by Samantha James

August 2004
ISBN: 0-06-000661-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Devon St. James is attacked and stabbed on her way back home from the alehouse in which she works. Despite the fact that she disguises herself as a pregnant woman, for protection purposes, this time the disguise did not work. Thankfully, Sebastian Sterling happened to be in the area looking for his brother Justin, and saves her life, bringing her to his home.

When Sebastian finds a rather valuable necklace in Devon's possession, he believes her to be a thief, among other things. After all, he found her on the streets of the worst area of London. On the very next day he rescues her, he reads about a man found murdered. It matches Devon's explanation about her ordeal. He decides to give her shelter, knowing what her fate will be if she is brought to justice. Soon, Devon and Sebastian start developing feelings for each other, feelings that will surely only bring them heartache.

Samantha James', A Perfect Bride, is a beautifully written regency-set historical romance, the first title of a new series. Although the plot is somewhat predictable, I found myself increasingly charmed and engaged by the very appealing characters and the nicely paced story. Despite her education and social disadvantages, Devon is an extremely intelligent and resourceful young woman. Sebastian is a proper gentleman; however he canít help but feel attracted to Devon as he gets to know her. A Perfect Bride, was the first title I've read from Ms. James and I look forward to the second book in this promising series, which will involve Sebastianís attractive brother, Justin.

Reviewed in May 2004 by Mireya.

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