Review: Ruining Mr. Perfect by Marie Harte

ruiningTitle: Ruining Mr. Perfect by Marie Harte
The McCauley Brothers Series Book Three
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 352 pages
Book Rating: B

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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.

Cameron McCauley likes Vanessa a little too well. 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 misunderstanding 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?

The Review:

Ruining Mr. Perfect by Marie Harte is the third installment in the boisterous McCauley Brothers series. In this outing, it is youngest brother Cameron’s turn to find love and no one is more perfect for him than Vanessa Campbell. Although their story is a little quieter than the previous novels, there is plenty of passion between this intellectual couple and conflict arises from very unexpected sources.

Cameron is the only McCauley brother who is not a blue-collar worker. He is an über successful investment bank and he enjoys the finer things in life. He has a nice car, a fancy apartment and he is very health conscious. All of which makes him the ideal match for his brother’s neighbor, Vanessa.

Vanessa is an uptight workaholic who appears rather cold and standoffish. She is a little on the controlling side and she has very exacting standards. She is sarcastic and blunt but her honesty is refreshing. Vanessa is as career driven and goal oriented as Cameron and watching them match wits is pretty exciting and entertaining.

Vanessa and Cameron are a good fit and they bring out the best in one another. Vanessa has never been in a long term relationship and although she is happy with Cameron, she is always on guard, waiting for something to go wrong. She is a little emotionally distant, but that does not mean she feel things deeply.

Cameron is very sweet, always on his best behavior and he is very intent on making Vanessa happy. He is almost too nice at times and he tries so hard to be what he thinks Vanessa wants that it sometimes seems like we do not really see the “real” Cameron.

The romance between Vanessa and Cameron is absolutely delightful. They have so much in common, they really “get” one another and for Cameron, this is a welcome change since he does not fit in with his brothers or his dad. Cameron’s easy acceptance of Vanessa’s eccentricities is also a big relief for her and she finds it reassuring that she is not as abnormal as she sometimes feels.

Marie Harte’s Ruining Mr. Perfect is a fast paced and engaging story with likable characters, a realistic storyline and a romance that is very heartwarming. A charming addition to the McCauley Brothers series that old and new fans are sure to enjoy.

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One Response to Review: Ruining Mr. Perfect by Marie Harte

  1. Timitra

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kathy