Another Excellent Story
5 out of 5 stars
Being the fifth book in Pyland’s Holiday series, I understood that this was going to revolve around two women, with a least one of them having ties to the larger group that this entire series revolves around. This story style has worked well so far, so I understand Pyland sticking with it here.
The Misperception revolves around Paisley and Trinity. Paisley owns her own successful consulting company, where she goes into businesses and helps them improve some of their inefficiencies. One of the downfalls of this is there is lots of travel and not a lot of opportunity to meet anyone. And even when she does, the distance, schedule, and obsession with her jobs make any chance at love fall apart before it even begins. That is, until one fateful day.
Trinity runs her own business with her best friend. They are getting off the ground and trying to take the next step after a successful Kickstarter campaign and some early investing. Paisley is brought in to help them out (without Trinity knowing), and the sparks fly, but not for the typical reasons I’m used to in books like this. I loved their back story, and I thought that Pyland did a great job allowing these two women to have intertwined backstories while also forging forward and making new ones.
The Misperception was a fun read from beginning to end. I thought that this one really showed off Pyland’s writing abilities. Especially something I don’t mention much in these reviews because, to each their own, Pyland really shines at her ability to write intimate and sexy scenes between her characters. That’s on full display here, and I had to call it out because each book in this series has had that, but I haven’t said anything.
Overall, I thought The Misperception might be one of the strongest books in this series. Still, it would also be one that anyone could pick up and enjoy without knowing the other friends’ back stories (they’re quickly mentioned, but four of the couples have their stories told in Holiday books one through four.
I absolutely flew through it and barely finished it before I sat down to review it because I enjoyed it so much.
This is book five in the Holiday Series.
Paisley Hill cared about one thing—she was building her company from the ground up without accepting any money from her wealthy family to do it. That was important to Paisley, and she took her job as a consultant seriously, wanting to help companies grow and get more efficient because of her ideas.
The one thing Paisley hadn’t cared much about in years was a relationship. She’d been fine with casual dates and hookups every now and then, but Paisley had watched several of her close friends find love this year, and she tried to push the loneliness and fear of losing her friends to love out of her mind.
Trinity Pascal had an idea one day, told her best friend about it, and now, years later, they were trying to establish their new company with money from investors. Trinity loved problem-solving and brainstorming, but she wasn’t much of a fan of the day-to-day business stuff. When her business-partner-and-best-friend suggests they bring in a consultant to help, Trinity is more than surprised to see her old high school bully, Paisley Hill, walk into the building.
While Trinity definitely remembers Paisley, Paisley doesn’t seem to know who Trinity is, at first. As they navigate their work relationship, and things clearly start to move from beyond work only, both women have to decide if they’re ready for something that might just be the real thing—right in time for Paisley’s nosy mother to invite Trinity to the family Thanksgiving dinner.
The Misperception by Nicole Pyland
Narrator: Carolyn Eve
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
Series: Holiday #5
Published by Self Published on November 10th 2022
Genres: Enemies to Lovers, Workplace / Office Romance, LesFic/Sapphic Fiction
Also by this author: All The Love Songs, Always More, The Show Must Go On, The Writing on the Wall
Also in this series: The Writing on the Wall, The Block Party, The Fireworks, The Sweet Escape