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Desires of a Perfect Lady (Lost City) Mass Market Paperback – March 30, 2010
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A secret list of the desires of Lady Olivia Rathbourne:
- Disregard convention
- Follow my heart
- Bed the Earl of Wyldewood
A decade ago, Olivia had expected to marry the Earl of Wyldewood, only to have happiness stolen from her before his ring could be placed upon her finger. Now he stands before her, as proud and arrogant and handsome as ever, vowing to rescue her. Well, he's got some nerve urning up after all these years. Where was he when she needed him?
As for the earl, scandal has never touched him nor has impropriety ever besmirched his name. But his penchant for doing the expected does have his family calling him, well, dull. Isn't it time to flaunt society's conventions and do what he's always wanted? And first on his list: Olivia in his bed—with or without a wedding.
About the Author
#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was more fun than real life. She is the author of thirty-one novels, and her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Victoria lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her long-suffering husband and two dogs, in a house under endless renovation and never-ending chaos.
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I could only give this book three stars as I found something lacking in both the main characters. Mary Balogh seems to be able to capture the depth of emotion is such stories and I feel this one fell short of the mark.
Nice but not a a book to go on my keeper shelf.
Sterling loathes Olivia whom he was betrothed to when she married Rathbourne a decade ago. She sent him letters of explanation that he refused to open and used his hatred of her to remain ignorant of her being prisoner in an abusive marriage that her father fostered on her. Olivia learns her late husband's will contain three stipulations she must meet within a year of his death or she gains nothing. She pleads with Sterling to help her and though he is filled with rage, he cannot deny his beloved Livy anything.
This is a superb Victorian romantic suspense thriller that hooks the audience with the opening pointing of Newbury's cane in the chest of the Earl and never slows down as the action and second chance at love blend nicely into a strong historical. The lead couple is a wonderful pairing as both remain hurt with what happened and more important did not happen ten years ago. With several twists and adventures, Desires of a Perfect Lady is a fabulous tale that sub-genre fans will fully appreciate.
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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Good love scenes
But why was Rathbourne murdered and. by whom. This is unsolved.Read more