Almost Perfect
Denise Hampton
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Almost Perfect

Denise Hampton
384 pages
December 2003
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars
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Almost Perfect tells the story of a beautiful vixen who bets a kiss in a card game with a notorious gambler with a reputation with ladies. Lucien Hollier is quite moved when the beautiful Cassie pays off her debt as promised. However, she soon becomes desperate for money. She challenges him again - and much to his surprise and chagrin, she wins this time. She takes off into the night with Lucienís money firmly in her grasp, with the memory of his exquisitely passionate kisses still on her throbbing mouth. She tells herself to forget the entire incident because she is positive she will never see him again. Then an unexpected carriage accident makes her have to pretend that she has amnesia - and she is shocked to hear that Lucien calls her his wife.

Lucien cannot believe his good fortune; now he will be able to pay her back for beating him in their wager, especially since he is convinced that she somehow she must have cheated. After all, how could a woman beat him fairly and squarely? Lucien is determined to recoup what is due him whether she stops her telling her lie or confesses. Little does he know that beneath that gorgeous exterior there lurks not only a cardsharp but also a determined temptress who may be able to tame his wandering ways.

Cassie and Lucien are convincing characters and readers will be able to feel the passion that they arouse in one another. Historical details in the story lend an air of authenticity to the novel. The plot is well-conceived and follows through logically, and the settings are beautifully described. For romance novels lovers, this one is a definite winner.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Camden Alexander, 2004

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