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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review: Ruining Mr. Perfect by Marie Harte / @SourcebooksCasa @MHarte_Author



Title: McCauley Brothers, Book 3: Ruining Mr. Perfect
Author: Marie Harte
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: October 7, 2014
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Sourcebooks


IT’S NOT EASY BEING RIGHT

Vanessa Campbell is a CPA by day and a perfectionist by night. She’s fit, successful…and decidedly lonely. She can’t stop thinking about the youngest McCauley brother, Cameron. He’s just like her: smart, attractive, and usually right—except when dealing with her.

…BUT SOMEONE’S GOT TO DO IT

Cameron McCauley likes Vanessa a little too much. She’s a blond goddess with a razor-sharp tongue. She hates to be wrong, just like him. But she can hold a grudge and is stubborn to a fault—also like him.

A past disagreement has them rubbing each other the wrong way. Cam is dying to shake Vanessa up—get her to let loose. But if he succeeds, can his heart handle it?

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This definitely wasn't ruining Mr. Perfect. It was more like perfecting Mr. Perfect. One perfectionist to another, Vanessa and Cameron were, indeed, perfect for one another.

It isn't often I read a story where the main characters are so similar in characteristics and personalities it's hard to see how they'd even get along. Yet, as much as opposites attract, similarities attract as well. I'm sure this isn't a new idea to many readers but this reader hasn't had the opportunity to read a romance where the similarities are so enticing, so alluring, so intriguing.

Until now.

Cameron's the odd duck in the loud and boisterous McCauley family. More reserved than the others, more prone to observe than partake, he softened Vanessa's sharp edges, made her more personable for me. To be honest, I didn't really like her because she was so... Vanessa. *grimaces* Ms. Harte gave her the perfect man in Cameron though and it was engaging to watch their relationship develop from love/hate to just love.

One drawback I might point out is the second romance line going on here. It's between Cameron's parents. That their marriage is on the rocks was a shock to all and watching them mend it while Cameron and Vanessa fell in love was interesting. This minor detail, and it was minor, might be distracting for others. I think it's because most secondary romances involve two single people--a best friend, a brother, a sister, etc.--as opposed to a couple that's been together for years and is now going through a rough patch.

But that's what makes this story so real. Romance isn't just meant for younger people. It's meant for older people as well. Sometimes it's finding a new love, sometimes it's rekindling an old love, sometimes it's renewing a faltering love. Ms. Harte's inclusion of James and Betty's romance was a stroke of genius to me.

I did enjoy this story, from beginning to end, even though Vanessa wasn't my favorite to begin with. A good story and a great addition to this series.



Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a  happily ever after.

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