Review: Liam’s Perfect Woman, by Beth Kery

Filed in 4 1/2 Stars , Beth Kery , Giveaways , Review , The Danger Lover Posted on July 12, 2011 @ 6:30 am 21 comments
Format Read: e-ARC submitted by author for review
Length: 224 Pages
Series: Home to Harbor Town Book #2
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
Formats Available: Mass Market Paperback, Kindle, Nook, eBook
Book Blurb:

IT HAPPENED ONE SUMMER…

The moment Liam Kavanaugh first glimpsed the exotic beauty dancing across a moonlit beach, he was smitten. But he was in for the surprise of his life when she turned out to be Natalie Reyes! The big-city cop had returned to Harbor Town to be the chief of police. Instead, he was battling an intense attraction to the woman who was forcing him to confront his past….

The lone survivor of the crash that had destroyed their families, Natalie needed Liam’s help to finally move past the tragedy that shattered her life. Yet the innocent beauty wasn’t prepared for the passion that flared between them. And now her very future was in the hands of a man who just might be able to heal her heart with his loving touch…

Excerpt

My Thoughts

Liam Kavanaugh worked as undercover detective in Chicago before pulling up stakes and returning to the small lakeside community of Harbor Town, Michigan. Liam accepted the position as Harbor Town’s Police Chief and buys the Myerson cottage situated on a lovely piece of beachfront property. The house needs considerable work but Liam is content to renovate his carpenter’s dream over time and enjoy a quieter existence in the small town. Then he meets Natalie Reyes and his life takes an unexpected turn.

Natalie Reyes was 11 years old when severely injured in the car crash that forever changed the lives of 3 families. At 27 years old she is wise beyond her years but quite reclusive. Natalie suffered facial lacerations along with other painful injuries which required multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation. One of her eyes is light sensitive and a scar on the side of her face has caused her considerable insecurity. Moreover, when other young people were out learning to socialize Natalie was hospitalized and never allowed the opportunity to enjoy her youth the way others her age did. Her social skills therefore suffered and Natalie is vary wary of how others view her, the loan survivor of the infamous crash. Natalie is a gifted dancer and in the dark quite of the Harbor Town beach she enjoys the freedom of her dance.
Liam sees the delicate beauty dancing on the beach one night and is immediately drawn to her. Later meets with Natalie Reyes in her office as she wants to hire him to investigate the car crash caused by Derry Kavanaugh (Liam’s father). She is convinced that there was a catalyst that precipitated Derry to become so intoxicated and drive recklessly. After 15 years of suffering Natalie needs closure.
Once Liam overcomes initial suspicion as to Natalie’s reasons for involving him in her quest, he agrees to help her. Then, as he spends more time with Natalie, he discovers an intelligent complex, woman who through no fault of her own was robbed of her childhood.

“He’d give anything to comprehend what was going on in that brain of hers. On second she was acting like a skittish colt and the next she was saying something deadpan in that low, sexy voice of hers, reminding him for all the world of a sophisticated Bacall baiting Bogie.

She was a puzzle, and the detective in him needed to figure her out.”

Liam’s Perfect Woman © Beth Kery

Liam is athletic, extremely handsome and sexually experienced. With his gentle nurturing Natalie’s sensuality blossoms for the first time in her life. Natalie is a virgin, and with Liam, she is finally able relax, gain confidence and enjoy intense intimacy. Ms. Kery has created a beautiful picturesque community in Harbor Town and her lovely descriptive prose made this love story more special.
Ms. Kery continues to develop characters introduced in the first novel of the series The Hometown Hero Returns. Namely Eric Reyes, a handsome, gifted Orthopedic Surgeon, and Natalie’s older overprotective brother. Eric is less than pleased about her relationship with Liam. Brigit Kavanaugh, Liam’s bitter and guarded mother who tries to interfere with his relationship with Natalie. And, Colleen, Liam’s lovely, headstrong sister.

The families affected by the accident have a history that is littered with ugliness born of tragedy and there are also deep and startling secrets that have been kept deeply hidden. Liam painstakingly turns over one small pebble at a time and makes a painful discovery regarding the events that transpired during the hours before the accident. This story has startling surprises in store.

Liam’s Perfect Woman, was an and emotional, sensual read. It also tells the story of a journey of discovery for Natalie and Liam. I’m really looking forward to seeing where Ms. Kery takes the families of the Home To Harbor Town series in Book III which will be Colleen Kavanaugh and the handsome Eric Reyes story.

I give Liam’s Perfect Woman 4 1/2 Bookies

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~*~*Giveaway*~*~

Beth Kery has generously offered a paperback copy of Liam’s Perfect Woman to one lucky commenter! AND – BLI has a paperback copy of The Hometown Hero Returns for one lucky commenter!

Winner #1 will have their choice of books. 
Winner #2 will receive the remaining novel.

All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about the review.
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, July 23, 2011; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

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Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • Robin S. July 12, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Great review! I'm looking forward to this second installment of the Harbor Town series. If it's as good as the first, I can certainly see why it got the rating it got. Keep up the terrific writing Beth!

  • Chele Blades July 12, 2011 at 9:17 am

    i soo enjoy all of Beth Kery (aka Bethany Kane) work…have not started this series but it is my TB purchased pile…would love a chance to win a copy

    seachele71@hotmail.com

  • Jen B. July 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I have recently started to read more of the contemporary small town romances. This one sounds like a really nice story. Are there comedic elements or is it more of a heart wrenching type of story? Thanks for the giveaway.
    jepebATverizonDOTnet

  • Maria July 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I have not read either of these books but they both sound incredibly good. I really enjoyed the review for Liam's Perfect Woman – there's nothing better than good character development and hidden secrets that are revealed and it sounds like this book has plenty of both! Thanks fo the giveaway!

    junegirl63(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Di July 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I love to see how an author develops a character and has them grow thru the story. There certainly sounds like there is a lot of basis for character growth in this premise and I would love to read it to find out.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  • Dottie (Tink's Place) July 12, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Hi Beth and Lea!

    It is through Lea's many glowing reviews of Ms. Kery's work that I finally picked up a couple of her books, and I haven't looked back since. As contemporary romances aren't my usual read, I was surprised how easily I feel under Ms. Kery's spell. She weaves an awesome tale of love and redemption. Can't wait to try this new series as well!

    Dottie 🙂

  • Mary G July 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Beth & Lea
    Terrific review Lea. I loved that line – Bacall baiting Bogie.

  • Na July 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    What is I really enjoy is contemporary romances is small-towns stories. Everything seems more united, interconnected and less hectic, an ideal place for a relationship to develop.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Birgit July 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Whiel I've always liked to read romance novels, I must confess I don't know any of Beth' books yet *hangs her head in shame* but I sure would love to after reading about Harbor Town! Yep, I've always loved books with small town settings, no matter which genre.

    danaan at gmx dot at

  • Jane July 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I'm a fan of Beth's books, but I have to admit I've only read her erotic romances. I need to start picking up her category romances.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • Ju Dimello July 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Whoa..me wants this book right now 😉 Just 'cos of the review! I usually steer clear of small town romances, but I am recently trying out genres and books I usually don't try and I'm surprised – most of the times in a good way!

    Fab giveaway. Count me in. judimello AT gmail DOT com

  • Estella July 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I love stories set in small towns!
    Liam's Perfect Woman sounds like a great read.
    Cannot expect anything else from Ms Kery!

    kissinoak at frontier.com

  • Lea July 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Everyone:

    Thanks for your comments and entering the Giveaway! Good luck to you all. 🙂 I agree, the small town setting of this story helps to set the overall tone and Ms. Kery's descriptive prose is lovely!

    @JenB: Hi there, I wouldn't say there are comedic elements to the story and it's not heart-wrenching. It does tug at the heart strings because of Natalie's trauma and long suffering turmoil. However she is also extremely intelligent and strong.

    It's a story of revelations and ultimate happiness for the H&H, Liam is perfect for her. 😉

    Thanks!

  • Linda Henderson July 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I really like the story-line of this book. I like law enforcement characters and also wounded souls. I will look forward to reading this story.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  • marybelle July 13, 2011 at 2:30 am

    If blurb could touch my heart so, imagine how powerfully the story will affect me. MUST READ!!!

  • Carol L. July 13, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Thanks for Liam's review. I haven't read either book but have read Beth's work. These are on my TRL for sure. I love how you described Liam .
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  • Maureen July 13, 2011 at 4:59 am

    It looks like an emotional story and I do like wounded characters who triumph in the end.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  • Tore July 13, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Both books sounds really good and I would love to read them. Please enter me in contest.Tore923@aol.com

  • Anonymous July 13, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    I can't wait to read Liam's Perfect Woman. I'm a big fan of Beth's books!

    Diana
    ISRAEL2 at hotmail dot com

  • ClaudiaGC July 14, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I love these stories where the long lost son of a town comes back and finds true love! Great review!

    claudigc at msn dot com

  • Kaetrin July 14, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I'm looking forward to reading both of these – I enjoy Beth Kery's writing. 🙂

    hankts AT internode DOT on DOT net

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