1. Book title: Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery
2. Words that describe the book: Contemporary romance
3. Settings or characters:
* Charity Jones, a city planner hired to bring businesses to Fool’s Gold, CA that will bring mostly male employees to this town of mostly women (huh?)
* Josh Golden, a retired world champion bicyclist who grew up in Fool’s Gold. He is haunted by the tragic crash that resulted in the death of a friend.
* Fool’s Gold is a small lakeside resort town in California wine country.
4. Things I liked/disliked about the book:
* I liked the setting. The small town was quaint yet modern.
* I liked the characters, flaws and all.
* There’s a bit of a mystery worked into the plot. It seemed weak and I thought it could have been left out of the book.
* I like that Chasing Perfect is the start of a new Susan Mallery series.
5. Stars or less: 4/5 stars
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 just be 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 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.