"Book 2 of the Fool's Gold series"

Liz Sutton left Fool's Gold, California, just after high school, devastated and pregnant. She started a new life for herself in San Francisco and vowed never to come back. But twelve years later, she receives an email from a niece she never knew she had. Surprising even herself, she takes her son and returns to the one place—and the one man—she never thought she'd see again.

In Fool's Gold Liz has to face Ethan Hendrix, her son's father and the reason she left all those years ago. Even as they both deal with their anger, bitterness, and resentment, neither one of them can deny that the sparks still fly between them. But are the sparks enough for a second chance?

I loved this book. To me, it was a new and refreshing take on the secret baby trope: Liz truly wanted to tell Ethan about her pregnancy, and Ethan truly wanted to be a father. Of course, other things got in the way, and Liz never did tell Ethan. But Liz never prevented Ethan from getting to know his son, and was very cooperative about everything.

Sparks do fly between Ethan and Liz, and not all of them are good. Ethan is dealing with a lot of anger, resentment, and mistrust due to the lost years of his son's life. Both Liz and Ethan have to deal with their attraction to each other while dealing with the anger that came with Ethan realizing he has a son. I thought that the two emotions— anger and love—were dealt with well, and the relationship progressed nicely.

I loved getting to know all of the characters in Fool's Gold, and I loved spending time with them. Almost Perfect is the second in the Fool's Gold series, but since it stands alone, I never felt lost or confused. In a way I'm glad that it's part of a series, because this way I can spend even more time with the characters.

Susan Mallery is a new-to-me author, but after this book, I will definitely be reading more. I will also be reading more in the Fool's Gold series.

Reviewed by Charlotte Cowie
Posted December 26, 2010


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?


Almost Perfect
(Fools Gold: Book 2)
by Susan Mallery

July 1, 2010
Available: July 1, 2010
ISBN #0373774907
EAN #9780373774906
384 pages
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