read a book like this before and I did enjoy the story line. However, Blake was said to have liked Jackson through their friendship although I never got that vibe from him in his chapters. The ending was graphic, but I enjoyed the rest! 4/5 ⭐️
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
I liked it till the moment Jackson and Blake's friendship became something more. After that I got bored and skimmed the rest.
Corley Elizabeth
Mar 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs, ebooks
The Perfect Shine sounded like it might be a fun romance, but it didn't do much for me; or maybe I'm just super critical, it's hard to tell these days. While the first 50%—most of this being Jackson and Blake's friendship during high school—was fairly entertaining, I felt disconnected from the second half. I found the construction odd due to the fact that the majority of the book came from Jackson's point of view, but then over a fourth of the way into the story Blake's narrative was introduced, ...more
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