Almost Perfect (Fool's Gold Series #2)

Almost Perfect (Fool's Gold Series #2)

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Almost Perfect (Fool's Gold Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 272 reviews.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
What a great read! really enjoyed it. It was very easy for me to connect to the characters.
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great plot, good writing and a story that will make you want to read more.
RomanceAuthorBuzz More than 1 year ago
Susan Mallery has written the most amazing second book in her Fools Gold Series. Secrets, betrayal, forgiveness all in one book set in the small town of Fools Gold. Liz Sutton came back to Fools Gold for two reasons, to get her nieces who had been left for weeks by their step mother. Even though she knew her brother was in prison, she was determined to bring the girls back to San Francisco and raise them herself. However, she had another reason to return, to see the man she once loved, #Ethan Hendrix to tell him they had a son. Ethan Hendrix was a successful business man in Fools Gold, was loved and respected by the town and couldn't believe his eyes when he saw Liz Sutton back in town. Even more so, when he heard he had a son, he couldn't believe that the sexy woman he once had loved yet denied had kept this secret from he and his family. What a mess. Could they share custody and work together? Could Ethan persuade Liz to stay in Fools Gold? Could they forgive each other for the past because trust me it wasn't just keeping her son a secret, Ethan and the town had hurt liz badly. Working through past hurts and present ones, fighnting the attraction between them while the small town also became involved was a mighty task for this couple. Liz, Ethan, his family, the town of Fools Gold were the perfect ingredients for this amazing love story. Susan Mallery certainly has a winner with Almost Perfect, book 2 in her Fools Gold Series.
BeeBaileyBham More than 1 year ago
We can all read the description provided by the publisher so I'm not a big fan of retyping that. I will just jump straight into my review. Because we romance readers can be very particular in our reading tastes I will give you the run down on the basic information first: * Contemporary Romance with no other major sub-genre * Secret Baby theme but well written * Written in third person with his/hers POV * She is a successful mystery author who has come back to her home town and he was the local golden boy who has never really left and has always been successful. * This is the 2nd book in the series and it is a good idea to read the 1st book though you could probably understand what is going on without reading it. I liked this book. I liked the first one (and the third one) better but I like Susan Mallery's writing. I liked the characters. My problem with this book is that the "secret baby" theme brings up so much hurt and anger and conflict that it can be overly depressing. This book addresses it well but there is probably a little more conflict than I like in a romance. However, I would read it again. I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend. If you read this and like it you will probably like these books: * Still The One by Robin Wells * The Girl Most Likely To... by Susan Donovan * Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson You can always find more on my blog "Batteries and Bubbly"
Angelwriter111 More than 1 year ago
I normally love Susan Mallery's book but honestly this book is just annoying. I can't stand Ethan. He does more stupid things than he should and Liz has to repeat over and over why she did what she did and all he can say is, You're going to take away my son again and I'll never see him. Even when she has told him over and over that she had no intention of making that she would never see him again. She was making sure he'd still get to see their son. I actually skipped chapter 10 entirely because I accidentally saw how chapter 11 started. Susan Mallery did this with her 2nd book in the last series she did. I couldn't stand Lip Service. It's an OK book but seriously Susan Mallery has done better. I love her Marcelli sisters series and the Sweet series she had.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Pregnant teenager Liz Sutton left Fool's Gold when her lover Ethan Hendrix betrayed her. Five years later and much more mature, Liz went home to inform Ethan that he had a child; she received a letter from him saying he wants nothing to do with Tyler so she raised her son by herself eventually becoming a popular author. Almost a dozen years later, fourteen year old Melissa informs her Aunt Liz that her father Roy (Liz's brother) was in jail and their stepmother left. Leaving San Francisco Liz accompanied by now eleven years old Tyler returns to Fool's Gold to take care of her nieces, Melissa and her sister eleven year old Abby. Ethan learns Tyler is his son; fuming he blames Liz for costing him all those years with his child; refusing to believe her "story" involving his wife Rayenne. Although the plot device of a man not knowing he sired a son has been used many times, Susan Mallery provides a deep Fool's Gold second chance at love tale. The support cast is strong from the onset as the audience will feel for the nieces and for the heroine who the townsfolk blame for concealing Tyler from his dad. Readers will enjoy Almost perfect as Ethan believes love is not enough to overcome what he has done to his Liz. Harriet Klausner
DarleneFaucett More than 1 year ago
Susan Mallery is the best! I enjoy reading her books and love the Fool's Gold Series. This book is great if you like romance and believe in love. I love the small town setting and the way she continue characters from the other book. Actually, I have read the whole series, when each book ended I couldn't wait to read the next book. The only down is that the series didn't keep going. I don't believe I would get bored reading about the characters and how their life is changing. I can't wait to read more books by Susan Mallery! I give this series a Big Thumbs UP!!!
Jayne43 More than 1 year ago
I just finished all 6 of the books in this series and this one was my favorite. It really touched my heart and I found myself crying in a few spots.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had so much potential. But the heroine is a door mat and the hero a jerk. I wanted to interject some 21st century feminism in this book, and then realized, it was set in the 21st century. Susan Mallery is a talented writer, but her talents are lost in this book.
BookChick79 More than 1 year ago
Liz (the main female character) is the worst female lead of any romance novel that I have read. Ethan (the main mail character) isn't much better. Liz repeats over and over that she tried to tell Ethan about their son; she just wants everyone to forget that it was twice in eleven years. She is also angry at Ethan for the entire book but finds it horrible that he is angry at her. Ethan is a wimp who makes poor decisions and then immediately feels bad about them, but can't fix them right away. I finished the book out of obligation, not interest.
The-Ladies-Room More than 1 year ago
No one writes a love story like author Susan Mallery as it's not only the romance, it's how she creates strong characters who tug at your heart. They are beautiful stories about family and how they work through their secrets, hurts, misunderstandings, but in the end they worked through their "stuff" giving them that happy ending they so desperately needed. And that's how the author takes her readers on the journey that makes Mallery's Almost Perfect " a perfect romance". In this case Susan Mallery not only gave the hero and heroine their happy ending, she also gave her son and her nieces the loving home they all deserved. As the old say goes "when fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade" and that's what happened to Liz Sutton when the love of her life Ethan Hendrix denied knowing her, telling his friends he would never date a girl like her. Liz was a sweet young woman who had grown up on the wrong side of the tracks with a mother who was not only a drunk but had a different man in her bed every night. On top of that her mother was abusive to her and the towns residents of Fools Gold instead of stepping in, chose to ignore how she was being raised. Liz was extremely smart, and tried to ignore the barbs and rumors that she was a "slut". The only positive thing in her life was Nathan, the boy she loved, the same boy who promised they would be together in college. And then in front of his friends he hurt her by denying their relationship and Liz left Fools Gold and went to San Francisco. Ethan Hendrix can't believe Liz Sutton was back in Fools Gold and he wondered why. When he found out that he had a son he never knew about, let's just say not only Ethan went on that roller coaster ride of emotions, so did Liz, the Hendrix family and his son Tyler. Liz not only had to deal with Ethan being back in her life, telling her son about his father, she also had to deal with her brother's girl's who were without parents because her brother was in prison, their step-mother skipped out, leaving her nieces without money, food and alone in a falling down house she was left to remodel. Talk about a strong heroine..Liz was amazing and on top of that a New York Times best selling mystery author. On her own she not only raised a wonderful son, she became a huge success and faced a man from her past, the entire town of Fools Gold and their snide remarks. She was the glue that held the family together, she was fierce in her love for her son and in the end would she sacrifice that love to make sure everyone was happy? I loved this character and will remember her for sometime to come and you will as well as Almost Perfect gives those who read it so many lessons in life to think about. There was one particular one for me and that was when we know something is wrong in someones life, do we reach out to help that person? Think about it, I sure did. As for Ethan Hendrix, you will travel along with him on his complicated journey. At times your heart will ache for what he missed out on, how he comes to terms with secrets, betrayal and how he learned what was important in his life. Through into the mix, how the residents of Fools Gold all came together with a cast of amazing towns folks as only Susan Mallery can pen. Almost Perfect is Book 2 in Mallery's Fools Gold series with the next book being Finding Perfect. This series is one I'm sincerely looking forward to and getting to know the rest of t
Conkie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this storyline as the main characters were not particularly likable. Maybe too human in their follies?
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to begin reading Almost Perfect and could not believe that I was given the chance yet again to read it before it hits shelves on June 29th. Thank you NetGalley! My Review: Okay seriously...What do we need to do to get Susan's books on the big screen? Every time I read her books I picture a movie or at least a TV mini series. It needs to be done! LOLAnyway, the book kicks off right where Chasing Perfect left off. It begins with Liz who receives an e-mail from her nieces (that she did not know even existed) who were reaching out to her because of an issue. That is how Liz ends up back in Fool's Gold. It then jumps into Ethan when he first spots Liz and continues from there. I love Susan Mallery's writing because it is so easy to relate to her characters and fall in love with them. I love Ethan and Liz and right from the beginning when they first see each other again you can feel the chemistry. You can tell they still very much love each other, but neither one was going to admit it. Reading this book made me want to cry, made me smile, laugh, angry and happy. I started this book on Sunday night and tried my hardest not to finish it so fast, but every time I was not reading all I did was think about reading. I love when a book does that to me and Almost Perfect did just that.I was a little angry at first at the ending of the book and was ready to say "wow, that ending sucked. I did not expect that at all." The ending felt unfinished and left so much unexplained to me, but then I realized it's because I do not have the ending to the book. I went on and it says the book has 384 pages and I had 379. So imagine how happy I felt to know I had more to read hehe. I definitely recommend this series and can not wait for the following book in Susan's Fools Gold series. So far the books that I have read by Susan I have loved! If you want a book that can make you smile, laugh, angry and emotional then definitely pick this book up. Of course after you have read Chasing Perfect. hehe
KrisinKW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another nice, comforting story. I found this series by accident--I judged a book by it's cover and started reading it!
Glenajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun, better than average romance.
wirtley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast enjoyable romance.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Susan Mallery's books, and this one particularly. The story is simple yet entertaining, and the characters are all quite believable. I did have a bit of an issue with the plot -- several key elements are nearly identical to another of Mallery's books, "Sweet Trouble". Still, I'm not sure which book was written first, and there are enough differences between the two that I could focus on this one without constantly comparing. Like many authors with several books under their belts, Mallery tends to reuse certain themes and devices, but that doesn't make each individual book less worthwhile. This is a really good series, with interesting characters. I liked this book even more than the first one, and I'm definitely looking forward to the third book -- Pia's story. It promises to be the best of them all.
seasaw432 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great series, you should read all books.
lrobe190 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Liz Sutton was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, but when she met and fell in love with Ethan Hendrix, she believes that her life can be different. But when Ethan says hurtful things about her to some other guys, she is heartbroken. Realizing she is pregnant, she runs away, vowing never to return to Fools Gold. Five years later, she is forced to come back on family business, bringing her 5 year old son with her. Ethan still doesn't know he has fathered a son and won't be happy that he missed out on the first 5 years of his son's life.This is the second book in the Fool's Gold series. Mallery has the perfect recipe for contemporary romance...alpha males, strong women, conflict, sexual tension with a dash of humor and hot sex. This is an entertaining and fast-paced read.
kulikuli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another good read from Susan Mallery. This is the story of Liz Sutton, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and Ethan Hendrix, a man with a family legacy, and their son. Liz and Ethan had great chemistry and were likable characters most of the time. At times they made me want to scream in frustration. Also in this story you got to see the bad side of the town of Fool's Gold. How they treated Liz in the past and present was pretty bad and I didn't blame her for not wanting to stay there. I liked Liz. She is a good mother and woman trying to do her best in a hard situation. Ethan was a jerk but a redeemable one, which makes all the difference. Both characters are flawed and they both made mistakes. Circumstances kept them apart and I enjoyed reading about them reconnecting with each other. The last line in the book is my favorite. Make me smile.
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MHarden More than 1 year ago
This book was pure perfection. This book always kept me guessing and I loved that. So much surprise and you never were bored in the story at all. I cannot wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a keeper
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.