Do you read your horoscope? They’re fun to follow – especially when they predict good things happening! That’s the allure of horoscopes – they’re usually broad enough that you can find at least an inkling of personal relevance. In Perfectly Honest, Mikaela reads three different horoscopes each day and picks the one that most closely aligns with how she wants her day to go, and that horoscope is at the beginning of every chapter for a bit of tantalizing foreshadowing. In Perfectly Honest, I also had a bit of fun with zodiac signs. Sam’s mom, Marla, pays an unexpected visit to Sam and Mikaela, unaware that Sam and Mikaela’s engagement is fake. Marla has her own idea about zodiac signs and perfect soul mates!
You never know where your words will take you…
When Mikaela Finn agreed to be Sam’s “fiancée” for a weekend, she probably should have told him that she’s a doctor. Sam O’Brien, aka “Dr. Eye Candy,” is trying to shed his playboy reputation and convince a small town hospital that he’s ready to settle down. But when his “fiancée” helps deliver a baby in the middle of the meet and greet, it’s a bit of a shock. If he’d known the whole truth, he might have done things a little differently because somehow his “fiancée” ends up stealing his job and his heart. Not exactly the change he wanted.
Lies and deceit – it’s a match made in heaven!
Enjoy an excerpt from Perfectly Honest ~
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Emotions will escalate and confusion will set in with regard to a partnership you thought you could count on. Take time to absorb what’s happened. You are sitting in a much better position than you realize. Bide your time.
As they stirred their tea, Marla leaned forward with excited eyes. “I want to know all the details. What’s your sign?”
Mikaela blinked. “My sign?”
“Yes. You know, Sam is a Scorpio. I hope you’re not a Virgo. All the Virgos are a little…zealous. Too much energy, if you ask me. And I don’t know that Pisces would be a good fit either. They tend to daydream the day away, don’t you think? I think Sam needs someone a little more grounded. Taurus would be okay, but they do tend to be a bit stubborn and Leo, well I think a Leo would be a bit too boisterous, maybe a bit too bossy for Sam. I wouldn’t like to see another Scorpio. Could you imagine? That would be the worst kind of clash. Don’t you think? Now, last year, I would have said Sagittarius. It was a good year for Sagittarius. This year, I’m thinking a Libra or Aquarius would be good. I could see that working. I’ve given this a lot of thought. I’ve told Sam. I told him he has to watch the sign, but I never know if he really listens.”
Mikaela’s head spun. “Ah, I’m an Aries,” she said hesitantly.
“Oh perfect.” Marla clapped her hands. “That’s a good match, especially this year. The moon cycle is perfect for an Aries-Scorpio match. I’ve always thought Aries was best at thinking things through before they do something irreversible. That will be the perfect balance to Sam’s Scorpio impulsiveness,” she announced confidently.
Mikaela almost burst out laughing. Yup, that was her all right. Thinking things through. Planning change. Avoiding the irreversible. Marla’s nailed it, she thought ruefully. Sam really should have paid more attention to the sign.
“What is your Chinese zodiac?”
“You know. Your heavenly stem, your earthly branch, your animal, your element?”
“I’m not really sure.”
“Hmmm. We’ll have to figure that out. Sam is a Tiger. At least he’s born a Tiger. Personally, internally I think he’s a dragon. Truly there is a bit of ox and secretively, I suspect a little goat. But then I’m his mother.” She patted Mikaela’s hand. “So if you were a horse, dog or dragon, that would be wonderful. Oh dear, I do hope you’re not a monkey. That would not be good.”
“I’m pretty sure I’m not a monkey,” Mikaela assured her.
“That’s a relief. There are so many things to think about when you choose a mate. Are you a yin or yang?”
“Yin?” Mikaela guessed, hoping to make Marla happy.
“Perfect,” Marla beamed. “Sam’s a yang. The perfect match. You know Olivia and Ron are yang-yang, so I do worry. But they produced the most beautiful daughter. Just goes to show there’s something good there somewhere.”
“And what is your favourite color?” Marla asked earnestly.
Seriously? She was engaged to her son and that’s what she thought was important? She was beginning to understand why Walt went for a swim. “Ah, aquamarine?”
“Oh, aquamarine,” Marla repeated, nodding her head. “Now would that be more blue or more green?”
Mikaela just stared. “Blue?”
“Oh lovely. I love blue, too.”
“That’s important to finding someone compatible?” Mikaela asked skeptically.
Marla laughed. “No, now that would be silly, dear. No, I just asked because I enjoy quilting in my spare time, and I’ve decided to make a quilt for each of the kids as a wedding present. So yours shall be blue. And I’ll get started on that right away.” She leaned forward. “Have you picked a date for the wedding?”
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Award-winning author Linda O’Connor started writing romantic comedies when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at a local home décor store. Her books have enjoyed bestseller status. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic. She shares her medical knowledge in fast-paced, well-written, sexy romances – with an unexpected twist. Her favourite prescription to write? Laugh every day. Love every minute.