Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review: Perfect Together by Carly Phillips

Perfect Together by Carly Phillips
Series: Serendipity’s Finest, Book 3
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance Perfect Together Cover
ISBN: 9780425259733
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Source: Publisher
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In the picturesque town of Serendipity, New York, three siblings have grown up in the shadow of their proud and respected police chief father. But what do love, fate, and fortune have in store for the next generation of Serendipity’s finest?

Tired of being the easygoing daughter, always ignored in favor of her high-maintenance sister, and no longer interested in being her fiancé’s trophy wife, Nicole Farnsworth calls off her wedding. All she wants is to be herself. And where better to find her destiny than Serendipity? The place where she met the one man who made her heart beat faster, and gave her the courage to reinvent her life—even if he doesn’t know it.

Officer Sam Marsden calls Serendipity home and he loves it there—even though his childhood sweetheart was stolen by his best friend. After such heartbreak, Sam fears he can’t trust his instincts when it comes to love. Yet he’s so tempted by Nicole, a woman he met only briefly but who has starred in his dreams ever since.

For Nicole and Sam, opening their hearts one more time could change their lives forever. But who’ll be the first to take that chance?

The final Marsden sibling finds love in the deliciously entertaining Perfect Together. Carly Phillips hits all the right notes in this fast-paced, engaging romance.

Nicole is a woman I liked and admired from the start. By moving to Serendipity, she’s stepping out of her comfort zone and breaking the bonds of her parents’ expectations in order to make a life for herself. Nicole has a warm and friendly personality, and when you add in her hidden vulnerabilities, how could you not root for her to find love with Sam? And speaking of Sam, the sexy detective who’s the other half of this dynamite pair had me melting. Sam’s a devoted brother, son, and friend, but he’s wary of trusting his heart to another woman after having been humiliated by his fiancée leaving him at the altar for his best friend. Yet for all his protestations, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Sam falls hard and fast for Nicole. The two of them are…well…perfect together.

While Perfect Together can be read as a standalone, Sam’s family and friends play large supporting roles in the book. New Serendipity’s Finest readers will surely want to pick up Perfect Fit and Perfect Fling after finishing Sam and Nicole’s book – the Marsden family is just that endearing. And speaking of supporting characters, in Perfect Together Ms. Phillips weaves in a fantastic secondary romance featuring Nicole’s new friend Macy and a hero whose identity I won’t spoil. Even though Sam and Nicole are the heart of Perfect Together, the addition of the fully developed supporting cast makes the story truly stand out. The Serendipity community is one I hope readers won’t have to say good-bye to anytime soon, for Ms. Phillips has created a memorable town and cast of characters who are simply impossible to resist. However, while I wait in the hope of more Serendipity novels, I’ll happily curl up with Perfect Together, for Sam and Nicole’s love story is one that begs for numerous readings.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.