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Perfect Mistake by Sophia Karlson
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Series: Perfect #1
Simone Levin had a dream job as a safari pilot until an unexpected pregnancy clipped her wings. Tired of juggling motherhood with her demanding flight schedule, Simone applies for an office job, unaware that her new boss is Carlo Carlevaro, the man who’d ditched her before finding out he’d knocked her up. Carlo returns to East Africa only to kill another fire—Ivory trafficking from his lodges threatens to destroy his company. Finding Simone back on the payroll comes as a pleasant surprise. As his employee, Simone is off-limits, but she is the only one he trusts to help with his undercover investigation. With time running out, Simone and Carlo strive to expose the trafficking ring, but working together rekindles their mutual desire. When Simone is implicated as a trafficker, revealing her daughter’s existence to Carlo seems inevitable. Acting on her instincts might come too late as the syndicate retaliate and hone in their threat. Will they survive to give their love a chance?
She glanced at him but had to look away from the intensity of his eyes, which held her with such dearness that she knew he’d spoken of her. Inwardly she trembled, her murmur of need escalating to an oscillating quake.
“Simone, there’s something you’re not telling me. If you are in trouble, please–”
She extracted her fingers from his, but he cupped her elbow in his hand. She felt like crying, but the only sound that slipped out was a strangled choke as she jerked away from him. “I’m in no trouble, thank you.” Four years too late for that one.
She wanted to laugh but it hurt too much. She had to phone her mom, but it would only be to confirm her suspicions. Her mother had never passed on the message that Carlo had phoned. Her eyes misted over and she had to blink, looking away. “I just wish someone could show me where I’m to sleep tonight.”
With me. He didn’t say the words, but they hung between them, heavy and drenched.
She curled her fingers into her palms, her nails cutting into her skin. Any physical pain that would stop her from showing him where it truly ached. “It’s such a fine bloody line, Carlo. Please understand.” She swallowed the last words, biting hard on her lip to transfer the pain that had settled underneath her heart.
What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?
My husband is a darling and has allowed me to focus on my writing career for the past few years. I can’t think of anybody being more supportive or doing something sweeter than allowing and helping someone to live their dreams.
How would you spend ten thousand bucks?
School Fees in the real world. A trip to Japan for a flight of fancy.
Where do you get your best ideas?
My ideas come from little things that pile up in my subconscious. I soak things up over time and the next thing I’ve got a character that has to make a choice and then my head just run with it. Some things have been inspired by my travels, other things have been inspired by reading articles in the Good Housekeeping UK. Some people are looking at me with a funny glint in their eyes nowadays and say: “You are very observant.” LOL. Stick around and see what happens with all my observations…!
What comes first, the plot or characters?
Characters – I love them! But plot follows hot on their heels.
What does your main character do that makes him/her special?
My heroine in this book is a pilot and her heart is in conservation. I think that makes her different from the average romance heroine.