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Book Review: The Perfect Score by Beth Williamson

by on February 12, 2013

3 Kisses!

 THREE BOOKS IN ONE!

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The Perfect Score

by Beth Williamson

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A27ZALU/

 

The Perfect Score Tournament is coming to the small town of Espejo, Texas. The biggest bowling tournament in the state is going to change the lives of three friends.

What they find is more than a 300 game.

One Night Stand

Babs Loomis is a bitter woman. Her husband left her after five
years because they couldn’t have children and he didn’t want a woman that was barren. She is a chain smoker, and a drinker, intent on getting as much pleasure as she can out of life. She bowls for company – Veronica and Marlene are her closest friends. When she runs into Jimmy Tanaka at the tournament, a former friend of her ex-husband’s, her bitterness turns into something completely different and totally unexpected.
Can Babs overcome her own ghosts and find more than a one night stand?

Widow’s Weeds

Veronica Avery needs to get laid. It’s been five years since her husband died in a car accident and she’s lonely and tired of trying to meet men that end up with a big “L” on their forehead. When he joins The Perfect Score bowling tournament, her modest hopes are pinned on meeting a man she might feel comfortable going to bed with.
She’s not expecting to meet Patrice Goldman, a woman that inspires feelings of passion and longing in her cobwebby heart. Afraid and confused, Veronica tries to deny her growing feelings for the auburn haired woman, but fate has other things in mind for the woman in black. It’s time to shed her widow’s weeds and live again.

Marlene’s Man

Marlene is a big girl
and has always been a big girl, but she’s a kick-ass bowler, determined to finally hit that 300 game. The Perfect Score tournament at the Starlite Bowling Alley is her chance to show the world that she’s worth something more than just a quick lay.
When she meets Buck Miller at the tournament, she falls instantly in lust. When their fabulous sex turns into a relationship, Marlene runs like a scared rabbit. Will Buck give up his goal of a perfect game to convince the woman of his dreams that he loves her? Or will Marlene’s  stubbornness ruin her chances at a 300 game and a man of her own?

My Review….

This story, wasn’t just one story, it was three.  One-Night Stand, Widow’s Weeds, Marlene’s Man. The three books do tie together, but they left something to be desired for me. The characters were realistic, and passionate, but the stories seemed to be cut short leaving me feeling like I was missing something.

My favorite story was the first one, One-Night Stand. This one follows a divorcee, Barbara “Babs” Loomis, who has a lot of money and very clear drinking problem. She is lonely, so she has made a game out of having random one-night stands with strangers. She never lets them get too close, until one of her ex-husbands old business associates shows up at the Bowling Tournament in her home town, and she’s covering the registration. Jimmy Tanka is everything you could want in a hero. He is sexy, strong, charismatic, and extremely romantic. The pairing first made me think of oil and water as different as the two characters were, but Ms. Williamson made it work between them. She painted the reader a very believable picture of a man who has been attracted to this woman for years, and finally has a chance with her. And of a woman who feels like she has no reason to fight for herself anymore, and is forced to accept her own flaws before she can truly accept the love being offered to her. My biggest problem with this one…it was way too short. I could have enjoyed Jimmy for another hundred pages. *wink wink*

In Widow’s Weeds, we follow the story of Babs’ best friend, Veronica. “Ronnie” is a widow who was deeply in love with her husband, and has walked the world in a melancholy funk of grief in the years since his death. Enter, Patrice, a spunky free thinking woman who has come up for the bowling tournament, and been paired with Ronnie for the ladies doubles competition. Ronnie is understandably confused when she starts having intimate feelings for Patrice, and she struggles with her desire for the woman. This was an interesting twist in the series, that this heroine was interested in another woman. Their attraction seemed instant, but their easy transition into an intimate relationship wasn’t believable for me.

Finally was the story of Marlene, and Buck. Marlene is the youngest of the trio of friends, and she is described as full-figured with ample breasts. So she’s a “real” woman, and Buck seems to be more than enough man to handle her. Having spent years being teased for being “Big Mac” she is surprised to find that an attractive man like Buck is interested in her. They see to have two complementary personalities, and I loved that he didn’t take her home and have a one-night stand the first night they were together. This story was good, but fell flat when Buck just asked her to come visit him sometime in Wichita Falls, instead of one or the other of them making a move to be with each other.

Overall it wasn’t a book that I would be desperate to share with friends, but it wasn’t bad by any stretch of the word.  A great book if you’re looking for short stories.

As always Live, Laugh, and Love like today is your only chance~Lori

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