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  • Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739412914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739412916
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and History. Currently residing with her Western-author husband, Larry Jay Martin, in Missoula, Montana, Kat has written over thirty bestselling novels, including Historical, Romantic Suspense, and Contemporary. Over ten million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in a dozen foreign countries. Among her many awards, Kat has won the prestigious Romantic Times Magazine Career Achievement Award. She is currently working on her next novel.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Wong on 23 Jun. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My first encounter with Kat Martin's books were from rave reviews by readers who gushed about how wonderful a writer she was. Intrigued, I decided to get hold of her books to decide for myself. Impulsive me ended buying 5 of her books all at once at a bookstore, and to my disappointment, her first book didn't live up to my expectations. Neither did the second or third, or fourth. By the time I had read the 4th book, I was deeply bored, and cursing at my rashness for buying so many books all at once. Perfect Sin was the 5th and last book I read, and I told myself - this is IT, I'm not going to buy any of this author's books. Other than lots of sex, lusty men and women... her past heroines were silly and her heros were all unbelievably virile, handsome, musculine..yeah right. The fact that ALL her women had RED HAIR with a golden sheen was irking me no end. 'This author doesn't have imagination' - I thought.
But Perfect Sin proved to be very different from all her other books I read. For once, there was adventure that seemed real, the hero and heroine were both flawed, and that added depth to their characters. I love the plot, I love the adventures, and best of all...readers will be able to identify with the heart-wrenching experiences the hero/heroine treads through.
For the uninitiated - if you want to read something good by Kat Martin, get your hands on Perfect Sin! It's a page turner, and it'll keep you glued. And because of this book, I'm less opposed to reading other stuff she's written. I'm actually going to persevere, and hope that in the mass of junk, I can find another diamond like Perfect Sin.
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By Lindy Addams on 27 May 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have just discovered Kat Martin, and although I enjoy her novels I do feel her writing style lacks a little something - humour perhaps. However, saying that, I do rate this book, it was very good, but I still prefer Lisa Kleypas.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
THIS IS AN OK BOOK 31 Oct. 2001
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I generally like Martin's works, but this book was extremely flat. Like the previous readers, I also felt that the mistress Martin threw at the end was uncalled for and just ruined the book for me. The wife discovers her husband with the mistress as she searches for him. I want romance not infidelity. Take a pass on the book.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
So incredibly bad 20 April 2012
By Kristin - Published on
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This was one of the worst books I have ever read. The heroine was TSTL times a million and the hero a selfish, manipulative pig. Why would I even care what happens to either of them? The hero goes on a full court press to debauch an innocent woman because HE wants her so badly. No thought given to the consequences for her of their affair. Then he humiliates her into a marriage she doesn't want because HE wants it. Again, no thought of her feelings on the matter. Then when she loses their baby he can't deal with HIS feelings. No thought of hers at all. Then to make HIMSELF feel better he decides to become the single man he was before he got married. He does not just spend one drunken night with his mistress, he buys her a new house and new clothes and escorts her all over town for a month giving no thought to the humiliation his wife would suffer because he only thinks of HIMSELF. Then when his wife busts him and quite rightly dumps his ass he doesn't think about the pain and humiliation he caused his grieving wife, he only thinks about how much pain her absence is causing HIM. How does he deal with his unhappiness? He gets drunk and abuses his staff because that is just how great of guy he is. Enter the bff to tell him to quit moping and do something besides abuse the maids. Eureka! Cait is MY wife and I want her back so I just need to go tell her that and make her come back to me because that would make ME feel better. It matters not that she may never want to lay eyes on the cheating SOB ever again, he wants her so he will make it so. The man is a disgusting, self centered jackass and I kept wanting a wild animal to eat him in the jungle. Even though she is TSTL I hope Rand dies young so she can meet a man who is worthy of her because the next road bump they hit he will be back in the arms of another woman. Men like that don't change. The whole book just left a bad taste in my mouth.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as some of her earlier books... 6 Oct. 2000
By "h2oboots" - Published on
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Randall Clayton, the Duke of Beldon falls for Cait Harmon. When she becomes pregnant he is forced to marry her. He can't admit how deeply he cares for her so when she loses their child he rekindles an old affair with his ex-mistress. He soon comes to his senses and realizes that he truly loves his "Caitie" but it is too late. She has discovered him with his mistress and leaves him. She joins her father in Africa where he is searching for a lost necklace. Rand quickly realizes just what his inability to admit his feelings has cost him and journey's to Africa to try and convince Cait to give him another chance. But he realizes that it's not as easy as isn't the is. Can he ever get Cait to trust him enough to restart their marriage? I have always loved Kat Martin's historical romances but her last two(including this one) have left a little to be desired. Although I like Rand and Cait and the story sucks you in, I had a problem with the infidelity storyline. I like a story that makes you feel good but the affair left me feeling disappointed. I also felt like Ms. Martin wrapped up the book to easy. I was left feeling as if things ended too quickly and easily. I am hoping her next book will be more like her older romances such as Gypsy Lord(great one!)
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Lots of Sin Here - PreMarital Sex, Baby Out of Marriage, Adultrey and more.... 19 Feb. 2006
By Bridget - Published on
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I recently reviewed a few other books by Kat Martin - Innocence Undone, The Devils Necklace and Wicked Promise. I gave so-so reviews to the first two and then four stars to the last one. This book, Perfect Sin, is the follow up to Wicked Promise so, you should read that one first. Trust will be well worth it as it was the best so far.

This story, Perfect Sin, is the story about Rand Clayton and Cait Harmon. Rand was in Wicked Promise as the best friend of main hero Nick Warring. Rand was a dashing and kind and loyal friend in the first book and shows up in his own story this time. He is a high ranking duke with a long and well known family lineage. He is due to marry as it's time but, he isn't ready and has found no one suitable for a wife. He plays the field and enjoys the life that a high ranking member of society is allowed in his position. He meets up with our main leading lady Cait Harmon, an American in England who is with her family drumming up support and money to do further archeological excavations for a missing treasure known throughout the ages as Cleopatra's Necklace. Rand hears Cait's laughter first and is drawn in before he ever sees her. When he does lay eyes on's instant attraction between the two of them.

Although I enjoyed this book quite a bit and was certainly interested in hearing Rand's wasn't quite up to snuff as Nick and Elizabeth's story was in Wicked Promise. As appealing as I found Rand early on...(as we got to know him in the previous book), I did not find Cait very deep or well developed. I actually didn't think there was a lot to her besides loyalty to her father and sexual desire for Rand. This second story was still filled with lots of adventure, passion and betrayal. But...I almost think this one went a little over-board on these things, especially the betrayal section. The story started off well and I enjoyed their getting to know and becoming intimate with one another. Unfortunately, I felt their interaction happened a bit soon for me and then they go their separate ways as he is not ready to settle down and she is off to help her father at all costs. I almost felt the author took this independence the two had a bit too far. I felt their coming together and then parting was a bit much...they didn't want to leave but, did nonetheless. Clearly the author did this so, they could end up missing each other desperately while apart but, I thought this action was too dramatic and could have been written better.

Rand and Cait find each other again while she is with her father in Africa on a dig & search mission again and pregnant with his child. A friend disclosed this secret to Rand and he properly came to claim her as his own and take her and the baby back to England to be a family. Which they did - albeit reluctantly on Cait's part as she didn't want Rand rushed into anything he wasn't ready for. While their relationship grew leaps and bounds once they married and were getting set for the baby's birth...the story fell apart for awhile after Cait looses the baby.

She and Rand fall away from each other in grief and he heads back to London to return to his old rowdy and raunchy ways and he leaves her at the family estate to mourn and find her way back alone. Instead of the loss bringing them closer - it drove them apart. That was unfortunate.

I almost gave up on the book when Rand took up with his old mistress Hannah. I was sorely disappointed that the author would not only have him try to drown his sorrows and loss in booze, outings and gambling but, that he could actually take up fully with an old mistress and leave Cait on the side. I lost faith in our hero and he seemed tainted and stained at that point. Almost irrevocable so - he crossed the line of infidelity and that's not one to cross back upon easily. Other readers seemed to find this a serious "hitting a wall point" as much as I did. I felt Cait's hurt when she came back to the living after loosing the child and made a decision to help Rand finish healing so, they could be a family again. Only her attempts fell flat when she found him in London with his mistress and he didn't deny what he had been doing. She wisely left and went back to her father to return to her old life before she met Rand, try to forget him and their past and begin a new life away from England.

I was glad Rand spent months coming to terms with the loss of Cait a second time. He deserved to be put through the wringer knowing he did wrong by leaving her after the loss of their son, taking up his old sinful ways and going outside his marriage with a mistress to drown his heartache and not come to terms with how much he truly adored and loved his wife. For a sensitive man - as the author made him out to be - it took awhile for him to see himself and his emotions for what they were and make good on them. He was hurt, sad, miserable and disgusted with himself for the level he allowed himself to sink to. He beat himself up enough and with the help of wise friends, realized his mistake didn't have to be for a lifetime. He rose to the challenge to become a better man for himself and above all, for the woman he realized he adored, Cait. Rand of course redeemed himself by ending his old life and searching out Cait and not giving up on her even when she wanted no part of him the second time. He fought tooth and nail to win her back and did it the only way he could - standing loyal, barring his heart, never giving up on her, helping out her father and keeping them safe. He also was important in finding the mystery necklace that was no longer just an adventure tale told over the years. Rand almost lost his life trying to gain her favor back but, by giving everything up for Cait and giving it his all, he gained back her trust and love.

The love scenes between the two was hot and steamy - much like earlier novels. The descriptions detailed and passionate. Always on course and ever tasteful. I never felt that the outings were too much or out of context. They made sense and fit in well to the action scenes at hand. Their sexual connection was clear early on. Although the author tried to make their love seem "deep" much of their relationship felt sexual and attraction based. It did have touches of emotion to it so, it was not just sex. But...I think it will take time for their "love" to properly mature to a level they both need for it to be strong and last a lifetime and not just for a few months or a few years. We won't be there to read about this but, clearly by the stories end....they were finally on their way.

I would certainly recommend this book. Although there were some plot line drawbacks to this story that was not in Wicked Promise, the author did a fine job of getting the main character to cleanse his naughty soul and find a way to win back his leading lady with honesty, truth and a desire to only do better in the future. Some heroes who cross the line as Rand did would never be redeemed. You believe in Rand again at the end as does Cait and that makes this a worthwhile read. We all wish he wouldn't have cheated but, without a re-write...the ending cleaned up as much as it could. Enjoy the two stories - Rand and Nick - they are both worth it!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
love+passion+island magic= Great Romance! 4 Oct. 2000
By "bestoligirl" - Published on
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Perfect Sin, Kat Martin's latest book, is one of the best she's ever written.
Rand Clayton, the Duke of Beldon, immediately falls in love upon hearing the sensual, feminine laughter of a stunning American redhead at a glamorous ball. Her name is Caitlin Harmon and she is the devoted daughter of Professor Harmon, an archaeologist who's spent most of his life searching for the most valuable and elusive ancient treausre of that time: Cleopatra's necklace. It turns out that Caitlin and her father are in England to seek patrons to finance their journey to the exotic but hostlie Santo Amaro Island off the coast of Africa, where the necklace is rumored to be buried.
This book is excellent. The passion ALWAYS burns hot and heavy between Cait and Rand. Their love and powerful attraction towards one another keeps the story flowing smoothly and makes their characters come to life. The sultry backdrop of the exotic Santo Amaro island is also a refreshing new setting where Cait and Rand are able to test the limits of their passion.
However, Perfect Sin has a couple of extremely sad and disturbing moments that are not evident in other Kat Martin books, but Cait and Rand always manage to keep hope alive with their awesome romance and love. This romance was so well written that I found myself absolutely captivated with the man Rand becomes towards the end of the book. Every woman who reads this would fall completely in love with Rand, especially after what happens on the island under the "X" trees. Want to know what happens next? Buy the book and find out!
I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
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