Finding Perfect

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Finding Perfect

This is the third book in the Fool’s Gold series by Ms. Mallery and I found it to be a fantastic read. Once again the characters of this fictional town made me want to move there and be a part of their everyday lives. There is more humor in this story than in the previous installments in this series and I feel that it really contributed to the story.
The heroine of this book is Pia O’Brien, the event planner for the city of Fool’s Gold. She’s been a secondary character in the previous books and so we’ve gotten to know a little of her back-story but we get a full picture of who she is in this book. Pia is still getting over the loss of her best friend, Crystal, to cancer and is beginning to move on. She receives a call from Crystal’s attorney requesting that she meet with her in order to go over some items in Crystal’s estate, she assumes that she is being given custody of Crystal’s cat Jake. When Pia arrives at the attorney’s office she is surprised to learn that Crystal has left her in charge of her frozen embryos along with enough funds to have them implanted and give birth. Pia can’t believe that Crystal left her future babies to her as she doesn’t have any experience with children and doesn’t consider herself to be emotionally prepared to be a parent. Pia panics at the idea of being a parent, yet at the same time she feels that she must go thru with her friends request.
Raoul Moreno is a new resident in town; he’s a former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, who has started a camp for needy children. Raoul is divorced and is not looking for romance when he meets with Pia as part of a plan to promote his children’s camp. He’s attracted to her even as she is going thru a panic attack and telling him of her friend’s request that she have her three babies. The more time that Raoul spends with Pia, the further he is attracted to her and the more he wants to help her. He realizes that he knew Crystal’s deceased husband and decides that he wants to help, first by offering to be Pia’s pregnancy buddy and then later by proposing a more permanent arrangement.
The dialogue between Pia and Raoul is smart and witty. The comedic elements are perfectly timed and incorporated into the story; at times Pia’s verbal antics reminded me of Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy. Even when tragedy strikes, Ms. Mallery wove it into the story in such a fashion that it added an extra layer of emotional depth. Both Raoul and Pia grow emotionally throughout this book and realize things about themselves and each other that they didn’t know. Pia realizes that it’s nice to have someone that she can depend on and that Raoul is that person. She realizes that she wants romantic love and all that comes with it. Raoul learns that even though he is involved with the children, he’s been holding a part of himself back and realizes that he will have to risk his heart. He also realizes that he can’t commit to Pia without loving her. The romance that emerges between Pia and Raoul is tender and sweet and moves at a good pace throughout the book.

Book Blurb for Finding Perfect

From New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Susan Mallery comes a new story set in the town of Fool’s Gold...where a planned pregnancy and an unplanned proposal will change two people’s lives forever.

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?

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2010 5.00