Lord Perfect

Loretta Chase
Lord Perfect
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Piatkus Books
Release Date
June 2007
Book 3 of Carsington Brothers
Historical Romance


The heir to the Earl of Hargate, Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne, is the perfect aristocrat. Tall, dark, and handsome, he is known for his impeccable manners and good breeding. Benedict knows all the rules and has no trouble following them-until she enters his life.


Bathsheba Wingate belongs to the rotten branch of the DeLucey family: a notorious lot of liars, frauds, and swindlers. Small wonder her husband's high-born family disowned him. Now widowed, she's determined to give her daughter a stable life and a proper upbringing. Nothing and no one will disrupt Bathsheba's plans-until he enters her life…


Then Bathsheba's hoyden daughter lures Benedict's precocious nephew into a quest for a legendary treasure. To recover the would-be knights errant, Benedict and Bathsheba must embark on a rescue mission that puts them in dangerous, intimate proximity-a situation virtually guaranteed to end in mayhem-even scandal!-if anyone else were involved. But Benedict is in perfect control of events. Perfect control, despite his mad desire to break all the rules. Perfect control. Really.

Book Review by CarolAnn
Nov 01, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
155 people found the following review helpful
Ever since reading "Lord of Scoundrels", Loretta Chase has become one of my favourite authors. With a combination of larger than life heroes, strong but feminine heroines and bags of humour, her books are a joy to read and "Lord Perfect" is no exception.

When Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne, and Bathsheba Wingate catch sight of each other across the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, there is a mutual spark of attraction. Benedict is the embodiment of the noble ideal, everything aristocrats ought to be but seldom are.' In fact, he is Lord Perfect in every way. Bathsheba, on the other hand, is considered to be one of the Dreadful Deluceys', a family of rogues and swindlers. Any association between them would be scandalous, but they are just passing strangers and so there is no danger........that is until fate takes a hand, in the form Peregrine, Benedict's nephew and Olivia, Bathsheba's daughter.

Whilst the adults are busy gazing at each other, the two children are engaged in conversation but, unfortunately, Olivia has taken exception to something Peregrine has said and is busy whacking him about the head with his own sketchpad! So now Benedict and Bathsheba are thrown together to sort out this mle. Although Benedict is bedazzled by Bathsheba, common sense rules and they part company. Benedict is very relieved to have had the temptation she represents removed from his life. However, plans are afoot which will test his resolve!

Olivia has tricked Peregrine into going to Bristol with her in search of the Delucey treasure, said to be hidden at Throgmorton, the ancestral home of the respectable arm of the Delucey family. Benedict and Bathseba are, therefore, required to join forces in pursuit of the missing children.

Will they find the children unharmed? Will they be able to keep their hands off each other? Is there really any buried treasure? To answer these questions, you will have to read the book!

There are so many things I love about this book. Firstly, there's Benedict with his impeccable manners and good breeding: The scandal sheets never mentioned him. When his name appeared in print as it did regularly it was on account of some noble or clever or brave thing he'd done or said.' In fact, totally boring and hardly a hero to set one's pulse racing!

However, all that changes when he meets Bathsheba and, suddenly, he starts thinking and acting totally out of character. Whenever this happens, I found Benedict's habit of searching for rules to help him regain his self control really funny. For instance, when he finds himself staring at Bathsheba at the exhibition: Rule: The ill-bred, the vulgar, and the ignorant stare.'

I admire him for taking his nephew, Peregrine, under his wing. He clearly cares about the boy and is even willing to visit the Egyptian exhibition three times although he would much rather be somewhere else. He also shows a caring side through his philanthropic work for the war widows and veterans and his assistance to Bathsheba to find more suitable lodgings.

Since her husband died, leaving her with very little money, Bathsheba and her daughter have not had an easy life. With her looks and reputation, it would have been simple for her to take the easy way out by becoming a nobleman's mistress and I admire her for not doing so. Instead, she manages to keep a roof over their heads by selling her paintings and taking drawing classes.

She is feisty and isn't afraid to stand up to Benedict even at his most intimidating. Such as when Benedict tells her that she can't go with him to search for the children:

"This is Olivia's doing," she said, "and Olivia is my problem. I understand how her mind works. I know where she is going. I am the one who will search for her." The colour came and went in her cheeks. "However, you can save me time if you would lend me the money to hire a vehicle".

I love the way in which Ms Chase gradually builds up the sexual tension between Benedict and Bathsheba. I could literally feel it oozing from the pages. With such a build up to the big love scene, I was afraid that it might prove a disappointment. Well, I should have had more faith in Ms Chase because this scene is HOT, HOT, HOT!

I wondered how Ms Chase would ensure a Happy Ever After' for Benedict and Bathsheba as marriage seems out of the question. She does, in fact, provide a very ingenious ending with the solution to the couple's predicament coming from a very unexpected source.

Both Peregrine and Olivia are engaging in their own way. I had to admire Olivia for her cunning and resourcefulness and was touched by the fact that she wants to find the treasure so that she can help her mother. At first, Peregrine only wants to stop Olivia, but gradually as he gets dragged further into her madcap scheme, he really begins to enjoy himself.

This book has everything you could wish for a yummy hero, a beautiful, feisty heroine, a madcap chase and plenty of laughs. I am now looking forward to reading Last Night's Scandal', Peregrine and Olivia's story.
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