Review: Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery

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Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery

4 Stars

What completely won me over with this book was the town and its residents. Oh, and Josh Golden…but back to the town for now. I really felt like I was a part of it, like I grew up there, too. Which is weird because I grew up in the fourth largest city in the US, so there’s no way I could relate. Except maybe it’s because of that that I felt myself wishing I lived there. Even with the shortage of male population problem.

Charity Jones was really fun to read. I really enjoyed seeing her open up to different things and people with such ease, especially in a town where everyone has known each other since childhood. I loved her deadpan humor! Actually, several of the characters’ humor was deadpan, which resulted in me laughing out loud a lot of the time while reading. Charity took everything in stride, except when it came to Josh Golden. Charismatic Josh, with his stunning good looks, charming personality, and town hero status was NOT what Charity wanted to be attracted to. Except, we all know what happens when you deny yourself the person you want…you end up falling for them completely. Josh is having trouble dealing with what happened a couple of years before when he retired from racing. I completely loved that he was was very down to earth despite his fame. Also that he wasn’t self-centered. He was good and caring, but his reputation with the ladies scared Charity away. I loved that he wasn’t pushy while pursuing her though. He gave her a lot of space to make her own choices. Another thing I really enjoyed and I mentioned before were the residents of Fool’s Gold. Every one of the characters I met, I loved.

I devoured Chasing Perfect. It was just what I needed: a happy romance. I believe I have found a new favorite author in Susan Mallery. I cannot wait to get started with the rest of this series!

Book Info

Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery
Series: Fool’s Gold #1
Published by HQN
Pub Date: April 27th 2010
Pages: 376
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: AdultContemporaryRomance
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Welcome to Fool’s Gold, California, a charming community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. There’s lots to do and plenty of people to meet, especially women. Because there’s just one tiny problem in Fool’s Gold: the men don’t seem to stick around. Maybe it’s the lure of big-city life, or maybe it’s plain old bad luck, but regardless of the reason, the problem has to be fixed, fast. And Charity Jones may be just the city planner to do it.

Charity’s nomadic childhood has left her itching to settle down, and she immediately falls in love with all the storybook town has to offer — everything, that is, except its sexiest and most famous resident, former world-class cyclist Josh Golden. With her long list of romantic disasters, she’s not about to take a chance on another bad boy, even if everyone else thinks he’s perfect just the way he is. But maybe that’s just what he needs — someone who knows the value of his flaws. Someone who knows that he’s just chasing perfect.

About Susan Mallery

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at

Jess @ Gone with the Words

6 Responses to “Review: Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery”

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    Absconditas Blog

    This sounds like a sweet, fluffy romance. This may be just what the doctor ordered! Lately my TBR has been filled with doom and gloom, and end of the world.. It’s nice to get a break from all that.

    Thank you for sharing this with us, Jess!


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    Have seen a lot by this author, but never read anything. Thanks for the thumbs up go ahead ;)

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    I have this on my list to read! I love Susan Mallory! Thanks for reviewing this one, I need to push it up on my list!

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    josh was a great guy, wish there were more like him before i met my hubby

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