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Almost Perfect (Fool's Gold #2)

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Back in high school, Liz Sutton was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Then she’d stolen the heart of the most popular boy in town, and their secret romance helped her through the worst of times. Until Ethan Hendrix betrayed her and everything they’d ever meant to each other. Devastated and pregnant, Liz left Fool’s Gold, California – forever, she thought…

Now Liz

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Hardcover, Large Print, 383 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Center Point (first published June 21st 2010)
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jenjn79
Rating: 4.5 / 5

I'm really loving this series. Mallery has hooked me completely. I wish we didn't have nearly two months to read the last book in the series.

Series Note:
I'd recommend reading the series in order. Lots of continuity going on.

Summary:
Back when they were teens, town golden boy Ethan Hendrix and poor-girl-with-an-unwarranted-bad-reputation Liz Sutton had a classic secret romance. But then Ethan trashed Liz to his friends to save face and she ran away. Only to find three weeks later sh
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Manda Collins
May 20, 2010 Manda Collins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of secret babies, small towns, author heroines
Recommended to Manda by: NetGalley
Shelves: contemporary
ALMOST PERFECT is the story of Ethan Hendrix and Liz Sutton. Let me warn you now that if you are not a fan of secret baby stories, then this is not the book for you. Twelve years after she left Fool's Gold pregnant with Ethan's baby, Liz returns to the small town where she grew up, her 11yo son Tyler in tow, to come rescue her two nieces who were abandoned by their step-mother. No way, no how is she prepared to stay there. Through a series of mishaps and bad luck and bone-headed moves on Ethan's ...more
Tracie
Ok. So I've started listening to this and I'm not sure I'll even finish it. It's not the reader, who seems adequate, it's the story. Before the end of the first CD I just wanted to gag.

Really. Would someone tell me how on earth anyone can like Ethan and consider him the romantic interest in this........romance. Why on earth would anyone want him. And his mother! All self-righteous. Why didn't she knock him upside the head and tell him off for his behavior. And what was with the main character (
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willaful
“So they were back to that, she thought, both annoyed and sad. The same road, the same words, the same feelings. They were trapped and she didn’t know how to make things different.”

Tell me about it.

I was curious to read this book because its Secret Baby plot sounded quite similar to Mallery’s Sweet Trouble, a story that packed a huge emotional punch for me. I wondered if the formula would work again, or if it would feel too much like a rerun. Well, it was a bit too familiar at times--but a much
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Rashika (is tired)
(Note: I don't mean to sound like a troll or anything. Also if you are uncomfortable with swear words.. it would be better if you didn't read this)

I blame my need for reading a chic lit on Jenn Bennett.

This is not what I was looking for.
This was horrible.
I wanna crawl into my bed and cry. It was that bad.

The hero is an asshole.. he keeps on blaming the female lead for things she had no control over when from my point of view he should be taking most of the blame or his dead ex wife. Through out
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Julie
seriously, people need to get over the whole moving back to San Francisco. Liz lives there. Tyler's whole life is there. she can't just pick up and move. Ethan pisses me off about that, thinking he had the rights to demand Liz to stay in Fool's Gold. why doesn't he move to San Francisco instead? after all, he'd be the only one changing lifestyle compared to Liz and Tyler.(not including Melissa and Abby). Ethan and his mom needed to get over missing out on Tyler's life because seriously? it was p ...more
Boogenhagen
Yet another POS H and incredibly wimpy throwrug h. Sadly she is so pathetic she just sucks up the abuse. In a strange kinda way, they probably do belong together but I was looking for a romance not a tragedy. The only thing missing was the dramatic throwing herself in front of a train. Frankly I kinda think it happened that way after the book closed, cause srsly, who could like or live with the utter and complete ass the Zero Hero was, I figured 6 months later she OD'd on valium just to get away ...more
Tina
I never believed the hero loved the heroine from start to finish. And God, there were WAY too many kids in this book. Everyone is either arguing about kids, for kids or with kids.
Suzie Quint
I tend to avoid secret baby stories like the plague. The heroine rarely has any justification for keeping the man from knowing that he has a child that's valid enough to counter my distaste for a crappy deception that strikes me as selfish and self-serving. I say rarely because this book is the exception. Liz actually made 2 attempts to let Ethan know about his child and that was enough to get past my innate dislike of this type of story. (Upon reflection, I think it's probably illogical at best ...more
Booklover
It was good story and Liz was awesome so strong and brave,inspite of being a outcast from society cause of what her mother does.she keeps fighting through her teens,excels in studies, Liz is really great---kind, caring,almost too good, half way thru this book and wondered why Liz would even want this guy!

Ethan on the other hand is Selfish,mean,arrogant and in first book of this series"Chasing perfect"u will come to know he stopped speaking to his best friend Josh for 10 years because Josh became
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VaultOfBooks
By Susan Mallery. #2 in Fool’s Gold Series. Grade: F
I’d heard good things about this author, and thought I’d try one of her books out. I like books with kids – they add a twist – and picked Almost Perfect.
I am still recovering from the horror.
Back in high school, Liz Sutton was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Then she’d stolen the heart of the most popular boy in town, and their secret romance helped her through the worst of times. Until Ethan Hendrix betrayed her and everything they
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Tam
Friggin' adorable.

I was soooo looking forward to this book (even though I didn't much like Fool's Gold #1)and I have to say I'm not disappointed.

I think there is the potential for a lot of people to be annoyed with Ethan and maybe even Liz, but I can't say that I was at all.

The hidden-child theme is one of my favourites because it is such an impossible situation. How can two people fall in love after such a betrayal. I also love the themes where the heroine comes from a really tortured past wher
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Cathy
This book should be retitled Opposite of Perfect or Barely Likeable.

Let's see... where to begin with this one... Susan Mallery is so hit or miss with me. I was hoping this would be good because the premise had potential to be heartfelt and angsty. Oh, I felt something alright. Just not the warm and fuzzies I was hoping for.

The H and h are the typical social opposites; the H being the small town's golden boy and the h the pariah, mainly because of her mother's drunkeness, prostitution-ness, and
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Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
May 18, 2010 Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) by: goodchoicereadin@aol.com

I was so excited to begin reading Almost Perfect and could not believe that I was given the chance yet again to read it before it hits shelves on June 29th. Thank you NetGalley!

My Review:

Okay seriously...What do we need to do to get Susan's books on the big screen? Every time I read her books I picture a movie or at least a TV mini series. It needs to be done! LOL


Anyway, the book kicks off right where Chasing Perfect left off. It begins with Liz who receives an e-mail from her nieces (that she
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Dinjolina
I just….I….I wash my hands of this cheating no good fu*ker!
And really, aside form not being able to use contraceptives and practice safe sex, there are a heap of more horrible characteristics to him.
Plain and simple- he sucked. Big time.
Also the stage speech in the end?
Sorry it can not delete all the bad things that happened. Not in my book.

I did like the heroine, but I am unable to give more than 2 stars on the sole stand of her being written well.

P.S. Did any of you feel he had even a spec o
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Mary Catherine
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Heather
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Shelly
I really wanted to like this one more than the last, but I think it's about the same. There is great structure, great characters, a great plot, but huge sections are missing for me, details that I think are important, but aren't included. I will try the next one, hoping for something miraculous to happen, but Pia isn't one of my favorite characters.

I don't understand why certain things and details are left out, and this frustrates me to no end. Too many loose ends for my liking. How did the gir
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Vanessa
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Jess (Gone with the Words)
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Almost Perfect had me Almost Crying throughout the whole book! This was such an emotional roller coaster for me! It made laugh, get angry, get sad...it literally had me on the verge of tears the whole time...until the end, when I finally cried happy tears.

To keep this review from getting too personal, lets just say that I’m mom and that may have led to this book resonating with me on so many levels. I agree that Liz should’ve tr
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Jess
This is the second book in the Fool's Gold series. It focuses on Liz and Ethan who have been reunited after many years of separation. Overall, I found the storyline sweet but not that compelling. I kept getting the feeling of, been there read this. I don't think it helped that I disliked Ethan. He repeatedly made the same mistakes and kept expecting to be forgiven. After awhile it just became tedious and really didn't endear me to him. I liked Liz and thought she was a strong character. Her scen ...more
StellaR
I was infuriated through more than half of the story, with the hero nonetheless.
Ethan was the most stupid character..EVER! Given he's a good man made it more frustating. Thankfully he had Liz, now she's a really good woman. I liked her a lot. That balanced it out.
I'm beginning to grasp the way Ms. Mallery writes her stories, I like how she writes about real people, the ones with real emotions and flaws. It's comforting. Her books are equivalent to comfort food :)
Harlequin Books
"Fantastic book. Ethan was a first class SOB through a lot of the book. He would start to improve, then go and screw things up again. Liz had her problems, but tried to be the adult. I loved the part where she ... I'm really looking forward to the next book!" From a review posted by an eHarlequin.com member, read more here.

"Wow, how fun! ALMOST PERFECT is at #30 on the USA Today bestsellers list, which includes fiction and nonfiction, paperback and hardcovers!"- Susan Mallory's Facebook news fee
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Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Liz Sutton left town a pregnant teen. She was unloved and discarded by her family, her town, and most importantly her man. She comes back a successful author and a wonderful mother. She's great. She's the kind of character you really want to read about.

Ethan Hendrix still lives in town. Unfortunately, he's still a dick. My thoughts throughout were, 'Gee, Liz, you certainly could do better.' But it all works out in the end I suppose.
FlibBityFLooB
3.5/5 stars. Hated the automaton audiobook narrator. Hated the hero. Hated the heroine's son for saying the things he said to her near the end. Hated the all-too-happy ending. Still, it wasn't a bad book. :)
Jacqueline
This was a nice book. Even though it is a 2nd chance at love book which I don't typically like. If they are done well and/or different somehow they can work for me. I enjoyed that she believed she had been told to stay out of town and keep her child away from him by the boy's father and she was doing it rather than being all belligerant about it. She was calm and reasonable throughout the whole book. He had grown up some since he was a typical young jerk but he still needed to grow up some more. ...more
Taryn at My Secret Romance
3.5 stars

This is the second book in the Fool's Gold series. I wasn't that crazy about the first book Chasing Perfect. It was good, don't get me wrong, but not great. I definitely think this book is better than the first book but there are some unanswered questions (again) that's starting to down grades how I feel about this series thus far. I found myself asking questions in the first book and I thought that they would be addressed later in the book. Nope. So as I'm reading the second book I sta
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Marj
First time to rate a susan mallery book below 4 stars.

Characters:
Liz - i liked her a lot but sometimes i wanted her to fight back and stand up for herself. She just kept quiet whenever someone esp the older ppl talked crap abt her leaving Fg without telling ethan abt tyler. I guess in a way i understand given her past and she seemed like a nice girl who didnt like to harm or disturb ppl. Im amazed at her patience with Melissa, while i understand she feels terrified i also thought she needed a s
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Nath
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Lesley
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