ARC Review: Perfectly Damaged by E.L Montes

Posted May 18, 2014 by Annie in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Perfectly Damaged by E.L Montes
Perfectly Damaged
by E.L. Montes

3.5 Stars


Released: May 9, 2014
Series: Standalone
Published by Self Published
Pages: 300
Format: eARC






PERFECTLY DAMAGED turned out to be a pleasant read. ~ Under the Covers

I was most drawn to this book because of the blurb. When I learned that the book was about a heroine who had schizoaffective disorder, I knew this was right up my alley. I have a background in Psychology so I was most interested to see how E.L. Montes was going to pull this off. These types of characters are difficult to write because they are trouble and often misunderstood. I wanted to see how she was going to handle that side of her character while also making her likeable.

To be honest, I had a hard time liking heroine, Jenna. She comes across as very standoffish to everyone including her therapist, who I didn’t think tried to pressure her into anything that wasn’t good for her. Her relationship with her family is a little strained. Sometimes they get along, other times they don’t.

When Jenna first meets Logan, he has just “saved her life” and she bursts out with a lot of accusations. Logan doesn’t find it attractive and says something back. However, in an attempt to make someone jealous, Jenna asks Logan to kiss her and that’s when she wonders if she really hates this guy or not.

Logan and Jenna have chemistry, but they also start with not liking it each other much in the beginning. For this reason, I found the attraction to be superficial. Logan’s POV often comes across as a player and I couldn’t invest in him a lot.

Now a little more on the schizoaffective side of the story because that was what I was most interested in with this story. For the most part, I thought Montes handled it okay. I especially liked the hallucinations with her sister. Those turned out to be very interested. However, like I said, Jenna is hard to understand sometimes. I wondered if it was strictly a case of the disorder that prevented me from fully investing in her character. However, I found that I felt the same with Logan’s character as well. Something just didn’t click.

In the end, PERFECTLY DAMAGED turned out to be a pleasant read, exploring the depths of a psychological disorder.

*ARC provided by author

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About E.L. Montes

USA Today Bestselling Author, E.L. Montes lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband, Alex, and their English Bulldog name Butters! She has a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies.

Ms. Montes, works full-time as a paralegal for a mid-size law firm. She had always loved the legal field and found it to be very interesting. She more so "secretly" loved to write. Disastrous was her debut novel which was released October 2012.


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hmmmmm….may hold off on this …thanks annie


Thanks for the keen insight Annie


Interesting blurb


Good to know I don’t need to rush out and grab this one. Thanks for the review!

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I looking forward to read this one!