The Perfect Emotion by Melissa Rolka
The story of Kate, Kyle and Reed continues in this second novel of The Perfect Series.
Kate (Katherine) Monroe is finally coming to heads with the decisions she’s made in the past to keep herself distracted at any cost. Learning to move on and forward with the conflicts in her life is harder than she expects though. With Kyle continuing to attempt reconciliation and Kate’s mom back at home, avoiding and running are no longer an option.
All along Kate’s mind and heart are consumed with Reed, but she fights to push her feelings and desires to the side. Despite the obvious pull and connection she has with Reed she finds it difficult to let him in… and trust in herself. However, Reed’s perseverance and patience never wavers and eventually he uses the one thing that had always brought them together… tennis.
As Reed and Kate begin to embark on a new relationship they face the past and the present head on. Along the way, new challenges and emotions arise testing the direction of their future together.
Can Kate forgive herself and trust Reed in order to latch onto the one emotion she needs most… love?
“Jesus, Katherine,” he mumbles as I kiss my way across his jaw and over to his ear. “What are you doing to me?”
“Kissing you,” I whisper in his ear and brush my lips against his ear lobe.
“Mmmmm hmmmm.” His hands move to my waist and guide me onto him. I’m straddling his lap and his fingers dig into my hips. I rush my hands into his hair and his head presses all the way against the couch, the leather giving in to my demands. Our tongues clash against each other exploring as if it’s our first kiss, yet knowingly anticipating our next ridge or groove. My heart races in ways I never knew possible. My hands run down to the hem of his button down shirt and to the top of his pants. I start to pull at his shirt to un-tuck it, but his hands come around and lock around my wrists restraining me from pulling anymore. I whine into his mouth.
“Why?” I mumble against the softness of his lips and smile.
“This is the first time I’m in your house and I just met your parents… maybe the second time,” he jokes and then nibbles on my bottom lip.
“Grrrrr,” I grumble in his mouth. “You are always being too good.” His eyes narrow at me and he let’s out a rough chuckle.
“Katherine, I think you know that’s not true and I’ll show you just how bad I am when we are back up at school.” His hands snake up to my shoulders wrapping around the back of my neck. Pulling me towards him and his lips find mine again. Softly he kisses me across my jaw to my ear. “Patience,” he whispers.
“I don’t want to be patient,” I pout as I push my body into him. He laughs into me and un-straddles me from his lap. We face each other and I smile shyly at him feeling a little funny by my boldness.
“Stop,” he says, and his hand latches onto my pinky finger gently rubbing it. “Don’t be embarrassed. I don’t like you having to be patient either,” he says, just before he plants a firm kiss to my forehead. I lean myself against him and rest my head on his chest. His arms wrap around me tightly making my insecurities fade. As I take in his familiar pine and masculine scent he shifts us back against the arm of the couch allowing me to snuggle myself even closer.
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Reed, Reed, Reed.” Oh Kate, you lucky beeotch.
Kate is back at school after leaving last semester early to deal with the emotional fallout from Kyle’s attack and her mother’s absence. She left Reed with only a note and now she’s dealing with the guilt from the way she used him to distract herself from her problems. Reed justs wants her back, but he’s willing to wait until she’s ready. He knows she is pain and he wants nothing more than to help her. Problems are still looming in Kate’s life and now Reed’s got a set of his own issues. First, Kate needs to forgive herself. Next, she needs to open her fragile heart to more possibilities with Reed.
I wanted to beat some sense into Kate for the first part of the story, but luckily she comes around to being in a relationship with Reed. These two can’t keep their hands off each other and it makes for a very entertaining read.
“I start to pull at his shirt to un-tuck it, but his hands come around and lock around my wrists restraining me from pulling anymore. I whine into his mouth.
“Why?” I mumble against the softness of his lips and smile.
“This is the first time I’m in your house and I just met you parents...maybe the second time,” he jokes and then nibbles on my bottom lip.
“Grrrrr,” I grumble into his mouth. “You are always being too good.” His eyes narrow at me and he let’s out a rough chuckle.
“Katherine, I think you know that’s not true and I’ll show you just how bad I am when we are back at school.”
Somehow, the second book in THE PERFECT series topped the first one. And by “somehow”, I mean the addition of lots of mind-blowing sex. (That’s not the only reason, but it certainly helped.) THE PERFECT DISTRACTION was amazing, but in THE PERFECT EMOTION there is just so much more of Kate and Reed’s relationship. We also have Reed’s POV in this book as well and getting into Reed’s head is as good as it sounds. I still enjoyed reading about the friendships and all the secondary characters and now we even have a ton of information about Reed’s life. Their relationship is more complicated now that Reed’s family is introduced and Kate’s problems are far from gone. There are many ups and downs and I was thoroughly entertained the entire time.
Once again, Melissa Rolka has earned my gratitude for writing an amazing story. THE PERFECT EMOTION is the perfect new adult romance novel. This series is at the top of my favorites list and now I will wait impatiently for the third book in the series. Seriously, please hurry Melissa!
✳✳ Copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.
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Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and then in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing. After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs, and worked in business for several years. She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing.The Perfect Distraction is her first full length novel. A second continuation of this story is in the works with hopes for a third. When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle.