Review & Excerpt: RUINING MR. PERFECT by Marie Harte


Ruining Mr. PerfectTitle: Ruining Mr. Perfect
Author: Marie Harte
Publishing Date: October 7, 2014 (from Sourcebooks Casablanca)
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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 much. 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 disagreement 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?





“Colin,” Cam tried again. “You know dumping water on someone in the shower is a no-no. And especially Ubie’s new girlfriend.” Ubie—short for Uncle Brody. Brody Singer, the blond “adopted” McCauley who had grown up as part of the family

“But he told me to do it.”

Cam blinked. “He did? Well, you should never—”

“Dad thought it was kind of funny after he yelled at me.” Colin gave him a sharp nod, then added with a smirk, “Dad said he used to do that to you, and that you cried like a girrrl.” Considering Colin’s anti-girl phase, that was a high insult.

“Is that right?” Cam frowned, remembering being the butt of too many jokes while growing up. “Mike has no idea what he’s dealing with. You think your dad’s tough? Watch Uncle Cam.” Knowing he shouldn’t encourage the mischief in his nephew’s eyes but unable to stop himself from the unspoken dare, Cam hurried to the kitchen, found a large glass and filled it with ice-cold water. Considering the freezing January wind outside, Mike would be basking in a hot shower to warm up. Cam grinned, looking forward to his brother’s howl of misery.

Colin trailed him like a puppy. “Oh wow, Uncle Cam. Are you going to get Dad?” He clapped.


“Oh, sorry.” Colin’s big grin showed a missing front tooth.

Cam walked down more ugly brown carpet that looked as it if had been vacuumed to death—Mike and his obsession with cleanliness—and tiptoed into the big guy’s room. He made sure he had a clear exit. If his goliath big brother caught him, he’d be toast. Fortunately, he could move like a gazelle.

Gliding into the master bathroom, he readied himself. One, two…three. He yanked open the curtain and tossed the cold water at…Vanessa Campbell?

He stared in shock at the sexiest woman he’d seen in a long, long time. Naked, her creamy skin glistened with water as she gaped at him in horror. Which quickly turned to anger.

“Cameron McCauley!”

“Oh, wow.” He couldn’t look away.


My Review:


What worked for me?

I really appreciate how the romance developed for these two. They know the chemistry is there. The attraction was mutual too. I liked that they both pursued each other once they made their personal decisions. It shows the proactive characteristics that Cameron and Vanessa have.

I also really enjoyed the secondary romances. The one with Cameron’s parents going through rough patches in their marriage brought a good quality to the overall story because you have this perspective of two people, despite their love for each other, encountering marital problems. It also brought a great juxtaposition with the blooming love between the main characters.

At the risk of mentioning spoilers, I also really appreciate the way the author presents to us the final hurdle that Cam and Vanessa had to overcome before they get to their HEA. It was very realistic and I love that the author didn’t sugarcoat it. She also kept it very real, without embellished feelings or over-the-top reactions, that made me feel really, really sympathetic to both sides of that romance.


What did not work for me?

It took me a while to get into the groove of the story and to warm up to Vanessa and Cameron. But in the end, I find these two characters to be both charming, with a good head on their shoulders, and hearts that know how to love people.


My over-all take on it?

This book definitely teaches you that love is not all about romance, although there should be plenty in that department, but that love is also about working together with your partner to build a relationship. I think that’s the most important lesson I got while reading this book. The characters were relatable and the chemistry was there as sprinkles on top.


My rating:

 3-5 stars


DisclaimerI received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange  for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.



About the Author:

Marie HarteCaffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit and fall in love.

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