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?
Philips returns to fictional Serendipity, N.Y., for another pleasant encounter with people who say they aren't looking for permanent relationships, but change their minds when the perfect match appears. Nicole Farnsworth has had enough of being "a pawn" for her wealthy parents in N.Y.C. and wants to make a fresh start in Serendipity. Det. Sam Marsden is a local cop who has everything except the woman of his dreams. Nicole is pursued by her ex-fianc and threatened by shady figures; Sam has been burnt by an unfaithful lover and now questions his romantic judgment. They renew their acquaintance from Perfect Fling and settle into the pattern that Philips's readers know and love: the lovers learn to trust again, forge a healthy relationship, and regain their self-esteem while being subjected to some mild menace. Characters lack subtlety, and the formulaic story is weighed down by dull writing and forced tension, but the result is an accessible and congenial vacation read.
Great ending to a great series!
This story is about the youngest Marsden sibling, Sam. In Perfect Fling we were introduced to our heroine, Nicole Farnsworth. Her twin sister was the one who was obsessed with Cole and put Sam's sister, Erin into danger. In the end, Nicole actually helps out the Marsden's in finding her sister and in doing so something clicked between her and Sam. As Nicole comes to the realization that she has some feelings for Sam, she decides that she cannot marry Tyler, a long time friend of the family because she doesn't feel any spark with him. Nicole breaks her engagement with Tyler and decides to move to Serendipity. Before she moves, Nicole overhears something she shouldn't have from Tyler's father and is concerned because he is her dad's business partner.
Nicole finds life in Serendipity to be more than she could hope for. She loves the people there because they are real, not fake. Unlike her parents who never show any type of emotions or support to her. She quickly starts things up with Sam, although he let's her know that he is not looking for anything long-term. He was left at the alter by his high school sweetheart when she left him for his former best friend.
As Nicole's life starts improving, Tyler comes into town wanting her to go back to their life together in Manhattan. Sam becomes very jealous of Tyler. When everything finally comes out in the open, can Sam get past his jealousy to help the woman he is starting to care for? Can Sam commit to being in a relationship with Nicole? Will Sam ever get his happy ending?
This was a really sweet ending to a wonderful series. I just loved Sam and Nicole together. They both have issues and come to find that maybe together is the best way to handle them.
This is the last in the Serendipty Finest series of books that Carly has written. While on her site, it looks like there will be a book for Tess Barron, I honestly haven't searched to find out if she's still writing that book. I have fallen in love with this town so much that Carly gave me a serious book hangover after each one. This last, no exception, was the hardest though.
While you don't have to read the Serendipity Series before you've read this series, I guarantee you'll fall in love with the town and the characters she introduces you to and they are mentioned a little in this series.
But I'm not here to leave a review of the other books and novellas related to Serendipity. I'm here to give a review of Perfect Together.
Perfect Together is the story about Sam Marsden and Nicole Farnsworth. We've gotten to know Sam through the Serendipity's Finest series as a brother and friend. Now we get to know him as a man who's been hurt in the past and isn't looking to get hurt again.
We were introduced to Nicole when she came to town in a previous book (I'm not going to mention which one because I want you to read the other two books in the series if you haven't) to warn Sam's sister and to get her sister the help she needs. There were sparks between Sam and Nicole then and Nicole never forgot that when she went back home. Neither did Sam.
The story picks up a few months later after Nicole realizes that her life is not the one she wants. She ends her engagement and moves to Serendipity to open a specialty bake shop after she discovers that her ex-fiance's father is up to some illegal dealings. She doesn't think that they believe she heard anything. Not sure of how to tell her father, who is partner's with her ex's father, in the business, she leaves.
She comes to town and immediately forms a friendship with Macy who invites her to ladies' night at Joe's Bar. When she doesn't meet Macy there and Macy asks Sam and the gang if they've seen her, she also blurts out that Nicole lives above the bar now and Sam volunteers to go get her.
The sparks are still there from the moment they meet. From their very public kiss in the town square to even when both of them are attempting to push each other away, it's always there.
When Nicole's ex shows up because daddy orders him to bring Nicole back home to get married, Macy tries to discourage him as she is looking out for Nicole. Macy and the ex hang out and the ex begins to see that Nicole was right about their relationship.
Nicole keeps what she knows about her ex's dad from him and from Sam and she doesn't know that her ex knows. When some out of town art dealers come for the local art fair and the ex sees them, he knows it's not good and when he looses sight of Nicole, he goes to Sam. It was then that he knew he was falling for Macy and had let go of Nicole.
Sam and the ex work together to keep Nicole safe and nail his father.
Meanwhile, Macy's falling for the ex and gets upset when he leaves with barely saying goodbye, but he leaves her with a plea.
Characters from the previous books are in this story and we get updates on Sam's family.
I am not giving away anything more.
Am I sad that Serendipity's Finest is finished? Yep... but I will be coming back to visit them often. The Marsden family is a loving family with faults and all that fights for each other and for the town's residents and visitors from the moment you meet them.
Farewell Sam and Mike and Erin... for now.