Innocent or guilty - there's nothing perfect about it.
Phoebe Davidson is a good girl who's been through some bad times. Her life changed forever when she learned that her husband was living a secret life. Now, six years later, she's just going through the motions of her life, afraid to let anyone in. When a horrific crime occurs in her home, she meets Logan Matthews, a police detective working the case. When Phoebe herself is charged with the murder, can she trust Logan? Can she - and should she - let him into her life?
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"Tension builds on every page as the protagonists attempt to prove Phoebe’s innocence. Lassiter deftly handles the magnetism that happens so quickly between the couple...." (RT Book Reviews)
I read. A lot. Audiobooks are my guilty pleasure--especially romance! Bring on the HEAs, please :)
Perfectly Innocent was the first book I've read from Ms. Lassiter. For the most part the suspense of the story was nicely done--events built upon each other subtly, ratcheting up the danger for Phoebe and Logan as the story progressed. It really wasn't obvious who the villain was for much of the story--generally speaking, this is a good thing; however, when we do find out "whodunnit" there really weren't as many clues leading us to the suspect as I would have liked so it felt kind of out in left field. Not totally--the character did have motivation--but the big reveal really didn't give me any "aha!" moments like some mysteries do. (Aha! That's why he/she did/said/meant by that...!)
I liked Phoebe and Logan together--they had some nice chemistry going on and made a cute couple. Their attraction had a hint of insta- to it, but overall it wasn't wholly unbelievable. I wanted them to get together, so it was easy to go along with it.
Phoebe was a Twizzler fiend, which automatically makes her a kindred spirit. She gets Twizzler bouquets from two guys! How does one get so lucky? ;)
The dead body in her kitchen/being arrested for a crime she didn't commit part is a downer, of course. But... Twizzlers!
At times Logan's character lost my sympathy a bit for wishy-washiness. A few times he made Phoebe believe he was in her corner only to turn on her (not completely, but enough that I would have had a hard time forgiving him for it) when some evidence showed up that might point to her guilt. In the next scene, though, he'd be sure she was innocent again. Make up your mind, man! A seasoned detective should be a bit steadier in his convictions.
The story lost a bit of its tautness at the end--things were resolved a bit too quickly and easily; a secondary character does an abrupt about-face in regards to his feelings about both Logan and Phoebe without quite enough reason for it; two police detectives were awfully fast to go running to the rescue without any real evidence that a rescue was needed (it was, but all we had to prove it was another character who suddenly said, "*character name here* has reason to want to hurt Phoebe!"); and the villain, though they did have some motive, was just a teensy bit over-the-top with the drama of it all. It felt just a tad bit far-fetched.
Still, I did enjoy the book; up until the end it had my complete attention and even though the end was a little less than I'd still pick up another book from this author without hesitation.
I liked the dual narrators for this romantic suspense novel. Both did a nice job with their characters; the narrator who voiced Phoebe added in little extras--a small laugh, for example--that added a touch of realism to the performance. At times the editing (or whatever the audio equivalent is) of the finished product needed a little more tweaking--a few times we switched voices a bit too abruptly. A small pause would have made the transition less jarring. It only happened a few times, though--overall the audio experience was a very pleasant one.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B
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