Not Quite PerfectDisclaimer: I am friends with the author; however, I purchased this ebook for full price.

On the surface, this plot reads like a wacky soap opera. Melodramatic and completely unrealistic. But Norinne makes it work, and every single character in this story is someone I can imagine meeting in real life.

Beyond the primary plot, this story also includes some fascinating family dynamics and drama, on both sides of the (not-so-metaphorical) aisle. David and Victoria are complete characters both within the scope of their relationship and as part of their own family. I hope Norinne continues this series, because I’d love to see each of Victoria’s brothers feature in their own story.

Some of the obstacles in the couple’s path stretched credulity for me, especially Victoria’s reaction to David’s previous marriage and divorce. I felt less sympathy for her when the full context of the situation was revealed, but I have the benefit of distance, and Victoria is definitely not the same type of person as me.

One thing this book absolutely does well is showcase the realities of modern dating, especially between two working professionals. I found myself cheering for Victory and David to make everything work out on multiple levels.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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