by Adele Ashworth

November 2002
ISBN: 0-380-81807-8
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Mass Market Paperback

Marcus Longfellow, Earl of Renn, leaves his lifeís pursuit in Egypt upon learning of the death of his sister. Determined to find the truth about his sisterís sudden demise he surmises that the best person to associate himself with would be Miss Mary Marsh, his sisterís trousseau designer and confidant. Knowing that Mary is withholding something, he decides to seduce her in order to learn her secrets.

Miss Mary Marsh does have secrets, but it will take more than sweet kisses and gentle wooing to loosen her tongue. Falling in love with the Earl is sure to bring nothing but heartache and despair and knowing that she is a paid employee will surely cause a rift between her and Marcusís family.

Delving deeper and deeper into the investigation brings danger and more questions to the surface and the feelings between Marcus and Mary threaten to overtake common sense because what started out as a light seduction suddenly transforms into a love between soulmates.

When Itís Perfect is a sweet romance that readers expect from Ms. Ashworth, however, the characters seemed to fall a bit flat and they had trouble keeping my interest. Light matchmaking on the part of Marcusís sister makes both protagonists feel as if they know each other and an easy friendship forms during the investigation and between the romantic scenes, which made the characters comfortable with one another. I found the one dimensional secondary characters the most upsetting of all; Ms. Ashworth, in my opinion, usually excels at bringing her secondary characters to life and I was a little disappointed. The romance between Marcus and Mary was what kept me reading. Very nicely done with a real degree of believability that makes this book good, if not up to Ms. Ashworthís usual standards.

Reviewed in December 2002 by Thea.

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