by Delle Jacobs

January 2004
ISBN: 1-58749-464-7
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Lord Reginald Beauhampton, the second son of the Duke of Marmount, has two wishes in life. One is to see his novel published, and the other is to avoid marriage to his cousin Portia. His fatherís wishes are contrary to both of those. There are severe consequences if Reginald follows his dreams; his father will withhold his inheritance. Reginaldís only hope is to get his novel published quickly so that he can provide his own means.

When he encounters Miss Chloe Daventry, Reginald finds his perfect heroine, a muse, for his novel, and indirectly, his means to financial stability. Rumors about town suggest Chloe has a tidy dowry which would carry a marriage between the two of them nicely until Reginald comes into his own funds.

But Chloe isnít the wealthy woman she appears to be. In order to save her sisters from their abusive guardian, she is also in need of funds and power. When the truth emerges, Reginald and Chloe will have to decide what is more important, love or money. As they discover the truth of their own hearts, they must also confront Reginaldís manipulative father. The Duke will do anything to get his own way.

As a fan of Delle Jacobs, I was excited to read this story. To my disappointment, I realized The Perfect Heroine was one of those novels that started off slowly and then gathered the wind behind its sail. The first pages were extremely tiresome, but then the story began to expand into an interesting idea.

Unfortunately, sometimes even a good story line isnít enough to make a great book. The writing was wordy and didnít flow smoothly. Albeit, somewhat interesting, the characters were not memorable and didnít invoke any emotion from me. The sum of all these things made this far from the perfect read for me.

I think the story would have been better if the Dukeís role had been smaller. His personal issues distracted from Chloe and Reginaldís romance.

Reviewed in December 2003 by Natasha.

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