Book Review

CHASING PERFECT
by Susan Mallery

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance
Sensuality: HOT

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Consistently dazzling, Mallery is sure to delight her fans with the launch of a new series set in the small foothill community of Fool's Gold, Calif. The premise of a town trying to flourish despite its perennial shortage of men is charming and funny. Along with the humor, Mallery always manages to build in emotional drama to keep her stories both edgy and amusing. No fool's gold here, it's the real deal!

Having lived a truly nomadic childhood, city planner Charity Jones can't wait to put down roots. Accepting a job to help bring in new business (and men) to tiny Fool's Gold seems like just the ticket. For whatever reason, men don't seem to stick around Fool's Gold. However, former Tour de France winner Josh Golden is one who has. The tragic racing accident that took the life of a teammate still haunts Josh to the point that he has retired from the sport. Being single in a town with so few men makes Josh the holy grail to the women -- but can Charity see through to the real man within? (HQN, May, 384 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: HQN

Published: May 2010

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4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
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Chasing Perfect

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 22, 2012 - 6:02pm.

Charity Jones has just arrived in Fool's Gold, California, to start her new job as City Planner. After a childhood of moving from town to town, she immediately falls in love with all the small town has to offer. The Mayor tells her that their town has lost too many men and Charity's job is to bring the men back to the town. One man who has come back to Fool's Gold is the town's most famous resident, former world-class cyclist, Josh Golden. The mayor is trying to play matchmaker between them, but Charity has had too many romantic disasters to take a chance on Josh, even if everyone thinks he's just perfect the way he is.

This is the first book in Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series. It's a contemporary romance set in a small town. The characters were interesting but not real exciting. I liked that Josh was the town's Golden boy but had his own insecurities. The story flowed with no actual twists and turns, but it kept me interested enough to continue reading. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series since Ethan' character interested me. My rating: 4 Stars.