Book Review: Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery

January 12, 2015

Book Review: Chasing Perfect by Susan MalleryChasing Perfect by Susan Mallery
Series: Fool's Gold #1
Published by HQN Books on 27th April 2010
Source: Bought Kindle Copy
Pages: 376
Welcome to Fool's Gold, California, a charming community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

There's lots to do and plenty of people to meet, especially women. Because there's just one tiny problem in Fool's Gold: the men don't seem to stick around. Maybe it's the lure of big-city life, or maybe it's plain old bad luck, but regardless of the reason, the problem has to be fixed, fast. And Charity Jones may be just the city planner to do it.

Charity's nomadic childhood has left her itching to settle down, and she immediately falls in love with all the storybook town has to offer — everything, that is, except its sexiest and most famous resident, former world-class cyclist Josh Golden. With her long list of romantic disasters, she's not about to take a chance on another bad boy, even if everyone else thinks he's perfect just the way he is. But maybe that's just what he needs — someone who knows the value of his flaws. Someone who knows that he's just chasing perfect.

Where do I start?! Chasing Perfect was literally unputdownable. I was reading constantly, even when I shouldn’t have been. (I can’t say when though or I might get a serious telling off!) Let’s just say I got really creative with places to hide my Kindle.

I LOVE Fool’s Gold. I could totally live there, but I wouldn’t be doing the population any help! Settings really make a romance for me, and Fool’s Gold is no exception. Something about small town settings just get to me, I love the idea of living in a town where everyone knows one another and are happy to help one another with little tasks and everyone just feels so welcome.

Josh. Oh wow. Quite the complex character, I liked getting to know him and his thoughts. He had more of a background than I was expecting, which made a pleasant change. Plus he was a totally solid character, which probably sounds like a stupid thing to say, but he was so realistic. Like, I can imagine a guy like Josh Golden existing, with those kind of problems and that kind of past.

I really liked Charity’s character as well, her desire to carve out a new life in Fool’s Gold was admirable, and I’m pleased it worked out well for her! I wasn’t expecting the connection with Martha, that was a really clever twist, and I’m glad it was included. Charity’s scenes with Josh were my favourite – my goodness, their chemistry was something else!

I cannot wait to continue on with this series, and spend more time in Fool’s Gold, although judging by the amount of books that are already released, I have some serious catching up to do!

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