Liz Sutton is a successful mystery writer living in San Francisco with her eleven-year-old son, Tyler. He is the light of her life. Everything changes however when Liz receives an unexpected email from a young girl claiming to be her niece. Somewhere in Fool’s Gold, California, Liz’s hometown, two girls are in trouble and need Liz’s help. Despite her reservations about her hometown, she rushes to their rescue, bringing Tyler with her into a volatile situation.
Ethan Hendrix is pleased to see Liz back in town but when he visits her, he gets the surprise of his life. Ethan is a father! He is livid when Liz tells him that Tyler is his child and none of her explanations satisfy him. Ethan reacts badly and takes his anger out on Liz. Ethan wants to punish Liz for the eleven years without Tyler in his life.
Fortunately, cooler heads prevail and Ethan realizes that there is no easy answer for the past, or for what happened. As he acknowledges his role in the situation, Liz starts to respond to him again. The old magic is back, but will it be blocked by bitterness if Ethan cannot get over his anger?
ALMOST PERFECT is another engrossing read in Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold book series. Liz is a lioness! She protects Tyler and her nieces with everything within her. She will not take Ethan’s anger and accusations lying down either. She puts everything on the line, calls him on his own bad behavior, and does not take his anger in stride. Liz is such a fabulous character and I really enjoyed watching her stand-up for herself while at the same time beginning to realize that things have changed in Fool’s Gold.
Ethan is a bit of a harder nut to crack because his anger does get the best of him at times. He loves his son though and it shows on every page. He also has deep feelings for Liz, no matter how much he tries to deny it.
ALMOST PERFECT is sometimes painful in its honesty between the characters but it is a purely riveting love story. Liz and Ethan have quite a bit to work through but you will come away from their story with hope for this couple.