* The Perfect Distance by Dianne May

* The Perfect Distance by Dianne May
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Larkspur

Before Finley Thompson’s husband died, he told her to run and keep running. So she relocates with her kids to a small town in North Carolina. Her false sense of safety ends when a runaway horse barrels into her yard and she meets her surly but disarming neighbor, CJ Sinclair.

As a permanently disabled Navy SEAL, all CJ wants is peace, and to build his animal rescue. His peace is interrupted when his sassy and beautiful neighbor stirs up his past, which threatens to uncover his connection with her dead husband.

But both Finley and CJ are hiding truths of their own, and digging into the past may unleash secrets from which neither CJ nor Finley will survive.

The Perfect Distance is an intense and emotional ride filled with suspense and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this well written story and getting to know the two main characters, CJ and Finley. This small town story has intricate plot weaving, good pacing and the characters are easy to connect with.

Finley and CJ are two damaged people who have a lot of secrets. They had tragic pasts and do not trust people. When Finley moves next door to CJ, they find it hard to ignore the spark that ignites whenever they are near each other.

I loved CJ, he is a tough alpha male who is protective but also sensitive. He is a retired Seal who was injured on the job. I was excited to read this story because one of my favorite genres is stories about military vets who come home with scars and have a hard time acclimating. This story immediately drew me in and I devoured every word. I just couldn’t put it down. I wanted CJ and Finley to be together and get the HEA they deserve.

When I first started reading this story, I felt a bit overwhelmed by the number of characters being introduced so quickly, but as I kept reading, I found myself engrossed in the story. This intriguing story kept me guessing about who the bad guys were and what would happen next. I highly recommend this mesmerizing story; it will keep you on the edge of your seat.


  1. What a wonderfull review!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

  2. From Dave Brown, https://www.davidbrownbooks.net/
    I couldn’t put it down.
    It was dripping with emotions
    It was a well construction murder mystery
    Every relationship had pluses and minuses
    “Blowjob from a lizard”-hilarious and new to me
    Scary: I never knew women could analyze emotions as Fin does.
    I liked the way their thoughts were rewritten in subsequent chapters

    Two Sentences
    Fearing for her life, gorgeous heroine seeks shelter in rural North Carolina for herself and her two children but unwittingly moves next to medically-retired Navy SEAL. While their instant passion for each other flashes, forcing guarded secrets to emerge, the one-time perilous and distant threat become a deadly reality.

  3. Michelle Thompson says

    Fabulous story. Found it riveting and could not put it down. Learned about Navy Seals and enjoyed the love story. It was an exciting story because of all the drama.
    5 stars

  4. Amanda Cooper says

    What a great read! I really enjoyed the complex characters and suspenseful plot. I enjoy a book that is written from different characters’ perspective and this book did not disappoint.
    The equestrian components were thoughtfully written. Anyone who loves horses will appreciate the inclusion.

    5 stars

  5. Vlasta Amizic says

    Amazing story, couldn’t put it down, feel like it will be continuations to the next story…

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