Sunday, October 27, 2013

Review: The Perfect Distraction by Melissa Rolka

Title: The Perfect Distraction
Author: Melissa Rolka
Release Date: October 1, 2013

When Katherine “Kate” leaves for her freshmen year at college, a grounded and stable piece of her is missing. She pushes away the ghosts of her past, determined to start her college life single, carefree and distracted.

Throughout high school Kate was reserved and shy, with little experience. Now, on her own, with little holding her back, Kate is ready to branch out. She bonds with a tight knit group of friends and even starts casually dating. What starts out as innocent flirting on the tennis courts slowly turns into a friendship and eventually something more complex. Reed comes into her life giving her the distraction she craves more than anything; but is she ready to give her heart away so easily?

Things get complicated when Kate’s ex-boyfriend and first love continues to pursue her. Kyle deeply regrets breaking her heart when he left for college the year before and is now on a mission to reclaim her. Kyle’s persistence and relentlessness is nothing short of obsessive. He will stop at nothing to win her back and prove his love.

Kate finds herself torn between her past and the unknown of the future. Her determination to stay distracted may just be her downfall or the beginning of something new and wonderful.

***For Mature Readers 18+***

Starting her first year in college, Kate seems to have a bounty of men at her feet, all willing to hand her the world. Derek, the sweet friend, Marco, the smart senior, and Reed, the sexy ladies man. But Kate can't seem to get over her ex Kyle who dumped her a year ago to go off to college single. When he came home the following summer, he began to pursue her in attempt to win her affections back.

After months of phones calls, when Kate heads back home for winter break, she takes him back. But their relationship is far from perfect. Kyle is controlling and manipulative. Kate has always been weak to his charm and avidly avoids confrontation. When she goes back to school, his possessive nature becomes alarming and Kate isn't sure how to handle it.
On top of relationship drama, Kate is struggling to deal with the fact that her mom has some mental issues and abandoned her family. She's not sure if she can forgive her and once again uses her distraction techniques to not think about it.

Over the course of the year and a half, she manages to build a friendship with Reed. Their Saturday morning tennis matches, his arresting ocean blue eyes and mild flirtation is the perfect distraction from her troubles.
Kate is a lot like me in the way she handles problems, which I should probably be ashamed to admit but I'm not. Distraction until it's absolutely time to deal with the issue. Perhaps even after it's too late. Confrontation sucks so I can totally relate to her in that regard. Sometimes I wanted to smack her though because it's her weakness that I see as the real problem. She gives in to pressure from Kyle when it would be better to hold firm.

Overall I really enjoyed this story though the voice felt more story telling then live action. It hindered my ability to get completely lost in the story. But the story's not over yet. Gotta keep our eyes pealed for the next installment.

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.

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