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4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes a man can be too serious., 10 April 2010
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Detra Fitch (USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Desires of a Perfect Lady (Mass Market Paperback)
Ten year ago Lady Olivia "Livy" Newbury thought she would wed Sterling Harrington, the Earl of Wyldewood. But then she had been forced to marry Viscount Rathbourne, a cruel man and avid collector of rare treasures. It was well known that Rathbourne's artifacts were not always obtained legally and he never let anyone view his hidden collections.

After ten years of abuse and basically kept as a prisoner, Livy has a chance at freedom. Someone has finally murdered Viscount Rathbourne. But the viscount has devised a way to control Livy even from his grave. His will stipulates that Livy may continue on as always, living off a minimal allowance to be allotted by a solicitor, or she may embark on a quest to acquire three specific treasures that he had been unable to acquire.

Sterling had been told by Olivia's father that she had changed her mind about marrying him, would wed Rathbourne, and wanted nothing more to do with him. The earl had been so hurt that he never stopped to wonder about Olivia's sudden change of heart and he ignored the three letters Livy sent to him shortly thereafter. But with the manner of Rathbourne's death, her father fears for Livy's life and goes to confess his lies to Sterling and begs him to help Olivia. Only then does Sterling realize that those three letters had been Livy's pleas for help. After reading them, Sterling understands how much he failed Olivia. So when Olivia asks for his aid in locating and retrieving three treasures, Sterling sees an opportunity to win her forgiveness and then her heart.

**** FOUR STARS! The character of Sterling takes all his responsibilities very seriously. That usually makes for a dull personality and a boring read; however, the author refuses to let the hero remain stodgy. To that end, a strong and adventurous heroine is needed and many readers will be able to relate to Olivia. After years of living in a horrible marriage, Livy wants what any female would - freedom. I could easily picture Olivia's excitement at the prospect of being independent only to have the rug virtually pulled out from under her. Sterling and Olivia will travel during their quest, giving readers a glimpse of two exotic locations. Interesting sub-plots keep the story flowing at a steady pace and adds a bit of danger to the story for extra flavor. Well done! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quest for freedom, 2 Aug 2010
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Helen Hancox "Auntie Helen" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Desires of a Perfect Lady (Mass Market Paperback)
This was no usual historical romance set in ballrooms in Bath or London. Instead our heroine Lady Olivia Rathbourne is sent on a quest to gather some artefacts that her late husband had always wanted in his collection. But Olivia isn't alone, with her childhood love the Earl of Wyldewood feeling responsibility for her and tagging along.

There wasn't much danger in this book apart from one or two moments, despite the complex travels of our hero and heroine. The author spent much more time focussing on the troubled past between Olivia and Sterling (yet another chap called Sterling in a historical romance - I'm not sure that was ever actually a name for men at that time), as they try to overcome disappointments they both have in each other.

I did find aspects of the plot rather stretched credulity but it was overall an enjoyable read.
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