Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: July 28 2015
Genre/s: Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, Mystery
Format: E-book; 368 pages
My Rating: 4/5
Perfect Touch is about a girl from the city, Sam who is a down to earth, tell it to you straight, intelligent up and coming art dealer and Jay the man who’s haunted by the past and looking to fix the ruin that was his father’s legacy. The two of them embark on a journey to appease Jay’s father’s last dying request, which turns into a dangerous and deadly game over a single painting.
It was hard not to hate Jay’s former step mother, in the beginning and throughout most of the novel. The way her character was written to be perceived it was very hard to like the demanding woman. It wasn’t until the very end, when all was revealed that I actually felt sorry for the poor woman. Up until that point I believed she was behind the game of cat and mouse.
Bart Vermillion should have been drowned at birth. He was a spoiled little fox in disguise hiding in the chicken coop. Although his spoiled upbringing was part of the greedy product he had become.
Jay was my favorite character, hard exterior built up from things he witnessed during his stint in the military but soft interior hidden to anyone he didn’t trust. The love he showed for the housekeepers at the fishing camp, the way he talked about the memories, it made my heart melt.
Sam truly showed her strengths and what she was made of. She didn’t back down when challenged. In fact it ignited her, made her spark. I really liked how in her element she was when around art or history.
The character that surprised me the most was the ranch foreman. He really wore his mask well. How a man portrayed as a close friend, someone who Jay considered family, someone he trusted could pull off such a betrayal. I was floored by such a revelation.
The first chapter threw me for a loop, it was a change from the norm, something you totally weren’t expecting to happen in a small town. The author did an amazing job describing the ranch setting and the paintings of the ranch. Fish camp was picturesque and would have made a great mini vacation for Jay and Sam if what had happened up there hadn’t transpired.
What I didn’t like…I mentioned something unexpected happening in a small town in the beginning, well it went on, throughout the entire book, the game of cat and mouse it was like a movie. Kind of unreal. Would something like that happen in real life?
Perfect Touch I believe describes the take on the paintings described in the novel as this book was about paintings. The Custer paintings were understated, often unfocused and stated the quiet beauty of Vermillion Ranch. To Sam they were beautiful in their own way and portrayed the Ranch in a different way, an unexpected way.
After reading this novel, I was in denial with what transpired, I just couldn’t believe how much of a plot twist and turn of events happened. The author did a fabulous job with keeping up the suspense and pulling the wool over my eyes.
I can’t wait to read more from this author.