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Discover the sensual and sweeping power of love in New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught's contemporary romances that will make "you laugh. by Judith McNaught on November 4, she'd received; nothing and no one would ever shatter the perfect life she had fashioned. Zachary Benedict was an. Most McNaught fans have been waiting for her books to be released on Oh well I guess I will have to revisit Judith McNaughts books at a later date. Hello, I have a copy of Perfect on kindle but it was converted from epub.
A rootless foster child, Julie Mathison had blossomed under the love showered upon her by her adoptive family. Now a lovely and vivacious young woman, she was a respected teacher in her small Texas town, and she passionately lived her ideals. Julie was determined to give back all the kindness she'd received; nothing and no one would ever shatter the perfect life she had fa. Julie was determined to give back all the kindness she'd received; nothing and no one would ever shatter the perfect life she had fashioned. After the tall, ruggedly handsome Zack escaped from a Texas prison, he abducted Julie and forced her to drive him to his Colorado mountain hideout.
So Sad Reads There is now! I see that they have something in kindle for it. See 2 questions about Perfect…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. DNF after pages. You know, I usually have a lot of patience when it comes to books. They don't even have to do it at all. I don't mind if the story progresses slowly. It doesn't have to progress at all.
Separations in the book I just don't like, ever! In this one, the hero and the heroine didn't even meet until page ! I cou DNF after pages. I could give you a recap of everything that you need to know in a couple of sentences. Anyway, I thought I could continue after they've actually met but by then I completely lost interest in it and now I simply don't care about the book at all.
I had the same problem in the first book from this series and I thought it would be different, but sadly, no. So here's me saying goodbye forever to Judith McNaught's contemporaries: View all 72 comments.
After reading Paradise and all of the reviews here I was sure I was about to read a story of epic proportions: A prison escape?
A tortured, cold, brooding hero? A smart and strong heroine? The enemies-to-lovers trope? A slow burn romance? I liked the story but it was so damn long. It took forever for the main characters to meet and then to finally get together. Sure, the hero had some brooding and assholish qualities but his mood swings and behavior changes from cold and grumpy to saccharine sweet and sappy were giving me whiplash.
The heroine, on the other hand, was too perfect, too idolized in my opinion. And the whole prison escape thing? It seemed kind of laughable to me. I don't know much about the U. Overall, this was a lengthy and quite an exhausting read with an interesting plot lost in the sea of details and twists.
When you pick up a book twenty years after its publication, this is what you get although I still love these guys to pieces: Zachary Benedict had the animal magnetism of a young Sean Connery, the talent of a Newman, the charisma of Costner, the raw machismo of a young Eastwood, the smooth sophistication of Warren Beatty, the versatility of Michael Douglas, and the rugged appeal of Harrison Ford. View all 62 comments. Dec 05, Mo rated it it was amazing.
Rugged, charming, alpha hero. Sweet, hometown, innocent heroine. Long ago and far away I dreamed a dream one day And now that dream is here beside me Long the skies were overcast But now the clouds have passed You're here at last Chills run up and down my spine Aladdin's lamp is m My re-read was just as PERFECT the second time around. Julie was his home, his family It had drama, romance, laughter, tears, family, friendship, misunderstandings, make-ups … everything I love in a good book.
Loved catching up with the characters from the previous book, Matt and Meredith. View all 42 comments.
BarbaraM - thank you!! Well what can I say? The title says most of it. I found this book Perfect!! At 18 he is heartlessly thrown out. He ends up in Hollywood working a job that h Well what can I say? He ends up in Hollywood working a job that happens to land him on a movie set. In he is convicted of murdering his wife, a famous actress. Julie was born on the streets of Chicago and abandoned. She fell into the system, moving from home to home. Because of her life as a small child, she had a lot of health problems that kept her out of school.
By age 12, she was basically illiterate and starting to hang out with the rougher kids. She is given a break by a psychologist that places her in a wonderful family in Texas. She grasps at this new chance for life with both hands and never looks back.
You can really feel the torment with Zack not really wanting to involve her, but he is in survival mode. Or will she? After a few days, she begins to see what a complicated, yet caring man he is. She starts to doubt that this man is capable of murdering his wife.
They spend a week together in total seclusion. She falls in love with him, and he will not admit it to her or himself that he loves her too. He intends to hideaway from the world and live as someone else, and she wants him to try to prove he is innocent of murdering his wife; let alone guilty of kidnapping. This story is so emotional. I teared up a lot. I was rooting for both of them the entire time.
Zach has never felt love from anyone before, and he has such a hard time accepting it; especially from someone as pure as Julie. When he finally admits he loves her in a letter, it is SO good! There is good suspense plot, action, tears, joy, passion… I just loved it.
View all 12 comments. I can't even say this book is perfect, not because it's cheesy, but because this book will never be just one word. Reading this book isn't just reading some words on some pages and enjoying the story.
No, these seven hundred and four pages are like nothing I've ever read before. I can't even say that any of the other Judith McNaught books I've read come close to the brilliance of this one. As much as Rate: As much as I loved Paradise, Matt and Meredith's story kept coming close to but not reaching as far as Perfect did.
Paradise made me feel every emotion I have ever felt before but Perfect made me feel those and so many new emotions. Emotions there aren't even names for yet. Perfect had me trembling so hard, tortured, sobbing for relief and frightened to the point of nausea but somehow there was never a moment where I wanted it to end. After Zack successfully escapes prison, he abducts Julie and forces her to drive him to a hideaway house in the Colorado mountains. Initially Julie is frightened and desperate to be released from captivity but with every minute spent in the presence of Zack, she soon realises he is no murderer and her treacherous heart falls in love with him even though doing so will only guarantee her a lifetime of heartbreak, pain and longing.
From the beginning to the very end this novel took my heart and ran away with it. Zack was easily established as the tortured and dispaired hero who desperately deserved someone to love him. Julie's kindness and unwavering love were exactly what Zack needed. Do you have any idea how I've felt every time I watched you on that film? Incredibly, completely, unconditionally loved. Even when you thought I was a deranged murderer, you were still fighting and crying for me. She truly did believe she was doing the right thing but the way it happened was so tragic it tore at my heart.
The scene at the Mexican airport will forever stay with me. When Zack and Julie are reunited the book takes on the same playful tone it did during their happy moments in Colorado but this time Judith McNaught lets readers enjoy the laughter and joyfulness without heartbreak around the corner. The last 80 pages of the book are filled with the tiny moments that make love whilst the first or so show us the angst and agony of achieving something so magical.
If you haven't already read this book, I would recommend this to you with all of my heart. My all time favourite book and definitely one I see myself re-reading over and over. View all 41 comments. Buddy Read Perfect pgs. I miss layers like that. Having said that, oh my god, could a lot have been edited out. I think. Secondary characters that seemed to add depth to the story, characters, and setting, started to become skim worthy as they didn't seem to add to the main arc.
There's twin sisters that add flavor and a thinking commentary storyline but towards the end, I was wondering what the point was. Adding to a lesser degree, the heroine's boyfriend Greg? They add to the layers of the story but they also meander the reader from the main arc and end up disappearing with no real conclusion; I was left with "what's the point? I feel like I lived three lifetimes reading this.
Season One is the childhood of our heroine and hero and the development of how they came to be as adults, Season Two is the November sweeps lust, murder, kidnapping, and D-rama, and Season Three is the lies, betrayal, revelations, and happily ever after. All this D-rama of secondary character stories, lusting, murder, and life living is told through an early '90s romance view point.
The murder mystery got a bit washed out as it was pushed to the background by the D-rama and not for my 21st century woman self, views. After I read the last sentence, I started to think about the ranting review I was going to type up, until I saw the Author's Note. Due to our heroine's childhood, she grew up illiterate until the 5th grade. As a result, she becomes a middle school teacher and after hours teaches adult women to learn how to read. Then in the note, the author talks about how harshly illiteracy affects women, which is also shown through secondary characters heroine's grown women students she weaves in how women are trapped in abusive relationships and poverty because of their illiteracy.
She brings up a program called "Literacy.
I looked the program up and through my weak, quick research it went five years and earned 5 million dollars looks like they were shooting for 40mil. Was this whole book, a story rife with sexism and clearly a prevailing view of its time, showing and relating to women, a cloak for a message of how women are held back and a way to help prevent that?
Maybe, maybe not. It is why I love the romance genre, because there is a message here, even if its veiled, because maybe it had to be. Social commentary and women reaching out to women, hearing, acknowledging, and addressing our issues, that is what is commonly hidden behind those bare chest men covers. Did I like the story as a whole? No, too much editing needed, main couple's relationship was not built on a believable, solid foundation, and the whole Dynasty-like D-rama.
However, the sub-plot of illiteracy and its harmful effects on women and how we can help them? Sign me up every time. The romance genre is chalk full of this and why I'm signed up a lot for these books The Literacy. Share the love of reading View all 17 comments. Jessica A. This book was such a great surprise! It is kind of an all-in-one, packed with action, mystery, comedy and romance.
However, what touched me the most was the suffocating feeling of helplessness due to the injustice committed against Zach. Balance, harmony and justice rule my sign: I despise injustice. So, let me start getting the negative out of my way first: M This book was such a great surprise!
My only issue in the story is that I was left holding a grudge against her. She didn't deserve forgiveness so easily.
What an evil witch! When that predictable "making peace" scene happened I had to roll my eyes, only to soon be taken by surprise with another tearful moment. One of the many I have to say.
Now that the bad is out of my way I am ready to tell a little bit about this amazing story. Julie is a teacher in a little town - She is fiery, funny, stubborn, witty, intelligent, brave, generous and compassionate.
Condemned for a crime he didn't commit Zack is sentenced to 45 years in prison. Two lives destined to collide by fate when Zack decided to escape from prison after 5 years behind the bars. Julie was the unfortunate person who crossed his path when Zack needed a car to get away. Firstly she innocently offered him a lift but soon she found out who Zack really was and his plans to get out of the Country.
Horrified, she attempted to escape but there was nowhere to run. Julie was then taken hostage and kidnapped by Zack. After a few unexpected events they were forced to stay a few days in a recluse house in the mountains waiting for a chopper — one more step towards his final destination: South America — when he finally would release Julie. In these few days a resentful, cynical, disillusioned and callous Zack gets to know Julie. His defences started to crack.
A heart enfolded by ice because of too many injustices done to him, started to melt. Beside her idealism Zack felt terribly old and jaded. He was nine years older and a thousand times harder than she, and yet something about her softened him and made him like being soft, both of which were new experiences for him. Julie is one of the most amazing female characters I had ever come across.
She had an ugly past which could have shaped her in a bitter person. However, she took the only good opportunity life handed over to her when she was 11 year old and did the most of it to become a better person.
And what a beautiful and captivating person Julie turned out to be. Zack didn't stand a chance. Loved it! View all 37 comments. Apr 17, Karla rated it it was amazing Shelves: Very enjoyable book with an epic quality! Perfect is a rather lengthy read at pages, but I was never bored and the story was just riveting! The author draws you in with the compelling history about the main character's childhoods and the circumstances that bring them together.
It was an interesting and necessary set-up and made them easy to relate to. What reall 5 Stars! What really sealed it for me was that the last 60 or so pages that give the reader wonderful bonus material. It was extra time to spend with the characters under different circumstances after a read that left at times left me very anxious. Those last pages summed up the book wonderfully and felt like a beautiful extended epilogue There was some laugh out loud moments and plenty of dialogue which broke up the narrative and made it easy to connect to the characters.
I also enjoyed the appearance of two characters from Paradise , the first book in the series, who played significant roles in this book. Which I might add is another amazing read and would recommend being read prior to Perfect. It's not imperative, but Mathew and Meredith's story is just as compelling as Zach and Julie's, and when they show up in this read you'll understand who they are.
My only complaint is that two secondary character's fates felt unresolved. It might not bother other readers, but I felt the need to know what happened to them and hope they have a book of their own. Still a 5 star read for me and I look forward to reading more of Judith McNaught's books, she is an exceptional author!
View all 9 comments. Mar 14, Gavin rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm not a giant fan of contemporary romance, but I've always had a soft spot for Judith McNaught's books. Mainly because she was the first romance author I ever read!
I'm not entirely sure why, but I always find her stories engaging and enjoyable. This one proved no different. This was not my first read of Perfect. It is however the first time I've read it in many years. This time around I did spot a few more flaws.
Some of the authors views are a touch dated and a few of the supporting characte I'm not a giant fan of contemporary romance, but I've always had a soft spot for Judith McNaught's books. Some of the authors views are a touch dated and a few of the supporting characters got completely forgotten about towards the end. That said, none of that overly hurt my enjoyment of the story. The story is interesting enough. Zac Benedict, former movie star and Hollywood golden boy, has spent the last 5 years in prison for the murder of his wife.
He escapes from prison in the hopes of proving his innocence. Unfortunately things do not go smoothly and before long he is forced to snatch a hostage in the form of Julie Matheson.
This is a romance so of course the pair fall madly in love with each other! I liked both Julie and Zac.
They were different characters, but I liked them as a pair and enjoyed their story. The non-romance part of the plot was also fairly interesting, which is always a plus. I'm going to keep the original rating for nostalgia's sake. View 2 comments. Is consent consent if you are a hostage? The other positive, it was good, infuriating fun to read with those two.
I was kind of hooked at the beginning. Call it novelty, I give you permission. Why would you want to read it? Some people LOVE this book! The hero is incredibly emotionally manipulative.
The dialogue made me want to scream, just like the rest of the book. My eye got twitchy…. And twitchier. See, apparently if you save someone, it negates former bad acts, makes former bad acts unbelievable, and future bad acts like sexual assault and abuse just something that will never happen again.
Also, women in this book are told constantly to calm down. Not since Blue-Eyed Devil have I loathed a book so completely that i finished. And funnily, this reminded me of that from the get-go, which should have told me something. View all 21 comments. So here's the thing. I love, love, love romance books. I love the HEA, I love the hot sex scenes, I love a guy that is totally into the heroine and the heroine being kick ass. But as we have all said here time and time again, older romance novels are problematic.
There are a lot of tropes that just don't get done anymore unless that's a genre that you are trying to market to these days. These book had a whole mess of issues that made me cringe.
Then again, this was written in so I was tryin So here's the thing. Then again, this was written in so I was trying to give McNaught some leeway here, but honestly there was so much other stuff that didn't work that I just could not give this above two stars.
I bought this book and have no intention of even looking it's way again. I think that McNaught's historical romances are set up a bit better than this book though we still have the trope of heroine does something and hero takes it badly without listening that appears twice in this one.
We also have the heroine is a virgin and has the best first time ever trope. Let us not even get started on the TSTL kicks that Julie kept getting on throughout this entire book.
Book one is "Paradise" starring other characters that appear in this book as secondary characters Matthew and Meredith. Book two is focused on Zachary Benedict and Julie Mathison. Zachary Mathison is thrown out of his family's home by his grandmother.
Zack then is able to turn around and become a stuntman of course he did and from there go on to acting and directing. He ends up being a highly respected actor and is now in the process of directing his wife in what many are calling an Oscar caliber film. When Zack finds his wife in disarray with the lead actor on the film and demanding a divorce.
When a scene involving a gun leads to her death, Zack is then charged and convicted of her murder. Julie Mathison is a foster kid that is shuffled around until someone realizes her potential. She is eventually sent to live with the Mathison family in Texas and promises she will do whatever she needs to be the "perfect" daughter, sister, friend. She eventually grows up and becomes a teacher and is happy with her life with her boyfriend I think his name was Greg even though she feels like something is missing from their relationship it's the sex Julie, that's what is missing.
When Zack escapes from jail he eventually comes across Juile at a cafe, Julie because she realizes he has on new jeans and invents a reason for why he would have on new jeans no I am not kidding gives him a ride where eventually Julie figures out that Zack is an escaped convict who then takes her hostage.
He just has to guys cause he's so drawn to her. I mean he's been in jail for five years ughhhh. That is just the bare bones to this story.
We also have a plethora of characters in this one. Why McNaught got into Julie's brother Ted's romance in this one made no sense. That is honestly why this book was so endless and went on for more than pages. She could have just broken up Ted's story and at least laid out the bare bones in this one without taking away from the main story. That said, Ted sucks and can kick rocks. The last few chapters of this book are actually about not having sex before marriage. I could not deal with this many men in my life being that up in my body.
To wrap it up most of the men not Matt are awful and I honestly thought the character of Paul was a freaking chump. Who hangs around someone who is not into you at all? Katherine and Meredith were better heroines in my eyes than Julie. Julie is passive through this whole freaking book. And her going from being a virgin to all of a sudden wanting to have sex with Zack, who has kidnapped her by the way blows my mind. I wonder if McNaught even thought of the implications of Stockholm Syndrome?
Zack repeatedly makes Julie tell him she believes that he is innocent. I think that would have been an interesting side road for her to go down.
The initial part of the book with regards to writing held a lot of promise. I always get annoyed when an author rushes the backstory to characters to get to the meet cutes and all. But McNaught did a very good of setting up Zack and Julie's circumstances. However, as I said above, there was way too much going on. This book did not need to be pages. The flow was up and down depending on where McNaught took the story.
Sometimes we would follow Zack and Julie around, then we would shift back to Ted and Katherine, Matt and Meredith, and then freaking Paul. Also don't tell me how she doesn't even let men come into her home and she's all let me give a total stranger a ride cause of his jeans.
His starved senses wanted to feast on the entire banquet.
Maybe wait a while on the hot smexy times. I mean sure, let's get her drinking so you can do whatever. How do you go from that to I am a slut?! Also I should not be laughing at this, but I am.
I have only been reading this for a little bit, but no, you have not been perfect. Tonight, however, she was willing to surrender it to an escaped convict who was incapable of loving anyone and who had nothing whatsoever to offer her. FYI these two didn't even use condoms. I can't with Julie having sex with a convicted criminal and not even thinking about STDs. AIDS was a thing back in and my first thought would be men being raped in jail or raping others and ugh this is why sometimes I have to yell at myself to just read and not get all actually about books, but it's hard.
FYI, you can follow Whiskey's buddy read updates, here: I am not a fan of male characters being abusive to the heroines and it all just getting wiped away. There of course is HEA that honestly I don't see is remotely believable, but hey at that point I just wanted to be done with this. Aug 26, boogenhagen rated it liked it Shelves: Loved Zach.
Hated Julie the betraying, preachy cow and was massively disappointed that she did not die by a toilet seat to the head. She was utterly useless and I hated her with a passion. But the writing was good and the story fun. Except for Julie. View 1 comment. Jul 29, Mei rated it it was amazing Shelves: The title says it all: I loved everything in this book: Julie, Zach, the story, the simplicity of the words used to tell it, the way it was written, the witty dialogue, the secondary characters, tehir stories, the immense love Julie and Zach had for each other The way Ms.
McNaught writes is simply WOW!!! It just touches something in me and I simply melt! Every part of this book is so interesting that I don't know where to start!
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