Friday, September 17, 2010

FINDING PERFECT (Fools Gold CA series) Book 3 – Susan Mallery

Finding Perfect Book 3 in Susan Mallery’s Fools Gold series was the perfect romance and perfect beach read. Such an interesting love story about taking a chance on love and happiness and what lengths each character would go to please a friend. Plus again I was reminded of the wonderful secondary characters which inhabited Fools Gold, a small town with a huge heart. A town that took care of their own and were fierce about those they loved.

From the first book in the series we were introduced to Pia who grew up in Fools Gold. She was rich, popular and as she stated in each book the “mean girl” until she suffered the suicide death of her father and the retreat of her mother leaving her behind to graduate from high school, never to be heard from again. Pia was the town’s events planner and worked for their wonderful mayor. She was very good at her job, had a ton for friends, old and new and one special friend had recently passed away from cancer. At the reading of the will, Pia faced a shock. Instead of inheriting her friends cat, she inherited her friends embryos. In earlier books one learned that Crystal had harvested her embryos because her husband was a soldier and she wanted to make sure she could have his children. As fate would have it, her husband died and then the worst thing happened, Crystal had cancer and passed away.

If you read Mallery’s Sweet Spot Sisters series, you were introduced to Raoul Moreno who relocated to Fools Gold and was a retired Dallas Cowboy football player. Like Pia, Raoul was not only honorable, he was loyal and respectful due to his old friend and mentor “Coach” or Hawk as he called him. He owed Hawk and his friend gave him good advise, Hawk told him to get involved in his new town and get a cause. When Raoul learned from Pia about her situation when they had a scheduled meeting, he could understand her loyalty to Crystal because he felt the same way about Hawk. So Pia and Raoul’s friendship developed, he listened and she talked. And then events unfolded in Fools Gold a fire, a young boy having family difficulties and Pia decided to have Crystal’s babies.

Like all of Susan Mallery’s books, Finding Perfect was about love, honesty, loyalty and more. It was also about how two very similar people who had overcome so much hurt and anguish from their past childhoods could honestly become friends and be there for each other. Raoul offered to be her “pregnancy buddy” and the entire town offered her assistance as well. Just like in the other books in this series, Fools Gold’s town folks helped their own! Raoul admired Pia’s decision to have the babies and he took his job of caring for her seriously. So seriously, that their friendship grew to be more and in the end he wanted to marry Pia.

Reading Pia’s and Rauol’s story sincerely tugged at my heartstrings. They had both endured so much heart ache during their youth and to live in this marvelous community who loved them and wanted to pitch in, took my breath away. Pia was amazing, to actually be selfless and have Crystal and Kent’s babies. Then there was Raoul who gave so much to the community, the youth of Fools Gold and to Pia herself. But could he give her his love, all he was, forget his past marriage and risk his heart?

Finding Perfect was all about the emotion and the love of the town. It was also about now both Pia and Raoul had become better people. And you’ll adore reading about the ladies of Fools Gold and how they scold Raoul, how Raoul realizes Pia’s “the one” and how he totally gives his heart to he woman he adores. It’s so typical of Susan Mallery to write such charming and entertaining romance. I’m so looking forward to reading the next Fools Gold Romance which will be “Sister of the Bride” featured in Summer Brides!

Behind the Book:

Book Description:

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?

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