by Leslie LaFoy

January 2005
ISBN: 0-312-98765-X
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Barrett Stanbridge, one of Londonís most dashing bachelors, continues to resist his parentsí pleas to marry. Tired of meeting the debutantes that they keep pushing in his path, Barrett decides to partake of the sensual delights offered by a lovely woman he encounters at the theatre. Big mistake.

When the woman is found murdered in the alley behind his home, Barrett is the number-one suspect. Only his name and connections are keeping him free as the police continue their investigation. When a mysterious woman arrives at his office and insists on seeing him, he is intrigued enough to allow the visitor. As she comes into the office he is struck by one thing - her remarkable resemblance to the murder victim!

Isabella Dandaneau knows that Barrett had nothing to do with her cousin Mignonís death. She offers him a chance to not only clear his name, but to help her elude the killer who is stalking her, and to find her mysterious inheritance. It is this inheritance that brought them to London and is the root cause of Mignonís death. As Barrett and Isabella join forces, danger and intrigue are not far behind, with an undeniable attraction adding spice to their investigation.

Author Leslie LaFoy has crafted a well-written novel in The Perfect Desire. The characters are very well drawn, and they are completely believable. The plot is fast paced and filled with action. LaFoy skillfully builds the attraction until there is nothing left for them to do but fall into each otherís arms. Barrett is the perfect hero and while Isabella is a reluctant heroine, she makes up for it with courage.

I enjoyed The Perfect Desire, and think that readers who crave a substantial story, intriguing characters and slow-building passion will enjoy it too.

Reviewed in December 2004 by Paula.

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