When Mia shows up for the interview at a well-known architecture firm, she only has 27p, a squashed loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter to her name. She needs this job. Even if she is scared to death of the owner of the company.
Max has made a name for himself as that grumpy northern architect off Dream Homes (the most popular house design programme in the UK) after he told the famous host that designing affordable, environmentally friendly homes “wasn’t rocket science” and that most of the other projects featured on the programme were for “reight poncy bastads who want to spend a grand on a shite tap.” It turned out that the whole gorgeous-but-rough-around-the-edges-Yorkshire-man vibe was just what the country was looking for – the episode had gone viral and Max was the new, extremely reluctant, pin-up of the building industry.
But to Mia, huge, grumpy men weren’t sexy, they were simply terrifying. She knows from experience that even men of average size can be dangerous. If she wasn’t so desperate, she’d run. She’s used to running. Running away is Mia’s special talent, together with invisibility – survival techniques she’s perfected over the years. So, she’ll put up with Max and his moods, ignore him calling her a teen emo freak (he’s not to know that her black hair used to be honey blonde or her heavy eyeliner isn’t by choice) and just bloody well jog on. Just try to survive. Try to hide.
It’s easy to hide when nobody really sees you. But what happens when Max finally opens his eyes?
Unperfect a full-length contemporary, enemies to lovers, office romance.
Please be aware - occasional swearing and trigger warning for domestic violence.
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Susie Tate is an underrated work of art and when I saw this book on NetGalley I screamed my lungs out and binge read it.
Trigger warning: Domestic Violence
When Mia shows up at Max’s work for a job, she’s broken in more than just a physical sense. Running from an abusive relationship that nearly killed her, this shell of a woman meets our brash gentle Northern giant Max. And they couldn’t be more perfect for each other. The abuse bits riled me up. They made my blood boil. I think they did that because of how accurately it was depicted. The triggers, the neuroses, everything about Mia just touched a nerve and I cried. I bawled. But I also knew that she’d find her way out of the darkness. Max is everything. He was perfect. Literally he’s the perfect man. I loved how Max wasn’t the one to fix Mia. He helped and supported her, but he didn’t glue her up. It was so beautifully realistic.
As always, the supporting characters in Susie Tate books are a treat. Teddy 🥺. God he made me melt. This sweet emo teenage punk, who taught Mia a bit of self defence, and who’s just really the world’s biggest softie. His relationship with Max is adorable. The three of them together gave me hope. Yaz, is slightly bonkers in the best way. And Verity and Heath too. They were perfect in every way but what made me fall in love with these characters was how they helped Mia heal, how they welcomed her into their midst and ensconced her in their collective warmth.
When I understood that domestic violence played a part in this book, I almost didn’t read it, but I’M SO GLAD I DID. Something about Susie Tate’s books heal you. I’ve been waiting for a full length book of hers for so long and was so afraid that I wouldn’t get to read one. I’m also incredibly excited for the upcoming book in this series.
Special appearances by England’s favourite PM, and his extraordinary bizarre wife took me by surprise. Made me want to go back and read their own beautiful little story.
I don’t think I’ve emphasised how much I LOVE SUSIE TATE SO I’LL JUST LEAVE THIS HERE!
I was so excited for the new Susie Tate that I read this in a day, now I’m bummed that I have to wait longer for the next book!
I loved this and was engaged with the story and the characters right from the start. Mia broke my heart and I wanted to wrap her up and protect her but she was so beautiful, brave and strong after everything she went through. She was also wonderfully frustrating in her attempts to handle everything on her own but given her history it was perfectly understandable. I love a grumpy, rough around the edges hero who is really a big ‘ol teddy bear underneath it all and Max did not disappoint. The gradual development of trust and more between Mia and Max was everything. There were moments where I felt it should have been pretty obvious to him what happened to her but otherwise I liked how he took such care with her. The handling of Mia’s past and the abusive relationship was sensitively handled but the author did not shy away from the grim reality of what had happened to her. Mia working through it and reaching the other side not unscathed but stronger and happy was not easy but ultimately very satisfying.
The story also had some great supporting characters in Verity (👠), Yaz (🌈☀️) Teddy (🥋) and Heath (👨⚕️). They were all very likeable and the extended group and how they embraced Mia as one their own felt very genuine. I am looking forward to Yaz and Heath’s story and hopefully also Verity’s in the future as well. (4.5 ⭐️)
Mia has given up everything, including her name, to earn her freedom. Now she is in pain from her injuries, running low on money and needs to find a job quick or she will end up on the streets. When she gets an interview she is willing to put up with anything, including a boss who clearly doesn’t like her. Even with all of the challenges, this job and the people she meets there, may turn out to be exactly what she needs, she just needs to find a way to trust them.
This book was amazing and Mia is definitely one of the strongest characters ever!
I got an ARC of Unperfect by Susie Tate from NetGalley.