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Perfect (Second Opportunities #2)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  14,290 ratings  ·  462 reviews

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

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Mass Market Paperback, 704 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1993)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

DNF after 200 pages.

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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.

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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!!!!!

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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
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Miss Kim
Mar 11, 2009 Miss Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Miss Kim by: BarbaraM - (thank you!!)
Well what can I say? The title says most of it. I found this book Perfect!! I loved it, and couldn’t put it down for the first 450 pages. Then I had to work and was so ticked that I couldn’t get right back to it. It was written in the early nineties, and does have a little bit of a dated feel, but that didn’t bother me at all.

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
Sophie ♥
Rate: Infinity and beyond ∞



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
Mo

“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
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 a
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Barbara M.
It's "Prison Break" meets "Pretty Women" (minus one fabulous hooker) meets "Cinderella"...THE BEST book I've read since "When He Was Wicked" (by Julia Quinn). And I just loved how McNaught wove a piece of "Paradise" in with it. It was nice to catch up with Matt and Meredith (and their little girl)! So ladies this is a MUST read...I've never steered you wrong before, and I'm not gonna start now!

TJ
No one writes relationships better than McNaught! She is one of - if not the- best in the genre. With each new book, she takes situations, responses and the emotions behind them and makes them absolutely real and intrinsic to the reader. Her gift is in understanding exactly how a person would respond to a given circumstance, then drawing out the perfect emotion one would feel in that situation. Amazing!

"Perfect", however unrealistic the plot line may be, had me so involved with the characters th...more
Shana
So this was my first Judith McNaught novel and I loved every page of it....it was like indulging my sweet tooth with the very best chocolate souffle I've ever eaten - LOL. The storyline is completely unreal and over the top and it's certainly not the best book I've ever read, but I willingly admit it tops my list of self indulgent romance/drama/mystery novels. Judith is a pro at character development; she writes in such a way that you find yourself becoming deeply rooted and believing in each of...more
Mei
The title says it all: PERFECT!!!



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
Cindi
Definitely my all-time favorite book and I have literally read hundreds. I was pushed into reading it many years ago by my sister. I didn't want to read another "cheesy love story". But once I started reading I could not put it down. Zachary is the perfect leading man. Julie's innocence, and the way it is explained in the book, makes her the perfect leading lady. There are a few scenes in the book that come across as being silly, but the rest of the story more than makes up for it. I have never...more
Jennifer
It's a pet peeve of mine when a hero calls the heroine "little one" in a novel. Especially during a love scene. When he chucks her under the chin with his finger and smiles down at her, it's just too damn patronizing for me.
Anna D.
4.5 stars

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
Karla

I really enjoyed this book. It 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 characters childhoods, and the circumstances that bring them together. This has you understanding Zach’s hard exterior and why Julie is so eager to please. It just made them so much more relatable. What really sealed it for me was that the last 60 or so pages that gave the reader wonderful bonus material....more
Melody
Now THIS is how you write a convict on the run falling for his kidnapped hostage. Authors take notes! :P

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
Kim
I have read 3 of McNaught's books and I think it is time for me to move on to a new author.
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 heroine bimbo was seriously favoured, despite her annoying tantr...more
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Amy Sanders
Aug 23, 2010 Amy Sanders rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
When I usually read Judith McNaught, I know that there are going to be periods of discomfort when she gets to the 'big misunderstanding', that can create 200 pages of anxiety. This book was perfect. After all the tension, she did not end the book abruptly, but allowed us to enjoy the last several chapters of harmony between the characters.
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
Lady Raven RAVE!
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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
Romancekolik
Keanu Reeves le asla aldatmıyacağım adam Zack ♥ O bir Film Yıldızı ♥ O bir daşlığıyla bizi yıkıp geçiren dalyan ♥ O bir laflarıyla ölüp dirildiğimiz varlık ♥ O bizide kaçır Zack diye zırladığımız gecelerin sahibi ♥ Evet bir adamı bu kadar şeye kadir ♥ Neyse kalplerlen doldurduk etrafı konumuza dönelim Efenim Zack şirret babaannesi tarafından evden çulsuz sadece üstü başıyla kovulmadan önce 18 yaşında zengin bir züppedir Sonra yolda geçen Hollywood a sahne malzemeleri taşıyan bir tırcı sayesinden...more
Nonieღserenity2bliss
Not quite as 'perfect' as I would have like, but close enough ;)

Never has there been a book that made me second-guess whether or not the lead male character is a good guy or an accomplished liar. Thank God he turned out to be one of the good guys because I would have been disappointed otherwise! And I am also very happy when the romance part of the story is really front and centre. When I first picked it up, I was concern that the romance will take a backseat and the focus would be on the cat-a...more
Jessie

I love Zack Benedict. i loved this story. it took some time to get ito the good stuff but once it did it made up for the slow start. Not sure I cared for how she had to go into so much detail and history of her brother love life but i did enjoy having the Farrells in this book since I read Paradise first and was able to know the background on those characters. I loved Zacks letter to Julie! I even read it twice... *sigh......*
Adriananas
I seriously don't understand how this book got so many 5 star reviews. Firstly, this book is poorly structured. In the first 100 pages you get about 20 years of background story on the main characters. Then the two main characters are stuck together for about 200 pages spanning one week. The main conflict is then resolved without little effort from any of the important characters. To top it all off the book was then dragged on for another 100 pages with nothing happening but for Zack and Julie p...more
Eva Nickelson
The plot is totally, totally unbelievable. I know that most romance fiction is that way, but this is just absolutely unbelievable from the very first chapter. Because there is no time to get into the story, it is hard to overlook the glaring unbelievability of the story.

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
Europa
Perfect is almost Paradise. (At least in my opinion)

I had numerous times contemplating whether how am I going to begin writing justifiable review about this novel because of having mixed emotions I felt towards it, plus the fact that Jonah had rekindled my affectionate feelings over Paradise which she had flooded with maximum praises. (And her excitement was very contagious) what the heck..Contagion got the better of me so; let me try to lure you over Perfect, the sequel of Judith McNaught’s ama...more
Iliada
Delayed I may have been, but fear thee not my GR friends. I will review this book. Let's start...

Judith McNaught is one of my favorite authors. I've read most of her historical romances and I loved each and every one of them to pieces. However, this is the first time I read a contemporary romance written by her. Usually, I'm afraid to read a book that belongs to a different genre than the one I'm used to read by a specific writer. I hated that Lisa Kleypas gave up on historicals in order to star...more
Cynthia
This book was just ok for me. I liked Judith McNaught's Paradise better though the characters from that book, Matt and Meredith are in Perfect as Zachary's long-time, loyal friends.

It's a fast book but I think the love story was just a little too unbelievable for me. The main character is Zachary Benedict, who was disowned from his family at 18, he somehow makes it to LA and becomes the biggest movie star/director. But then he's wrongly convicted of murdering his cheating movie star wife and he'...more
Amelia Fransiska
Bintangnya kalo ada 10, pasti gw kasih 11!!!

Pertama bc sinopsis ni nvl gw lgsung mikir wah, ni cerita udah pasaran bgt d.
Gw pernah nonton pilem n baca nvl2 laen yg similiar ama cerita ini.
Jd rada ogah2an pas mutusin mo bc apa gak.


Prolog ni nvl JM 'ngenalin' gw ama Zachary Benedict Stanhope III -hero kita- 18taon, kuliah tahun pertama di Yale, 188 cm, rambut item, dgn warna mata amber (dominan ke' gold) - extremely handsome n had unusual sexy voice...

Sialnya, oma nya yg kaya ngusir dia dr rumah!
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Melowin
I love this book. I remembered really enjoying it the first time around, and it held true this time as well. Movie star turned director Zach Benedict is wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife, then escapes after five years in prison. Julie Mathison is a small town schoolteacher in the wrong/right place at the wrong/right time. She become his kidnapping victim, and over a few days trapped in a beautiful home in the Colorado mountains, she tries to escape, he confesses more about himself than...more
Emma
I'll never understand the popularity of this book. I suppose the first part is alright, but then the writer had her drink spiked and went off the rails. The hero is too idealised for me (how could anyone ever feel threatened by him?), and what the heroine does to him cannot be forgiven. I wanted to shoot her. The awful grandmother is also never really confronted, and in the end all is tied in a pink ribbon. The final chapters are an embarrassment to the romance genre (a genre that does not get e...more
EeeJay
a) Meh
b) Double meh when I compare it to SEP's books
c) Too lengthy so I guess that's a triple meh
d) I hate how on one end the H is described as rugged and then he is like a puppy dog going 'love you so much lalalala' to the heroine. Doesn't seem in character, sorry.
e) I was going over how beauty and the beast was a kidnapper-love syndrome story and this is the same. Inevitably the victims fall in love (or whatever) with the kidnappers in the vain hope that that'll spare them the torture. Plus th...more
Vanitha
Perfect by JM was perfect upto Mexico incident. (5 stars). After that the heroine's sudden downfall could not be uplifted by any amendments.Julie's childhood character depicted in the story, the child desperately longing for trust is not expected to perform such a betrayal which leads the storyline such a disaster. At last, I am bound to believe Zack has no luck with ladies as Matt rightly said. It is really heartwrenching to read that Julie consider Zack as mentally sick after giving him love,...more
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Judith McNaught is a bestselling author of over a dozen historical and contemporary romance novels, with 30 million copies of her works in print. She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. McNaught is credited with inventing the modern Regency Historical romance subgenre.
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“I used to be ashamed
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.”
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