Perfect (Second Opportunities #2)
A rootless foster child, Julie Mathison had blossomed under the love showered upon her by her adoptive family. Now a lovely and vivacious young woman, she was a respected teacher in her small Texas town, and she passionately lived her ideals. Julie was determined to give back all the kindness she'd received; nothing and no one would ever shatter the perfect life she had fa...more
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DNF after 200 pages.
You know, I usually have a lot of patience when it comes to books.
I don't mind if they first do it at 70%.
They don't even have to do it at all.
I don't mind if the story progresses slowly.
It doesn't have to progress at all.
AS LONG AS I GET MY HEROES IN THE SAME SCENES TOGETHER!!!!!
Separations in the book I just don't like, ever!
In this one, the hero and the heroine didn't even meet until page 150!
I mean, THAT much detail about their pasts is really, REALLY not necessary. I cou ...more
In the late 70’s, Zack was brought up in an extremely wealthy, yet cold family environment. At 18 he is heartlessly thrown out. He ends up in Hollywood working a job that h ...more
There is no review I could ever write that will do this book justice. I can't even say this book is perfect, not because it's cheesy, but because this book will never be just one word. Reading this book isn't just reading some words on some pages and enjoying the story. No, these seven hundred and four pages are like nothing I've ever read before. I can't even say that any of the other Judith McNaught books I've read come close to the brilliance of this one. As much as ...more
“She wept with shame for her lack of will and with fear for a love she couldn't control.”
I loved this one. It’s an oldie but stands the test of time.
Rugged, charming, alpha hero.
Sweet, hometown, innocent heroine.
What’s not to like?
Long ago and far away I dreamed a dream one day...more
And now that dream is here beside me
Long the skies were overcast
But now the clouds have passed
You're here at last
Chills run up and down my spine
Aladdin's lamp is mine
The dream I dreamed was not denied me
Just one look
This book was such a great surprise!
I’ve started 5 books and was getting quite desperate to find my mojo back when this book was recommended to me.
It is kind of an all-in-one, packed with action, mystery, comedy and romance.
However, what touched me the most was the suffocating feeling of helplessness due to the injustice committed against Zach.
Balance, harmony and justice rule my sign: Libra (). I despise injustice.
So, let me start getting the negative out of my way first: grandma Stanhope.
5 Stars! Very enjoyable book with an epic quality!
Perfect is a rather lengthy read at 674 pages, but I was never bored and the story was just riveting! The author draws you in with the compelling history about the main character's childhoods and the circumstances that bring them together. This takes up a good chunk of the book, but has you understanding Zach’s hard exterior and why Julie is so eager to please. It was an interesting and necessary set-up and made them easy to relate to.
What reall ...more
This was not my first read of Perfect. It is however the first time I've read it in many years. This time around I did spot a few more flaws. Some of the authors views are a touch dated and a few of the supporting characte ...more
I loved everything in this book: Julie, Zach, the story, the simplicity of the words used to tell it, the way it was written, the witty dialogue, the secondary characters, tehir stories, the immense love Julie and Zach had for each other... ALL OF IT!!!
The way Ms. McNaught writes is simply WOW!!! It just touches something in me and I simply melt!
Every part of this book is so interesting that I don't know where to start!
The part of Zach's life before meeting Julie ...more
First of all: this is a CR set in 1993, so there wasn't any trace of Computers, Cell Phones or Internet in the story. It felt really natural to read it without those influences, and the same story set in 2015 wouldn't have worked the same way, with the same suspense level and the same sense of adventure.
After enjoying it immensely the first time reading it (with my favourite BR ladies), I got the sudden urge to do so again, just because I knew what I could expect.
Sounding lik ...more
"Perfect", however unrealistic the plot line may be, had me so involved with the characters th ...more
Yes! It happened to me... and unwillingly, I finished reading this book... and I want to reread it again.
“Perfect” is the second book of the series “Second opportunities”, there are new characters ...more
Don't get me wrong - I liked Paradise, but I think Perfect and Kingdom of Dreams were just so flat. And full of empty drama.
I vowed to stop reading anything McNaught after reading Kingdom of Dreams because I had a problem with the plot/character development: in my opinion, I think the hero was really unjustly mistreated by said author and the
The more romance books I read, the harder I am to please…which I don’t think is such a bad thing for authors to have readers with high standards. This book was very engaging and I enjoyed it very much, and however much I liked it, I didn’t quite love it enough to give it 5 solid stars. Believe me when I say that I am conflicted and disappointed not being able to give it 5 stars because it has such strong characters and a suspenseful plot, but once we find out the killer and Zack is a fr ...more
Some Spoilers Here, Sorry. I'm bit grumpy at the moment
Just one thing which really upset me about JM's heroines, their lack of faith to hero and big misunderstanding just mad.
Is this kind of JM's typical storylines? I skip so much on Paradise because of that.
I didn't read A Kingdom of Dreams yet eventho I own the book for a couple of years now because it looks like that formula there as well:(
Am I right?
Anyway this one is really good read if you don't mind those happening in your book, plenty a ...more
"4.5 stars" Judith McNaught's Perfect is the second book in her Second Opportunities series and the second book by her that I've read. The first book of the series, Paradise, was an amazing read for me that now has a place among my all-time favorite romances. I'd heard equally good things about Perfect, and while it was a great read, it ever so slightly missed the bar that Paradise had set. Much like with Paradise, the hero and heroine of Perfect are given extensive backs ...more
PERFECT was perfect with every written chapter. Before I start writing about my thoughts on the book, I love that the author touches on the foster system and literacy in children and adults..
My thoughts on this book was, WOW, and this is my 3rd book from this author. Her writing style was excellent in the way she includes all her characters in the book with everyone having an important role and also getting to know each character personally not just Zack and Julie. Ev ...more
I don't even know where to start with this. A roller coaster of emotions. My gaaaawd. I love how I can rip a book apart to shreds when I'm not happy with it and can't seem to shut up but when it's a 5 star book I'm tongue tied and can never do the book justice. I'll give it a try....
My very first Judith McNaught book. It was love at first sitting. I seriously could not put this down 10 pages i ...more
No one tells a story like McNaught. Her character developement and interaction between characters is excellent.
I also appreciated seeing Matt and Meredith ag ...more
Zachary Benedict is a movie star convicted of killing his wife on the movie set, the day after he found out she was cheating on him with the co-star. Julie Mathison is a bright but illiterate girl from the bad side of Chicago who ...more
Judith McNaught is a #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, with more than forty million copies of her novels in print, in over eighty countries and more than thirty languages. She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. McNaught is credited with inventing the modern Regency Historical ro ...more
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And now I am proud.
The world once was black
And now it is bright.
I used to walk head bent
And now I stand up tall.
I used to have dreams
But now I have hope.”