Celebrated cartoonist Jared McCloud is plumb out of laughs. So he rents a secluded beach house for the fall to unblock his creative juices–and ends up falling for the reluctant landlady whose beautiful green-eyed glare reads like a “No Trespassing” sign against the world.
Cleo Alyssum isn’t exactly a recluse, though living on an island and avoiding people aren’t the actions of a social butterfly. Cleo simply has more important things to do than to chat with the sexy, artistic, impossibly bullheaded hunk living in her guest house. Yet somehow Jared and his devilish charm inch their way into her life, reaching the warm places her cold exterior cleverly hides. Will Cleo open her heart to a man who falls short of her expectations? After all, it wasn’t her intention to fall for someone who is almost perfect. . . .
Just like the title, this book's premise was "Almost Perfect"! It is not your typical romance novel, Cleo is all about barricading doors, while Jared only seeks to break them down. I loved their opposite personalities and budding relationship, especially the more tense scenes, but I really enjoyed the light-heated humor that went along with their tête-à-tête. I also loved the subplot (no spoilers), and hope that I get to read another story involving those characters. I did not know that Almost Perfect was part of a series, (Carolina/McCloud Brothers Series), but I really do want to find and read copies of Impossible Dreams, McCloud's Woman, and Carolina Girl. It is nice to sit down with a comfortable romance on a summer afternoon and read about such great characters, I just wish that it hadn't seemed so rushed. Of course the plot was predictable, as many romances are, but I found the story entertaining none-the-less. Recommended for those in the mood for romance.
Rating: Bounty's Out (3.5/5)
*** I received this book from the author (LibraryThing Early Reviewers) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.