Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Book Review: 'Permanent' by Kim Carmichael


Bad boy, good girl, opposites attract; a lot of insecurity, jumping to conclusions until they finally reach their HEA – that is the basic premise behind PermanentPermanent is a sweet story about finding true love in the wrong place, and getting what you need instead of what you want.
The story focuses on the development of the relationship between Lindsay Stevens and Shane Elliott without sidetracking too much from the developing relationship. It is written in limited third person POV, so a reader can get insight into what both the main characters are thinking. I liked that, because at any given moment the author made sure I knew from which character’s POV the story is told.
Another great feature is the secondary characters because they gave this story a very special flavor. They were a gallery of interesting people somehow related to Shane Elliot. Their togetherness is charming and there were moments when I wished to be part of that group.
The main characters are, on the other hand, very complicated. My major problem with them was that they both were so full of doubts, they were not telling the truth to each other and they both thought that they are not worthy of each other. All this angst made them seem very weak, and sometimes all those insecurities really frustrated me. While I could understand and accept the explanation for Lindsay’s insecurity (small town girl used by the guys too many times), I couldn’t figure out the foundation for Shane’s insecurity; he was supposed to be Alpha and cool. Even with that frustration, it was when the hero and heroine were able to get beyond those insecurities is when I liked their relationship. I appreciated how gentle and kind Shane was towards Lindsey, and I liked how their relationship progressed. It would have been perfect if they had come across as more sincere.
I mostly had good time reading Permanent. This fast-paced story is an interesting start of the series.

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