PerfectA 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 Fashioned Zachary Benedict Was An Actor Director Whose Academy Award Winning Career Had Been Shattered When He Was Wrongly Convicted Of Murdering His Wife 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 She Was Outraged, Cautious, And Unable To Ignore The Instincts That Whispered Of His Innocence He Was Cynical, Wary, And Increasingly Attracted To Her Passion Was About To Capture Them Both In Its Fierce Embracebut The Journey To Trust, True Commitment, And Proving Zack S Innocence Was Just Beginning

McNaught is a 1 New York Times Best Selling Author, with than forty million copies of her novels in print, in over eighty countries and than thirty languages She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station McNaught is credited with inventing the modern Regency Historical romance subgenre.

❰Reading❯ ➶ Perfect Author Judith McNaught –
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 704 pages
  • Perfect
  • Judith McNaught
  • English
  • 11 June 2019
  • 9780743474177

10 thoughts on “Perfect

  1. says:

    DNF after 200 pages.You know, I usually have a lot of patience when it comes to books.I don t mind if they first do it at 70%.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.AS LONG AS I GET MY HEROES IN THE SAME SCENES TOGETHER Separations in the book I just don t like, ever In this one, the hero and the heroine didn t even meet until page 150 I mean, THAT much detail about their pasts is really, REALLY not necessary 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

  2. says:

    3.5 StarsOnce again I m impressed with the author s ability to tell a story and create such a well developed storyline And once again I didn t get the maximum satisfaction from it 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 I m falling for my captor theme A slow burn romance Except the proportions were not so epic I can t say I didn t enjoy it because I did 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.S legal system and prison rules and policies except from movies but I don t understand how a person serving a sentence of imprisonment is allowed to drive a prison warden to town every week and go grocery shopping and do other chores alone and unsupervised Overall, this was a lengthy and quite an exhausting read with an interesting plot lost in the sea of details and twists I don t know why, but I feel like this author s descriptive style just doesn t work for me I m sure I would have loved it had I read it when it was first published 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.

  3. says:

    My re read was just as PERFECT the second time around She wept with shame for her lack of will and with fear for a love she couldn t control I loved this one It s an oldie but stands the test of time Rugged, charming, alpha hero.Sweet, hometown, innocent heroine What s not to like Long ago and far away I dreamed a dream one day And now that dream is here beside meLong the skies were overcast But now the clouds have passed You re here at lastChills run up and down my spine Aladdin s lamp is mine The dream I dreamed was not denied meJust one look and then I knew That all I longed for long ago was youChills run up and down my spine Aladdin s lamp is mine The dream I dreamed was not denied meJust one look and then I knew That all I longed for long ago was you For the first time in his life, he finally knew how it felt to have a home and a family 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.

  4. says:

    Well what can I say The title says most of it I found this book Perfect I loved it, and couldn t put it down for the first 450 pages Then I had to work and was so ticked that I couldn t get right back to it It was written in the early nineties, and does have a little bit of a dated feel, but that didn t bother me at all.In the late 70 s, Zack was brought up in an extremely wealthy, yet cold family environment At 18 he is heartlessly thrown out He ends up in Hollywood working a job that happens to land him on a movie set The director discovers him, and he becomes the biggest movie star in the country overnight In 1988 he is convicted of murdering his wife, a famous actress He s sitting in jail in Texas five years later ready to execute his escape plan.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 Yet, her teachers promoted her to the next grade anyway, because she was a good girl 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 Over the years, she lives her life perfect She becomes a school teacher for at risk and handicapped children, she s active in her small town community, and she s kind of engaged to a man who is soon to be a minister After part of Zack s original escape plan gets botched, he ends up carjacking Julie and making her drive him to a secluded cabin in Colorado You can really feel the torment with Zack not really wanting to involve her, but he is in survival mode He can t let her go because he knows she ll go directly to the police 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 Once he feels it s safe for him to leave the cabin and send her on her way home, he coldly severs ties with her and she is crushed 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.

  5. says:

    Rate Infinity and beyond There is no review I could ever write that will do this book justice 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 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 To sum up briefly, Perfect tells the story of Zack Benedict, once the most admired and adored actor director of Hollywood but now a convicted murderer serving a 45 year sentence for a murder he didn t commit, and Julie Mathison, the kind and endlessly loving school teacher who devotes all her time to helping disabled children and illiterate women 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 I say that Julie s love was unwavering because even though she did betray him, she never stopped loving him And you, Zack said somberly, tipping her chin up, are an angel Do you have any idea how I ve felt every time I watched you on that film She shook her head, and he said, I felt loved Incredibly, completely, unconditionally loved Even when you thought I was a deranged murderer, you were still fighting and crying for me At first I found it hard to come to terms with Julie s betrayal but in the end I didn t find myself blaming her 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 600 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.

  6. says:

    For quotes comments as I read and others commentary Buddy Read Perfect700pgs 700 PAGES The first 30% was good, with amazing development and laying foundation down for our characters In newer published books, that first 30% would have been edited down to around 10% 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 and the storyline of a FBI agent falling in love with heroine 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 This would not only satisfy your old tv show Dynasty cravings, this would fulfill 3 seasons worth 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 I ended up not liking the hero because of his overly aggressive, I know you love me want me so I m going to sexually man handle you until your body forces you to admit it, a heroine who could be read Mary Sue ish with some innocent, too sweet to be real, 26yr old virgin, wishy washy, and Perfect , a puritanical vibe, and a overhanging view that good wives are cooking and doing laundry 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 Pass It On , a program funded by Coors Light and how it is working to help women gain 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 Secret The romance genre is chalk full of this and why I m signed up a lot for these books The Literacy Pass It On Program is not around any but please considering donating whatever you can at any literacy non profit charity Share the love of reading

  7. says:

    This book was such a great surprise I ve started 5 books and was getting quite desperate to find my mojo back when this book was recommended to me.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 Libra I despise injustice.So, let me start getting the negative out of my way first grandma Stanhope.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 I m Jamison Zachary Arthur Stanhope So that was it 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.Zack is a Hollywood actor director on top of his game Until his wife is murdered when they both were shooting a movie and Zack became the principal suspect 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 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 Gripped until the last page Thanks Jessica 3

  8. says:

    5 Stars Very enjoyable book with an epic quality Perfect is a rather lengthy read at 674 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 This takes up a good chunk of the book, but has you understanding Zach s hard exterior and why Julie is so eager to please It was an interesting and necessary set up and made them easy to relate to.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 epilogueThere 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 One of them had a key role in Zach s life and the other in Julie s 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 of Judith McNaught s books, she is an exceptional author

  9. says:

    Screams Rips book apart Throws it to the ground Jumps on book until pulverized Gets out lawnmower Mows over it multiple times No just no.I ll start with the positive This book made me and my reading buddies Whiskey review here Obsidian review here wonder Is consent consent if you are a hostage I m of the mind that no it s probably not The other positive, it was good, infuriating fun to read with those two And, really that s where my positivity sinks into the ground like the pulverized book in a solid rainstorm I was kind of hooked at the beginning I wouldn t call it good, I d call it kind of fun to read Call it novelty, I give you permission And then Julie, our heroine, who is incredibly perfect due to her pious family who adopted her at 11, built a snowman And I thought, Well, what is this fresh hell And the book Perfect answered me back with a resounding, Just the beginning, Sam Characters always have questionable choices, kind of like regular people And just in case you want to read this, I won t go into the complete nonsense of this book Why would you want to read it Some people LOVE this book For me, it just hasn t aged well The hero is incredibly emotionally manipulative Sweet and innocent Julie is far too perfect and your basic TSTL for me The dialogue made me want to scream, just like the rest of the book Or as I said in a b r thread, Lord knows their dialogue makes me wants to rip out my eyebrows by individual hairs They were always joking when they weren t really 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 So aside from overbearing, dominant asshole men and women who think it s their duty to cook, they all overreact and talk too much There s also an incredible amount of rehash and replays in this book, so it rounds out at something like 700 pages Not to brag, but I could ve done it in like 150Not 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 There s lots of good stuff over on b r thread

  10. says:

    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 flaws 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 Rating 5 stars I m going to keep the original rating for nostalgia s sake.

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