Book Review: Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery

March 16, 2015

Book Review: Almost Perfect by Susan MalleryAlmost Perfect by Susan Mallery
Series: Fool's Gold #2
Published by HQN Books on 21st June 2010
Pages: 379
Source: Bought Kindle Copy
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three-half-stars
Back in high school, Liz Sutton was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Then she'd stolen the heart of the most popular boy in town, and their secret romance helped her through the worst of times. Until Ethan Hendrix betrayed her and everything they'd ever meant to each other. Devastated and pregnant, Liz left Fool's Gold, California-forever, she thought...

Now Liz must return to town and face the man who doesn't know of their son's existence. And this time she won't have the option of making a quick getaway. Ethan and Liz can't deny their passionate attraction, even after all these years. But will their desire be enough to spark a second chance at love?

As a rule of thumb, I hate books with a premise like Almost Perfect. I end up hating the characters and their actions, but somehow, Susan Mallery has taken this somewhat overdone plot and made it pretty enjoyable for me.

I suppose it helped that I actually (surprisingly) really liked Liz. And I completely understood why she hid away from Ethan and Fool’s Gold, even if it wasn’t the right thing to do. If I was in her shoes…I’d have probably done the same. And her return to Fool’s Gold was totally selfless. She could’ve ignored the email from her niece, but she didn’t. She sucked it up, packed her stuff and went there, knowing she wouldn’t be welcome. And that takes a ridiculous amount of courage. Ridiculous. And she really suffered. Most people blamed her for what happened between her and Ethan, in reality, it was more his fault than hers.

What I really appreciated seeing was Denise Hendrix not being afraid to side with Liz. She said her piece at the start, but when she got to know the full story she was so supportive towards Liz and let Ethan know when he’d done something stupid, which happened a lot. And made me want to pull my hair out. I couldn’t bring myself to really love Ethan’s character, he was too much of an asshole at times for me, so I found his romance with Liz a little off at times. I just couldn’t fully get behind it, not like I did with Charity and Josh. I did however love watching Ethan become a father. He stepped right up to the plate and I really respected that.

Almost Perfect was exactly that. Almost Perfect. If the romance had been one I could fully get behind, I would have loved it, but it just fell a little flat for me.

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