Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 25, 2018
Source: Free Book
Strangers in an airport- she’s at the end of her rope and he could use an uplifting distraction. Just the right time and just the right place… they find each other. I’ve been meaning to try this author’s books for a while and with the gentle nudge to do a buddy read with a book pal, I had the momentum to reach for this first in a series that was a heartwarming feel-good that made me regret the last page coming so swiftly.
Picture Perfect Lie introduces the start of a new series about the ill-fortuned yet wealthy King family of widowed mother, brothers, and only sister. This first book begins with Knight’s story.
Knight struggled with his father’s suicide over a business scandal and has stayed away from home by jumping into the military and making a career of it. He knows he has let his family down by staying away and over the last few deployments, has started struggling with the wear and tear of war. He’s headed out one more time, but just needs a push to come home. He finds that while sitting at the Atlanta airport during a flight delay and spotting a beautiful young woman struggling under exhaustion and a crying baby. He’s always been one to come to the rescue with women, but the spark and connection with Campbell and baby Hazel hit him in all the hollow places and fulfill him more than any of his past fixer-uppers ever did. Cam is fierce and sassy even if life has beaten her down and she’s no one’s pity project.
Campbell Faircloth has had a failed Hollywood dream to act though she got bit parts and as to men? She made some bad mistakes in her life that left her battered and struggling, but she has learned and forged an inner strength. She is going to do her best for Hazel’s sake and that means crawling back home in hopes her cold, judgmental country club parents will take her back and give her a chance to get on her feet. Deep down she knows this will be a long shot so when a chance encounter with a friendly and compassionate soldier happens right when she’s about to collapse from hunger and too little sleep, she lets down her guard against men and takes his help. They pretend to be a family for that little time and it feels so real. Knight is something special and almost too good to be true especially when he insists she promise that if things don’t work out with her family that she will go to his family who will take her in because he sent her. Dare she trust in this modern knight in shining armor for her own sake as well as Hazel’s?
The story gave me a ‘While You Were Sleeping’ vibe at first because of a misunderstanding mentioned in the blurb which was the source of my initial excitement. But, then I met Campbell and Knight, learned their situations, and felt their chemistry. The story was not like that movie and I barely noticed as I cozied up to this adorable and yet spicy feel-good romance.
It went by quickly and was a shy under-developed in spots, but that didn’t stop me from all the feels as the book checked off several boxes of my favorite elements- big family, military, sweet baby, woman starting over and making good, long-distance romance and beach.
As I mentioned, the romance was a combo of a 24 hour encounter followed by long distance texting, face-timing, and emailing before a reunion in person. It had depth and soul because this pair connected, shared the deep places inside themselves that were raw and vulnerable, supported each other and challenged each other just because the other person made them want to be better. The attraction was sizzling between them and it did get sexy eventually, but I liked that they had that time apart to get their minds and troubles sorted first.
Knight’s family of three surviving brothers and sister and his widowed mother had gone through hard times and loss and yet they were magnificent with Campbell and Hazel making her mean and cruel parents seem even worse. I was glad Campbell at least had her brother to love and support her when she was at her lowest, but he was in college and still dependent on their parents’ help so could only do so much. Knight’s family are going to each get their own stories and after meeting them, I look forward to them.
So, it was a deliciously sweet and spicy story that left me swooning and smiling over the tender romance and a knight in shining armor hero. Those who like easy and heartwarming contemporary romance should give this one a try.
I enjoyed this book as a COYER Winter Friends Buddy Read with Brandee @ Unconventional Bookworms.
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