Woods had his perfect life mapped out for him. Rise up the ranks of the family business. Marry the rich girl of his parents’ dreams. Pretend that wealth and privilege was all he’d ever wanted. Then a girl named Della breezed into town, a beautifully imperfect stranger who captured his heart and opened his eyes to a new kind of future. Woods is ready and willing to sacrifice everything for her when the sudden death of his father leaves him with his mother to care for and a business to manage.
Della is determined to be strong for Woods, even as she’s quietly falling to pieces. No matter how far from home she’s run, the ghosts of her past have never stopped haunting her. Struggling to hide her true feelings from Woods, Della fears she can’t be his rock without dragging him down into the darkness with her. But is she strong enough to let go of the last thing holding her together?
5 out of 5 stars
“You’re my all-in Della. I’ll throw it all away for you. I just want you. I’m all in, baby. This life with you, I’m planning on us.”
I firstly want to say, I am crying writing this review. I didn’t long finish the book but I cannot stop the tears from falling. God, my heart is in my throat, I have a massive lump in my throat and the last couple of pages just tore a new one in me. It tore my heart apart and it still is. So I’ve been sat here for the last 15 minutes trying to write this review and give the book and the series the justice it deserves.
Abbi took my through the motions of the second book – I was smiling, laughing, swooning, I was grimaces at the misunderstanding, crying my bleeding eyes out and trying to work out how I was going to get through it and sighing at the end at Della and Woods. This couple will be one of y favourites because they go through so much together – but in the end they always find a way back, they always find the strength from one another to carry on, and the strength deep down inside themselves too. Nothing in this book is simple, because there is so much the characters go through, but they will get through it, with the help of each other and their friends and in a way, its simple with that amount of love.
Simple Perfection begins where Twisted Perfection ended. We all know Wood’s father died and now Woods owns everything – from his family home and the club house. At 25, its a lot of responsibility to now be in charge, but he knows he can do it with Della at his side.
But when Della thinks she is a burden on Woods, she loves him too much to carry him down so she leaves. This begins the heartbreak for both Woods – who desperately wants and needs Della back and for Della who thinks that Woods doesn’t want her. Throughout their time apart, Della grows stronger and finds out some things about her past which helps her move forward. But what happens when she had Woods are reunited? Are things all rosy or is there devastation in their way?
Woods tops my book boyfriend list. He has since Never Too Far when you could see just how much of a sweetheart he was to Blaire, how much he was there for her when Rush was being a dickhead.
With his father deceased, Woods has so much more on his plate, with running the Club and also protecting and making sure Della is okay with her night terrors and kept away from the bitches that are Angelina and his mother. Woods goes through a lot – he doesnt grieve for his father, he just has a lot of anger towards him. His love for Della is sometimes completely smothering and although he wants to keep her protected, she feels that she is just a burden so when he is taking to Jace about his mother, Della misunderstand whom he is taking about and runs away with Tripp.
We see Woods in despair over this. You can see how affected he is that she left, how much he loves her – she owns his soul and how much he wants her home with him. He doesnt want anyone else, she is it for him. Woods is definitely different in this book, but he goes through a lot. He has lost his father, technically his mother, Della runs off and there is something else that happens that will tear at your chest. We see him depend of Della when she is back, after having her back in his life and then having his life turned upside down again, she is his rock throughout everything and in a way, it was time for Woods to grieve, even if it was for a completely different reason. It was time to see his walls fall down and for Della to be there for him, like he always has been for her.
Throughout everything they have been through and still are coping with, the ending was a little light relief from the heartbreak and the emotional events of the book. It was nice to see they had their happy ending together and they were strong enough to fight whatever came their way.
Della, as we know, didn’t have the best childhood…hell she reverts into herself when she’s in an overpowering situation or if a memory is triggered and she suffers night terrors where she’ll wake up screaming. Woods’ parents disliked her, Angelina is a raging bitch and after everything Della goes through in the book, she most definitely thinks that she is not worthy of Woods’ love, that she is not strong enough for him and she is holding him back from finding true happiness, she knows, or at least thinks she knows that Woods’ doesnt need her ‘crazy’ around. She is holding him back. And after hearing a conversation, which she definitely misunderstood, she knows he doesnt. She loves Woods more than herself and that is why she has to let him go.
Despite shouting at Della through my kindle, I understood why she had to go. There was so much hurt and things to sort out in her life that she had to go away and believe she was strong enough and worthy enough to have Woods’ love. We watch her grow day by day….grow from that tormented girl we see throughout the first and part of the second book, into someone who is slowly coming to terms with her past and finding out she can stand alone, can be alone and that she is willing to fight for what she wants, and that is Woods and her life in Rosemary. She becomes confident in herself and stronger that she has ever been. She is coming to terms with not waking up screaming, and that is a big deal to her that she is slowly healing from her horrific past and opening up to Woods about what she went through. Bit by bit she is becoming the girl we all knew she could be.
My heart broke at around the 85-ish percent mark. Seriously, I couldn’t swallow, tears were rolling down my face and I knew this was the moment! I had this spoiled by a twitter user a few weeks back and although knowing what was going to happen, I didn’t know how it happened. Holy crap though, I was (and still am) an emotional wreck. No joke, you will sob your little heart out, feel the pain of everyone involved and still feel it after the book. It really has stayed with me after. I always say that the books that make me cry are the greatest….holy shit yes. I dare you to make me sob and Abbi certainly did that.
I absolutely love The Rosemary gang, but I have to say that Woods is my favourite. If you have read my review of Twisted Perfection you would see just why and that love has only intensified throughout Simple Perfection. If you have yet to be introduced to this series and the gang, go and buy them all…right now. Go on, off you go….