In Pursuit of Perfection: An interview with Jacki Kelly

The next man in Macy Rollins’s life must be perfect. She’s had enough impostors and isn’t willing to settle for anything less. All she has to do is get through the company contract negotiation season and she will get that promotion she has been working so hard for. Avery Malveaux – one of Philadelphia’s most eligible bachelors – has been hired to work with her as legal counsel for the company. From the moment they are forced to work together tensions are high and expectations are low. He questions her ability, she questions his intentions. After Macy is suspected in an accounting shortage, she accuses Avery of betraying her confidence. Has she once again been deceived by a man she thought she could trust? Can she clear her name and win her job back? And can there be any hope for Macy’s pursuit of perfection.

An excerpt from In Pursuit of Perfection

He held her waist as they danced and pulled her closer. She fit into his arms, as if they were made for each other. “So, do you forgive me for my callous comment?” He tilted his head to look into her light brown eyes.

“I’ll think about it. I work very hard for English and wouldn’t do anything to put the contract negotiations at peril on purpose.”

“I get that. I was out of line.”

She nodded. Her eyes softened enough to let him know that hurdle was now behind him. He relaxed a little. Her long, regal neck, the soft feel of her skin, and the sparkle in her eyes made concentrating on his dance step impossible. Seeing her in a different environment made her seem like a different person. So why wasn’t she already taken?

The song ended, but he didn’t want to stop talking to her or let her disappear into the crowd. Not yet. There was no guarantee he’d get another opportunity to hold her this close again.

Buy now

What makes a “perfect” man, woman or relationship?

I wish there were one answer to this question or one line of text I could put on a card and hand out to anyone thinking about getting into a relationship. But I don’t, because the answer is as elusive as the perfect relationship.

I’m a romance writer so I’m writing about couples getting together and falling in love. Each book is uniquely perfect for that couple, just like in real life. In my latest book, In Pursuit of Perfection, Avery and Macy end up in the perfect relationship, because they put each other’s needs ahead of their own. The two of them are happiest when their partner is happy. I think that’s what makes relationships work in general.

Humans aren’t flawless, so neither are relationships. But lasting relationships have some things in common and the list isn’t as long as my arm. Good communication is the foundation for a relationship to endure. Not just talking to each other but listening to what your partner has to say with an open heart and mind. The willingness to put your partners needs ahead of your own is important too. Not that you’ll have to do it every day, but know when it’s required and because everyone needs to feel special sometimes.

About the Author

Men and women have always sought the promise that only love can offer. Jacki invites you into an intriguing world where romance abounds around every corner and down every street. You’ll be amazed at the crazy things we do and don’t do for the promise of love. Jacki has been writing since her fourth grade teacher made her keep a journal for a grade. Now she does it to keep track of all the fascinating and heartbreaking moments that life throws our way. Poetry, personal essays, short stories and novels have all occupied space in her heart and her hard drive.

Jacki lives in the northeast where the winters are too cold and the summers are warm. But, she wouldn’t trade it for anywhere else, well maybe for a fabulous house on the sunny sands of Miami Beach in February. Her lovable husband and adorable floppy eared dog endure her long periods behind the computer creating happy-endings for her amazing hero and heroines. Romance makes the world go round and Jacki is enjoying the ride.

Connect with Jacki on Facebook or her website,


Enter to win a $25 Amazon/B&N gift card – a Rafflecopter giveaway.