Perfect Together by Carly Phillips – a Review

Perfect Together by Carly Phillips – a Review

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In the picturesque town of Serendipity, New York, three siblings have grown up in the shadow of their proud and respected police chief father. But what do love, fate, and fortune have in store for the next generation of Serendipity’s finest?

Tired of being the easygoing daughter, always ignored in favor of her high-maintenance sister, and no longer interested in being her fiancé’s trophy wife, Nicole Farnsworth calls off her wedding. All she wants is to be herself. And where better to find her destiny than Serendipity? The place where she met the one man who made her heart beat faster, and gave her the courage to reinvent her life—even if he doesn’t know it.

Officer Sam Marsden calls Serendipity home and he loves it there—even though his childhood sweetheart was stolen by his best friend. After such heartbreak, Sam fears he can’t trust his instincts when it comes to love. Yet he’s so tempted by Nicole, a woman he met only briefly but who has starred in his dreams ever since. For Nicole and Sam, opening their hearts one more time could change their lives forever. But who’ll be the first to take that chance?



Perfect Together by Carly Phillips is a wonderful romance that takes place in a small town called Serendipity.  This is not the first book in this series, but it can very well be read as standalone.  We meet our hero, detective Sam Marsden.  While Sam’s family all around him are happy, being engaged or married, Sam doesn’t want any commitments.   He however can’t seem to forget a girl he met during a case a few months before. Nicole Farnsworth has just broken up with her fiancée, since she knows that what they feel for each other is that of a lifelong friend.  She too, remembers Sam, enough to know that is what she wants to feel about someone she will marry.  Nicole leaves her distant and cold family, and moves to Serendipity.

Nicole has never known what family love is about; just to do what is expected of her. But the minute she arrives in Serendipity, and sees Sam, she feels the chemistry immediately.  Nicole also meets Macy, who becomes a good friend, and in time she learns what family is all about when she meets the Mardens.  What follows is a beautiful romance, with some suspense throughout the story.  Seems another reason Nicole lefe home, is she overheard her ex fiancee’s father talking to the Russian mob.  Not thinking anyone knew she overheard, she decided to keep quiet and move on with her life.  Tyler her ex, and long time friend tries to win her back, though he knows its hopeless  but he too is following what his father wants.  Macy takes Tyler under her wing, and slowly changes him to loosen up.  Besides watching the relationship build between Nicole and Sam, we get to see Tyler and Macy start something on their own, though this is very slowly done. 

Sam has his issues being dumped by his ex fiancée years before, but he knows how much he has begun to care for Nicole.  He uses his police connections to help both Nicole and Tyler get past the danger that could be life threatening.  This was suspenseful and well done.  But it is the romance between Nicole and Sam that made this book so much fun to read.  Their chemistry was very sensual, and hot. I loved watching Nicole learn to care about the friends she found in Serendipity, as well as Sam’s family; especially after we got to meet her horrible mother, father, sister.  She loved Sam, but will Sam get past his major stumbling block?  Read this book, you will really enjoy it.

Reviewed by Barb

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