Reading Source: Net Galley
Series: Perfect, Indiana
Book #: 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
Every once in a while a girl needs to read a good contemporary romance. The Perfect, Indiana Series by Barbara Longley was a surprising find for me – I don’t normally read romances with military heroes, this series has opened my eyes to Military/Ex-Military done right. While I’m calling this contemporary, this does have some “suspense” in it. However, it is not what I would call suspense. Put it in whatever genre you would like, I still really enjoyed it. I try my best not to limit myself to a specific genre of romance novels (it’s too easy to burn yourself out that way). I’ve learned the tough way that too much of a good thing is possible – hence my long absence. I went in to this book having a pretty good idea what I was getting in to (although I didn’t enjoy the third book as much as the first two). This one brought me back to a level where I am really happy with the series as it stands.
Wesley Holt is a retired Marine who is struggling with PTSD. He’s moved to Perfect, Indiana, works the night shift at Langford & Lovejoy (a furniture company established in the previous books) with other Vets. Every morning for over a year he has breakfast at the diner in Perfect, and has secretly been crushing on Carlie, the waitress who serves him breakfast every day.
Carlie is a single mom with a tough past, and one morning that past comes back with a vengeance. Sensing that something is wrong when Carlie doesn’t show up for work, Wes does something he doesn’t normally do – he got involved. Arriving at Carlie’s house in the nick of time, Wes is able to save Carlie and her son Tyler from her fugitive ex-husband. The only problem is he got away. With Wes in full-alpha-mode he decides the safest place for Carlie and Tyler until they are out of the woods is in his home.
I enjoyed this story. Carlie overcame a lot in her life and despite a few issue with self-esteem, she was a wonderful character. I loved Wes and Tyler’s interactions. Wes is a big-tough Marine, and Tyler is obviously scared by the situation his crazy dad has put them all in. I’m a big sucker for kids winning over alphas.