Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery


Almost Perfect (Fool's Gold)

Synopsis:


Back in high school, Liz Sutton was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Then she'd stolen the heart of the most popular boy in town, and their secret romance helped her through the worst of times. Until Ethan Hendrix betrayed her and everything they'd ever meant to each other. Devastated and pregnant, Liz left Fool's Gold, California—forever, she thought….


Now Liz must return to town and face the man who doesn't know of their son's existence. And this time she won't have the option of making a quick getaway. Ethan and Liz can't deny their passionate attraction, even after all these years. But will their desire be enough to spark a second chance at love?

Review:

Almost Perfect was almost perfect. It was one of my favorites in this Fool's Gold series, but there were a few things that kept I didn't like about it. Overall I loved the story.

Liz comes back to Fool's Gold with her son Tyler after receiving a letter that her nieces are all alone and way too young to be taking care of themselves. Her brother, who she hasn't spoken to in years, is in jail and his wife just left them. She never wanted to return to Fool's Gold, especially since Ethan, Tyler's dad and her first love, specifically told her to never come back. He wanted nothing to do with her or his son.

When Ethan sees Liz in Fool's Gold he immediately reconnects with her only to find that he has a son he was never told about. Liz had run away after Ethan claimed not to know her to his friends and when she came back to tell him she was pregnant he was in bed with someone else. So she left not telling him. Five years later she tires again and tells his wife about his son, she promises to tell him, then she gets a letter saying I want nothing to do with either of you. Ethan of course never knew about this so he is understandably upset that he has missed out on 11 years of his son's life. The whole town quickly finds out about what happened and is pretty quick to pass judgement on Liz.

I understood why everyone was so upset and I loved the writing about how angry Ethan was and everything. It really made the story a great read. Trying to figure out how the two will work everything out was great. The issue I had? There kept being times when some piece of information was revealed and then instantly things were better. It was like once Ethan saw the letter he supposedly sent he was not as angry anymore. It was just a little too quick or written in a slightly unbelievable way. I could see him not being as angry and whatnot, but I don't know. Something about it was slightly off for me. The same thing happened when Liz found out some info and it just was missing something.

Liz and Ethan are still attracted to each other. They still care about the other person, and it was fun watching them try and work everything out. Ethan is a bit dense and doesn't say or do the right thing a lot, but in the end he figures it out. A great read, even though some of the resolutions seemed too easy.

Rating: 4/5

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