Hart, Jessica, Mr (Not Quite) Perfect, (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).
Title: Mr (Not Quite) Perfect
Author: Jessica Hart
Imprint: Modern Tempted (KISS)
Issues: Gendered Expectations (Men)
What do women really want?
Journalist Allegra Fielding has a problem. She’s pitched a story to her boss–how to transform a not-so-perfect man into Prince Charming–and now she has to deliver! But where is she going to find a man willing to take part in a makeover? Time to blackmail her roommate, Max….
But Allegra’s cunning plan backfires spectacularly when Max refuses to be “perfected”! He’s a guy who knows what he likes, and he’s going to enjoy proving to Allegra that there’s nothing hotter than a man who’s a little rough around the edges…
Incredible as it seems, Mr (Not Quite) Perfect is my 60th title. I’m not quite sure how that happened! I’ve fallen in love with every one of those sixty heroes, but I have to admit that Max is special-and not just because some of his quirks bear a resemblance to the civil engineer closest to my own heart!
Max is the ultimate Jessica Hart hero, I think: not incredibly handsome or incredibly rich, not suave or sophisticated, but a man with integrity who doesn’t try to be something he isn’t. In spite of Allegra’s efforts to transform him into “the perfect man” Max remains resolutely himself, and it’s Allegra who learns that loving someone isn’t about wanting them to change, but about accepting them as they are-faults and all. Max isn’t any of the things she thinks she wants, but he turns out to be everything that she needs-and that means that he’s perfect after all.
So the next time I’m grumbling about a shirt being buttoned too high at the collar-I had no shortage of inspiration for this book!-I’m going to remember that!