Sunday, April 22, 2012

Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery

3.5 stars 

Charity was hired to help bring more business to Fool's Gold- and more men. Yes, she was hired to bring more men to the small town since there were only two (I think) in the entire town and the rest were woman. I thought this was a little ridiculous. Really? There is a man drought so you hire someone to lure them to the cozy quaint town? Come on. That part was so hard for me to get past. Honestly, does that ever happen? No. Anyway, in her search for more businesses and more men, Charity meets the people of Fool's Gold and falls in love with them and the town. Having always been on the go as a child, she was ready to buy a home and establish some roots. 

Along the way, she casually dates one man but has feelings for another. Josh Golden is a famous cyclist that competed twice in the Tour de France along side Lance Armstrong. He has numerous sports endorsements and woman begging to be with him. Josh retired early from cycling after watching one of his teammates die during a race, which he blames himself for. Since then he has not been able to race. Josh has been divorced for a few years now and has had a bit of a dry spell until Charity arrives in Fool's Gold. Now he only has eyes for her.

The beginning of this book was bland...nothing really that special. About a little more than half way through it gets a bit more interesting and finally picks up. We meet people from the small town, a secret is revealed and a sports hero makes his comeback. I will say that even though this book didn't WOW me, I will be reading the next one.

This is my first read by this author. This book wasn't that great but at the same time I couldn't stop reading it. I know, it makes no sense. I guess what I'm trying to say is that the story moved so I wanted to know more but I didn't feel any real connection between the characters. They are likeable characters no doubt and I do plan to read the next book to find out about Ethan. I also think the book needed more romance scenes, but hey, I'm a romance junkie. What do you expect?


Maria D. said...

I have read most of the books in this series and while the series did get off to a somewhat slow start, I too found myself falling in love with the people of Fools Gold and the characters.

Mrs Condit said...

Sounds like my kind of book!


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