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Almost Perfect (Fool's Gold #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  11,376 Ratings  ·  577 Reviews

Back in high school, Liz Sutton was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Then she’d stolen the heart of the most popular boy in town, and their secret romance helped her through the worst of times. Until Ethan Hendrix betrayed her and everything they’d ever meant to each other. Devastated and pregnant, Liz left Fool’s Gold, California – forever, she thought…

Now Liz

Hardcover, Large Print, 383 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Center Point (first published June 21st 2010)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3 I hate Ethan Stars


Okay here are my thought on this book down and dirty. I liked everything about this story but the hero Ethan. He was a stupid, asshat, douchebag, and treated the woman he suppose to love who is also the mother of his child like shit. Not just in the beginning but til the very last page. So sorry I'm not sorry, but I don't give a shit he says he sorry. He is sorry alright a sorry ass selfish POS. I would have given the book a 5 star rating had he ended up alon
Nov 02, 2010 Tracie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok. So I've started listening to this and I'm not sure I'll even finish it. It's not the reader, who seems adequate, it's the story. Before the end of the first CD I just wanted to gag.

Really. Would someone tell me how on earth anyone can like Ethan and consider him the romantic interest in this........romance. Why on earth would anyone want him. And his mother! All self-righteous. Why didn't she knock him upside the head and tell him off for his behavior. And what was with the main character (
Rashika (is tired)
(Note: I don't mean to sound like a troll or anything. Also if you are uncomfortable with swear words.. it would be better if you didn't read this)

I blame my need for reading a chic lit on Jenn Bennett.

This is not what I was looking for.
This was horrible.
I wanna crawl into my bed and cry. It was that bad.

The hero is an asshole.. he keeps on blaming the female lead for things she had no control over when from my point of view he should be taking most of the blame or his dead ex wife. Through out
Aug 10, 2013 boogenhagen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another POS H and incredibly wimpy throwrug h. Sadly she is so pathetic she just sucks up the abuse. In a strange kinda way, they probably do belong together but I was looking for a romance not a tragedy. The only thing missing was the dramatic throwing herself in front of a train. Frankly I kinda think it happened that way after the book closed, cause srsly, who could like or live with the utter and complete ass the Zero Hero was, I figured 6 months later she OD'd on valium just to get away ...more
I never believed the hero loved the heroine from start to finish. And God, there were WAY too many kids in this book. Everyone is either arguing about kids, for kids or with kids.
May 02, 2010 jenjn79 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Rating: 4.5 / 5

I'm really loving this series. Mallery has hooked me completely. I wish we didn't have nearly two months to read the last book in the series.

Series Note:
I'd recommend reading the series in order. Lots of continuity going on.

Back when they were teens, town golden boy Ethan Hendrix and poor-girl-with-an-unwarranted-bad-reputation Liz Sutton had a classic secret romance. But then Ethan trashed Liz to his friends to save face and she ran away. Only to find three weeks later sh
Manda Collins
May 18, 2010 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of secret babies, small towns, author heroines
Recommended to Manda by: NetGalley
Shelves: contemporary
ALMOST PERFECT is the story of Ethan Hendrix and Liz Sutton. Let me warn you now that if you are not a fan of secret baby stories, then this is not the book for you. Twelve years after she left Fool's Gold pregnant with Ethan's baby, Liz returns to the small town where she grew up, her 11yo son Tyler in tow, to come rescue her two nieces who were abandoned by their step-mother. No way, no how is she prepared to stay there. Through a series of mishaps and bad luck and bone-headed moves on Ethan's ...more
“So they were back to that, she thought, both annoyed and sad. The same road, the same words, the same feelings. They were trapped and she didn’t know how to make things different.”

Tell me about it.

I was curious to read this book because its Secret Baby plot sounded quite similar to Mallery’s Sweet Trouble, a story that packed a huge emotional punch for me. I wondered if the formula would work again, or if it would feel too much like a rerun. Well, it was a bit too familiar at times--but a much
Mar 25, 2013 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Seriously, people need to get over the whole moving back to San Francisco. Liz lives there. Tyler's whole life is there. Liz can't just pick up and move. Ethan pisses me off regarding that- thinking he has the rights to demand that Liz stay in Fool's Gold. Why doesn't he move to San Francisco instead? After all, he'd be the only one changing lifestyle compared to Liz and Tyler. (not including Melissa and Abby). Ethan and his mom need to get over missing out on Tyler's life because seriously? it ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Vanessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 07, 2012 VaultOfBooks rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
By Susan Mallery. #2 in Fool’s Gold Series. Grade: F
I’d heard good things about this author, and thought I’d try one of her books out. I like books with kids – they add a twist – and picked Almost Perfect.
I am still recovering from the horror.
Back in high school, Liz Sutton was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Then she’d stolen the heart of the most popular boy in town, and their secret romance helped her through the worst of times. Until Ethan Hendrix betrayed her and everything they
It was good story and Liz was awesome so strong and brave,inspite of being a outcast from society cause of what her mother does.she keeps fighting through her teens,excels in studies, Liz is really great---kind, caring,almost too good, half way thru this book and wondered why Liz would even want this guy!

Ethan on the other hand is Selfish,mean,arrogant and in first book of this series"Chasing perfect"u will come to know he stopped speaking to his best friend Josh for 10 years because Josh became
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 25, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
It looks like sticking with Mallery paid off, and I'm so glad it did. This book fulfilled the promise of the other and without all the cliché.

Liz was certainly the big draw. I liked her from the start. She's strong and smart and kind and doing her best as a mother. Indeed, the motherhood moments in the book were standouts both in the character of her son as well as her interactions with the nieces dumped in her lap. Liz shows courage and no small amount of forbearance in dealing with the town an
This book should be retitled Opposite of Perfect or Barely Likeable.

Let's see... where to begin with this one... Susan Mallery is so hit or miss with me. I was hoping this would be good because the premise had potential to be heartfelt and angsty. Oh, I felt something alright. Just not the warm and fuzzies I was hoping for.

The H and h are the typical social opposites; the H being the small town's golden boy and the h the pariah, mainly because of her mother's drunkeness, prostitution-ness, and
2'5 estrellas, pero le pongo tres.
No me gustó excesivamente el personaje de Ethan. Comprendo lo que dice y hace hasta que le demuestran que intentaron hablar con él, pero desde ese momento en adelante se comporta como un malcriado.
Sandy Ⓢ
[Reto 2017, libro #27: personaje escritor (a)]
Suzie Quint
Oct 17, 2011 Suzie Quint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I tend to avoid secret baby stories like the plague. The heroine rarely has any justification for keeping the man from knowing that he has a child that's valid enough to counter my distaste for a crappy deception that strikes me as selfish and self-serving. I say rarely because this book is the exception. Liz actually made 2 attempts to let Ethan know about his child and that was enough to get past my innate dislike of this type of story. (Upon reflection, I think it's probably illogical at best ...more
I just….I….I wash my hands of this cheating no good fu*ker!
And really, aside form not being able to use contraceptives and practice safe sex, there are a heap of more horrible characteristics to him.
Plain and simple- he sucked. Big time.
Also the stage speech in the end?
Sorry it can not delete all the bad things that happened. Not in my book.

I did like the heroine, but I am unable to give more than 2 stars on the sole stand of her being written well.

P.S. Did any of you feel he had even a spec o
Aug 27, 2015 Donnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful story by Susan Mallery!
Friggin' adorable.

I was soooo looking forward to this book (even though I didn't much like Fool's Gold #1)and I have to say I'm not disappointed.

I think there is the potential for a lot of people to be annoyed with Ethan and maybe even Liz, but I can't say that I was at all.

The hidden-child theme is one of my favourites because it is such an impossible situation. How can two people fall in love after such a betrayal. I also love the themes where the heroine comes from a really tortured past wher
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
May 16, 2010 Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) by:

I was so excited to begin reading Almost Perfect and could not believe that I was given the chance yet again to read it before it hits shelves on June 29th. Thank you NetGalley!

My Review:

Okay seriously...What do we need to do to get Susan's books on the big screen? Every time I read her books I picture a movie or at least a TV mini series. It needs to be done! LOL

Anyway, the book kicks off right where Chasing Perfect left off. It begins with Liz who receives an e-mail from her nieces (that she
Dec 15, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
I'm working on this side cataloging project for our Cataloging librarian at work and I had to add the series number for a few of these books that we've recently bought for OverDrive. While doing that, I remembered reading this book and how pissed off I was at a certain part and figured I should just do a mini rant/review.

These books are *okay* if all you're looking for is fluff (and sometimes just sub par fluff at that). This book though....I would just skip it if I were you. All you need to kn
Mary Catherine
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I was infuriated through more than half of the story, with the hero nonetheless.
Ethan was the most stupid character..EVER! Given he's a good man made it more frustating. Thankfully he had Liz, now she's a really good woman. I liked her a lot. That balanced it out.
I'm beginning to grasp the way Ms. Mallery writes her stories, I like how she writes about real people, the ones with real emotions and flaws. It's comforting. Her books are equivalent to comfort food :)
Leído el 19/10/2012

Protagonistas: Ethan Hendrix y Liz Sutton

En el instituto, Liz Sutton era la chica de la zona pobre de Fool’s Gold, pero le había robado el corazón al chico más popular del pueblo y su romance secreto la ayudó a sobrellevar la peor época de su vida. Hasta que Ethan Hendrix la traicionó a ella y a todo lo que habían supuesto el uno para el otro. Abatida y embarazada, Liz se marchó del pueblo para siempre… o eso creía ella. Ahora Liz debía regresar y enfrentarse al homb
Not as good as the first book. I hated Ethan, even in the first book I hated that prick. The ending just felt too rushed to me.
I really wanted to like this one more than the last, but I think it's about the same. There is great structure, great characters, a great plot, but huge sections are missing for me, details that I think are important, but aren't included. I will try the next one, hoping for something miraculous to happen, but Pia isn't one of my favorite characters.

I don't understand why certain things and details are left out, and this frustrates me to no end. Too many loose ends for my liking. How did the gir
May 02, 2010 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Susan Mallery brings her readers back to her small town of Fool’s Gold, California where love is almost never perfect. Readers will be charmed and delighted to be reacquainted with old friends and two town sweethearts resurrecting that old love.

I’m always partial to hidden children themes in my romance stories. I can understand and relate because such incidents do happen in real life but for the most part, there is a part of that wonders what would make a woman not share that she is having a chi
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read this review on my blog! --> Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery

Almost Perfect had me Almost Crying throughout the whole book! This was such an emotional roller coaster for me! It made laugh, get angry, get literally had me on the verge of tears the whole time...until the end, when I finally cried happy tears.

To keep this review from getting too personal, lets just say that I’m mom and that may have led to this book resonating with me on so many levels. I agree that Liz should’ve tr
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  • Only Yours (Fool's Gold, #5)
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