By Freya Barker and KT Dove
In one blinding flash, the very fiber of her existence is shredded.
For criminal lawyer and single mother, Stacie Gustafson, a dependable career, a well-organized life, and an immaculate image, had always been her armor. Without it she’s left exposed and struggling to create a new existence for her and her daughter. No matter how hard she tries, she is unable to avoid her history.
All it takes is one look at the blue-eyed woman, for Nicolas Flynn to be transported back ten years. Sure, her appearance has changed, but then so has his, since he turned his life around. His devotion to his small-town law firm is tested with the arrival of this bittersweet blast from the past, making for a persistent distraction. One that drags along more trouble than she left behind.
Ideal Image is book two in the Snapshot series. It centers around Stacie, sister to Ben who we met in book one, and Nicholas. In book one, Stacie was caught in an explosion that left part of her body scared. This changes her life forever. She finds herself having trouble going out into public. Nicholas had known Stacie from the past and he always had a crush on her but had a few confidence issues of his own to deal with. But now they are back together and he is wondering if she can see him differently.
I really like Stacie. Yes, she is having confidence issues but she manages those issues for the sake of her daughter. She will do anything for her daughter. Stacie still has one surgery to go and I love how Freya and KT put real emotion into what that means. I also really love how they expressed the emotion that Stacie’s daughter was going through.
Stacie showing back up in Nicholas’s life shocked him. He did not handle the reunion very well and both were left confused. I did instantly like Nicholas and as the book went on I fell for him. He turned into the rock that Stacie needed.
While Stacie and Nicholas were trying to figure out their relationship, there is trouble building. Stacie doesn’t know it but her past is coming back to find her.
I really love this series. Nicholas and his dad are perfect additions. There is so much emotion in this book from Stacie dealing with her scars to Nicholas getting past his confidence issues. I also love the part with Ben and him realizing that he now has to pass on the protecting duties to Nicholas. (Which wasn’t easy) There are some more heart wrenching moments but I don’t want to give away too much. This book has a great blend of emotion and humour.
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