Authors: Bethany Brown & Ashlyn Kane
Genre: GLBT Contemporary, M/M
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Cameron’s best friend, Detective Patrick Hawkins, is very happy for the new couple. But he’s equally worried when mysterious gifts with disturbing letters keep appearing, targeting Cameron. When the stalking escalates to a senseless and stunning act of violence, Patrick is there for the two men, both physically and emotionally. Working together, Cameron, Jeremy, and Patrick set out to find the stalker and put a stop to his actions, but will they be able to stop him before it’s too late?
Honesty from the outset –
This is the second book in the Lost Boys and Love Letters series by this author team. The first, True North (reviewed here), I enjoyed so I was more than pleased to put my hand up to review Picture Perfect.
Although this is part of a series, Picture Perfect can be read as a stand alone. I wasn’t quite certain of – or if there was – a connection between the two books and to be honest I never went looking for it when it seemed obvious the story could easily be read on its own.
Once more, the main and secondary characters are the true gems of the work; being both well developed and appealing. Yet, they did not appear to have the same depth to them like the characters of True North. Thinking about it, I realised this wasn’t quite true; rather that because of their openness about their sexuality, their past – and current – crushes on each other, and their willingness to admit to these feelings from the outset, a lot of the angst associated with a new relationship is not there, or for that matter needed, between Cameron and Jeremy.
A couple of issues/warnings –
There are times when some readers might feel like they’re choking on the sweetness of it all and granted, some things seem a little too perfect and happy (kind of) families. Occasionally I’m in the mood for sugar with my romance so it didn’t bother me at all.
My recommendation –
I think those who enjoyed the first book will also like Picture Perfect, although there may be some who, like me, will overall prefer True North. Regardless, I’ll be looking forward to the next in the series. The writing style of this author team is such a joy to read.