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Ingela on Goodreads wrote:
It was exceedingly Difficult for me to write This Review. Nonetheless, I must bow to a greater Necessity: To Express how much I loved this Book. I know I risk failing to convey my Opinion as well as I wish, but be assured that I have tried to do My Best.
Benedict Carsington, VISCOUNT RATHBOURNE, is the Heir to the EARL OF HARGATE and an acknowledged Paragon. He is always perfectly attired, his manners are impecable and his behavior is above reproach. He lives by a set of Rules that has been instilled into his mind since the Day he was Born, and he is completely devoted to fulfill his Family's and Country's Expectations. He even takes upon himself the Responsability of raising his thirteen-year-old Nephew and Godson Peregrine Dalmay, EARL OF LISLE and sole issue of Benedict's deceased wife's brother, the MARQUESS OF ATHERTON. It is an indisputable Fact that Peregrine is better off with his Esteemed Uncle. Not that the MARQUESS and the MARCHIONESS OF ATHERTON do not love their offspring. They do, but they are too ghastly Emotional to deal with him. Peregrine needs Logic, Calm and Rules to thrive. All the things that only his Esteemed Uncle can provide. Benedict Carsington, VISCOUNT RATHBOURNE, never does anything wrong. He is LORD PERFECT... until Fate places Mrs. Bathsheba Wingate in his life.
Tragic Circumstances have made Bathsheba and, by consequence, her twelve-year-old daughter Olivia Lepers and Outcasts from the Great World to which Benedict belongs. Much to her dismay, Bathsheba was Born in the ramshackle branch of the respectable DeLucey family. The Dreadful DeLuceys, as those who are born in that branch of the family are known, are thoroughly Disreputable - and Proud of it. Bathsheba has never followed in her swindling parents' footsteps, but Society always visits the sins of the Elders upon the Children. Her status as a Leper and an Outcast did not change when she married Jack Wingate, the younger son of the EARL OF FOSBURY. His parents cut him off when they failed to call the wedding off, but that did not prevent Bathsheba and Jack from living Happilly Ever After for twelve years, until a Tragic Accident took his life. Since then, Bathsheba has been struggling to support herself and her Cunning Daughter as best as she can, working as an artist and a drawing teacher.
When Fate makes Bathsheba cross paths with Benedict, their Meeting leaves a most Forceful Impression upon both of them - and their respective Children. Until the Family Curse is lifted Bathsheba is Aware that Nothing can come out of that Forceful Impression, since Benedict is a Respectful member of the Great World and she is one of the Infamous Dreadful DeLuceys, but Sweet Olivia is full of Ideas and has the Audacity of involving Peregrine in her Schemes. When an Unexpected Event takes place and Matters Reach a Crisis, Olivia decides that there is Not a Moment to Lose: she must Depart on her Quest AT ONCE and find the Hidden Family Treasure that will bring her Mama the Happiness she deserves. Stoic and Responsible Peregrine tries to stop Stubborn Determined Olivia but ends up joining her on her Mad Quest.
Needless to say, Benedict and Bathsheba run after their Reckless Children as soon as they find out what has happened. As Circumstances force Benedict and Bathsheba to spend time together, he takes the Liberty of telling her how greatly he admires her. In response, she reveals that she admires him too. Since a gentleman never contradicts a lady, Benedict has no option but to conclude that the admiration is mutual... and act on it. One day the Family Curse'shall be lifted, and then Unfortunately, there can be no future for their Affair. He is bound to the Expectations of his Family and his Country, and she does not want to be the cause of Dissent between him and his Family. Only a Miracle could give them the HEA they deserve. Or, perhaps, one of Olivia's Ideas...
Oh, this was such a Delightful Read! Everything was PERFECT: the (main and secondary) characters, the plot, the dialogues, the ROMANCE, the (HOT) love scenes... I must say that I usually dislike the presence of Children in Romance novels, as they are either annoyingly cute or unbelievably mature, but Peregrine and Olivia were Charming, Intelligent and, most Important, Essencial to the story.
As I mentioned on the Introduction of This Review, I fear I have not the necessary skills to convey the Greatness of This Book. Merely saying "I loved it" is too simple - and yet, it is the true Expression of my Feelings. I am much obliged to Ms. Chase for writing such a vastly interesting and entertaining book, and I am truly happy to add this Treat to my Keepers shelf.
I am most curious to learn about Benedict's youngest brother Darius and WHAT IS TO BE DONE ABOUT HIM. I don't know what needs doing, as I have seen very little of him so far. Olivia thinks of him as the Elusive Uncle, for he's never about. But then, he is a Bachelor, and they lead unsettled lives.
I also look forward to the day when Olivia becomes a Bachelor, as she should like to live an unsettled life. I know she has thought about the future a great deal and has several Ideas. I wonder if the Great World is ready for them her.
Susanne on Goodreads wrote:
4.3 Stars - Hilarious fun and the very best characters to imagine
I "read" Lord Perfect with help of the 10 hrs audiobook. Splendid narrated as always by a fantastic Kate Reading.
Wonderful amusing 10 hours of listening.
Mature historicals, by for example Loretta Chase, are the very best. This kind of witty humorous, amusing, playfully and slightly ironic told romances always do it for me. Narrated by a favorite voice, as here, and it is nearly full point again. — Glad to know there is a high pile full with great Ms. Chase historicals to download and enjoy in the future.
Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne (heir to the Earl of Hargate) is maybe the absolute perfect aristocrat. —Also called Mr Perfect .— Rathbourne is for a time the guardian to his thirteen-year-old nephew and godson Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle (the son of Benedict's deceased wife's brother, the Marquess of Atherton). One day visiting an Egyptian exhibition comes the boy in an argument and a fuss fight with a young girl (..whether women can become knights or not).
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“Life is not an opera. Scenes belong on the stage.”
The short-tempered Olivia's mother is a stunning beautiful struggling widow who learn kids to paint. Bathsheba Wingate is a woman people still talk about because her scandalous marriage years ago. She is also fortunate to have a bunch of infamous non liked ancestors from the DeLucey family. Nowadays is she living alone with her daughter in quite poor circumstances and is by society seen as a dangerous seductress.
Still a "lady" though and the usually stone-hearted Rathbourne is unusually enthusiastic about the dashing beauty Mrs Wingate. Then his struggling nephew needs art lessons. At once. The temperature rises and our proper tedious perfect, and to be honest quite stiff, Viscount begins to feel emotions and cravings he maybe shouldn't. Or?
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‘She gazed at him for a moment, up and down, then up again. Then, "Did your wife ever throw things at you?" she said.’
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A hilarious catching running children adventure.
This PERFECT nobleman was so much fun to learn to know. A hero who had to fight to show his bravery, courage and strength trave with a widow who refused to behave like a lady in distress is refreshing. Add these two Wingate ladies which were the kind of "girls" I like to meet in my books - thirty-two or twelve years old.
Of course it ended grand, with some hot steamy moments here and there beyond the journey. ~ Looking forward to read about the other brothers in this big famous Carsington Family.
This wasn't my last historical this month. Addictive good audiobook as so often when I choose from this romance novel genre.
I LIKE - ridiculous much
I loved it! I absolutely adored it! This book reminded me of how I fell in love with reading. It is impossible without Loretta Chase’s gift with words to convey how wonderful this book is! It goes straight to my favs!
Some books make you wish you hadn't already used 5 stars because it is way to good to be lumped together with the rest. This book is one of them. It had absolutely everything. It is fresh, unique, charming, romantic, heart tugging, sexy, heartwarming, lol-funny and had the best characters.
Bathsheba Wingate is the most notorious lady in England. She comes from the dreadful DeLuceys and even though she is wonderful – no one can see past her name. She has a resourceful, charming and cunning daughter Olivia. She is twelve years old and she wants to be a knight to make matters right for her mama. When she sees Peregrine at the museum she gets an Idea. She creates an indigenous plan that erupts with Olivia running away with Peregrine – who is Lord Perfect's nephew. Naturally, this forces her mama and his uncle together. Lord Perfect is the paragon of proper behavior and not at all ready to face his growing attraction to Bathsheba.
Furthermore, Duty and Reason both forbade his trying to make himself attractive to Bathsheba Wingate.
He devoted the first tautly, silent moments of travel to trying to revive his famous self-control, gather the remaining shreds of his moral fiber, and evict the alien spirit that had taken possession of him.
The Mrs. Wingate spoke, and everything went to pieces.
The kids were adorable! I loved every single character. The romance was divine. I could really feel and believe in it. It progressed so naturally and the whole story went so smoothly. I wish every book was like this one! If you like HR – then go straight to this book. There is no better one.
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