Lord Perfect
Loretta Chase
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Lord Perfect
Loretta Chase
304 pages
March 2006
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Bathsheba Wingate and Lord Benedict Rathbourne seem perfect for each other, but of course, circumstances prevent them from actually acknowledging any sort of attraction. Bathsheba is practically an outcast for having little money and a wild family reputation, even as she strives to make a better life for her daughter.

Benedict is a strong, heroic character who is both charming and quite perfect. He is never out of line - except when he is around Bathsheba. He is helping to raise his nephew and finding out being a parent can be a wild adventure, too.

When the two younger characters run off, Bathsheba and Benedict are forced together to find their lost ones. Along the way, they discover a deep passion for each other. You are left wondering if there are any solutions. It is a bit predictable but superb to read, and an engaging adventure keeps you turning the pages until the last.

The ending is not much of a surprise, and there are many “repeated” scenes that make the novel lag in the middle - like how Bathsheba almost always accidentally bumps into Benedict at every turn. It comes to be a little tedious to read about in the beginning. After the chase starts, repeated romance scenes enflame their passion but leave you wondering if they are going to stay in bed all day.

Bathsheba is nicely headstrong, and Benedict is the heroic ideal. As they try to avoid each other, things happen to bring them together again. Though they have predictable behaviors, they are cute enough to follow along through the story.

The children really steal the show in this one. They are so clever, and you do worry about their safety as they try to go on their knights-errant quest to find a legendary buried treasure. This story is an adventure just as much as it is a romance. Engaging secondary characters steal the show sometime, but the romance is so hot, this book is burning.

Lord Perfect gets four stars for a wild ride along England’s countryside. This is a lovely Regency romance too good to resist.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Calissa Leigh, 2006

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