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Product Details

  • Series: Effington Family & Friends (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (May 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006051762X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060517625
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Still unwed at 24, outspoken Cassie Effington has strict standards for her suitors, and she's well aware that the polished charm of handsome rakes like Lord Berkley often disguises a lack of substance. But when Cassie undertakes the refurbishment of Berkley's townhouse, sparks fly between the two, and Berkley realizes he'll have to prove to her that there's more to him than just his good looks and glib manner. Alexander's newest Regency-era romance (after The Lady in Question) is pleasantly written and brimming with fun screwball elements such as a wager between Berkley and Cassie to find the other's perfect spouse, but it falls short on tension and depth of character. Cassie's fear that a charming rake could lure her into scandal holds her back from trusting Berkley, but why she's bent her life around this fear is never explained persuasively, making her resistance seem more stubborn than sensible. After Cassie dismisses this fear, inevitability descends, leading to a sluggish second half. Rigid in her opinions and unhappy when proven wrong, Cassie can be unsympathetic. Although Berkley declares he wants a bride with spirit, readers will wonder why he's chosen one who is so headstrong and mistrustful.
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“Delightful...a charmingly told tale that illustrates that perfection isn’t all good manners and a beautiful face.” (Oakland Press)

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I never finished the novel, but I read the last few pages to see if the ending was somehow worth it.
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In fact, some of the supporting characters seemed much more interesting than Reggie and I was hoping Cassandra would fall for one of those people instead.
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This was a great read - classic Victoria Alexander quick-paced dialogue and characters that sparkle.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pinky on July 25, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Victoria Alexander has another seller with this charming tale between Miss Cassandra Effington and Lord Reginald Berkley. (Cassie was first introduced in THE LADY IN QUESTION and Reggie was introduced in LOVE WITH THE PROPER HUSBAND). The Ladies for the Betterment of the Future of Britain have made it their mission to find their sons and daughters the perfect match since they seem to be sadly lacking any interest in doing so themselves. On the agenda: Cassandra Effington, the daughter of a powerful family and, who at the age of 24, is still unwed. In addition, she is also in (gasp) business! Cassie has a found a passion redecorating other people's homes for outstanding fees. Clearly, something must be done and Lady William is ready to receive any help that she can get to see her daughter wed. Up steps Lady Berkley who has a house in need of refurbishment and, more importantly, an unwed son.

From the beginning Cassie and Reggie are drawn to each other and sparks fly. However, Cassie has high standards and refuses to settle for anyone less than Lord Perfect and Reggie has had his heart broken to many times to risk being hurt again. Their journey to ultimately finding each other is full of laughs. These two are a delightful pair, although I did have some trouble liking Cassie in the beginning with her prim and proper attitude. As the book went on and seeing dealing with being in love for the first time she became quite more endearing. In addition, Cassie's very overprotective brothers, Leo and Chris, are charming as is Reggie's younger sister Lucy. I hope they receive their own story somtime in the near future.

Although not as great as THE LADY IN QUESTION, this book does have its merits and I would recommend it for anyone looking for a light read sure to make you laugh.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Brennan on October 27, 2005
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Truly for the most part I loved their story - I found Cassie ammusing and truly she did not come off nearly as stubborn as she could have about Reggie and his infamous past - he truly won her over in bits and pieces by being his ever charming self. I like Reggie - I am still a bit confused as to why he seemed to have a little bit of an inferior complex about his ability to find a quality woman of the ton. Too bad both Cassie and Reggie muddied the waters with their stupid bargain because neither of them needed ole Miss Wonderful and Mr Perfect - indeed Miss Wonderful almost caused the whole love affair between Cassie and Reggie to come crashing down. This was a delightful read, lots of fun dialog and a good mix of some of the other characters we came to enjoy in the previous books. The only downer to the book I felt was the ending - too much pariferal stuff with Bellingham and Drummand and not enough focus on Reggie and Cassie - we could have at least had one more truly romantic scene between them in the newly remodled harem room. all in all a good story for Cassie!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bridget on January 2, 2006
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I have read a few books by Ms. Alexander this past year, including "When We Meet Again"(good), "The Marriage Bargain" (excellent), "The Husband List" (not bad) and "The Lady in Question" (pretty good).

All of her books are entertaining, lively and contain great dialogue and banter. I never purchase her books for sexy love scenes or wildly adventurous hero's and heroines. Rather...I buy them as I know I'll always get a novel that contains a solid plot line, interesting and charismatic lead characters and a worthy ending. I really like the way this author writes and I can always count on a fun read. The Effington family seems to be her main scenario as I think all the books I have read so far have revolved around someone in this family line. Fortunately, all the females in this family are spunky, bright and intelligent and the men equally appealing.

Although I would not consider this one of my favorite books of all time, it was interesting reading about Cassie since I had just finished The Lady in Question - which was about Delia - the other twin.

I got a kick out of this story and how Cassie and Reggie meet - tell one another boldly that they are not right for the other - yet...cannot get away for the irresistible attraction they feel for one another. The story develops as Reggie and Cassie bet that they can find the correct mate for the other - Lord Perfect for Cassie and Miss Wonderful for Reggie. The story takes twists and turns as they seek out the right mate for each other, yet secretly believe they have found that in each other. I liked that all the side characters - Reggie's best friend Marcus, Cassie's sister and brothers and both of their mothers are all involved on the side in bringing these two together yet...they don't know it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura Bellamy on August 12, 2005
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This book was wonderful! An absolutely delicious comedy of errors. I haven't laughed so hard while reading a romance novel in quite some time. Victoria Alexander has quite a gift for storytelling, this novel was an absolute delight.

Cassandra Effington has extremely high standards in her anticipated husband. Lord Berkley is precisely the sort of infamous rake she could never be attracted to. All she intends to do is refurbish his manor for his "future wife."

Little does Miss Effington realize that Lord Berkley --- Reggie to his friends --- fully intends to make HER his future wife. His so-called infamy is a facade, a ruse to attract females.

Reggie and Cassandra make a small wager --- she can find him a Miss Wonderful before he finds her a Lord Perfect. But all plans have their flaws, and who knows what delightful fun can ensue when THIS plan backfires!

This is the first book I have read by Victoria Alexander, and I was absolutely thrilled with it. Her dialogue is witty and fresh and has a good flow --- good dialogue is incredibly rare, and Alexander has witty banter down to an art. From beginning to end, she keeps her dialogue sharp and clever, and I often laughed out loud. Her story was fun, exciting, and had a very satisfying ending reminiscent of the Doris Day film "Pillow Talk." The sexual tension was priceless and often humorous, but the novel was not an excuse to throw the two main characters in bed, which was refreshing.

I can't wait to read another novel by Victoria Alexander! If her others are just as enjoyable, she may be one of my new favorites, right up there with Teresa Medeiros.
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas. Find a complete list on her website and chat with her on facebook

The Perfect Wife--originally published in 1996 and reissued in March 2008--hit #1 on the New York Times list. Sixteen of her books are bestsellers hitting the New York Times, USA Today and/or Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance's Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In 2009 she was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub and was named Historical Storyteller of the year in 2003. In 2008 she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter.

Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON'T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.

During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. She's interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner, ridden an elephant and flown in a governor's helicopter. She's covered a national political convention and Pope John Paul II's historic visit to Denver as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter's school "story telling genius". It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. She's never looked back.

Victoria is a former president of the Omaha Press Club and in 2009 was named an OPC Face on the Barroom Floor. A caricature portrait of her joined previous faces including presidents, sports figures and politicians in a tradition that began in 1971.

Victoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well drawn.

Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and her dogs. Victoria had two bearded collies, Sam and Louie (named from characters in one of her books). Sam (on the left), the best dog in the world for 13 ½ years, passed away in September 2010. Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn't understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowed! Now he's been joined by Reggie, king of the lilacs.

They all live happily ever after in a house under constant renovation and the accompanying parade of men in tool belts. And never ending chaos. Victoria laughs a great deal--she has to.

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