Review: Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery

Title and Author: Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery
Publisher: HQN
Publication Date: April 27th, 2010
Paperback/Hardcover: 276
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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.

Carla's review: 
Charity Jones has always wanted to settle down somewhere she can call home and she is sure the town of Fool’s Gold is that place. In Fool’s Gold the number of women is much higher than that of men, and although Charity has been hired to find a way to bring in more men to the town, the town and its population seem to be exactly what Charity had been looking for.
Everything would be perfect for Charity is she wasn’t constantly running into Josh Golden, a famous cyclist and the town’s golden boy. Charity can’t seem to escape him and the feelings he awakens in her. She is sure Josh means trouble, though. Josh represents everything Charity doesn’t want but she just can’t resist him.
Fool’s Gold is definitely an exciting place populated by funny and interesting characters.
Charity is a good main character. She is a strong and determined woman. She is very likeable and very professional. She is just trying to settle down someplace she feels comfortable in so she can avoid making the same mistakes her mother did.
Josh is great as well. He turns out to be much more than he seems. He’s a genuinely nice guy, struggling with several different problems. His inner turmoil makes him a very interesting and complex character.
The romance between Charity and Josh developed very nicely. They felt attracted to each other but didn’t immediately fall in love, which I appreciate because sometimes the characters just seem to fall in love with each other too quickly and easily. Charity and Josh spent some time together before they realized they liked each other.
One other think I liked about this book was the fact that you get engrossed in the town and its inhabitants lives. You get to learn about the people living in Fool’s Gold and understand how the town works.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It is very well-written and the characters are extremely interesting and complex. I can’t wait to read the next book on the series and found out what happens to some characters introduced in Chasing Perfect.
I think anyone who likes reading Contemporary Romances will be able to enjoy this book.

Rating:  4 stars -Captivating 

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It's Monday, What are you Reading?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Read this past week:
Ania read:
Last Night's Scandal by Loretta Chase
My One and Only by Kristan Higgins
As an Earl Desires by Lorraine Heath
How to Tame A Modern Rogue by Diana Holoquist

Carla read:
Superb and Sexy by Jill Shalvis
Aussie Rules by Jill Shalvis
Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery 
Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

Currently reading:
Ania is reading:
Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey

Carla is reading:
Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery

Ania will read:
Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins

Carla will read:
Love Story by Jennifer Echols
Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery
Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas

What are you reading this week? Are you enjoying it?

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Hello! How are you?

We are participating in the Follow Friday featured hosted by Parajunkee's View.
Please leave comment, link your blog, and follow, and we will follow back!

This week's question is: 
"Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?"

Carla: Well, if it was still possible I would love to be able to meet Agatha Christie. She was a wonderful writer and I'm sure her opinions would be very interesting.
I think Jane Austen would be a very interesting person to meet and talk too as well. I imagine she would have good and intriguing advice to give.
I like Nora Roberts and Jill Shalvis a lot as well, so it would be great meeting them.

Ania: I would love to have tea with Jane Austen, I bet she'd give great advice on writing about the opposite sex. I'd sit down an hour or more with Oscar Wilde, because of his incredible wit, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips to ask all about her entertaining characters.

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