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Perfect (Second Opportunities #2)

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,293 Ratings  ·  559 Reviews
The bestselling author of Paradise comes a new spellbinding tale of passion and adventure. Having lived through a turbulent childhood, Hillary knows that life is not always fair and most people deserve a second chance. What she doesn't know is that she will find the man of her dreams in a most unlikely place, and that they will kindle a passion and find a love that will go ...more
Hardcover, 516 pages
Published May 1st 1993 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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Mo
Sep 11, 2014 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“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
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Karla

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
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Gavin
Apr 24, 2015 Gavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I'm not a giant fan of contemporary romance, but I've always had a soft spot for Judith McNaught's books. Mainly because she was the first romance author I ever read! I'm not entirely sure why, but I always find her stories engaging and enjoyable. This one proved no different.

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
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Barbara
Oct 27, 2009 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!

Mei
Sep 11, 2013 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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
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[Aengell]
Nov 10, 2015 [Aengell] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars Reread

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
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TJ
Sep 08, 2013 TJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Blair
Feb 14, 2015 Blair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title says it.
Loved it.
Shana
Aug 29, 2008 Shana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cindi
Sep 21, 2011 Cindi rated it it was amazing
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.
Nigham
Apr 30, 2015 Nigham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nigham by: Hina Tabbasum
Has it ever happened to you that while reading a good book... you couldn't bear the thought that it’s going to end soon, then you’ll slow down your pace... would take a break... reread the lines... the paragraphs... the emotional scenes... for sake of spending MORE time with your favorite characters?

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
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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
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Anna D.
Jul 13, 2013 Anna D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Julianna
Oct 16, 2015 Julianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Epic Contemporary Romance
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"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
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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
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♥ 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
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maricar
Jan 07, 2008 maricar rated it it was amazing
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Amy Sanders
Aug 23, 2010 Amy Sanders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tina Wright
Oct 21, 2015 Tina Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love romance, and you haven't read McNaught, you have no idea what you are missing. PERFECT's Zach was my very first book boyfriend.
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
Jan 28, 2011 Eva Nickelson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
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Hanife
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 şöhre ...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
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MuchAdo
Sep 17, 2014 MuchAdo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My real rating is a big fat ZERO but GR does not allow zeroes.

Stupid awful book. A slow start (and slow here does not mean serious or interesting, it just means SLOW) leads to a saccharine hero who is constantly abused by horrible women. You think he , at last, would strike it lucky with the heroine? Think again. The heroine is the worst part in this badly structured book. She is set up as some nice girl who pulled through a terrible childhood , one who should be universally admired and loved (
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Emma
Nov 07, 2014 Emma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 with a pink ribbon (even in books like this, where the HEA is obligatory, all that pink ribbon was sickenin ...more
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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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