The Perfect Distance
by Dianne May
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Pub Date 23 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 15 Dec 2022
Before Finley Thompson's husband died, he told her to run and keep running. So she relocates with her kids to a small town in North Carolina. Her false sense of safety ends when a runaway horse barrels into her yard and she meets her surly but disarming neighbor, CJ Sinclair.
As a permanently disabled Navy SEAL, all CJ wants is peace, and to build his animal rescue. His peace is interrupted when his sassy and beautiful neighbor stirs up his past, which threatens to uncover his connection with her dead husband.
But both Finley and CJ are hiding truths of their own, and digging into the past may unleash secrets from which neither CJ nor Finley will survive.
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With very engaging characters and a tortured, wounded hero full of pain, “The Perfect Distance”, by Dianne May (The Wild Rose Press), mixes romance and suspense in the beautiful setting of a North Carolina small town.
I liked the slow romance between CJ and Finley and the friendship and interaction between CJ and his buddies. The web of support he has contrasts with Finley’s lack of it, accentuating her loneliness.
The depiction of CJ’s traumatic brain injury and its effects, namely the memory loss, is handled well, better in the beginning of the story. I liked that he could remember the smell of something Finley had baked when they first met (and I would have liked more of this kind of insight into the hero’s condition).
CJ’s condition is complex, has many facets and the author doesn’t minimize its effects (yet I wonder how he could mount in “one fluid motion”…). I liked how we get to see the hero coping and adapting.
I liked that the fact the heroine is some years older isn’t an issue, even if she feels some understandable insecurities about it.
Finley carries a lot of baggage and her past is unbelievably dark.
I enjoyed how the animals – the horses, the dogs - were a part of the story.
I found the story entertaining, but the intrigue and suspense weren’t always appealing and some plot threads and coincidences seemed implausible.
Loved it. Action filled romantic suspense. Small world. Animals and children add to the heart and danger. I skipped over the intimate details as usual, but enjoyed the intriguing plot and lively interaction among the characters. I look forward to reading the next one.
EVERYTHING about this book was wonderful…the characters, the mystery, the suspense and the romance! Widow Finley Thompson is on the run with her teenage children. She is also still running from her past, the murder of her parents twenty years ago and her belief that she was responsible for their deaths. Meeting her neighbor, former Navy SEAL CJ Sinclair, was not in her plans. She found him injured on his property and agreed to care for his house and service dog when he was taken to the hospital. She didn’t want another man in her life, but as they slowly become friends, he makes her feel things that can’t always be controlled. He knows that he should stay away due to his career as a Navy sniper, but she brings light into his life. When he learns that he knew her husband in the military, was his death really an accident or involved with their last mission? An intriguing mystery as their two pasts collide in this compelling story. I love to find a new author and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series! I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)