by Tamera Leigh

February 2007
ISBN: 978-1-59052-927-0
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Kate’s creed: Thou shalt embrace singledom and be unbelievably, inconceivably happy.

Kate Meadows is a successful San Francisco artist trying to keep her New Year’s goal to be happy with her single status. But when Dr. Clive Alexander walks into her life, she’s star-struck, but not quite impressed. Especially since he’s wearing a wedding ring and has a woman on his arm, one who’s not his wife. Nevertheless, Kate decides she needs to start whipping herself back into shape so she allows her beautiful roommate, Maia, to take her to her exercise class. One that Kate paid a fortune for, but makes her put her body into weird positions.

After exercise class, Kate and Maia meet Michael Palmier—a hunky and famous makeup artist—who actually seems to be flirting with Kate. But then he asks them to participate in a make-over layout he’s doing. A make-over that Maia is declared perfect at, but the whole team goes to work on Kate.

Soon Kate finds herself enjoying the admiring glances men are sending her way. Maybe she should get rid of her glasses and wear contacts. Maybe she should go for dental work to fix her crooked teeth. And maybe that mole should be removed… How far will Kate go in her self-improvement—and who is she trying to impress?

Perfecting Kate is the first book I’ve read by Tamara Leigh, but it’s a good one. Kate is a sympathetic heroine, but not one I immediately identified with because her west coast lifestyle is so far removed from this mid western girl’s life. Still, it was a fun story, and I was interested in Kate’s make-over process.

Written in first person, the reader is automatically in Kate’s thoughts and is able to experience her growth, both spiritually and as a single woman, with her. I liked Michael much better than I did Clive at first, but soon both men grew on me. Readers will enjoy reading about Kate and her quest for perfection. Perfecting Kate is a totally fun read. Discussion questions are included at the end as well as a sneak preview of Tamara’s next book, coming in November 2007.

Reviewed in March 2007 by Laura.

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