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White Balance by [Paton, Ainslie]
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He saw the world in 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2329 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091V1M74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Lily Malone TOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 January 2014
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I loved this book. White Balance had me from page 1. I've read Ainslie Paton's work before, particularly Desk Jockey Jam, which was also a 5 star read for me - but Jam is so very different from White Balance. Talk about versatile.
White Balance has the most incredibly plaintive, sad, poignant tone I can remember encountering in a book in eons. I was completely invested in all the main characters, particularly Bailey, Aiden, Blake and Olivia, but also the two children in the book, and the people who were so 'strong' off the page - Shannon - who dies before the book ever began.
If you're ready for a character-driven romance, rather than a sex-driven story... please give this one a try.
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Beautiful story & fantastic characters. Captivated from the first chapter. Highly recommended.
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By Beeb on 30 October 2014
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Good Aussie story with not to much sex. A nice Romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Rollercoaster Ride to Love - The Aussie/English Way of Writing 5 August 2013
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I noticed one reader's review being criticial of Ainslie's grammer and spelling. Perhaps she is confusing US and English spelling. From an English spelling point of view, which is what we use in Australia, the book is grammatically correct. So we say colour not color, centre not center, neighbour not neighbor etc. I think Anslie uses the spelling of stupid as "stoopid" because that's the way the character is pronouncing it - it's meant to be humorous.

I love reading Ainslie books, they are a "can't put down book" that have me laughing as well as taking me on an emotional rollercoaster ride. The characters in this book are so real life, from their torments and fears to their hopes and dreams. For the Hero in this book, I would not wish the anguish he goes through on anyone but the process from anguish, anger, fear, guilt to love (being the light at the end of his tunnel) is very insightful and realistic. Our Heroine is also someone that has to battle with parents who do not have any faith in her abilities and are always critical. Her perseverance against the battle of insecurity, realising her self worth and that she is deserving of love (being the light at the end of her tunnel) is very true to life. Really worth reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written overall yet needs an editor for clarity; still worth the read 21 September 2014
By SM - Published on
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White Balance is a humerous, touching story of love, loss, and love again. In. White Balance, Bailey Wyatt is a professional photographer and author of the White Balance blog. After a contract goes south, Bailey takes on another contract job with her former employer / platonic office husband / good friend, Blake. Blake hires on his widowed best friend and former competitor, Aiden Riley, as well. Sparks begin to fly when Aiden and Bailey meet but former lovers, workplace professionalism, outside obligations and more issues make it complicated. Will Bailey and Aiden get together? Are there sparks between Bailey and Blake, her married employer? Will Bailey overcome industry sexism to win a big contract for the company?

PROS: interesting writing style combined with emotional moments grab you by the scruff of your neck

CONS: lots of unclear dialogue (who is saying what?) plus spelling and grammatical errors

Fresh, interesting writing style and tones of voice make this a curious novel. Style-wise it's similar to Chuck Palahnuik e.g. short, clipped sentences but the story was slow and boring at first. One problem was that there were many confusing points during the novel, such as phrases or terms that were used but not (well) explained e.g. "the penguin" as a metaphor for Bailey's limp, several different/inconsistent terms of affection used for the same person.

Another problem was with dialogue; it was hard to keep track of who was speaking during a conversation. Specifying the speaker by adding a few "Blah blah blah," [CHARACTER] SAID would have easily solved this problem.

Other confusing elements included seemingly changing character descriptions which made it difficult to picture the characters. For example, at first Aiden sounded like he was in his mid50s then mid30s based on the how the author described him at different points in the novel (e.g. "He was like a father to Bailey" vs "Bailey saw a young, handsome man in Aiden"). When Aiden agrees to be a part of the Big Brother program and look after Cody, the same issue appears with Cody first seeming 17 years old and then seemingly 10 years old.

I did like how the story unfolded though. This is definitely a romance novel wrapped up in a modern workplace setting. Worth the read but not worth a reread especially due to numerous spelling and grammatical errors.

The best part about the book is the author's writing style, though. There are numerous quotable sentences and passages that really jump out at you and into your core. Overall worth the read but not a reread. Steamy scenes were PG-13.

Recommended for: NA/new adults, people interested in photography. Not recommended for: YA.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Literary readers, Romance fans will love it 4 July 2014
By Carol Kean - Published on
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Grief is a problematic topic for big houses that want to sell to everybody. Too often, they refuse to publish novels that focus on the process of grieving. Real life grief in a novel can make people uncomfortable in a way they choose not to experience--by not buying books about the aftermath of tragedy and loss. Books about bombed buildings and downed airliners sell, of course. Readers shell out money for action. But will they stick around for the long, agonizing process of picking up the pieces and learning how to move on?

I know of a woman whose daughter was killed in an automobile accident. She found fiction irrelevant after that catastrophic event, but one self-published novel about a grieving mother whose son was murdered did touch her in a positive way. And that is what the author had hoped her novel would do--ultimately uplift.

Sad, that Big Publishers would pass over a romantic lead like Ainslie Paton's Aiden, frozen in his grief-- not to mention a heroine who waddles like a penguin when pain from an injury flares up--but they're depriving millions of readers of catharsis and the satisfaction of realizing, "Yes! That's it, exactly! Someone else knows how I feel."

No book appeals to all, and the best authors don't write in order to appeal to mass readership. That's counter to big publishers' goals, which is to sell as many books to as many people as possible and make loads of money.

That said, I have one little complaint about White Balance: the synopsis said Aiden's world was so gray and blea, even the cat moved out (moved on) -- and that was the #1 hook that got me to read this novel--even though I have a gazillion other books in my Kindle and authors begging me for feedback, reviews and promotions. I'd never heard of Ainslie Paton, nor had she heard of me or asked me to read her novel. THE CAT got me. Imagine, in the midst of grieving for the loss of wife and child, and even a mere CAT gives up on you.

But Chauncey the cat was there to stay. If he ever walked out on Aiden, I somehow missed that page. By the time I figured out I'd been misled, I was hooked on the story and turning pages into the wee hours of the night.

I do have a second complaint: many, many others mention books and movies in their novels. Usually I can "put up and shut up" about that little pet peeve. But this novel mentions "Despicable Me" (a marvelous movie, to be sure) a few times too many.

The ending was also way too full of treacle for me. I hope this isn't a plot spoiler. I hope the kind of reader who loves treacle will not have that word in their every-day vocabulary. Recently, an author I beta-read didn't know what "maudlin" means. He did intuit, though, that I wasn't singing his praises when a certain scene verged on being maudlin.

In all, WHITE BALANCE is a clever, engaging, witty, profound and relevant novel, authentic, believable, but a little bit maddening, in that it relies on certain tropes of the romance genre, namely, that business of "If only this bit of information had not been withheld, then all the pages of suffering that followed would have been so easily avoided." But all the how-to-write-fiction teachers insist that we must torture the protagonists, and one of the simplest ways to do that is to have the character rush to judgment, make wrong conclusions, and suffer misinformation or be denied information that would have made all the difference.

The prose is so lovely, the characters so memorable, I overlooked the things that peeve me, and I heartily recommend this novel to literary readers as well as romance addicts.

Next time you promise treachery from a cat, though, you'd better deliver! ;-)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book 16 August 2014
By J.R, - Published on
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This was a really good book. It was in depth with the characters. You could see how they all fit together. You learned some about the differences between introverts and extroverts. You saw how partners might complement each other in a business. It had a good story line. It needed some editing, though. It wasn't too bad, but there were just enough wrong to say "Please edit this!" It shows respect for your readers if you will have a good editor go through the book before you publish it in any form.

I have one other comment: Ms. Paton portrays "Big Brothers" organization in a very poor light. I am in the "Big Brothers Big Sisters" organization in my city in the U.S.A. If I left an urgent message, my case worker or someone else in the organization would call me back within 24 hours. Giving a bad impression of this fine organization could discourage people from volunteering in the future. This program has turned countless at-risk youth into successful members of our society. I sincerely hope Ms. Paton will rewrite the book to eliminate the bad impression she has created of this important organization.

I want to end on a positive note! This book is definitely worth reading!
4.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon a Time 20 March 2015
By Kathryn @theBookDate - Published on
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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 the 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.

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