Welcome to Fool's Gold, California. The former mining community has a small-town charm and a big problem. There is a very important element missing from the demographic – single men. While the locals might joke about it, they are very concerned. So worried that they have hired a city planner with the hope of luring some new industry and commerce to the town.
That is where Charity Jones comes in. She can't wait to get started on her new job. It should be smooth sailing, since the region is so appealing and the community so enthusiastic about new jobs. She thinks the City Council is exaggerating the male population problem until she takes a good look around. Where are the men?
There is one man Charity would like to avoid – former cycling champ Josh Golden. The hometown hero is drool-worthy but she has never been interested in the playboy type. He has plenty of charm and the townspeople love him, but Charity would rather concentrate on her job.
Josh knows that the town needs help, and he is doing all he can. Everyone thinks that he retired from competition too soon, but he knows it was time to quit. The demons he is fighting have no place on the racing circuit. He will settle for flirting with the new City Planner. She is cute and her feathers get ruffled pretty easily. It will be fun.
Chasing Perfect is the first book in author Susan Mallery's new series. We are introduced to a range of characters that will be appearing throughout the books. Charity and Josh both have baggage and it is fun to watch them sort through junk to find the treasure hidden beneath. Ms. Mallery offers readers her trademark humor and passion, infusing her characters with vibrancy and realism. They are the kind of people you want to see at the local diner or the Dairy Queen, and it makes her novels shine.