I enjoyed the hero of "Finding Perfect" much more than the heroine, Pia, who I found to be inexplicably capricious and annoyingly irresponsible about the surprising and unusual situation she finds herself in, having been bequeathed the frozen embryos of a deceased friend.
[MINOR SPOILER ALERT AHEAD - refers to plot about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through the novel.]
Usually, when reading a romance, I can suspend disbelief quite well, but Pia's reaction seemed even less realistic than the extraordinary situation that she found herself in. She wasn't left three orphaned children who needed immediate care; instead, she had years to consider what to do with the embryos, decide whether she was ready for single parenthood, decide what approach to embryo transfer would be best for her, etc. Instead [SPOILER ALERT] she lurches ahead nearly immediately with "implantation" of all 3 embryos, not even thinking about the health consequences, financial needs, and logistical challenges of the possibility of birthing multiples. So it was a relief, of course, to find that responsible friends and a super-responsible male hero were on hand, but it still rankles this feminist that the romance here is founded on a man making himself available as the safety net to an irresponsible woman.
Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the book overall, despite disapproving of its main character. I found the Raoul Moreno character to be both likeable and understandable as the hero and love interest, and there were enough minor characters that were interestingly drawn to make me consider reading more of Mallery's series with these recurring characters.
The only other gripes I have with the book is the fact that embryos are so often referred to as "babies", and some discomfort about how abortion is treated in the book. Though one character's bad feelings related to abortion are understandably sourced in a sense of betrayal over a former partner's dishonesty regarding an abortion, the choice to terminate a pregnancy is still presented throughout as a very negative thing, something that the main character denies vehemently, as if it were a shameful choice no matter what the situation. This whiff of anti-choice sentiment was not pervasive enough to make me put down the book, but it was definitely problematic to me while reading it.
Pia O'Brian is shocked to learned that her deceased best friend has left her three frozen embryos. She thought she was getting the cat. Not having a maternal bone in her body, Pia doesn't understand why Crystal didn't at least talk to her about her plans. Wanting to do as her friend wished, Pia decides to become a single mother. Raoul Moreno is the new guy in town. He meets Pia and is immediately drawn to her. Swearing off women after a bad relationship, Raoul decides to help her out by becoming her "pregnancy buddy".
This is the third book in Mallery's Fool's Gold series. If you can suspend disbelief and get past the unique plot, the story was kind of interesting. I thought Raoul was a great hero. Pia was a bit scattered, making the decision to go ahead with the pregnancy without really thinking it through. I was getting used to her full-speed-ahead attitude when she makes an abrupt turnaround near the end of the book. It didn't seem to be something her character would do. My rating: 3.5 Stars.
WOW! What a great book! I just heard that she is coming out next year with a triology of the Hendrix triplets. I can't wait!!!
Great book to finish a great series. Well worth reading.
good character development, but I found the plot to be a little predictible.
Love this author. She is awesome to read very well written.
Love how she brought in two people from one of her earlier books.
Good, easy read, although fairly predictable plot line. Would be a great beach read!
A great ending to a great series. I enjoyed the whole series.
Loved the book. The first two were great and this one was the icing on the cake for me. Read all three and you will fall in love with the town and people of Fool's Gold.
Another part of the series that all makes sense!