Christie Family--Book 1
By Carrie Lofty
Release Date: September 27, 2011
When Viv arrives in Cape Town a few months later, she is shocked to see her husband waiting for her...except Miles doesn’t appear to be the same man. Gone is the drunken behavior and pale skin. Now, he looks healthy and fit. And extremely virile. Miles informs Viv that he’s been there for two months to get a head start on assessing their situation. He’ll help her with what she needs to do in exchange for a portion of the bonus. Though, he doesn’t tell her his entire plan: Earn the money. Bed his wife. And this time, be the first to leave. Viv’s leaving bruised Miles’s pride and he believes that leaving first this time will help him get a little of that pride back. Plus, the money will help with his family’s debt. Naturally, Vivienne is uncertain whether to place her trust in Miles again after what happened last time.
She could trust him again. Make that choice. A leap of faith to honor the man he seemed intent on becoming.
But dear God, such a risk.
Miles begins to feel good about himself and liking the man he is becoming—a man of principles and value. A man worthy of his wife’s love. But Viv is afraid her past could jeopardize any possibility they have at a second chance at love.
I’ll admit I was just a bit hesitant about reading this one. Not because Carrie Lofty is the author—I really enjoyed the one book of hers that I’ve read, Scoundrel’s Kiss—but because it had an unusual setting. My previous experience with that has led to a couple books I simply could not finish because they were inundated with history, facts, and the like, to the point where I felt like it was a history lesson and not a romance. Thankfully, that was NOT the case with Flawless. Ms. Lofty does a wonderful job of balancing the history and romance. Her prose is exquisite, her characters are extremely likable and genuine, and the setting was one that I would actually like to read more about. And since I’m a fan of the reunited lovers theme, this was a win-win for me. If Flawless is any indication to how the rest of the series will be, count me in! I can’t wait to see how the rest of Viv’s siblings fare with their own adventures!
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