Title: Perfect Paige
Author: Inés Saint
Series: Piper Sisters #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 8th Nov
When three sisters arrive in Spinning Hills, Ohio, home of the third most haunted street in the state, they’re looking for solace and support as they clear out the ghosts of their own pasts. But what they find is something a whole lot sweeter . . .
Paige Galloway has built her life around one principle—being the perfect mom. When the FBI busts into the PTA meeting Paige is about to host in order to arrest her husband, she’s mortified. Fleeing to Spinning Hills, her grandmother’s hometown, Paige is determined reclaim her title as the mom with the most. That becomes much harder when her husband files for divorce . . . and she learns he’s a lying cheater. Being the perfect mom now means she has to save her ex-husband from himself. But when the agent in charge of the investigation—the man who witnessed her total humiliation—moves in next door, Paige is surprised to find herself drawn to the Fed with the suspicious frown and surprisingly sexy smile . . .
After Alex Hooke’s tough-as-nails childhood, Paige’s way of life seems shallow—at least until he gets to know her. Paige is as stubborn and smart as he is, and while his job is to find evidence against her ex-husband, he’s more tempted to investigate the attraction simmering between them. With help from Paige’s nosy family, and his own curious relatives, Alex may still get his man—but what he really wants is the woman who introduced him to love.
Source: ARC from Lyrical Shine via NetGalley
I’m so glad to be back in Spinning Hills, with its curious community and meddling old women. Having said that, if you’ve not read the Spinning Hills series, don’t worry. Some familiar characters do show up, but this is a new series focusing on a new set of characters and you don’t need to have read that one to enjoy this.
The romance here is very slow growing, but in a good way. Paige’s life has been completely upended and Alex is right in the heart of it, so anything other than a slow romance between them would not have worked. There’s too much baggage between them, not least Paige’s kids.
I liked Paige. True, at the beginning she needed a swift kick in the behind to get her head on straight, but I had to admire her main goal in life. She wanted to be a good mother for her children, she wanted them to have a better childhood than she had and she wanted them to grow up feeling loved and secure. Sadly, her husband has daddy issues and had effectively ruined everything because he’s an idiot. Still, I liked Paige, who is caring without being a pushover, smart without being obnoxious and has Alex pegged within five minutes of meeting him.
I liked Alex too, even if he does jump to conclusions where Paige is concerned. He’s a guy who is good at his job and wants the best for any victims involved – it’s just that he doesn’t always realise who all the victims are. I liked how he changed throughout the book, opening his mind to new possibilities and relaxing his tight grip on life a little. I also really loved the relationship between him and Paige and how it slowly grows from enemies to love, via midnight chats, cookies and football coaching.
Away from these two, the investigation in Spinning Hills helps to drive the plot along, with more than a little help from the three old women at the café and Paige’s determined younger sisters. There are also ghost stories galore, some kiddie woes as well as cuteness, plus a few childhood memories that definitely pull on the emotions. The romance might be slow, but there’s always something going on and I found it fun throughout.
If small town romance is your kind of thing, with an FBI investigation thrown in to provide a touch of mystery and you don’t mind your romance staying on the sweet side, then give this a go. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to see what happens with the Piper sisters next.
Perfect Paige is out November 8th.
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