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Review: Perfect Ten by L. Philips

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome to my first GLBT Book Month review. I believe that most of the books I’m reviewing this month will fit under the LGBTQIA+ banner, but there might be a couple extra posts that sneak in, because I plan on reading a lot of books in the coming months. Oh, and I should also give a happy book birthday to this book because it hits shelves today.

Anyway, I received a copy of this book through Penguin’s First to Read program. Please know that this does not have any affect on my rating or opinion of the book. Now that that is out of the way, let’s get into the review portion of this post.



Who is Sam Raines’s Perfect Ten?

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.

My Thoughts

Rating: 3 stars

This was a good read, but it didn’t really blow me away or anything. I thought the concept of performing a love spell and then being pursued by all these guys was an interesting one, but it sort of fell flat to me. Probably because I didn’t really connect with the characters really. Sam pretty much annoyed me with how wishy-washy he was with all of these guys.

Now, for what I did love with this book: Sam’s parents were wonderfully supportive about Sam’s sexual orientation. It was probably the strongest aspect of the book for me.

I also enjoyed all the creativity within the book. Sam’s dad is an author, Sam is a writer, Jamie is an artist, Travis is a musician. The appreciation of the arts was something I greatly appreciated myself.

After the love spell, when Gus transferred to the school out of the blue, something didn’t feel right with him. And then Sam sort of flirts with Jamie, while he’s sort of dating Gus. Then, after Gus is out of the picture, and Sam is starting to date Jamie, he also meets Travis and starts messing with him too. It just didn’t sit well with me that Sam was being so disloyal in his relationships, especially as he criticized Meg for being with her boyfriend who was awful and had cheated before. Yes, hypocrisy is something that does actually happen but it rubbed me the wrong way in this situation.

So basically this was a book that felt too shallow for me. I wanted more from it. And while I’m sure that there are times when a person could maybe be pursued by multiple “gorgeous” individuals, I really had to suspend my disbelief to stick with this story.

Where to Buy

You can pick up a copy of Perfect Ten from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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