by Patricia Rice

March 2002
ISBN: 0-449-00603-4
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Patricia Riceís Almost Perfect is an inspiring piece of reality with the perfect mix of romance. While she gives us very down-to-earth characters, she also weaves a tale of romance that is irresistible.

Cleo is an ex-con and a drug addict whose son has been taken away from her. She has spent time in prison and more than anything wants to re-build her life and stay clean so that she can have her son back. When she inherits a home in a small town, it looks like the perfect chance to take back all the she has lost. What she doesnít expect is the sexy guy who moves in next door to her.

Jared is a famous cartoonist. He is having a bit of a writerís block and needs to get away and try to clear the way to writing a play script. He comes from a very successful family and has felt pressured all of his life to live up to what he thinks everyone else expects of him. A nice quiet place in a small town is just what he is looking for to clear the block. What he isnít counting on is falling for an ex-con.

The way that Patricia brings Jared and Cleo together is vivacious. It is great to see a real to life kind of romance in that neither the heroine nor the hero is perfect. They both have a whole closet full of flaws. The really amazing part is how they do not have any illusions about each other. They can see each otherís imperfections and yet they find a way to love one another anyway. This is the first novel I have read by Patricia Rice, but I can definitely say it wonít be the last!

Reviewed in March 2002 by Angela.

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