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PERFECT by Judith McNaught


by Judith McNaught

Pub Date: May 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-671-79552-X
Publisher: Pocket

 Set in Texas, the Rockies and L.A., the story of a small-town girl with a heart of gold and a Hollywood heartthrob with a past-- in a sizzling sequel to Paradise (1991). At age 18, Zach Benedict is banished from his home by his dowager grandmother, who has reason to believe he shot and killed his brother. Zach, tall, strong, proud, and staggeringly handsome, hitchhikes to Hollywood and within a few years becomes a star leading man and a promising director. Then, on the set of his latest movie, his unfaithful wife Rachel is shot; Zach is convicted of the murder and sent to prison in Texas. Five years later, he stages an escape, inadvertently taking a hostage--Julie Mathison, 26, adopted daughter of a Texas Baptist minister, beloved elementary-school teacher, and untrammeled virgin. Zach heads out for Colorado, where his one remaining loyal friend, Matt Farrell, protagonist of Paradise, owns a mountain house. For a few days, Zach and Julie hide out and fall in love--and unleash pages and pages of stormy passion. Then they must part--Julie to return home, Zach to continue running from the law. But a series of new murders throws Julie's certainty that Zach is innocent in doubt. Could he be guilty? Insane? Can his grandmother cast any light on his motives? If Julie helps to capture him, will the killing stop? It does stop, but Zach is also proved innocent, and the lovers' reconciliation, delightfully delayed by doses of haughty pride mixed with passionate longing on both sides, finally takes place in a Texas chapel as Barbra Streisand sings the wedding march. A mixture of virtue and passion that is almost--ahem--perfect. (Book-of-the-Month Dual Selection for June)