Maddie Fortune's Perfect Man

Maddie Fortune's Perfect Man

by Nancy Robards Thompson

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Maddie Fortunado, heir apparent to her father’s real estate business, is stunned to learn that she’ll have to fight for the job she’d assumed was hers! Even worse? Her rival is none other than Zach McCarter, her secret crush. Only a makeover can transform “Maddie” into “Madeleine,” who can compete against her charismatic coworker. But when Zach meets Maddie 2.0, business is suddenly the last thing on either of their minds!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488093586
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Series: Fortunes of Texas: The Rulebreakers Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 171,220
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Bestselling author Nancy Robards Thompson has a degree in journalism. She worked as a newspaper reporter until she realized reporting "just the facts" was boring. Happier to report to her muse, Nancy has found Nirvana writing women’s fiction and romance full-time. Critics have deemed her work, “…funny, smart and observant.” She lives in Tennessee with her husband and their crazy corgi. For more, visit her website at


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Maddie Fortune's Perfect Man 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Kenneth Fortunado’s family and close friends were stunned when he announced his retirement at a barbecue at his homestead. Finally, thought Maddie, she would be succeeding her father as the head of Fortunado Real Estate. But on the following Monday morning, a feeling of impending doom settled on Maddie when she saw that Zach McCarter was also attending the meeting with her father. The ever so handsome, charming, and successful Zach. Zach, with whom Maddie had been casually flirting with for five years, would be vying for the promotion that should be hers! But worst of all, her father was pitting them against each other in some sort of twisted competition! Oh, but Maddie would win this, this was hers! It takes a writer of considerable skills for a reader to be able to start a series with the fifth book and not feel utterly lost! Nancy Robards Thompson accomplishes it so well that I immediately felt Maddie’s hurt. I don’t approve of nepotism, but I was truly insulted on Maddie’s behalf! Maddie is a fascinating character: entirely dedicated to her job, a consummate professional, and like any workaholic, her personal life has fallen by the wayside. She is not unhappy, but there isn’t much fun in her life either. Dreamy Zach (and oh my, but he sounds delicious!) is not unlike Maddie, but he is more relaxed and philosophical in his approach. Women flock to him like bees to honey, but he is level-headed; he is confident but not arrogant: he has worked hard to be where he is, and he is aiming for the top. Even though they have been attracted to each other for some time, I loved that Ms. Robards Thompson didn’t play the “off-limits” card; Maddie and Zach act like rational adults who are able to acknowledge that acting on their attraction would not constitute a smart career move. I also loved that they didn’t stoop to underhanded tactics, or any silliness whatsoever; they behaved like the professionals they were. Zach is charm personified, but Maddie is rather caustic and brusque with him – and she knows it – but she feels slighted, and I understood only too well how she felt, still she remains mostly cool, calm, and collected. At some point, there is what could have been “the misunderstanding”, but the author dealt with it cleverly and expediently, and not having any silliness occur was most welcome. It was wonderful to see businesspeople not behave like schoolchildren when faced with this sort of situation, which is what we see most of the time. I love those Fortunados! Especially Maddie’s sister, Schuyler, who nearly steals the show: she is effervescent, a bit oblivious, a tad superficial, but “totes adorbs”! The verbal exchanges between Maddie and Schuyler are some of the best I have ever read, and I was laughing myself silly. I thought those light moments were a very nice touch as they counterbalanced the darkness of the business competition between Maddie and Zach, and they also provided Maddie with some food for thought. I loved how the whole conflict was resolved; Maddie’s makeover was brilliant, even more so because it goes beyond makeup and clothes. Nancy Robards Thompson is a wonderful writer who dazzles quietly: he prose has a casual sophistication, a timeless elegance that made reading MADDIE FORTUNE’S PERFECT MAN a most pleasurable experience! Enjoy! (Now I must read Schuyler’s story!)
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Crushes and Friendly Rivalry! This was a quick read with fun characters. I enjoyed Maddie and Zach as both each other’s crushes and competitors in their career. The competition put them in closer contact, and it was enjoyable watching the sparks fly. I loved watching Maddie’s interactions with her family, especially her sisters, and how it helped her remember the importance of family, which she also managed to help Zach find. This is part of a larger, multi-author series, but it is not necessary to have read them all (I have not!) to enjoy it.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
Maddie has waited for a long time for her father to recognize her work and make her the head of the company after he retires. But he makes her compete with another person, Zach, who Maddie has known before. I loved the story but I need to say I really didn't like her father, Kenneth. That she had to compete to get his attention.
jboehmke More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! Maddie and Zach are great characters themselves, plus all of the secondary characters were wonderful as well. Maddie has had a crush on Zach, but she is devoted to work to earn her spot replacing her father when he retires. When her father announces that she and Zach will be competing for the position it causes some tension, because neither of them wants to lose. I really enjoyed Maddie and Zach's personalities. They both grew up in very different circumstances, but yet both are very hard working and driven to succeed. But beyond all that drive they are both great people and are very honest. They really compliment each other well and I loved seeing how things ended for them.
poohbear1970dc More than 1 year ago
Maddie Fortune's Perfect Man by Nancy Robards Thompson Maddie and Zach McCarter are both competing to be the boss in her family's real estate business. They have so much chemistry that they end up falling in love even though they both fight it. I love the fact that her two sisters are teasing them throughout the book. it made the book so much more fun. It was a very well written book. i thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend for anyone looking for a good book.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
This co-workers to lovers story makes for a delightful read with a fast paced plot! With the next book in the Fortune's of Texas: The Rulebreakers series, we get Maddie's story. She's a real go-getter and thought she had her life's dream at her fingertips when suddenly she realizes she's in for a fight. You had to feel bad with how her Dad handled it all, but it was fun to watch her relationship with Zach develop along the way. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Zach's life included, but overall, a fun read! Maddie Fortunado has worked hard beside her father's side for years building up his real estate empire, so when she hears he plans to retire, she's sure she's going to take over the business. Much to her surprise, he plans to have her compete for the job ... with the guy she's been crushing on for years! Zach McCarter is thrilled to have a chance at the job of a lifetime, but he's not sure how he feels about having to compete against Maddie. If he thought he couldn't ask her out as the boss's daughter, he sure isn't going to be able to if she's the boss! When a little healthy competition ensues, sparks ignite and passion flies!
julieford More than 1 year ago
Maddie Fortune's Perfect Man is a quick, easy, great read about competition, expectations and re-evaluating one's life goals. The characters are realistic, likable and the story will keep you entertained until the very end. Maddie was always led to believe that she would be in charge when her father retired but she gets the shock of her life when her father announces that she must compete against Zach McCarter. Not only is he an outsider, he is also the guy that Maddie has been crushing on since she met him. After a rough childhood, Zach depends only on himself and never gets involved in committed relationships. His views start to change, when he and Maddie are pitted against each other for control of Fortunado Real Estate company. This story will have you experiencing a range of emotions. I received this book from the author but all thoughts and feelings are my own.