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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery

Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (376 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

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.

Ever wanted something so bad it hurt? But when you got what you wanted, it wasn’t quite what it was cracked up to be? Sounds like the story of pro cyclist Josh Golden. But what about Charity Jones? Well, nothing in her life is quite what it seems and you need to read Chasing Perfect to get the whole story.

Susan Mallery creates a world for the reader to immerse him or herself in. You feel like you’re a part of Fool’s Gold, California and you don’t want to leave after the last page. The primary characters will warm your heart, but the secondary characters really make this novel memorable. The writing is tight and fast-paced. It’s a great read.

Charity is an interesting heroine because she’s an independent woman. The thing that drove me bonkers about her, though, was her tendency to be verbally positive and think negative. I understand she has trust issues, but I wanted her independence to shine through a bit more. But when she put her mind to something—look out!

Josh is a warm breath of sunshine kind of hero. He’s used to the limelight from cycling, but there are ghosts in his past that make him relatable to the reader. You feel for his struggles, even when you don’t totally understand what’s happening. It doesn’t hurt that he’s handsome and really is the nice guy he proclaims himself to be. I liked that, as the title suggests, he and Charity are chasing something that may or may not exist in real life. It struck a chord with me.

A couple of things really stuck out for me with this story. There were some moments that had me on the edge of my seat and others I felt were a tad predictable. I like a story with variety and this one lacked it just a bit. That being said, I still liked this book and would recommend it to my friends.

If you want a story with a sexy hero and a down-to-earth heroine, then you need to read Chasing Perfect.