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(Second Opportunities #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  22,785 ratings  ·  882 reviews

A rootless foster child, Julie Mathison had blossomed under the love showered upon her by her adoptive family. Now a lovely and vivacious young woman, she was a respected teacher in her small Texas town, and she passionately lived her ideals. Julie was determined to give back all the kindness she'd received; nothing and no one would ever shatter the perfect life she had fa

Mass Market Paperback, 704 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Pocket Books (first published May 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.


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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
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-ever
My re-read was just as PERFECT the second time around.

“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

3.5 Stars

Once again I’m impressed with the author’s ability to tell a story and create such a well-developed storyline. And once again I didn’t get the maximum satisfaction from it.

After reading Paradise and all of the reviews here I was sure I was about to read a story of epic proportions:

A prison escape?
A tortured, cold, brooding hero?
A smart and strong heroine?
The enemies-to-lovers trope?
"I'm falling for my captor" theme?
A slow burn romance?

Except the proportions were not so epic

I can’t say
Miss Kim
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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
For quotes/comments as I read and others commentary: Buddy Read Perfect

700pgs. 700 PAGES

The first 30% was good, with amazing development and laying foundation down for our characters. In newer published books, that first 30% would have been edited down to around 10%. I miss layers like that. Having said that, oh my god, could a lot have been edited out. I think. Secondary characters that seemed to add depth to the story, characters, and setting, started to become skim worthy as they didn't seem
So here's the thing. I love, love, love romance books. I love the HEA, I love the hot sex scenes, I love a guy that is totally into the heroine and the heroine being kick ass. But as we have all said here time and time again, older romance novels are problematic. There are a lot of tropes that just don't get done anymore unless that's a genre that you are trying to market to these days. These book had a whole mess of issues that made me cringe. Then again, this was written in 1993 so I was tryin ...more

This book was such a great surprise!
I’ve started 5 books and was getting quite desperate to find my mojo back when this book was recommended to me.
It is kind of an all-in-one, packed with action, mystery, comedy and romance.
However, what touched me the most was the suffocating feeling of helplessness due to the injustice committed against Zach.
Balance, harmony and justice rule my sign: Libra (♎). I despise injustice.

So, let me start getting the negative out of my way first: grandma Stanhope.

Sam (AMNReader)

*Rips book apart
*Throws it to the ground*
*Jumps on book until pulverized*
*Gets out lawnmower*
*Mows over it multiple times*

No just no.

I’ll start with the positive. This book made me and my reading buddies Whiskey review here & Obsidian review here wonder:
Is consent consent if you are a hostage?

I’m of the mind that no it’s probably not.

The other positive, it was good, infuriating fun to read with those two.

And, really that’s where my positivity sinks into the ground like the pulve

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
2.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: Ten...years...later. JK. This did feel soooooo long and slow for me though. It took me 4 days to read! That says a lot when I typically take 1-2. I’m not even really sure why I kept at it. I wasn’t really connecting with or even liking the characters and I thought their connection to each other was out of nowhere. I actually agreed with the H in (somewhat cruelly) saying that the h was confusing lust and sex for love! Then for him to confess feelings of love in a gushy
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Loved Zach. Hated Julie the betraying, preachy cow and was massively disappointed that she did not die by a toilet seat to the head. She was utterly useless and I hated her with a passion. But the writing was good and the story fun. Except for Julie.
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
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
This was fantastic and wonderful and, poignant, moving, touching, affecting, powerful, stirring, emotive, heart-rending, heartwarming, impassioned, etc....

I think you get the picture.

I love this book and it deserves a ten star rating that's what this book deserves!!!

I'll never get tired of reading Zack and Julie's story. Absolute Perfection!!!
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!

Irene Sim
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2019-read
Just as great as the first book in the "Second Opportunities" series and equally prolix. I loved both the MCs and I enjoyed the reappearance of the first book's couple. A little bit rushed at the end and I didn't like the way the author resolved the accusations against Zach but all in all an enjoyable story. ...more
Lady Raven RAVE!
REREAD 6/2021
Originally read in 2007

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
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Five perfect Stars.

It was a very good read.

Julie was a small town sweetheart. Zack was a charmer, a black sheep, and a social outcast.
Julie - a School Teacher and Zack - a film Actor and Director

Two very different people came together and create a beautiful story. The chemistry between Julie and Zack was just Amazing.

I liked every turn of the story. Some people will say that the author was dragging the story or there was no need to explain Julie and Zack past life ... Blah Blah blah. But with
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Long ago and far away,
I dreamed a dream one day—
And now that dream is here before me.
Long the skies were overcast,
but now the clouds are 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 and then I knew—
That all I longed for long ago was you.

What an absolutely brilliant book!!!!! It was a masterpiece of captivating plot and sizzling romance.

I loved that the story spanned over years, that we got to see an

Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 l
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Five PERFECT stars!!!

"What book are you reading?" "It's my book—an early copy, fresh off the press."
He smiled and said it aloud: "You named it

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
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
So this was my first Judith McNaught novel and I loved every page of 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
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The title says it.
Loved it.
10 stars
Perfect is and will always be my favorite Judith's book.

Apr 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Chitra *CJ*
Now my review is going to be biased, as I love JMN and it's because of her I fell in love with romance.. and "Perfect" was just perfection.

I absolutely love backstories which establish how the characters were molded, and this book has a great introduction to both Zack and Julie.
Zack was born into a privileged family, when a disgruntled grandmother disowns him due to his resemblance to her cheating grandfather. He works hard to become a successful movie actor and director, when one day he finds h
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