Review: Chasing Perfect (Fool’s Gold, #1) by Susan Mallery


chasing perfectTitle: Chasing Perfect
Series: Fool’s Gold, #1
Susan Mallery
Contemporary Romance
Library (eCopy)


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.

my thoughts-01

For some reason, a few months ago, I found myself in a contemporary romance reading mood. My brain was in a bit of a fog and I felt like reading something light and romantic was what I needed — you know, books that don’t make you think so much.

This book was definitely a light read, but probably not one of my favourite romance reads. It was just a bit too predictable, with some very cliched characters — the girl who seems a bit frumpy, who goes through the makeover that turns her hot, and the bad boy who used to do something, but doesn’t anymore. Obviously, they fall in love and she convinces him to do that thing again.

I really wish I had liked this more. It read easily enough and I did like the interactions between Charity and Josh. It was a little weird that the town they were in had a man shortage and that it was a big thing. It was also strange that ALL the women seemed to throw themselves at Josh, with random ones showing up at his hotel room.

While I liked Charity and Josh alright, I wasn’t crazy about most of the other characters. The dialogue didn’t seem very realistic in some parts, and some of the situations just didn’t seem very realistic. BUT it is a contemporary romance, so I guess I should let that slide?

I wouldn’t say that this will keep me from reading more of Susan Mallery’s books, but I don’t think I will continue with this series for a while.


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5 thoughts on “Review: Chasing Perfect (Fool’s Gold, #1) by Susan Mallery

    • Colleen Coble has these books about a town called Smitten and I want to move there. I love it when I find fictional places to live. 🙂 Maybe one day I’ll check out more books in this series.

  1. I have to admit that when I read the summary my instant opinion was: cliche and over done.
    After reading your review, which is fantastic and thorough, I do not think that I will be picking this book up from the library anytime soon, unless I happen to need something light to read. Though cliches may keep me away.
    xx Emerald Munchkin.

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