I knew before picking up Far From Perfect that it wouldn't be the type of work I'm used to from this author. However, I love Portia Da Costa's stuff so wanted to read it anyway! And granted, it's much sweeter than some of her other books and stories, but that doesn't make it any less of a good read!
This book tells the tale of Anna Felgate. For as long as she can remember, she's been in love with Nick Lisitano. They've been family friends for many years and she's always had a crush on him. However, it had always been a one-sided thing, until the night Anna decided to seduce Nick in order to rid herself of her virginity. The circumstances weren't perfect, but Anna thought it best to have her first sexual encounter with a man she knew and trusted, and also one with a reputation as a fabulous lover. Unfortunately, though her plan worked to begin with and a fabulous night of sex was had, it totally messed up their friendship and four years later, it still hasn't been repaired.
Anna's still in love with Nick, but she knows she'll never have him as he's a millionaire playboy with no intention of settling down with anyone, let alone Anna. She's pretty much come to terms with the state of affairs, until he waltzes back into her life with an insane proposition that has her brain whirling. Add that to the reaction her body has to being close to him again, and poor Anna's in a mess.
Nick's proposal is engagement. His seriously ill father is experiencing a slow recovery and Nick believes that his 'engagement' to Anna — whom his father adores — will perk him up. It's a completely hare-brained plan, but Anna loves the man she's always thought of as an uncle, so goes along with it for the sake of him and his health. Of course, her own father is also delighted, so once the pair begin the charade, it's increasingly difficult not to go along with it.