Almost Perfect

Another night, no sleep. Sigh. Been up since 2:30. We went out to eat at a lovely restaurant for our anniversary, but all that rich food....

Very rarely do I read a straight romance, and even more rarely anymore do I read between commercials.

But this book

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kept me reading through the commercials of Surface, and even through parts of the show, into Las Vegas, until my cousin called ;) . It was just so fun. First of all, isn’t that the cutest cover? Second of all, it’s a reunion story, which I love.

It’s the first of a trilogy (I don’t usually read series, but I will be reading this one) about 4 college roommates. One of the college roommates has written a self help book and has used the other three as illustrations of her points. The three get upset, but also figure she had a point, so they resolve to face their fears. Maddy first.

Maddy is an artist who put her art to the side to care for her dying husband. Let me say, Maddy is a wonderful heroine. I loved how she dressed, how she acted, how she talked. She was just awesome. So many of her insecurities as an artist hit a chord with me as a writer. Her friends challenge her to get back to her art and to get it into a gallery. So she spends the summer in Santa Fe, working on her art while being an arts and crafts coordinator at a summer camp run by her high school sweetheart. (His mother owns it and she asked Maddy to take the job, so it’s not as coincidental as I made it sound.) So Maddy has two fears to face.

Joe is a former Army Ranger, former bad boy who had his heart broken when Maddy turned down his proposal in high school. Okay, this bothered me a bit, that he was still so upset about it 12 years later. I mean, upset. But he’s pretty well motivated, you find out later in the story.

This story is fun and reallllllly sexy, and very insightful to the artist psyche, I think. I highly recommend!


Paula said...

Ooo, that book sounds lovely. I don't normally read straight romances either--not because I don't like them but because I'm writing romantic suspense and like to immerse myself in that genre to make sure I know it inside and out.

But I'll add this book to my "check it out" list.

And Mary—tonight, get some sleep. :)


Anonymous said...


If you liked "Almost Perfect" than you HAVE to read the other two in the series. They are even better! I can't decide which is my favorite--I loved both "Too Perfect" and "Just Perfect". These were the first I've read by Julie Ortolon, but she's definitely on my 'To Watch' list.

Colleen Gleason said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Mary. I love reunion stories too! Will check out Julie's books.

Colleen, who's bummed there wasn't any Gerry photos today. :-(

Shesawriter said...

Where the heck is Gerry? Oh, yeah, um, about ALMOST PERFECT. Thanks for the recommend. Now back to Gerry. Where is he? What's going on? Okay, I get it. Since it's still so close to your anniversary, you're shining the spotlight on DH. Which is good, Mary. Really it is. But now it's time for Gerry. Okay? I hope I don't sound too desperate. ;-)


MJFredrick said...

Paula, I'm going to go take a nap right now. I was falling asleep at lunch!

Cynthia, I have the second book on the way, didn't realize the third one was out already. Julie used to be in SARA and I remember when she sold her first book, but I haven't read one in awhile.

LOL on the Gerry addicts!

Rachel Vincent said...

I'm going to check this one out too. I don't read much straight romance either, so I have to take a recommendation seriously when it comes from another non-romancer.


MJFredrick said...

Rachel, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


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