by Loretta Chase

March 2006
ISBN: 0-425-20888-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne, heir to the Earl of Hargate, is the epitome of aristocratic perfection. Not one for emotional outbursts, impulsive acts or reckless liaisons. Benedict has more than earned the nickname Lord Perfect. He has no trouble following the rules of society; he is well-known for his impeccable manners and excellent breeding. That is until he meets the most improper sort of female, an alluring temptress who leads him on a merry chase across the English countryside.

Bathsheba Wingate’s family, the rotten branch of the DeLucey family, is notorious for their lying, grifting and swindling. Even her late husband’s noble family was unable to overlook her relatives to see her virtuous demeanor and accept her and her daughter into the family. She wants so much more for her daughter, Olivia, than DeLucey tradition for scandal and impulse. However, Olivia is a hoyden with a fiery temperament and fiercely intelligent with a tendency towards hatching wicked schemes.

When Bathsheba’s daughter cons Benedict’s bookish nephew into haring off across the English countryside in search of treasure, Benedict and Bathsheba follow in hopes of averting a scandal. Their intimacy on the journey the likes of which society hasn’t seen in years. That is if they’re caught.

Another Carsington brother bites the dust! This time Benedict Carsington finds love and passion in Lord Perfect. Sweet and sexy as can be expected from this regency romance veteran; a solid plot with Loretta’s characteristic witty repartee and smooth build up to the big moment.


Reviewed in February 2006 by Cynthia.

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