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Book Review: Perfect Ten by L. Philips

First, let’s start with the blurb so I don’t need to get into much summary detail in the review, which is rather short and sweet.


“It’s been two years since Sam broke up with the only other eligible gay guy in his high school, so to say he’s been going through a romantic drought is the understatement of the decade. But when Meg, his ex-Catholic-turned-Wiccan best friend, suggests performing a love spell, Sam is just desperate enough to try. He crafts a list of ten traits he wants in a boyfriend and burns it in a cemetery at midnight on Friday the 13th.
Enter three seemingly perfect guys, all in pursuit of Sam. There’s Gus, the suave French exchange student; Jamie, the sweet and shy artist; and Travis, the guitar-playing tattooed enigma. Even Sam’s ex-boyfriend Landon might want another chance.
But does a Perfect Ten even exist? Find out in this delectable coming-of-age romcom with just a touch of magic.”

This started off okay for me. The writing is good, the beginning had a good hook, and so it was promising and exhibited good readability. I really enjoyed the friendships and how they related to and supported each other. The teens seemed realistic. And I liked having a M/M relationship perspective.

What I didn’t enjoy so much was the pursuit of the “Perfect Ten”.

The magic twist was slightly reminiscent of many other love spell stories… for example: Practical Magic, wherein one of the MCs casts a true love spell with a seemingly impossible combination of traits, thus ensuring that she would never have to feel the pain of love… only to find that exact person many years later. In Practical Magic, it worked well because she was using the spell as a means to reject love, only to find her perfect mate. Here in Perfect Ten, at the urging of his wiccan friend, Sam puts together the ten traits to find the perfect boyfriend. The spell is cast and suddenly he is pursued by three new love interests plus his former boyfriend. It doesn’t seem as thoughtful, it doesn’t seem as heart felt, but that’s what drives the story forward.

Don’t get me wrong. Overall this is a cute story, and I did finish it. It unfortunately just wasn’t for me… it was just okay, as it had a lot of romantic contemporaries to live up to… the magic twist was okay, but it’s been done before, and done well. You could very well love this book, especially if you have a lot of love of romantic contemporaries. I’d be interested to see other books by this author.

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