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Chasing Perfect (Fool's Gold #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  19,180 Ratings  ·  715 Reviews
Perfection is in the eye of the beholder

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 regard

Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by HQN (first published April 2010)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Worthy Stars

This review and all reviews for this series are going to be short, and to the point since there are 19 books in this series. Unless there is one that I love so much or hate so much that I just have to rant or rave. Chasing Perfect was a sweet start to the Fool's Gold Series. I have heard such good things about Susan Mallery that I had to try her books, and I can say I wasn't disappointed. This was a very cute story. Lower on the angst, this was more of a chill read. I loved the the
Jan 01, 2010 Auntee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the author; fans of small town life contemporaries
I liked this one but I didn't love it. I was hoping for something along the lines of Mallery's Buchanans or Lone Star Sisters, but this one fell a little short of that for me. It could be because it was the first book in the series, and there was a lot of setting up to do (the small town of Fool's Gold and its lack of male population; the huge amount of characters she introduced) or maybe it was the plot which wasn't all that compelling-- world class cyclist (Josh) tries to get over his fears of ...more
Jan 08, 2010 Rossy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cont. romance/small town/sexy alphas fans
Recommended to Rossy by: Auto-buy author
I can honestly say that this was the hardest book to review for me so far. Don't get me wrong the book was fabulous in my opinion, but i had a hard time doing a review where i didn't spoil it for anyone. I was so happy with everything that i just wanted to gush about everything, so i put the review on hiatus. It has been quite some time since i enjoyed a book so much i couldn't stop thinking about the characters almost 2 months after i finished reading it. With the amount of books i have read be ...more
Sep 06, 2010 willaful rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of nice heroes
Welcome to Fool’s Gold, the town where men don’t stay… except, of course, the incredibly gorgeous and wealthy ones who are going to marry the heroines of this series.

City planner Charity is hired to bring more men to Fool’s Gold. Though considering her past history with terrible boyfriends, perhaps she wasn’t the best choice. Certainly she doesn’t trust her attraction to local hero Josh--a famous sports figure could never be interested in an ordinary woman like her, right?

The perfect-rich-charmi
Apr 19, 2010 Samantha rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Really a 4.5 star read for me! Just awesome!

Susan Mallery delivers a small town romance story that will leave readers anticipating the next book in the series. A combination of whit, charm and steam provides a delightful and entertaining read.
Chasing Perfect is about Charity Jones, who is a young, vibrant go-getter. Having spent the majority of her life taking care of herself and moving around, she’s determined to find a place that is quiet and peaceful so that she can settle down. Her whole li
Jonel Boyko
Jul 09, 2014 Jonel Boyko rated it it was amazing
I’ve previously red some of the later books in the Fool’s Gold series but going back to the beginning to see how it all started has been absolutely unforgettable. This was a brilliant introduction to Fool’s Gold. Readers get to know the town alongside its newest resident. Mallery’s easy going yet absolutely captivating writing style melds with her unique yet realistic romance for a seamless whole. At the same time, plot twists abound, keeping you on your toes. I love the allusion to the next boo ...more
No me convenció que ella cayera tan rápidamente hechizada por Josh. ¡Ni siquiera se plantea cómo sabía lo de la reunión, las tierras, etc.! Simplemente sale de allí advirtiéndose a sí misma que es demasiado guapo para ella, que no quiere ser como su madre, etc. pero vi poca resistencia real :\\ (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 25, 2010 jenjn79 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to jenjn79 by: previously read author
Rating: 4.5 / 5

I almost decided to skip this series by Susan Mallery. I usually tend to like her series, but not love them. And considering how bit my Mt TBR is, I just thought I'd pass on this one. But the setting of the series and the storyline intrigued me and I figured I'd give it a try. I'm really glad I did because I loved this book.

Series Note:
First book in Mallery's new "Fool's Gold" series.

Charity Jones has been looking for a place to call home her entire life, and she thinks sh
Apr 01, 2010 Ellie rated it liked it
I must confess, I read up until a certain point and then sort of just skipped to the end. Well not "sort of", because that's exactly what I did.

First things first, I want to say that it got off to a HILARIOUS start. For your pleasure, I took down some of the lines that made me snort tea out my nose (attractively, of course):
- "When she made the mistake of meeting his hazel-green eyes, she
could have sworn she heard the theme from Gone with the Wind playing softly in the background."
- "...her curi
Jun 06, 2011 Shelly rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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Jacob Proffitt
Oct 18, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
This is a pretty good romance, in a by-the-numbers kind of way. Indeed, I spent much of the novel waiting for it to make an original or unconventional move and was steadily disappointed. Not to say that it isn't entertaining. It's a quick read and with some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments.

Charity and Josh are fine, but again, rather standard—and with rather standard hang-ups. Her trust issues up against his commitment issues and with a small town set to watch the fireworks. And yes, I'm being a
Jul 05, 2013 Brandi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this, and tried to give it a fair chance because I'm looking for a new series to dive into, but it fell way flat for me.

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Manda Collins
Apr 23, 2010 Manda Collins rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of sports heroes, Rachel Gibson, Toni Blake
Shelves: contemporary
This was my first read by Susan Mallery, and it definitely will not be my last. CHASING PERFECT is the first in a new small town series set in Fool's Gold, California. The heroine, Charity Jones, is a city planner, who comes to the little town to take a new job with the city and to escape a bad breakup. When her first presentation is interrupted and helped considerably by a handsome stranger, she has no idea that he is world-famous cyclist, Josh Golden, the town's favorite son. Having sworn off ...more
Jul 17, 2016 Fanny rated it liked it

Chasing Perfect es el primer libro de la serie llamada Fools Gold de la autora Susan Mallery y narra la historia de Josh y Chasity, ademas de ser mi primera experiencia con el trabajo de la autora, aunque reconozco que hacia un tiempo que queria leer alguno de sus libros.
Desde hace unos dias queria leer alguna novela ligera y bien desarrollada del estilo de Kristan Higgins y recorde que habia leido muy buenas criticas de esta saga, por lo que decidi empezarla.
La empece con bastantes expectativas
Jul 27, 2015 Donnie rated it really liked it
Wonderful! I liked Josh and Charity.
Apr 01, 2010 Leah rated it really liked it
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*The Angry Reader*
May 05, 2016 *The Angry Reader* rated it did not like it
Threw in the towel at page 32 - when the heroine mentioned for the third time that she just wanted a nice steady guy. That's once every 10 pages. Jesus. Does she have other aspirations in life or is she slowly reduced to her desire for Mr Staid and Stoic?

Romance books have a formula. I get it. It works, and for some readers it must be comforting. Take sassy (on the inside) yet conservative chick. Throw in man whore with a heart of gold. Put them in a situation where she acts like a bumbling idio
Maria Sol
Este libro fue justo lo que necesitaba estos días en donde leer se me hace un poco difícil, y digo esto porque es un libro simple y sencillo, de esos en los que todos mas o menos sabemos lo que va a pasar pero aún así te engancha y te da ganas de seguir leyendo. Me gustó.
Particularmente me encantan esos libros en donde hay muchos personajes, en este caso, una ciudad muy peculiar, y los vamos conociendo a todos libro tras libro y mas cuando son lindo personajes y todos tienen una historia tierna
Katherine (Katerina K.)
Jan 08, 2014 Katherine (Katerina K.) rated it really liked it
4 out of 5 golden stars!


“Knowing what to do is the easy part. Finding the right person to do it with is a whole lot harder. - Josh Golden”

A fun and easy read! Even if i did not love it, i did enjoyed it.Most of all the characters were really sweet ad easy to like...

2 STARS = It was okay. Don't be put off by my rating, it wasn't bad at all. I understand it's a first in a series so there were a lot of introductions to make, some parts could be boring and some parts could use more depth of emotions to be explored. This Fool's Gold grows on me, I'm sure..looking forward to next books.
Shari Kay
Jul 17, 2016 Shari Kay marked it as skip-it
not starting what I won't finish <--book 2
Sarah (onecurvyblogger)
Jan 26, 2014 Sarah (onecurvyblogger) rated it really liked it
It took me awhile to get into this book, but then I realized, while this isn't an especially sexy book, it IS stinking cute. And I live how family is so important to the main characters.
Mar 17, 2017 Elaine rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 3-stars
Decent start to the Fool's Gold series. I liked the small town background and liked the supporting characters. In fact, I liked them better than the main characters. I really disliked the heroine, Charity, who comes off as a little stuffy, a little melodramatic, quick to assume, kind of a wimp, and a bit of a self-imposed martyr - none of these are characteristics that I like in a heroine I'm supposed to cheer for. Also, he author worked too hard to showcase a romance that was rather boring. The ...more
May 03, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it it was ok
Charity Jones is the latest addition to the Fool's Gold community as the town's new city planner. Charity is more than happy to make Fool's Gold her home since she loves the small town feel and that her neighbors and co-workers are very pleasant and nice. There seems to be a shortage of men, which is a problem dating back years, and the mayor is concerned the town will die if they don't find a way to get more men to reside in Fool's Gold. Charity's new responsibility is trying to figure out a wa ...more
Jul 19, 2011 Taryn rated it liked it
Recommended to Taryn by: Shellbelle
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Jen  (Today in Jen's Library)
I've been trying a lot of romance authors on for size, so of course Susan Mallery needed to be one. After this book, I'm not entirely sure I want her in my closet.

Chasing Perfect has a lot of good characters - she establishes the location relatively well. Charity is nice. Josh is good. Marcia is nice. Robert is predictable. The other secondary characters are nice.

The book is full of nice things. Moderately good plot, nice twist, good ending. It's definitely predictable - saw that bad guy coming
Aug 04, 2012 Jonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charity Jones is a city planner who just accepted a new job in the town of Fool’s Gold. She’s looking for a fresh start after a failed relationship and the recent death of her mother. Josh Golden is a retired professional cyclist who interrupts her first presentation but helps get the deal sealed. He’s gorgeous but is just the type of man she wants to steer clear of. Josh isn’t looking for a relationship either but neither can ignore their mutual attraction.

I found the town to be charming, the r
Dec 15, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
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Laura Miller
Mar 26, 2012 Laura Miller rated it liked it
Well I really wanted to like this book since it's the first in a series and I love series. The only real redeeming part of this book is the Hero Josh, and most of the side characters. By the end of the book I was actually feeling he deserved someone way better than Charity. My reason for not liking her was the fact that she was so obsessed with the fact that Josh had at one time be very famous and that, in her book, was bad. He told her over and over again that he didn't want the life he had bef ...more
Suzie Quint
Oct 17, 2011 Suzie Quint rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
For the most part, I enjoyed this. Fool's Gold, with it's shortage of men, is an interesting setting. My one quibble was that when Charity finally has her aha! moment and accepts that Josh's need to ride isn't about wanting to be a celebrity again, I thought the motivation was weak. She already had all the information that prompted that realization, including him telling her pretty plainly, so it seemed like she should have "gotten it" much sooner. I really wish she had because her insistence th ...more
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With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it c ...more
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Fool's Gold (1 - 10 of 20 books)
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