Author: Carly Phillips
Series: Serendipity's Finest, #3
Narrator: David Barker
Published: 2014, Recorded Books
Length: 8.5 hours
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?
My thoughts: This is the third and final book in Carly Phillips' Serendity's Finest series. I had started reading this series as soon as it came out, but fell behind and even though I didn't read the two previous books (one full-length book and one novella), enough back story was provided to make you feel as if you didn't miss out on that much. That being said, I definitely plan on going back to read the other two as soon as I get a chance!
This is Sam and Nicole's story and I liked both their characters very much and loved their journey to their HEA. Nicole is a strong character and I really admired her for what she had to put up with by deciding to move to Serendipity. She decides she wants to be her own person and not live her life according to anyone else's expectations, including her parents. Sam is strong and sexy, but very weary of trusting his heart after being left at the altar. But, sometimes, the heart wants what the heart wants, and in the case of Sam and Nicole, they really are quite perfect together. They just have a few obstacles to get by in order to get to that HEA.
What I liked about this story is that it's more than just a love story. The added drama about Nicole's father’s company and Tyler, her ex, being in Serendipity really helped to keep the plot moving fast and added a little mystery to the book. I also enjoyed the secondary romance that seemed to be brewing.
Being that this is the last book in the series, Carly Phillips does a great job of wrapping up everything in Serendipity. We get a final look at the whole Marsden clan, and even some of the supporting characters. While I'm sad to see this series ending, at least I have the middle two books to still read.
Audio Thoughts: I was a little apprehensive when I found out this book was being narrated by a male. But it turns out that David Barker did a great job with the story and all the voices, even the female ones. He was able to add emotion when needed, provide that strong male voice when needed - all-in-all, it was a great listening experience.
I don't know why the powers-that-be decided on having a male narrate this story, but I think it works out quite well. Turns out, he narrates the whole series, so now I'm debating whether to read or listen to book 2...hmmm. What to do, what to do.
Books in this series:
1. Perfect Fit
2. Perfect Fling
2.5 Perfect Stranger
3. Perfect Together