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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Perfect to the Corps by Dee S. Knight

Perfect to the Corps by Dee S. Knight
Publisher: Whispers Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (66 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Dahlia

Lisa Adamson and her friend are spending the last few days before school starts on the beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. When a good looking man approaches, Lisa is struck first by familiarity, then by a powerful force drawing them together. She thinks of herself as a married woman, though her husband fell in the fighting for control of an Iraqi village two years ago. Now, she thinks maybe the time is right to move on. That is, when she can think at all. It’s not easy when she’s around the alluring Bran Douglas. His tight abs and muscular thighs are more than enough to fuel her imagination of what he would be like in bed. She’s not sure how much longer fantasies will be enough to sustain her—or how long she can maintain her loyalty to Mark.

For years, Bran Douglas heard Mark Adamson brag about his beautiful wife. Having seen picture after picture, Bran would know Lisa anywhere. But he’s shocked to look up and find her enjoying a beer in the hotel lounge, just a few yards away. In the remote Iraqi desert, Bran had half fallen in love with the idea of Lisa, and for that reason, he’d kept his distance in the two years since Mark’s death. Now, seeing her in person, he knows those feelings were more real than he’d imagined. He knows from Mark’s stories how sweet she is but the photographs didn’t begin to show how hot she is. As though mastered by an invisible puppeteer, he finds he can’t resist going to her. Yet how can he face her, knowing what he does about Mark and his death?

What fate brings together let no man tear asunder.

Lisa needed a getaway from everyday life and going to the beach with her best friend sounds like the perfect solution. A familiar-looking stranger enters the serene picture with drinks and a body that Lisa can’t help fantasizing about. Throwing caution to the wind, Lisa decides to end her two-year bout of celibacy and try to move on from her husband’s death. However, her new companion isn’t exactly what he seems.

Bran fell for her without ever having spoken to her or seen her in the flesh. Unfortunate circumstances have made her available and fate offered a chance for him to finally meet her. Throughout the course of exploring their mutual attraction, they question their loyalty to the memory of a man close to both of them. How do they move forward when the past is what connects them and can ultimately destroy them?

Ms. Knight created a whirlwind romance packed in a short story about past love, loss, and being open to find love again. Sometimes finding love again isn’t possible with the same man and getting over the past can be toughest part. Lisa’s character is a great example of what many people with spouses in the war struggle with these days. She is your everyday working woman trying to find her way in this world without her husband. She believes she’s not missing anything by not having a new man in her life and she struggles with letting go of the past. Bran may not have been completely forthcoming to Lisa, but he is quite honorable in his intentions to the widow, which he makes clear to her from the beginning. With the focus of the story mostly on these two characters, it was easy to connect with both.

Although the story makes good use of the pages it contains, I couldn’t help but wish for more of both Lisa and Bran’s back story and a little more of the future. I recommend this story to readers looking for a quick read with a relatable heroine and hero you’ll want to hold on to.

1 comment:

Dee S Knight and Anne Krist said...

Dahlia, thanks so very much for your wonderful review of Perfect to the Corps. I fell in love with Bran and Lisa (not to mention, Donna!) as I wrote them, and like you, wish I had been able to write more of them.

I appreciate your time in reviewing and your kind words!