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Finding Perfect

(Fool's Gold #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  10,967 ratings  ·  473 reviews
When Pia O'Brian's best friend dies, Pia expects to inherit her cherished cat. Instead, the woman leaves Pia three frozen embryos. With a disastrous track record in the romance department and the parenting skills of a hamster, Pia doesn't think she's meant for motherhood. But determined to do the right thing, Pia decides to become a single mother. Only to meet a gorgeous, ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by HQN (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Heart, Soul, and Balls Stars

I enjoyed this book a lot more than book 2. I am still totally butthurt over the shit Ethan pulled in that book. So I was glad I didn't have to deal with his ass in this book. I liked both Pia and Raoul. They were both sweet and a little damaged. I loved the whole Peter and embryo plot. I just wish that for once in this series the guy didn't act like a coward too scared to love and have to have all the towns people talk sense into him (or you know harass, bitch, or
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished, romance
Well the series took a turn for the worse, here. To be strictly fair, it was broadcast well-enough in advance—the problem I have with the novel, I mean. It's in all he cover copy but I held out hope that it wouldn't be so callus and irresponsible. I actually managed to get a third of the way through before realizing that it was going to be exactly as bad as I expected.

Here's the thing: children matter and so do parents. And every child deserves to have the best shot possible and that means havin
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: susan-mallery
Finding Perfect

Susan Mallery

FINDING PERFECT is the third book in the Fools Gold series and I can't believe I waited so long to read this collection of funny and romantic stories. There are forty three books in this series and I'm hoping to get to a huge batch of them read this year.

Pia O'Brien finds out that her recently deceased best friend has left her a gift she couldn't even imagine. She has left Pia her three frozen embryos. Pia had been taking care of Crystal's cat so she figured that is w
Manda Collins
May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of pregnant heroine books, "another man's baby" books, small town books
Recommended to Manda by: NetGalley
Shelves: contemporary
What can I say about a book that should have annoyed me at every turn, but ended up winning me over? When Pia learns that her friend Crystal, who just recently died of cancer, left her her three frozen embryos, I knew this was going to be a tough sell. Because it was pretty much a given that the book would involve Pia having the embryos implanted and then pregnancy/dating hijinks would ensue--and that's pretty much what happened. And yet, I found the relationship she formed with retired pro-foot ...more
Jun 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
I decided to quit reading this book because I am too intimately involved with IVF/embryo transfers. I was annoyed just at the beginning with Pia expecting that she would have triplets. The odds of that are very slim. In fact, with 3 frozen embryos, the odds of them all making it through the thaw is thin--most likely only 1 or 2 would make it (thaw rates are about 50%). And from that, most likely only one would take--if that. Also, no good reproductive doctor would advise transferring 3 "young" ( ...more
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, m-f, adult-lit
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Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Well, I don't know if I will be rushing out to read any more of Susan Mallery's books any time soon. This was just another okay book for me. Something needs to change with her style or I don't think I will read any more.

Again, it's left me with a lot of unanswered questions, incomplete characters, choppy scene changing. And another thing I've noticed, and despise - half open door/half closed door sex scenes. Just when things are getting really hot, and the writing up to this is great, she skips
Finding Perfect
2 Stars

On the day she learns that she has inherited her BFF's frozen embryos, Pia O'Brian meets sexy ex-quarterback Raoul Moreno. Considering that she can't even take care of a cat, Pia struggles with the idea of becoming a single mother, and her inconvenient attraction to Raoul isn't helping, especially as he has suggested becoming her "pregnancy buddy".

Oy! This has got to be the most ridiculous, plot hole ridden storyline ever.
Why would Crystal leave her unborn children to a wom
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: print
Ok, I’ll admit it. Mallery had me crying crocodile tears with this one. This is definitely the most emotional novel in the series to date. She tackles so many touchy subjects from cancer to foster children to not-so-natural disasters in a manner that makes you realise that they really are part of everyday life. I really like how Mallery jogs our memory about past stories. When the characters from previous novels come up in a pertinent way she quickly gives the key points of their stories and the ...more
Aug 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Written for: Beyond Reading

I was excited to read Finding Perfect - I'd read Sweet Spot and liked Raoul as well as I had liked Chasing Perfect and Almost Perfect. It's not very often I come across a storyline as unique as this one; A deceased friend leaving 3 fertilized embryos for Pia to birth, so I gathered Susan Mallery put a lot of work into this story to pull it off well. I'm glad that she (Susan Mallery) allowed her characters to feel some annoyance towards Crystal because, deceased or not
This is the eighteenth romance I have read by Mallery. Of all the romance writers I read, I may have read the most by Mallery. However, it has been three years since I read one of her novels. This does not mean I stopped liking her writing. It just means that there are so many good romances out there.

I think this was a good dish of chocolate ice cream. Not the best book I ever read, but who turns down chocolate ice cream?
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Pia O’Brian finds herself in a complicated situation. Her best friend Crystal recently died and on top of the heartache, Crystal left her three frozen embryos to Pia. Never being one to commit to anyone, Pia finds herself at a cross road with a huge decision. How can she turn her back on her friend’s babies? Just when things get bad, it gets even more complicated when Mr. Right strolls right in her life.

Raoul Moreno is an ex-football player, taking residence in the small town of Fool’s Gold. Esc
May 06, 2010 rated it liked it
A lot of people feel pretty strongly about their dislike for Ethan in Almost Perfect (Fool's Gold #2), but Ethan and Liz's story remains my favourite in this series, so far. I liked how the story of Chasing Perfect (Fool's Gold #1) developed better than the one for Finding Perfect (Fools Gold #3) but I found I got bored with Chasing Perfect. So, if I was to rank the books so far I would say the order from most favoured to least is: Almost Perfect, Finding Perfect, Chasing Perfect.

You just read t
Jan 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of chicklit with happy endings and small town romance
Misinformation about reproductive issues is one of my biggest romance pet peeves, so I was surprised not to hate this book. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of... serious implausibility, to say the least, and I can see how it could seem like a slap in the face to any woman who’s actually undergone IVF. But it wasn’t quite as totally off base as I was expecting, and I did feel that Mallery got some of emotional truths about the situation right. (Especially Pia’s guilt about an event from her pa ...more
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, romance
I'm torn. My rating is more like 2 1/2 stars. There were some parts of this book that I loved and I certainly loved getting Raoul's story (he was a favorite of mine from one of Susan's earlier books). BUT, there were also several times in the book that I had to skim through pages because I was getting tired of hearing Raoul's speeches about how to succeed and the logistics of Pia's party planning. It just felt like stuff that could have been left out. We knew enough of each of their backgrounds ...more
Robin *loves sexy books*
Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Really liked this. I liked Pia a lot from the first 2 Fools Gold books and loved Raoul from a previous series. Pia was smart and sassy. Raoul was sweet and kind. The aspect of the story with the little boy Peter was very touching. This is another good series from Susan, she just keeps churning them out!

There was some set up for the Hendrix triplets in this book and I can't wait to get their upcoming stories. They are all very interesting girls. That also means I will get to catch up on the first
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god this was the best book of the series. I couldnt put it down tonight.

I have always had a soft spot for Pia. I think that she and Raoul were perfect for each other. I have to admit the last sentence of the book had me sobbing like a baby. Oh what a perfect way to end this wonderful story.

I now have to get to the book store to get the next three Fool's Gold books!
Mary McFarlane
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
That was a really emotional book. With everything that happened to Pia and in Raoul's past and that last line really got me to.
Author: Susan Mallery
First published: August 2010
Length: 20 chapters
Setting: Contemporary. Smalltown (Fool's Gold).
Sex: Explicit and then door-closes in your face.
Hero: ex-star quarterback
Heroine: Event coordinator

Honestly, this has to be one of the most ridiculous premises I have ever seen.

Loving couple freezes three embryos before he deploys. Not sperm. Embryos.

He dies.

She decides to have the embryos implanted but discovers, during physical, that she has cancer.

After she dies she wills her emb
Monique Pearson
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Damn! I was really hoping for an extended epilogue on this one! I love Pia and Raul. I love the "mean girl goes good." I love her decision and her leap into it. I want to see what happens next with these two. They need a second story!
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
My first read by Susan Mallery. It was a feelgood type of novel. I enjoyed it. I will most likely read the rest of the Fool's Gold series or look into her other titles.
3.5 stars

The first book is still my favorite. The romance in here felt forced.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this story.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-books
In Wer hat Angst vorm starken Mann? von Susan Mallery geht es um Pia. Pias beste Freundin ist vor kurzem gestorben und hat Pia ihre 3 Embryonen vermacht. Da sie den Embryonen eine Chance geben will, beschließt Pia die Babys zu bekommen. Raoul, ein weiterer Celebrity in Fool's Gold, beschließt ihr Schwangerschaftsgehilfe zu werden. Nicht nur das, er macht ihr auch einen weiteren Vorschlag, der ihr ganzes Leben durcheinanderbringt. Als wäre nicht schon alles durcheinander, da sie mehrere Babys erw ...more
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Publisher: HQN
Publish Date: 8/31/10
How I got this book: NetGalley

I am absolutely in love with the Fool's Gold Series, and this one is by far my favorite so far!! I feel in love with Raoul when he made his first appearance in Sweet Spot where he was still in HS, living with Nicole for the last part of his senior year so that he did not have to continue living on the streets. He was an incredible character with so much heart and history and character. When I found out he was coming back to be the
“What do you mean she left me the embryos? I'm supposed to get the cat.”

After the death of her friend Crystal, Pia finds out that she has been left with Crystal's three frozen embryos and must decide what to do with them. Raoul Moreno, retired football player for the Dallas Cowboys and divorced, has moved to Fool's Gold to run a camp and settle down. Surprisingly, Raoul knew Crystal's husband, Keith, when he died in Iraq and is the reason why he came to Fool's Gold in the first place. When
Anne-marie Morand
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it

Pia O'Brian is the event planner of a town called Fool's gold. When she learns that her late friend Crystal has left her three embryos, she is totally appealed. Why would Crystal do that ? Why would she leave them to her, Pia ? While Pia is distressed, not only by the death of her friend, but by what rystal has left her, she meets Raoul Moreno, a former footbal star who needs her help for a children camp he bought in the mountains. But on their firstappoin
Jun 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Golds books are shaping up to be my favorite Mallery series since the Buchanans. Finding Perfect, the third book in the series, focuses on characters introduced earlier in the series, Pia O’Brian, planner of Fool’s Gold’s year-round schedule of festivals, and Raoul Moreno, former Dallas football star and new resident of Fool’s Gold. Raoul connects this series to an earlier Mallery series, specifically Sweet Spot, the second of the Keyes sisters books. I loved seeing Raoul ...more
"But the only thing that makes life worthwhile is loving other people and being loved by them."

I love Pia! I wasn't her biggest fan in the beginning of this series due to her reputation for being a big meanie in high school BUT Pia isn't that girl anyway. She truly is a sincere, generous, loving, and a kind individual. ANY woman that decides, even though she has had terrible luck in the romance department & has no relatives either, to have embark on having TRIPLETS has got to be a STRONG wom
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Aug 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance junkies
Recommended to Shelleyrae by: Netgalley
If you can overlook some of the more unlikely scenarios in this novel, it's a sweet romance with an unusual premise.
Pia's closest friend has passed away after a battle with cancer, and Pia has not inherited her cat as expected, but instead Crystal's three frozen and fertilised embryo's.
Pia's agonising over the decision she now faces has some authenticity, though really it is never in doubt what she will choose to do. New to the town, Raoul by amazing coincidence, met Crystal's late husband in
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. She's best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Bel ...more

Other books in the series

Fool's Gold (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • Chasing Perfect (Fool's Gold, #1)
  • Almost Perfect (Fool's Gold, #2)
  • Only Mine (Fool's Gold #4)
  • Only Yours (Fool's Gold, #5)
  • Only His (Fool's Gold, #6)
  • Summer Days (Fool's Gold, #7)
  • Summer Nights (Fool's Gold, #8)
  • All Summer Long (Fool's Gold, #9)
  • Just One Kiss (Fool's Gold, #10)
  • Two of a Kind (Fool's Gold, #11)
“What do you mean she left me the embryos? I'm supposed to get the cat.” 20 likes
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