Nella Covington can't believe she's agreed to marry the arrogant Samuel L. du Cannon, even if it's only a marriage of convenience. He needs a mother for his small son, and she needs to keep her beloved childhood home. Will she be able to stand his egotistical attitude? His domineering manner?
But Jake is such a darling little boy! And he's already captured her heart. What does she have to lose? If Sam's work keeps him on the road enough, she won't have to deal with him much at all.
Maybe this just might work.
All Sam du Cannon wants is a good mom for his son. He's had it with women. Doesn't ever plan to get involved with another woman again. That makes Nella perfect for him. He's never been overly attracted to plus-size women, so if Nella agrees to marry him, he won't have to worry about being tempted to have a relationship with her.
At least, that's what he keeps telling himself.
As they lay exhausted from making love, Sam said, "You are, without a doubt, the most passionate woman I have ever known. And you turn me on more than any woman ever has."
Not knowing what to say, Nella just reached up and lightly kissed him. "You ain't seen nothing yet," she whispered her promise.
Soon they both drifted into a contented sleep.
PRAISE for Nobody's Perfect
"Nobody's Perfect is an engaging novel about a marriage of convenience—or is it? A 'plus-sized' woman needs to keep her childhood home, and a fairly egotistical man has had it for relationships, and just wants a mother for his son...a mother that, he hopes, he will not be physically attracted to and with whom he will not be tempted to share a relationship. Or so he keeps telling himself, but life and human hearts have unpredictable surprises in store, in this charming, witty, and tender love story with a twist."
Midwest Book Review (July 2004 Small Press Bookwatch)
"...once I started reading it I couldn't put it down! I loved it! It's so nice to read about a woman who isn't 'a perfect size six, and on the slender side' like so many of the other books I've read, or have her be a little heavy at the beginning of the book only to lose the 'excess' weight once she finds a man. Being a full-figured woman myself, I hope you start a new trend of books being written for real women! Keep up the great work!"
A new fan, Tamara
"I love how your heroine was a strong woman who felt comfortable in her body no matter what size she was. I hope you keep writing, because you have a talent that I envy. I hope to hear and read more from you."
"A Plus Sized Heroine! Yeah! Well, first off I must say a big thanks to Pat Ballard for giving us a heroine who is plus-sized and loves herself. It's not often we see one, so it was very refreshing to find one in this book. This is the first book I've read by this author and it won't be the last. It's a quick book. You can finish it in an afternoon. The story is easy to follow and filled with excitement and love. I really enjoyed this story. The author makes it quite clear that being a plus-sized person doesn't mean that you are unhealthy, stupid, or unlovable—it just makes you human."
A reader from Albuquerque, NM
"Ballard's Nobody's Perfect Near Perfect. Nella is so kind, beautiful, strong, and loving, the reader falls in love with her immediately. The fact that she is 'plus-size' is dealt with in such a manner that her being big is, indeed, a plus. In Nobody's Perfect, Ballard has created a heroine who has learned to love herself despite living in a society that inundates us with the message that thin is better. Ballard addresses stereotyping without preaching. Very quickly, size is no longer a character in this fun, fast-paced romance that the reader will love."
Leona Lee from Franklin, TN
PRAISE for Pat Ballard & Her Books
"I just wanted to let you know that your books have changed my life in a matter of days. See, I received a Kindle for Christmas... So I typed in on my Kindle plus size romance and your books popped up. In the last 2 days I have read Nobody's Perfect (1st), Dangerous Curves Ahead (2nd), A Worthy Heir (3rd), His Brother's Child (4th) and just finished Abigail's Revenge. They were all awesome. My favorite is Nobody's Perfect. I wanted you to know that you are now MY FAVORITE AUTHOR. Please tell me more books are coming. I have been over weight my entire life; I never thought that I was pretty—my husband tells me that I am, BUT until I read your books—WOW, I am telling you, life changing....God Bless you always!"