Date: August 2012
Source: Own book
His world was grey. She gave him back his colour.
In one stolen moment, a man bared his soul. She only saw him through her camera lens but she's overwhelmed by the desire to comfort him.
When Bailey meets scarily attractive Aiden, she's struck by the oddest feeling he's in pain. He soon proves how bogus first impressions can be. He's not in pain. He causes pain, belittling with his intelligence and humiliating with his wit.
Aiden's life is wildly out of balance. But no-one needs to know that, least of all the sparkling Bailey, even if it means ruining a perfectly good professional relationship with the only woman who ever made him forget Shannon.
Then together they save a man's life, Aiden's two realities collide and Bailey discovers she's stolen his soul.
White Balance by Ainslie Paton is a story about a big doofus, a warrior princess, a reformed narrator and a cute fairy who worms her way into the story and tends to go off script. It begins with 'Once Upon a Time' and ends with 'And They Lived Happily Ever After.'
Any book that I have read so far by Ainslie Paton I have enjoyed, and this one does not stray from that line. Set in Australia in the business world it is a fascinating look at characters and their lives, both in relation to themselves and to others. It explores loss and pain, friendship and love, light and dark, finding the balance and following your heart in all things.
White Balance is a gritty story, a story of recovery and choosing to live. A story of reaching out and seeing and being with. The characters wormed their way into my heart and I followed their ups and downs, never sure where they might move next. While it is a romance, I hesitated to even name it that, because it goes beyond into another realm.
This book did need some more proof reading, there were a larger number of typos than I like to come across, however it didn't stop me reading.
If you'd like a full review for White Balance then read this review by Jane at Dear Author as I think her review is very fair indeed and she puts it far better than I could. In the meantime I'll be organising my next read by Ainslie Paton. For as long as she is writing, I'll be reading her books.