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Friday, October 1, 2010

Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery

Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (348 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Rosemary

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?

Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery is a delightful novel about the bonds of friendship, the joys of small town living, and discovering love when it is least expected.

Pia O’Brian is not sure she is up to the task of motherhood, but deep in her heart, she knows that Crystal wanted her to have her babies. During a business meeting with retired football player, Raoul Moreno, Pia finds herself so distracted by the news of the embryos that she winds up spilling her story to him. While Pia wrestles with her decision of whether or not to have the babies, she and Raoul begin to form a friendship. When Pia decides to have the embryos implanted, and Raoul becomes her pregnancy buddy, will their close friendship become something deeper?

Finding Perfect is the third book in the Fool’s Gold trilogy, and with a charming, well-developed cast of characters, Susan Mallery brings Fool’s Gold to life and reveals the ups and downs of small town living. Pia and Raoul are very likable but neither protagonist is perfect. Ms. Mallery does a spectacular job of keeping the mood light while working through their problems. The interactions between the other residents of Fool’s Gold are heart-warming and enjoyable. Finding Perfect is evenly paced and well plotted. Ms. Mallery tackles some serious issues in Finding Perfect, but the overall feel of the novel is upbeat, and it is laced with humor.

Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery is the ideal novel for escaping everyday life. I enjoyed my stay in Fool’s Gold, and you will too.