Lord Perfect: Number 3 in series (Carsington Quartet) Paperback – 7 Jun 2007
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Loretta Chase is a Romance Writer's of America RITA award winning author who has also served as a coporate video scriptwriter.
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What makes Loretta Chase so special for me is her idiosyncratic way of writing and her wonderful humor. For example, Bathsheba and Benedict repeatedly bump into each other. The first time, Benedict is looking for her, and Bathsheba says ' Had I not the presence of mind to throw myself in your way, you might have missed me altogether.' It happens again, and Benedict says 'I seem to have acquired a troublesome habit of standing in your way' . The plot fairly gallops along, involving, as well as Bathsheba's judgemental relatives, Lord Hargate, Benedict's father, and Rupert and Daphne from Mr Impossible-not to mention hidden treasure.
This is a wonderful romp resulting in redemption, happiness, laughter and passion for Benedict and Bathsheba- not bad for a man who was dying inside and an ostracised widow.
It was so nice to read another Loretta Chase work ........... sheer genius ............ I love her style.
Although I have only read two others before, both of which were stories of this hero's brothers.
This time it was the turn of the "Perfect" (and so different from his brothers) Lord Benedict Carsington, heir to the Earl of Hargate and beautiful widow Bathsheba Wingate.
Bathsheba is determined to provide a worthy upbringing for her daughter, but the hoyden Olivia has other ideas.
Bathsheba's first meeting with Benedict is at the British Museum where Olivia lays about his young Nephew, Lord Lisle, with a sketchbook. Things go from bad to worse when the young pair then strike up a clandestine correspondence and run away to find the Disgraceful DeLecey family treasure.
It falls to Benedict and Bathsheba to bring them back without falling into the trap of their own utter attraction to one another, and causing a scandal ......... as if!!!
A worthy 5 Star read as always with this author. I need more of her books, but sadly some of them are out of print and not available at the library, so fingers crossed I can track them down - I especially don't want to miss the stories of the other remaining brothers.
Lord Perfect a.k.a widow Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne is a model of perfection. I can imagine how strenuos this is for him so its a reliefe when all his collected cool unravels after meeting widow, single mother and raving beauty Bathseba Wingate of the Dreadful DeLucey's. Both the hero and the heroine are strong characters and as usual I was particularly drawn to the heroine but what made the book outstanding was her little terror of a daughter- Olivia and Benedict's brother in laws son Lord Lisle.
Little Lord Lisle is a logical, little man who needs order and rules and who dreams of wonder going to Egypt and uncovering its secrets. Olivia Wingate is a whole different animal- she's a Dreadful DeLucey, a wondeful mimic and trickster, she can unpick locks, cheat at cards, act out any scene and she's fearless. She views people as Marks, is constantly coming up ith Ideas and is always in search of a Noble Quest. She's a joy and her letter in particular are a thing of beauty. After the deathof her father- a nobleman who was cut off from his family for marrying Bathseba she is determined to help her mother and in her opinion the way to do this is to travel to Bristol to discover her ancestors treasure. Somehow she strong arms Lisle into going with her.
As the two adults chase after the children- and just as a note if I had a daughter as skilled as Olivia in getting from London to Bristol I'd be a wreck. However, it soons becomes apparent that despite her mothers respectability, goodness and talent as an artist she's as dreadful a Delucey as Olivia when she has to be. She's also a crack hand with a whip.Benedict did not stand a chance. Not a chance.
The only point of concern I have is that even though I'm not a mother, I have Auntys aplenty and not a one would be that calm if their daughter had run off to Bristol. But its a minor concern. The book is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. A masterpiece.
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