Imperfect Beauty by E.A. West
Publisher: Astraea Press
Length: Short Story (70 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Lotus
A visit to the Highland games goes awry for Alasdair Buchanan when his cousin abandons him in the crowd. His guide dog is terrible at describing the sights, but he does a great job of finding the river. Too bad Alasdair has no clue where that river is in relation to his cousin’s apartment.
When Trisha Wright stops to speak with him in her angelic voice, Alasdair is certain his cousin did him a favor by abandoning him. Trisha loves the Scot’s flirtatious ways and basks in his compliments, but she can’t shake the fear that he’ll hate her when he learns the truth about her—a truth everyone can see but him.
What can a blind man do when his unreliable cousin abandons him in the middle of a Highland Games festival? Should he follow a woman who has a beautiful voice?
Alasdair Buchanan was blinded in an accident a few years ago and has acquired a helpful guide dog, Foster. However, attending a festival requires more than a guide dog to help him find where he needs to go, especially since it’s only his third day in America. Trisha Wright happened to find him and Foster in front of a river and decided to help him out. She is actually glad that he can’t see because she doesn’t want him to view what has scared everyone else off. Trisha, a graphic designer, has the ability to describe with wonderful detail what is going on around them. However, she does so without being overly verbose, intrusive, or condescending, making Alastair enjoy himself immensely in her company.
I enjoyed this little story so much that I wanted to be the one who got to try the food at the festival! I loved the descriptions of surroundings much more than in most stories since I was trying to get what Alasdair was experiencing. One of the things that really intrigued me was finding out the reason Trisha was worried about Alasdair finding out about her face. The words of wisdom that came out of this story definitely made me contemplate about things in life. Ms. West has a wonderful way with words, spinning a tale so interesting that I couldn’t believe I was already done with the story when it ended.
If your senses are in need of a treat, grab hold of your copy of Imperfect Beauty for this ride as Alasdair and Trisha navigate their way through the beginning of their relationship.