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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Elizabeth said...

OLD FOLLOWER. Looks like a good book.

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Listener said...

Thanks for visiting over at Free Listens. I like how clearly you outline what you like about this book - it's a good review.

Jules said...

I haven't read a good romance in what feels like ages!

This sounds lovely.

Fairday Morrow said...

This sounds like a good book. It has been a while since I have read a straight out romance novel. Maybe this will be the one!

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