The Perfect Shine (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: The Perfect Shine
Author: J.K. Hogan
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: March 18th, 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 279
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Jackson Meade was a shy, awkward kid just trying to survive a high school with too many bullies and too few friends. Now that he’s in college, his eyes have been opened to a whole world of possibilities, especially those regarding love and sexuality. However, he can’t enjoy any of it since he’s been separated from his best friend.

Blake Renault has been in love with his best friend almost since they first met. After escaping a bad family situation, he lived with Jackson and his mom for the last two years of high school, which made it much harder to keep his feelings a secret. Graduation brings lots of changes for the boys, including Blake moving to a different city to apprentice with a tattoo artist and Jackson going off to college.

Being forced apart after high school leads them to new revelations about themselves and their relationship. While Jackson questions whether his attachment to Blake is normal for best friends, Blake decides to risk everything and tell Jackson the truth. Jackson and Blake must figure out what they want from each other while the future of their deep friendship hangs in the balance. Will they find love, or lose everything?

Friends to lovers is a fun and exciting trope! When best friends cross that line into something more… that feeling is the best!

Jackson was always a loner. A predictable introvert, he had his mom and school and was happy. Then Blake waltzed into his life his Junior year of high school and introduced him to friendship and happiness and the rare feeling of home.

The feelings were all there. The actual writing was perfect. I loved both characters and their truthfulness. There was something just effortlessly sweet about them whenever they were together that had my heart in knots.

I have to admit, the timing and the POV’s got in the way of the story for me, big time. There was no rhyme or reason to it. Flashbacks, then real time, then multiple chapters of Jackson’s POV, then switched to Blake and went back. It made me dizzy and totally detracted from the story.

Overall, it was a very sweet read of two boys who learned life together and found their happy ever after.

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Galley copy of The Perfect Shine provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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