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Almost Perfect

(Perfect Trilogy #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  4,956 ratings  ·  349 reviews
A Free Spirit
Maddy was always the artistic one of the group, alive with color and mischief from her saucy red curls to her vintage hippie skirts. Her challenge, the friends decide, is to get her artwork accepted at a gallery. A job as arts director at a summer camp near Santa Fe—with its multitude of galleries—seems like a start in the right direction.

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Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Signet
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

4 'made me laugh, made me sigh, truly feel good stars!!'

This is a review of both the Audible and the Kindle versions.

*Never let your past limit your future.

*The gift of good intentions is often a burden to the receiver.

*Nothing comes without a price, so don't whine when the bill arrives.
~from How To Have A Perfect Life
I haven't enjoyed a new-to-me author this much in a long time and it just goes to prove the old adage about never judging a book by its cover - but in this case, its 'never jud
Mar 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Three friends decide to risk it all after a college roommate uses them as examples of how women let fear hold them back. In this first book, Maddy Hills sets out to get a piece of her art into a gallery, and as a stepping stone, she takes a job at the camp of her high school sweetheart, Joe, whose heart she broke when she put her independence ahead of his marriage proposal.

I enjoyed this book a lot, though I think it could have had about sixty more pages added to it. Joe and Maddy have undeniab
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Cute at times, but overall way too cheesy for me.
His frown deepened. "Are you telling me to stop?"
"No! Good God, no." Another shaky laugh came out. "I'm just warning you I feel like a whole case of dynamite that's about to . . . go off."
A purely male smile tugged at his lips. "Good thing I'm rated expert in handling explosives."

Multiple exchanges like the one above had me groaning at the utter corniness and really having to put the book down for a while. This was my first book by Julie Ortolo
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: free-books
Why do I keep doing this??? These books are free on the kindle and so easy to read. Like ramen. Or salt and vinegar kettle chips. I read it in one day.

Plot: 3 BFFs are outraged that their old college roommate has written a self-help book about them. They challenge each other to overcome their fears or...the loser must buy the other two lunch! Gasp. Maddy, the protagonist, must get her artwork in a gallery and to do so, becomes the Arts & Crafts coordinator at Camp Enchantment (you read that rig
May 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Almost Perfect is the first of the "perfect trilogy" and is a good, quick read.

This is Maddy's story and centers around her desire to get her artwork accepted at a gallery and her fear to do so. All three books surround the premise of conquering fear, a feeling that we all share in different quantities!

Maddy's love interest is Joe. Her childhood sweetheart who proposed to Maddy and has never gotten over the rejection that she handed to him. He is now the director of the camp that Maddy has gon
Mercedes Cordero
This one made me wish books came with ratings, just like the movies. To say it is racy is an understatement. If it were a movie I would classify it NC-17. I wasn't expecting that; of course, I should have read the reviews before downloading it, but it was free so I went for it.
It is not how they nonchalantly speak about sex. What made me skip ahead in this book was the incredibly detailed description of the main characters having sex. It was too much, at least for a novel that came with no warni
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 1...I LOVE this series! This trilogy starts great, the idea of the three best friends finding that their suite mate made them examples in her book and thusly creating the premise of the series was a great way to introduce the main characters. The love, loyalty and friendship that is seen throught the wholel series between these three women is phenominal. I wish I could find one friend who I could interact like these three do. I also like that this series isn't about teenagers or even twenty ...more
Nov 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
This book is about 3 girls who are friends that never have any problems between each other. so, one day they made a bet with each other that they must complete a fear they were never able to accomplish. This book is about one girl's accomplishment to over come her high school love, and to make her art into a gallery.
I think these series of books are more interesting then others. Instead of having the same thing repeating over and over again, they have a totally new setting and conflict to the n
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Too chick lit for me
And the final straw for my reading was when they started making out and Maddy is worried about her cellulite and sagging breasts because she's 32 years old. She was also worried about wrinkles around her eyes. Really?! You haven't had kids and you're only 32 and you're already saggy? That didn't make sense to me
Michala Tyann
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Almost Perfect by Julie Ortolon
Reviewed by Michala T.
Maddy, Christine, and Amy have come to support their best friend, Jane Redding, who has just recently published her first book, “How to Have a Perfect Life”. They are amazed and just super thrilled for Jane but are also a bit envious that Jane has somehow done what they have yet to do, which is to have the perfect life.
The three of them get to talking and of course being best friends, they are quick to point out the other’s fears and obstacle
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it
This was my first time reading Julie Ortolon and I have to say it was a nice read. It’s definitely a lighter read, even for me, but it was a fun story nonetheless. We meet Maddy as she’s at a crossroads in her life. She’s a widow and has been out of the dating game for a while. She has been invited to work at a summer camp owned by the mother of a former boyfriend, Joe. Joe is a former Army Ranger that has had to cool it on his military career due to an injury. He doesn’t realize that his old M ...more
Julie Barrett
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Almost Perfect by Julie Ortolon 4 college girl friends, now later in life are remembering their earlier lives. one of them has
written a book with the other 3 kiinda mentioned in it, no by names but what they did in college. as the ladies sit around and
chat about it, they realize the author is right. they challenge one another to overcome their fear, leading them off in different
directions to accomplish them within a years time. this book is about Maddy and how after she looses her husband after
Julie Barrett
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Almost Perfect by Julie Ortolon 4 college girl friends, now later in life are remembering their earlier lives. one of them has
written a book with the other 3 kiinda mentioned in it, no by names but what they did in college. as the ladies sit around and
chat about it, they realize the author is right. they challenge one another to overcome their fear, leading them off in different
directions to accomplish them within a years time. this book is about Maddy and how after she looses her husband after
Erica Costantino
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was sitting in my kindle queue for at least 3 months i dont know why i waited so long to read it. i read it in 2 days and lost some sleep wanting to see it to the end. great characters that you end up loving with depth. he is a former Army Ranger (i am a sucker for a guy in uniform or out of his lol) she, now widowed wannabe artiest afraid to show her work, is his high school almost fiance meeting 15 years after she said no. there lots of moments when you just wanna yell at the couple ...more
Jul 02, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a fun sweet novel... it was interesting to have it about women trying to face down their fears and show themselves that they haven't screwed up their lives... of course this one mainly focuses on Maddy and her trying to finally achieve her dream of being an artist... and so while of course it's really romantic and focusing on this love story of 2 old flames meeting again... it was nice to see how Maddy had to come face to face with her own issues that while may not be something that we' ...more
The beginning was kind of slow, but it picked up later on when she sees the person from her past. The tension between them and the need to avoid each other makes it appealing, but it is the longing for them to be together. For them to act upon their feelings. It was interesting waiting to see what the main character would do and how the bet would go. Although, the book starts to get kind of slow and boring towards the end.
❀ ℓu-ℓu-ℓuna ❀
As a first for the Perfect Trilogy by Julie Ortolon, this was a wonderful start with a beautiful ending that I specially thought I still wanted to know more! Hot and sexy hero and heroines...I'm excited to get my hands on the other two books in the series!
Miriam Minger
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story by Julie Ortolon, easy to read, fun, sexy. Looking forward to Books 2 and 3 in the series!
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Cute. Predictable. Some times you just need that. I like the chat conversations between the friends, they're pretty funny. Looking forward to the next two books.
Tara Woodard
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this series.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, seriestoread
A great book about facing your fears and going for it.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable romantic read

The story has interesting characters whose flaws cause the twist and turns in the story line. And as in all romance stories a couple finds true love.
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Can't wait to read Christine and Amy's books.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really sweet, easy read. In so many romance books the obstacles come from outside the characters, usually a bunch of misunderstandings or one character being an awful person until they grovel (or not) and manage to win back the other. This book didn't have that and it made it more realistic and enjoyable for me.

Maddy and Joe had a relationship when they where teenagers and it colours a lot of what they do, think and feel as adults. Neither of them are in the wrong though, it's just ex
Carole Mckee
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Story

Maddy is an artist. A really talented one. But for some reason, Maddy seems to be afraid of success. She receives a letter from her ex-boyfriend's nother, offering her a job at a child's summer camp, being the arts and crafts director. Only one hitch: the ex works there, too. Can she face seeing him and will he be civil to her? Only one way to find out, and that's to accept the job. Good story, great characters. Mama is definitely my favorite. I really enjoyed reading this roller coas
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young love

What did not work out when they were in high school finally comes to fruition in adulthood. Throwing off old ways of thinking can be difficult but sometimes it is the only way to a new and better life. Joe and Maddy go through a lot of misunderstandings. Better communication would have really helped, but that is usually a big hurdle for most couples. Their HEA is implied and I look forward to confirmation of that in the next book in this series.
Tonya Peterson
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maggie and her friends are determined to prove the smart and rich one wrong so they all make a pack that within a year they will do the one thing that terrifies them. Maddy is a wicked artist that has spent the last several yrs caring for her husband and others she hasn't went for her dream and put her art in a gallery. When the time comes though for the perfect opportunity there is one man she will have to make a wrong into a right. Her ex!
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read on a short-ish plane journey. A pretty pleasant read, though a tad unbelievable in places. It wasn't that much of a will-they-won't-they as a when-will-they book. It did bother me how the friends of the main character Maddie (Amy and Christine) were very flat and one-dimensional in this. I know they got their own books, but this doesn't really lure me in.
Kurt A. Viegelmann
The. Story is about learning how to communicate and trust each other. It is about learning how relationship s work.

I highly recommend this book. I couldn't put it down. I am going to read other books by this author.
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