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...more
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DNF after 200 pages.
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.
I don't mind if the story progresses slowly.
It doesn't have to progress at all.
AS LONG AS I GET MY HEROES IN THE SAME SCENES TOGETHER!!!!!
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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...more
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
Aladdin's lamp is m
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
*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 p ...more
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 ...more
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!!!
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 ...more
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 lik ...more
"Perfect", however unrealistic the plot line may be, had me so involved with the characters th ...more
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
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 11...more
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 ...more
Julie spent the first decade of her life in foster care before getting adopted by a loving family and she vows to be "perfect" and so that she never disappoints them.
Zack on the other hand grew up in privilege but neglected, until he is kicked out of his house and family when he is 18. He makes his own way and becomes a successful actor and director, but life has more blows ...more
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Judith McNaught is a #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, with more than forty million copies of her novels in print, in over eighty countries and more than thirty languages. She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. McNaught is credited with inventing the modern Regency Historical ro ...more
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And now I am proud.
The world once was black
And now it is bright.
I used to walk head bent
And now I stand up tall.
I used to have dreams
But now I have hope.”