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Perfect Partners

(Love Unexpected)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,388 ratings  ·  72 reviews
A "Love Unexpected" Novel ...

No sooner had lawyers Chelsie Russell and Griffin Stuart lost their siblings in a car crash than they find themselves fighting for custody of their two year old niece. Griff wins only to discover Chelsie is the only one who can sooth the child's night terrors and fears. Chelsie and Griff bond over the little girl and their growing sexual desir
ebook, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by CP Publishing (first published July 1st 1999)
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Leigh Parrish
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I give it a 2.5
It's a ok read, nothing too exciting though.
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Chelsie Russell and Griffin Stuart, both lawyers, have both lost two people in their lives. Chelsie's sister and Griffins brother. Behind is left niece Alix. Griff has been granted full custody of the little girl after Chelsie represented her parents to try and get custody of their grandchild. The judge found bribery not a good example. Chelsie and Griff came to terms and now are trying to care for this child. Both characters have so many scars and baggage, its amazing they can care for themsel ...more
Heather andrews
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Griff that boy knows how to hit below the belt, "he pounced without hesitation. "Next time you feel the need to mother, have a kid of your own. I'll take care of Alix from now on." Chelsie is a girl that goes after what she wants, "so," she said in a husky voice, "if I want to know how much you want me, all I have to do..." Her seductive voice trailed off at the same moment her hand cupped him through his briefs." This one was a little more emotional than what I'm used to from Carly but that doe ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Wow, that was a lot of angst!

I was a bit worried to open up the book and see a typo in the third sentence ("[...] held her niece's fete in his hands."), but this actually turned out to be an engrossing read. Chelsie and Griff were both very vulnerable, damaged people who managed to find love (and healing) in each other. There was a certain stiffness about how Carly Phillips conveyed this information about her two leads, especially early in the book, but it was originally published in 1999 and no
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Lawyers Chelsie Russell and Griffin Stuart deal with career obligations and lots of personal baggage as their lives get enmeshed with their precious two-year-old orphan niece Alix. Heartbreaking moments of Alix’s night terrors and confusion become the catalyst for major adjustments in both Chelsie’s and Griffin’s lives. The sub-story of spousal abuse and its effect on victims even after they escape the abusive situation adds a special
carmella ann james
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this book

This was a great read. I love how the book had just enough sizzle between Chelsie and Griff. It is the perfect read for a relaxing day.
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately this story didn't work for me. The concept was good, however the characters were one dimensional and frankly unbelievable.
Dorothy Morawsky
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was almost to good, couldnt put it down. Awesome job Carly Phillips. Read it, youll love it.......
Sue Galuska
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chelsie Russell has never gotten along with her parents who seem to think that money and status were more important than being a family. Chelsie is a lawyer and is representing her parents in a custody hearing for their 2 year old granddaughter, Alix. Since Chelsie's sister, Shannon, died in a car accident along with her husband Jared, Griffin Stuart, Jared's brother, was given custody of Alix. Chelsie's parents guilted her into pursuing the case against her own beliefs. Chelsie thought Griffin ...more
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As an avid Carly Phillips reader I was not disappointed with Perfect Partners one bit! My only disappointment was that I didn't read it sooner! I don't know how I missed this one when it first came out but I am so happy to have gotten the chance to read it today. As always Ms. Phillips created characters that you not just loved to read about but that you sympathized with and rooted for, you wanted to see the happy ending for everyone involved. Her characters are always very complex and tug at ju ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Perfect Partners by Carly Phillips is Book 2 in her Unexpected Love series and an updated version of one of her earliest books. In this story we meet Chelsie Russell and Griff Stuart. They are both lawyers who lost their siblings in a car crash and fight over custody of their orphaned niece. We follow these two as they work together to help with the adjustment of the little girl they both love. As they find ways to make this successful transition, these two become friends and then lovers.

This wa
I liked the concept of the story and the importance of family. However, the story was repetitive and I didn't really sense any growth. The characters made so many judgments and assumptions without giving the other person any benefit of the doubt. This happened so many times that I truly don't believe in the ending. I feel that there will be something else that will come between them due to preconceived notions. True growth doesn't happen in 3 days. I wasn't a fan of the hero and the heroine crie ...more
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Perfect Partners is one of those books that is a feel good story, but not for the reasons that you think. I actually enjoyed this book a lot more because they weren't perfect partners in the beginning!

When we meet Chelsie and Griffin, they have both just endured the death of their sister and brother respectively and are now in a custody battle over their niece. Griffin wins custody of the little girl, but it becomes apparent very early on that he is going to need Chelsie's help. As they begin to
Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
The book starts in a very emotional moment in the lives of the two main characters (Chelsie & Griffin) without long introductions or explanations. The reader will be captured from the first page.

Griffin and Chelsie (in the Name of her parents) fight for the custody of their little niece Alix. Griffin wins but soon realizes that he need the help of Chelsie. They have a lot of baggage from their pasts and need to put everything aside for their little girl.

Both are easy to like. Thanks to the
Dec 26, 2011 rated it liked it
drey’s thoughts:
Carly Phillips’ Perfect Partners has two people who’ve lost a lot–and could lose even more–for the possibility of love.

Chelsie has baggage from a previous marriage, and she’s still trying to make amends. Griffin just doesn’t trust women, period. You know the walls are way up there when these two have to learn to tolerate the other, for the sake of their niece…

When tolerance grows into something else, can they take the steps towards love? Or is losing your heart too risky a prop
This is my second time reading this one. I loved it then and I love it now. I really enjoyed Chelsie and Griff together. I liked how these two started as lawyers against one another for a custody battle and turned it around down the line into so much more.
Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Perfect Partners by Carly Phillips is an older book of hers. The story focused on tow in-law: sister of the wife, Chelsie and brother of the husband, Griffin. The story begins in court with both people fighting for custody of their niece that was left behind after their death. Griffin won custody, but he need Chelsie to help. Together they try to forge a life for their niece, but as always things get complicated.

I like reading this book, not because they were perfect partners, but because they w
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I always forget how much I enjoy Carly Phillips until I pick up one of her books. She has a way of writing REAL people instead of just characters. I know this plot about two people forced through tragedy to share custody of a minor child has been done before (and quite well!) but I enjoyed CP's spin on things. I like that Griff and Chelsie were upfront in the beg about what would happen AFTER Chelsie needed to stop helping out and how it would affect her relationship with her neice and I also li ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this unusual romance story.

Griff is left in charge of his young niece following the death of her parents. Struggling to cope with the changes to his life he seeks help from his the sister of his late sister in law, Chelsie. No love is lost between the two in the first instance following Chelsie's actions but gradually the pair realise that just being civil to each other isn't enough. A secret from Chelsie's past threatens to ruin everything that Griff has worked for and his trust seems
N. Kuhn
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
So, I've read all of the Dare books by this author. I've started going back to read the "Classics". This was actually a great book. I loved the interactions between Chelsie and Griff. Wow. Anger, Passion, Betrayal, Love, Fireworks. It was hot, sexy and certainly tear-worthy. There were spots that just had me tearing up. But it also warms your heart! If you want a good romance, good like they used to be, where you steal a book from your grandmother and hide it in your bedroom good...... grab this ...more
Pennie Morgan
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chelsie and Griff are on opposing sides but ultimately want the same thing...what is best for their niece. Her sister and his brother were married and their untimely death has left their two year old without parents. Luckily Griff won custody over Chelsie's parents. These two have unquestionable chemistry and it was fun to watch it grow throughout the story. There is a lot going on and much to learn and heal on all sides and lots of twists and turns. Oh, and temper tantrums only a two year old c ...more
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I like that this book, because it shined a light on wfe abuse. It doesn't matter your statistic or race. Wife abuse is sadly apart of life.
*Not Believable* She waited a year before she went to the doctor and founded out that she had PID, I didn't find this believable, with PID you are in unbearable pain. If the writer had said, six months or less I would have founded this more believable.
*I liked the main two characters, they didn't play silly games, they let each other know how they were felt
Nancy Ku
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This my second reading of this book I read it few years ago and loved it as much or more this time. Carly has away of making me part of the story and I can't put it down. Griff and Chelsie have both been hurt and they share a mutual loss and love of a two year old. My husband walked in the room right after I finished the book and asked me what's wrong because I had tears in my eyes. I told him they were happy tears .. he shook his head and walked in the kitchen. Can't wait for the next book from ...more
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Carly Phillips

Perfect Partners is another great book by Carly Phillips. This book touches on some pretty heavy subjects, but they are written in a way that you feel the pain and the loss but it doesn't completely bring down the mood.

This is the second time I read this book (the first time was a few years ago) and I enjoyed it just as much this time as I did the first time.
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Good story-line and likeable characters. BUT it annoyed me immensely that the talented and succesful lawyer Chelsie only dreams of motherhood and a domestic life. Throughout the whole book she describes her childless life as cold and empty... I mean, come on!

Also, the ending seemed a little too "wrapped up" given the fact that the characters spent the whole story overanalyzing and doubting everything.
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really liked the premise of this book, but found myself bored throughout most of it. Hard to describe but it never really developed much heat or suspense. I found it hard to believe the chemistry of the characters, and there never really was much of a climax, just blips here and there. I've read enjoyable Carly Phillips books in the past, so wouldn't rule out the author, this just isn't one of my favorites.
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Way to tug at my heart, Ms. Phillips!!

One of Carly Phillips earlier works written under her real name, you can catch glimpses of her later style througout the fluffy pages of this short little book. I enjoyed the dialogue and the way they fought their feelings.

What I did NOT like? The jerk hero's reaction to her tragic past? Can we have A LITTLE COMPASSION, you idiot??

He mostly redeemed himself by the end.
Princess Thuy
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although this wasn't my favorite Carly Phillips book it was still good. I think why I didn't totally love this book is because the hero, Griffin, was just too hard on Chelsie. He thought he knew what kind of person she was because she's been avoiding spending time with her sister and her family but he never questioned why Chelsie acted the way she did. It just took too long for him to realize the truth and it just didn't endear me to him.
Aug 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this book by Carly Phillips, but I admit it's not my favorite. It's not because it's not well-written because Carly is a fabulous writer, but the tone in this one is different from a lot of her later books. It's more poignant and has some sad undertones.

The story of Griff and Chelsie is a compelling one, and while I think fans of Carly will enjoy it, this book will be better enjoyed by readers who enjoy women's fiction more than a typical contemporary romance.
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet story given the circumstances. The characters were lovable and sweet. I liked Griff and Chelsie and felt they were great together. At times it got to be a bit annoying and repetitive but it was a solid 3.5 stars for me. This was my first from this author and interested to see what else she has written. Since this was an old story, I'd like to read something more up to date.
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