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Perfect Fit [Serendipity's Finest] by Carly…

Perfect Fit [Serendipity's Finest] (2014)

by Carly Phillips

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Another great Serendipity book. All the old great characters and a whole bunch of new ones. This is the story of Mike and Cara and everyone should read it. I highly recommend it. ( )
  Bette_Hansen | Nov 3, 2015 |
Mike Marsden
Cara Hartley

I really like Mike and Cara. Boy do they both have their own personal demons but now they have each other too and that makes me all girly and swoony inside. ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Apr 17, 2015 |
Very good book. Mike is back in Serendipity to fill in as police chief while his dad recovers from cancer treatments. He can't wait to get back to the city where his restlessness isn't a problem. But he soon finds that restlessness is lessened by the presence of Cara, with whom he had one awesome night three months earlier. The attraction is still there and just as hot as it was before. As they start a short term relationship both are convinced that anything long term is impossible.

I really liked both Cara and Mike. Cara is a straightforward woman who doesn't play games. She enjoyed her night with Mike but really didn't expect to see much more of him. When he came back to town to fill in as police chief, he became her boss. It was awkward at first until they cleared the air between them and admitted that the attraction was still there. Cara knows she is risking her heart, but she can't resist Mike. I really loved Cara's honesty. She tells Mike straight out that she doesn't expect commitment from him, that she will take what he's willing to give her for as long as he's around. Things are going pretty smoothly until her work on a cold case unearths information about his biological father. The more time they spend together the more she feels an emotional connection to Mike and that connection has her understanding a lot more than he is sometimes comfortable with. I loved seeing the way that she understood so much of what Mike was feeling and was able to give him just what he needed. When she finally admits her feelings to herself she knows she has to be true to her own needs, even if that means not seeing Mike anymore. Cara also has some family issues of her own. She grew up with an abusive father which has caused her to have some trust issues with men. She has to feel that they will keep their promises, unlike her father who would constantly promise to stop the abuse, but then keep on doing it. She has tried to get her mother away from him and is frustrated by her refusal to do so. Cara uses her knowledge to help other abused women which helps her deal with it.

Mike has always felt a little out of place in his family. His dad is actually his adoptive father and Mike feels like he doesn't really fit in. He knows his biological father ran out on his mom and feels like he has inherited those same tendencies. He has never been able to truly settle down anywhere and doesn't have real relationships with women. He does love his family and when his dad asks him to come fill in as police chief he does it. He figures he can handle staying in Serendipity for as long as needed because he knows there is an end to it. He does have to face Cara again, knowing that she's the one woman he hasn't been able to stop thinking about. When they admit their attraction is still as hot as it had been, he makes sure she knows that he doesn't do commitment, that there are "no hearts involved". As they work on a cold case together that involves his biological father Cara is the one who helps him deal with the things he is feeling. He is also starting to feel things for her that he's never experienced with another woman, things that make him wonder if maybe he's not as much like his old man as he thought. I really loved seeing the softer side of him that came out when he was with Cara. When he finally admitted his feelings to himself he panicked and disappeared, leaving Cara exactly as he had said he would. I loved seeing his brother try to help both Cara and Mike, and how he made Mike see what was important. I loved Mike's "go big" moment. ( )
  scoutmomskf | Oct 25, 2013 |
I really enjoyed the first there books in Phillips' Serendipity series and I'm glad she's continuing on. Though this is set in the same town as the first three books, it's the start of a new trilogy and can be read as a standalone.

Cara is a great heroine. She's tough but still has a vulnerable side. She isn't afraid to speak her mind or stand up for herself, but also realizes sometimes it's better to let things go. As the novel progressed I came to respect her independence and sharp wit.

Mike has insecurities of his own. His biological father bailed on his mom before he was born. His step-father adopted him and raised him as his own, but he's always felt separated from the rest of his family. He knows he has his father's blood running through his veins, and just like the man who abandoned him, he's not made for permanence. His redeeming qualities were his tenderness toward Cara and his internal struggle with his feelings for her and his hometown.

The characters from previous books popped up, but weren't a distraction from the main protagonists and their story. I enjoyed seeing them again. I also enjoyed the new cast of secondary characters - Mike's family and Cara's friends - and look forward to learning more about them in the future.

Phillips has created a strong contemporary series with real-life characters and situations. ( )
  cranberrytarts | Sep 22, 2013 |
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"Serendipity is a funny, sexy story with exactly the right mix of sass and heart."  Susan Mallery, New York Times Bestselling Author

Carly's NY Times Bestselling SERENDIPITY series was such a hit with readers, she brings you back to the picturesque upstate NY town, where 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?

Always feeling like the odd man out in his family, Michael Marsden wanted to make it on his own. So he escaped Serendipity to become an undercover cop in Manhattan, where the Marsden name wasn't known. But Michael's independence is compromised when he returns home to replace his sick father as chief of police. Back in the shadow of his family, he's as lost and restless as ever, until he's challenged by someone he never anticipated.

Cara Hartley is the Serendipity cop with whom Mike had a one night stand three months earlier.  Neither expected anything more but fate has other things in store.  When Mike returns as Cara's boss, the sexual tension between them is impossible to ignore - and the unexpected emotional connection continues to grow.  But Cara's a small town girl while Mike has a wanderer's blood in his veins.

Together their chemistry explodes but ...
Both are convinced a future together is impossible.  Until Mike's real father's secrets come back to haunt him and he realizes there are some things worth staying and fighting for. Including Cara.

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When Michael Marsden returns to Serendipity to take over his adopted father's job as police chief, he finds his desire to move on waning after he reconnects with Cara Hartley, a policewoman with whom he had a one night stand.

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