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Book Review: Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery

March 30, 2015

Book Review: Finding Perfect by Susan MalleryFinding Perfect by Susan Mallery
Series: Fool's Gold #3
Published by HQN Books on 31st August 2010
Pages: 346
Source: Bought Kindle Copy
Goodreads
two-half-stars
When Pia O'Brian's best friend dies, Pia expects to inherit her cherished cat. Instead, the woman leaves Pia three frozen embryos. With a disastrous track record in the romance department and the parenting skills of a hamster, Pia doesn't think she's meant for motherhood. But determined to do the right thing, Pia decides to become a single mother. Only to meet a gorgeous, sexy hunk the very same day.

A former foster-care kid now rich beyond his wildest dreams, Raoul Moreno runs a camp for needy children in Fool's Gold, California. After his last relationship, Raoul thought he was done with women and commitment. Still, he can't get sweet, sexy Pia out of his mind—and proposes a crazy plan. But can such an unconventional beginning really result in the perfect ending?

In all honesty, I probably should’ve skipped this one. I’m not a massive fan of Pia, so to read a book centred was a bit of a silly idea. That said, it wasn’t all terrible, but not as enjoyable as its predecessors.

Despite me not really liking Pia, I do admire her decision to have Crystal’s babies. It might have been a slightly rash decision, but I really liked how she knew she had to do it, even if she didn’t quite know how she was going to do it.

My whole problem with Finding Perfect is the romance. And for a romance book, that is not what I want to happen! I just never truly believed in Raoul and Pia, and couldn’t see any chemistry between the pair. I know it started off as a relationship of convenience, but it still just didn’t work that well for me, which sucks. And I really wish men would stop using a marriage proposal as a quick fix! Ethan did it, now Raoul thinks it’s a good idea! Surely they know only to propose if they truly love someone! I’m more likely to believe in the romance if the proposal comes out of genuine feelings, instead of being used as a way to easily repair things. It’s so disrespectful to the woman, saying she doesn’t deserve to find someone she truly loves to marry, she should just marry to ease their conscience and make them happy.

Finding Perfect was still a quick, if not wholly enjoyable read. I’m looking forward to continuing with the Fool’s Gold series, and reading the next three stories which are centred on Ethan’s triplet sisters.

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
Goodreads
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.

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
Pages: 376
Source: Bought Kindle Copy
Goodreads
five-stars
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!