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That Perfect Someone (Malory)
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 25, 2010
I usually measure how much I enjoy a book by how eager I am to finish them. If I am tired all week from reading into all hours of the night when I should be sleeping I know I've found a book that is worthy of the title of excellent. This book does not fall into that category since I basically had to force myself to finish it. If I had paid full cover price I might have been more upset but I can't seem to control myself from buying Lindsey's books right off of the press. Not unlike her last books I found it to be a boring and unoriginal plot. If you're a fan of the Malory books this does contain previous characters but since it is nothing compared to the exciting plots of her previous works you'd really have to be a borderline Malory stalker to gain any enjoyment out of this one.

Betrothed from young ages Richard and Julia are hard pressed to accept their engagement. Growing up hating his father Richard will do anything to try and thwart any plans his father has for him. Julia is a stubborn, willful child that always finds her violent side whenever she is around Richard. At seventeen Richard runs away from home and becomes a pirate and Julia is forced to wait for him to either marry her or find a way to get out of a marriage she doesn't want.

Nine years later Richard appears back in town following her best friend Gabrielle and her husband Drew (from previous book Captive of My Desires) to chase after a woman he is insistent his has fallen in love with, Georgina Malory (from Gentle Rogue). Using a false identity he meets Julia again and not knowing who she is he begins a seduction of her. Coincidentally Julia has decided to have Richard declared dead so she can move on with her life and find a new man to marry. They meet at a masked ball and Julia finds herself becoming intrigued by Richard's seductive ways.

What follows is pretty formulaic, they discover who each other is but find they cannot fight their inner attractions or anger towards one another. Obstacles are placed in the way of their courtship but it becomes pretty easy to predict the final outcome and the path that is taken to reach it.

Lindsey has lost her initial spark that made me want to read her books in one sitting. I didn't particularly like either of the two main characters and their eventual fall into love didn't seem real to me. The characters didn't even like each other a little bit but they were falling into each others' arms in anger and making love. Boring, cliched and unrealistic are the most appropriate adjectives I can think of to describe this book. If you have to read it wait until you can get a used copy. If you need a Lindsey fix then I would suggest re-reading or reading for the first time her works prior to those written in this century. Classic Lindsey cannot be beaten and I hope some of her books in the future will be as good as her older works.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2010
A generous 2.5 stars.

Like many others, I "grew up" reading Lindsey titles. I have many such classics in my book collection, and faithfully re-read those favorites time and again. But this "new" Johanna Lindsey frankly just ain't cutting it. I don't know if she's just writing on 'auto-pilot,' doesn't care enough about her products anymore, or if her new (okay, so maybe 8 years isn't "new") publishing contract stipulates that she produce barely-readable stories. Lindsey used to be THE standard for fabulous romance you could lose yourself in. Even though many of her books maintained the same storyline, her classic stories spanned historical romance (Feudal families, Western cowboys, countless pirates, you name it) to contemporary sci-fi.

I didn't hate 'That Perfect Someone,' but I didn't love the story, either. It was a quick, simple read with a lot of eye-rolling and skimming on my part. I really wanted to give this story a chance, but it felt like I was reading a draft that had been procrastinating on and hastily put together just the night before. How happened to this great writer?

Pros: I LOVED James Malory's involvement in the story - the connection between the two main characters and the Mallorys actually made sense. But how about a story about some real Malorys - Edward's children (Amy's siblings) are still available, aren't they? How about poor clueless Percy?!?! I also really liked the spunky heroine. The flashbacks when Richard and Julia were children (wow, talk about some mean kids!) were also really funny.

Cons: And then there was everything else in this story! Aside from the typos and printing errors in the book (which are completely inexcusable in a book that isn't even in the bargain bin - YET!!!), the story itself was 'whiney' and long-winded, just like the "hero" Richard. I've never read a hero that I'd like nothing more than to forget (despite the hot Russell Brand lookalike model on the cover)! I found it completely unbelievable that someone as young as Julia would be allowed as much freedom and power as she had, given the kind of money her family raked in. There was a line early on in the story when Gabrielle said "What the heck", and I'll be happy if I'm proved wrong, but I don't believe that phrase was common in Regency London!!! The Earl's and Charles' secrets and the twists at the end were just stupid and unnecessary. As a fan, I felt that the ending was like a slap in the face.

For readers who are die-hard Lindsey fans and have read every one of the 40+ books she's published, then this story is worth reading. Otherwise, you might think about skipping it entirely.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2010
But it wasn't great either. This latest "Malory" novel does not have a Malory protagonist, neither Richard or Julia are in anyway related to the Malory's or their extended kin.

Julia is a neighbor of the Malory's, Richard is a lord who ran away from an abusive father to become a pirate. These two have been promised to each other since childhood but developed a deep hatred for each other as children and now that Richard is back in England they attempt to break the marriage contract.

The biggest problem I have with this story is the 2010 morality, pre-marital sex and no one even thinks about pregnancy? Her father is OK with it? How many years have passed since Reggie being alone with Nicholas was so scandalous that they were FORCED to marry? WHY do they keep returning to his father's home? It made no sense, if they didn't want to marry Richard could have just left England, she's not aristocracy she could have found a nice non-titled guy to marry.

Second biggest problem? When we have Richard's POV he is an angry bitter man, switch to Julia's POV and Richard is a charming, smiling, happy guy.

DESPITE that, I did enjoy the book, not hard covered price worth. It is better then the last few "Malory" books though and if you want a day or two of easy reading get it from the library or wait for the paperback.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2010
Julia Miller and Lord Richard Allen have been betrothed since they were young children. From the moment they first meet to the last time they see each other, Julia and Richard totally hate each other. Without supervision between the two, blood is usually drawn. When Richard disappears after his seventeenth birthday, Julia is thrilled and looks forward to having her marriage contract cancelled. Richard's father, however, refuses to annul their nuptial agreement. Now, years later, Julia has no choice - in order to get the family and children she wants she will have to have Richard declared dead. Great idea, right? It would be if Richard wasn't at this very moment kissing the breath out of her.

This is the first Johanna Lindsey book I have read in years. I found some difficulty with liking Julia and Richard. First off, Julia instigated most of the fights with Richard. Yes, she was provoked, but I found myself upset with her. But then her true feelings for Richard surfaced and I realized her bravado for what it was. Richard, on the other hand, I just plain disliked tremendously and that feeling never wavered. His character, while sexy and alluring, was one of the most socially immature characters I have read in a really long time and I won't even go into his feelings for someone other than the heroine of That Perfect Someone.

Long time diehard fans of Johanna Lindsey will likely scoff at this review. The plot is a good one with just enough intrigue to keep even the most bored of readers entertained. Sadly, I am not that type of reader - the characterizations of the lead characters made That Perfect Someone a book that I will never read again.

Talia Ricci
Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2010
I can't believe Johanna Lindsey wrote this. One more exclamation point! and I was going to exclaim the book out the window. The concept was pretty good, but very poorly written. I am a huge fan of Ms. Lindsey's and I suspect that she gave this to someone else to write, or just had an extremely off couple of months. The characters were wooden and the main characters' change from hate to love was unbelievable. The real crime, though, is that my favorite Malory characters were unforgivably wooden as well. This one was mailed in.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2010
Just one thing: is it really Johanna Lindsey who's been writing the last books we've seen in the stores? I'm starting to suspect that someone else is doing it in her stead! I used to love her books and couldn't wait for her new ones... until the turn of the century. Her characters are increasingly "bleh". We don't get to care one way or the other about them, they're not believable and are way too predictable. Besides, there are too many historical inconsistencies and typos. In a word, I'm baffled. I barely recognize her writing... Hopefully, she'll figure out that her books need a little more character depth and research or else she'll lose her readers.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2010
This book sucked as bad as Johanna Lindsey's last three books, what happened to this romance writer I guess we will never know. She must have turned to religion or something like a no sex, no romance kind of thing. I just wanted my money back and you will too. I would have given this book zero stars if I could. I do recommend any of her old books because at one time she was my favorite writer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2010
It just seems like the author's heart is not in writing these books anymore. You never feel the chemistry between the characters. They come across as spoiled and whiney, not people you can relate to. I also think she's just using the Mallory name to sell books. This was not a book about one of their relatives or even a close family friend we've met before; their presence in the book seemed very forced. I suggest you check the book out of a library or wait for the paper back version. It is not worth the hard cover price in my opinion. If you want a truly good Lindsey book check out some of the early Mallory novels or Angel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2010
The Malory clan was on the fringes of this book. Felt like they were added to suck in the old fans. Story line is rather old, contract engagement since childhood; Richard rebels, blah, blah, blah. That's pretty much the story, blah. The characters were sort of boring, the plot was sort of boring and the final plan to save themselves from the marriage was, well, just plain stupid. I've been disappointed in Johanna Lindsey's last few books; they're missing her usual flare.

Not worth the hardback price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2010
I have been an avid Lindsey fan for years so I'm always excited about a new book. I'm at that point however where it's time to leave the Malory family! Richard, julia's betrothed returns after years of Julia trying to break th agreement between them. Initially he is besotted with "Georgie" who is now married to a Malory male. Again I couldn't recall how they were linked into it, but annoying none the less. This plot actually was well written and could really have led to more excitement if it carried on as the characters not recognizing each other. Obviously they recognize each other and decide to pretend they will marry to fool Richard's controlling father. It of course backfires when they are truly forced to marry. I also was slightly disappointed to find that Lindsay has altogether quit writing epilogues, which just kills me every book that I read now! I wish Lindsey would return to some of her old writing styles she is capable of so much more!
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