Title: On the Surface
Series: Imperfect Love
Author: Nikki Ash
Genre: Single Dad Romance
Release Date: June 22, 2019
People see what they want to see. They only view what’s on the surface, and they’re easy to fool. I let them see on the outside that I’m a successful businesswoman. My clothes are designer, my makeup flawless, and I live in a high-rise condo in Lennox Hills. They see perfection, not what lies beneath the surface.
The real me, the one I keep hidden is a broken-hearted woman who uses the makeup to hide her tears. The expensive clothing covers a heart once shattered by love. The walls of my expensive home shelter a lonely woman who hides the fact that deep down she wants to be loved. A woman who is too scared to risk her fragile heart.
For ten years, I’ve managed to hide behind the image of perfection. Only letting people see what’s on the surface.
Until I ran into Jase.
Now, every raw emotion, every shattered piece of my heart that I buried long ago is exposed outside the protective walls of my high-rise condo. No matter how hard I try, I can’t keep the walls from crumbling. He sees me beyond the image that I’ve created. He says he can handle what’s below the surface, but can I?
A solid story for this series, I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I haven't read The Pickup, so I don't have an opinion for Celeste's behavior in that particular book, and I wasn't exactly a fan of her in Going Deep, but finally seeing her in own book left me with a different impression, and to me, she wasn't as bad as I had previously thought.
One thing that helped this story work for me is that there's already history between Celeste and Jase; I don't know if this could have worked as well if they were strangers at the start of the story. Jase is absolutely swoony! His words can get you all twisted up with smushy insides and an increased heart rate lol. Celeste tries to come across all badass and unflappable, but deep down, she's got vulnerabilities and insecurities like the majority of us.
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