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Almost Perfect By Julie Ortolon


Maddy, Christine and Amy are thrilled that their old college suite-mate has written a bestselling book, How to Have the Perfect Life—until they realize she used them as examples of how women let fear screw up their lives. The worst part is…it’s sort of true. Together they make a pact: they each have one year to face down their fears—and maybe show Miss Perfect a thing or two!

A Free Spirit

Maddy was always the artistic one of the group, alive with color and mischief from her saucy red curls to her vintage hippie skirts. Her challenge, the friends decide, is to get her artwork accepted at a gallery. A job as arts director at a summer camp near Santa Fe—with its multitude of galleries—seems like a start in the right direction.

A Reformed Bad Boy

There’s just one catch: The camp is run by Maddy’s high school flame, Joe, whose heart she broke—okay, smashed—and his anger towards Maddy hasn’t cooled one bit. But neither has their attraction.

A Perfect Match?

Old desires burn hotter than ever as Joe makes it clear there’s only one way back to his heart: She has to get serious about her art. But will falling in love help or hinder Maddy as she struggles to meet her challenge?


I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I am one of those people who fully judge a book by the cover, I wasn't expecting much from this one. It surprisingly kept me into the story. You would think I would have learned my lesson by now that just because the cover doesn't have a half naked guy it's not good.

Maddy, Christine, and Amy go to their old college roommate's book signing and discover she used them as examples of how women let fear rule their lives. After having a heated pow-wow, they realize that she may be right. They make promises to each other that they will conquer their biggest fears. If one person doesn't do it, none of them have to.

In book 1, Maddy promised her friends that she would get some artwork accepted at a gallery in Santa Fe where she is going to work at a camp run by her high school sweetheart. On her way there, she expects him to look fat with a receding hairline. What she finds is a sexy as sin better version of the Joe she dated in high school. What shocks her even more is his reaction when he sees her. Turns out his mother didn't tell him she was working at the camp this summer.

Joe can't believe Maddy is here at his camp. Why is she here? When she tells him she is there to take the Arts and Crafts positions, he is confused because he was expecting someone different. What he also doesn't expect is how much his body still responds to her. He doesn't expect to fall in love with her all over again. Maybe this time when she leaves, she won't take his heart with her.

I will definitely read the next couple of books in this series. I am actually looking forward to Amy's book. If the next 2 books are as good as this one, I will have to find more Julie Ortolon books to add to my list.

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