A Perfect Escape Novel by Michele De Winton
I read a complimentary copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.
Overall Rating: 3.25 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: Janie Milan can’t believe she’s finally in Thailand. It’s a littler earlier than she expected, but she’s been waiting her whole life to get off the beet farm and into the world. When she meets Blaine Galloway, Janie’s first impression is that the hot Scotsman is out of her league. But when Blaine, aka Bevan, goes from seemingly 75% interested in her to 100% interested in her, she knows she has the chance of a lifetime to have a romantic fling on an island resort. When things get a little too real for the vacationing couple, their true characters are revealed.
I like Janie and Blaine together. Blaine makes Janie feel good about herself, gives her confidence and seems to delight in her enthusiasm at seeing the world. Conversely, Janie is excited to have a handsome man treat her like she’s special and Blaine does everything in his limited power to protect Janie, which I find sweet. Really, though, Janie is the one who won me over the most. I like who she is by the end of the novel and I think I’d want to be friends with her if she were a real life person.
For me, there are two primary issues with the novel that prevented me from enjoying it more. The first is that Blaine’s perspective felt distant and emotionless. While I see the appeal of Janie as a character, Blaine’s observations of her didn’t quite synch up with my reading of the scenes. He says that she makes him feel like a better version of himself, which is great, but I’m not sure why he feels like that. It didn’t make sense based on the events of the book.
Second, the pacing of the novel is a bit off for me. It lagged from about 40%-60%. At the beginning I really enjoyed the book and got into it. But then it seemed like it was on a loop, without anything really happening. Once I got past the 60/65% mark, it picked back up again and I was glad I stuck with it because I enjoyed the end.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)
I don’t necessarily think it’s worth buying, but I do think it’s worth reading, especially if you enjoy dreaming about or traveling to places like Thailand. The descriptions were great and I was happy to see Thailand the destination, since it seems generally overlooked in the romance genre as a place to go.
Something else you might enjoy:
Try Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid. It is a hilarious book and has some similarities with this one. A famous actress meets a country man, they trade some jokes and some smoldering looks. They don’t go to Thailand though. It’s pretty awesome. You can read my review of the book here.
Her Scottish Mistake
by Michele de Winton
Publication Date: April 10, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Lovestruck, Contemporary, Romance
Aspiring blogger Janie Milan is finally on her dream trip to Thailand. But when an unfortunate piña colada incident lands her in the path of a hot Scotsman, Janie finds herself dying to find out what’s under his kilt. Only the frustratingly sexy man isn’t who he’s pretending to be…
After cutting a deal to keep his brother safe, Scottish heartthrob Blaine Galloway is hiding from the press. But his secret identity starts to slip the second he meets small-town blogger, Janie. Now the press is hot on their heels and Blaine’s life is tumbling into a tabloid-sponsored hell. Coincidence? He’s not so sure.
ABOUT MICHELE DE WINTON
It’s no wonder that Michele’s first romance has a little sparkle of the stage tucked into its pages as she was a performer long before she got adicted to the page. Being a writer was not what she was supposed to be when she ‘grew up’ but then neither was a dancer. Her poor parents. They thought that when she toddled off to law school they’d bred a responsible, useful adult and instead they got a performer and word junkie.
She now writes full time in a studio surrounded by the whisper of wind in the trees and only intermittent interruptions from her young son, husband and hunger pangs. She’s based in New Zealand (land of beaches and hobbits) loves chocolate, yoga, sunshine, her boys and happy endings.
You can get in touch through facebook or twitter or through her website and blog http://www.micheledewinton.com