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Perfect Fit (Serendipity's Finest #1)

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"In the picturesque town of Serendipity, New York, three siblings have grown up in the shadow of their proud and respected police chief father. But what do love, fate, and fortune have in store for the next generation of Serendipity's finest? "
Always feeling like the odd man out in his family, Michael Marsden wanted to make it on his own. So he escaped Serendipity to beco
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Published December 1st 2012 by Berkley Books
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I really enjoyed the first there books in Phillips' Serendipity series and I'm glad she's continuing on. Though this is set in the same town as the first three books, it's the start of a new trilogy and can be read as a standalone.

Cara is a great heroine. She's tough but still has a vulnerable side. She isn't afraid to speak her mind or stand up for herself, but also realizes sometimes it's better to let things go. As the novel progressed I came to respect her independence and sharp wit.

Mike ha
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Mike Marsden always let the fact that he was an adopted member of his family bother him and let him feel like he was destined to be a jerk like his ""real dad"". Mike left Serendipity and his family to work as a cop in the big city and never let himself become involved with anyone because he knew that he would just hurt them by leaving.

Cara Hartley loves Serendipity and her job as a police officer, when Mike fills in for his father the chief of police temporarily it is all kinds uncomfortable b
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I’ve been a long time fan of Carly Phillips, and with her newest series set in small town New York, she has catapulted herself into one of my all-time favorite contemporary romance authors.

Mike never wanted to stay in Serendipity forever, but when his adoptive father gets sick, Mike returns home temporarily to take over the position of Police Chief. The last thing he expected was to fall back into insane lust with one of his
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Perfect Fit is the first book in the new Serendipity’s Finest series by Carly Phillips but it’s also part of the larger Serendipity series. I usually don’t like to pick up a book that’s in the middle of any kind of series. I guess that’s the OCD in me coming out. But this didn’t feel like I was picking up a story already in progress.

We meet Mike Marsden. Usually he’s an undercover cop for the NYPD. His dad, Simon, who is the Serendipity Chief of Police, has sta
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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What can I say? I loved, loved l.o.v.e.d, LOVED this book (yes I sound a bit fangirl-ish). Lets start with the easy things and talk about the story. This book was by far the best this series has to offer as far as combining a great, slightly romantic suspense, contemporary romance. Mike is back in town to fill in as temporary Chief of Police due to his father’s cancer battle. After his brother Sam is in a car accident, he has to take over an investigatio
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Heather Lire
I've loved this series ever since the first book, and was super excited to discover that Carly was going to write about Dare's fellow officers.

I have only a couple of things to say about this book.

1. It was my top read of 2012
2. Mike Mardsen wasn't only my top Carly hero, he was my top hero of 2012
3. Mike and Cara's love story was absolutely perfect for them.
Lisa Berk
I loved this book! It was definitely one of my favorites! I can't wait for Erin's book! The sneak peek was awesome!!
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I've been battling this reading slump for the past few months but when I buckled down and got to reading this book, I was taken to my happy place. Carly Phillips delivers another Serendipity book that entertained the heck out of me. I really enjoyed getting to know the new characters and see what the other characters are up to. I'm really enjoying the small town of Serendipity and the people in it.

This book follows Mike Marsden, the new temporary police chief for the Serendipity Police Departmen
What can I say about this except that it was awesome. Not often do I sit down and read a book in a single day, but with this one I did. I simply didn't want to put it down.

I've seen Carly say over the last several weeks that this is one of her favorite novels she's written and that Mike is one of her favorite heroes. I can certainly see why. From the beginning you could see how complex a character he was, but in the end, he is the guy that any girl would be lucky to be with and you could see him
I was so excited to get approved from the publisher through NetGalley for an early copy of Perfect Fit. I’ve been a fan of Carly Phillips for years and count her Serendipity series as my favorite ever. I’ve said that Karma, book 3 in the Serendipity series is my favorite book ever from Carly Phillips, because I finally got Dare’s story. I didn’t think I could love another hero as much as Dare, however Mike Marsden changed it all.

Mike Marsden has never really felt like he fit in with his family.
Lisa Jass
Jan 15, 2013 Lisa Jass rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance readers
Carly Phillips Perfect Fit lives up to its title. I am in love with the town of Serendipity and all its wonderful cast of characters. Mike Marsden has come to Serendipity as acting police chief while his father is undergoing cancer treatment and Cara Hartley is a police officer who knows she is a small town girl at heart. Her mother has been abused for years by her father and she spends time working at a shelter for abused women. Both Mike and Cara have their own issues with their pasts includin ...more
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5 stars

My absolute favorite Carly Phillips has done it again in the first of the Serendipity’s Finest Perfect Fit. It never fails with that we are given characters you can connect with and their lives you become a part of and this book was no different. I have to say that this could be a standalone because it is written that well but to get a broader view of Serendipity I would recommend starting from the beginning. Okay, maybe it’s because I
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Blog rating: B

We’re back in Serendipity, this time getting to know the Marsden family and the three Marsden siblings Mike, and his half-siblings Sam and Erin. Mike was raised by Sam and Erin’s father, but was never treated as anything but a son by their dad. He’s never met his biological father, a man who bolted when Mike’s mom was pregnant with him. His mom married her close friend, Simon, and he raised Mike as his own. Mike’s absent father, Rex, is now
Blue Ribbon Rating: 4 out of 5
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Michael Marsden has never felt like he fit in with his perfect family. But when his dad takes ill, Mike leaves his job as an undercover cop in Manhattan to take over as the temporary Chief of Police in Serendipity. Restless in his new role, Mike can’t wait to leave his hometown and get back to the anonymity of the city. Then he reconnects with someone who changes his whole way of thinking.

Months ago, Officer Cara Hartley had a one night stand wit
Very good book. Mike is back in Serendipity to fill in as police chief while his dad recovers from cancer treatments. He can't wait to get back to the city where his restlessness isn't a problem. But he soon finds that restlessness is lessened by the presence of Cara, with whom he had one awesome night three months earlier. The attraction is still there and just as hot as it was before. As they start a short term relationship both are convinced that anything long term is impossible.

I really like
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
This truly was my first Carly Phillips book & let me tell you… I liked it because it was totally balanced. It had a couple stories running through it, & the romance was solid, there & you knew what they were doing at all times. If there was a gap in time, by gosh she said something like "I didn't see him for 5 uneventful busy days…" then you knew what was going on. None of this wake up the next morning wondering how the hell we got there in the first place.

It was complete & I was
Gotta love the weekends!!!! Long hours and lots of books!!!

This second series in Serendipity has similarities with the previous one. Michael Marsden reminds me of the first hero in the first series, another bad boy, who's back.

He is in love with Cara and they shared a night of passion and then he went back to NY. But when his stepfather becomes ill with cancer he gets back and replace his stepfather as police chief. ANd incidentally he becomes chief of Cara, too!!!


P.S. I love the cover, sup
Dies ist mein erstes Buch von der Autorin, aber ich habe schon viel von ihr gehört, halt das sie lustige und unterhaltsame Frauenbücher schreibt, demnach habe ich auch dies hier erwartet und war sehr überrascht über den tatsächlichen Inhalt.

Zuerst dies ist der erste Teil einer neue Reihe, die sich im deutschen "Marsden" nennt. Es geht hier um die Familie Marsden, wo die Kinder ihre Liebe finden. Hier geht es um Mike, er ist der älteste Sohn der Familie, der aber einen anderen Vater hat, als die
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
I really enjoyed this. Mike is the temporary sheriff who refuses to commit to ANYTHING. Cara is the daughter of an abusive prick and doesn't want to risk her heart. Together they are HOT. Probably a 3.5 read but rounding up for fun factor.
You can't really go wrong with a Carly Phillips book. This was a great read and the "Perfect" start to another fabulous series. I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read.
Alix Taylor
Super cute, sweet, sometimes heartbreaking, an amazing read. Longer review soon at romance books forum
Sue Galuska
Perfect Fit is a continuation of Carly's Serendipity series. This story revolves around Mike Marsden and Cara Hartley. A while back Mike and Cara have a one-night stand. Little did they know that Mike would be back in town temporarily to replace his sick dad as Police Chief. The problem, Cara is on the force. After trying to stay away from each other, they can't. Mike, who assumes he will never stay in Serendipity forever, never knew what hit him when he hooks back up with Cara. This story is a ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
This was my first Carly Phillips book and I enjoyed it. I'm sure I'll read more by her.
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Absolutely fabulous read! I was so glad to revisit Serendipity and get a glimpse of the Barron brothers lives past their stories but now we get to meet the Marsden family with oldest brother Mike and Officer Cara Hartley.

What I loved most about this book was how complex Mike and Cara were. Both had major baggage thanks to their parents -- he, because his biological father ran from Serendipity when his mother was pregnant and Mike has always tried to live up to his adoptive father and the standar
jackie frye
Jan 03, 2013 jackie frye rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys romance
Mike’s biological father or as he called him, sperm donor, had left town before Mike was born. Although his adopted father treated Mike just like his biological children Mike always felt less and that he was somehow tainted by his father’s blood. He enjoyed the constant changes his work as an undercover cop the NYPD provided. When his father was diagnosed with cancer and needed time away from his job as Serendipity chief of police Mike took a leave of absence and took over his father job; knowin ...more
Lady Lioness
This is listed as #4 in Phillips's Serendipity series, but I think this stands alone quite well. It is loosely linked to the previous books as those couples all make reappearances, but the heroine was, at best, a minor character and the hero had only, I believe, a blink and you'll miss it appearance.

Phillips tends to be hit or miss for me, but I enjoyed this one, mainly because of the hero. It was unusual for a hero to be so bluntly honest about his commitment-phobia. The reader can see him slo
The fact that this was labeled "Serendipity #4" on this site explains so much....

On its own, the book is lovely, but the entire time I was reading, I felt like I was taking a giant trip to the "Department of Backstory." It seemed like Phillips was setting up new books by giving out character histories and then one day she'd sit back and see what stuck. To be honest, it felt like I was the new kid in school who was expected to know the lunch table breakdown, despite the fact that no one was talki
Book one of the Serendipity's Finest series (which really is a continuation of the Serendipity series) about the kids of the Serendipity police chief. Characters from the original Serendipity series make appearances in the book... a nice way to catch up with them. It was a good book, a quick read. I'm ready for the next book in the series.

Mike, a NYC detective, comes back to Serendipity to fill in for his police chief father while he is in cancer treatment. Eager to leave his small home town whe
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