Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery

Finding Perfect (Fool's Gold)


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?


Finding Perfect was an odd read for me. I couldn't identify with either of the main characters and some of the things that happened were just odd to me. It wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't the book for me.

This book starts with Pia learning that her friend left her her frozen embryos. Pia doesn't understand why she would have done that. They had never talked about it and she doesn't think she is the right one for the job. She pretty instantly knows she has to have her friends kids and raise them as her own. I cannot imagine a friend doing that to me. If we would have talked about it and they knew I wanted kids sure. Not some surprise! I am giving you my embryos! Yey! Now go spend many years taking care of them! It is just very odd to me. I don't get it, and I don't 100% get why Pia would feel the need to do this. Maybe it is just I don't want kids myself, but Pia is just that amazing I guess. Of course she would love to get married and have kids, but this suddenly thrust upon her was just...I didn't like it. I would be a little annoyed with my friend honestly if they did something like this.

Raoul is new-ish in town and after a bad marriage he has sworn off women. His ex did something terrible to him, and it just made him not want to do that again. It takes forever to get to what she did, and yes I would be very angry if I were him but I think he overreacted a bit. I mean people lie and cheat and do horrible things to other people all the time. That doesn't mean everyone does...but he feels how he feels. He keeps meeting Pia for business when she is having a melt down over these frozen embryos. He wants to help her so he offers his services as a pregnancy buddy. He wants to take her to the doctors and help her any way he can. Really he seems like a great guy.

Some spoilers ahead now. So then pretty quick, he proposes to Pia. Not in a I love you and want to be with you forever kind of way, but in a I will always be there for you and these kids kind of way. In a business arrangement kind of way. They had slept together already and both thought it was amazing, but really to just get married to have someone else there? It was a strange scene, and then Pia says yes! I was just like what? Really? I don't get it. Of course she falls in love with him and doesn't want the marriage of convenience, she wants a real marriage so there are issues. Everything works out in the end, but the whole thing was a bit strange for me. I didn't get why she would agree to marry him like that. I wasn't the book for me. The writing was good and everything, but the story was just not something I understood.

Rating: 3/5

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