Friday, September 9, 2011

Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery

Book Details
Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery
Paperback, 352 Pages
2010, HQN Books
ISBN: 0373774680
Series: Book 3 of Fool's Gold

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 is an incredibly realistic romance in an unconventional situation. Pia's best friend died and instead of leaving her the cat, she left her three embryos. After short, yet frantic contemplation, Pia decides to have the babies. Former football player and new Fool's Gold resident Raoul offers to be her pregnancy buddy. It's his way of helping out and giving back without actually having to form attachments to people.

Raoul offers an interesting deal, one that seems perfect on the surface. But, as these things go, closeness fosters emotional attachments and soon Pia finds herself wanting more. And true to form for most of the women of Fool's Gold, she'd rather go it alone than even appear to pressure a man into doing what she wants.

I loved the pregnancy buddy concept and how the relationship progressed. I loved that the pregnancy wasn't without complications, adding both realism and heartbreak to the story. I loved the school at camp side story. The only thing I didn't love, and it got on my nerves a lot, was Pia's repeated thinking that that miscarriages could be caused by being less than excited about a pregnancy - even after being reassured by her doctor.

Fool's Gold continues to be an interesting community and a wonderful setting for this series. Finding Perfect tells Pia's story in near perfect fashion.



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