- Series: Avon Romantic Treasures
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon (November 5, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380818078
- ISBN-13: 978-0380818075
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,108,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ashworth's (Someone Irresistible) somber Victorian-era romance opens on the gloomy coast of Cornwall with a bride's death. The bride's older brother, Marcus, the earl of Renn, arrives in England shortly thereafter, having been abroad for four years. While his mother and brother snipe at each other, Marcus turns to Mary Marsh, the beautiful, mysterious woman who has lived with the family for several months, designing his sister's intimate wedding garments. Already intrigued by Marcus from his sister's description of him, Mary agrees to stay and help him investigate his sister's demise, only to find that the investigation becomes more dangerous, and the passion that simmers between herself and the earl more heated, with every secret unturned. But Mary has secrets, too-ones she's unwilling to reveal. The sense of doom that pervades the story will pull readers onward inexorably, but much along the way is jarring. Mary very modernly thinks of "working through" her guilt in regards to her own family issues, and characters often switch from high to low emotions without warning or reason. Nevertheless, Mary and Marcus's feelings that they've found soul mates in each other rings true, which makes for a satisfying denouement.
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I've always loved to write, but after my first attempt at a novel (nine chapters of Plastic City, the story of underwater-dwelling orphans in the twenty-third century that I wrotein the sixth grade), I took some time to get my bachelor'sdegree and to try my hand at other careers before I returnedto my first passion: creative writing. After lots and lots of perseverance, hard work, and a bit of very good luck, My Darling Caroline went on to win the Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award for Best First Book of 1998.
I live in Texas with my family, exploring history as Idelve into the hearts of my characters.
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Top Customer Reviews
I am not a fan of gothics, however, the romance blew me away. A very sexy read that will leave you guessing until the end.
Don't let the other reviews scare you. If you can find this book, please give it a try. You'll fall in love with Lord Renn as much as Mary did.
don't get me wrong, ashworth is still gifted in her poetic description of love scenes. they were very sensual here. however, the story itself was so depressing that as a reader, i just couldn't feel the connection between the hero and heroine. in the back of my mind, i kept thinking "it's just a few weeks since his sister died so why isn't he more grief-stricken?" i think because of how easy it was for marcus to shift from feeling grief for his dead sister to feeling lust for his sister's friend, i had a hard time believing he could experience any depth of emotion. it would have been more believable if he had experienced more emotional conflict about this, but he got over the initial guilt a little too quickly.
another strike against this story is the extremely slow pacing of it in the beginning, and i'm not talking about slow in the sense that i was expecting them to hop in the bed early. i'm talking slow in that the dialogue was boring and the movement of the storyline was boring and there was a lack of any significant sexual tension between mary and marcus. by the time the love scenes arrived, i was already counting the pages until the end.
ultimately, there were two things working against this story being a whole lot better: lack of any real character development with either the hero or heroine, no insight into them that would engage the reader into their individual stories, and a mystery plot that was too easy to figure out, so that i was too focused on why it was taking them so long to figure it out. mary allowing the class issue to keep her and marcus apart made no sense to me because she had been behaving outside of class lines for the entire book. i think that was the final straw for me, because her character was rather bland and besides her beauty, i found little reason as to why marcus would fall in love with her.
there were simply too many inconsistencies here for me to recommend this book.
The homecoming for Marcus Longfellow, the Earl of Renn, should have been filled with joy, not sorrow. When letters arrived from Christine pleading for his help, Marcus had left his archeological work in Egypt and hurried home to England. He arrives to find that his beloved sister had been found dead just days before her wedding. Although her death has been declared an accident, Marcus is determined to find out what really happened. To this end, he enlists the help of the woman Christine had praised in her letters -- Miss Mary Marsh. As the pair work toward unraveling the mystery, Marcus falls under the spell of his partner, but senses that she has her own secrets to hide.
WHEN ITS PERFECT is the story of Mary, the heroine's sister from SOMEONE IRRESISTIBLE. At its heart, this is a story about redemption and passion. Marcus seeks redemption for failing to be with his sister when she needed him the most, while Mary must find a way to forgive herself for past actions. Ms. Ashworth displays her writing talent by subtly incorporating passion throughout the book. The vivid descriptions of the Cornish countryside, the intelligent dialogue and the innate sensuality of the lingerie the heroine creates all allude to the simmering emotion building up between the lead characters. One is almost tempted to buy a corset or two.