Saturday, January 28, 2012
Tall, dark, and handsome, the heir to the Earl of Hargate, Benedict Carsington, is known for his impeccable manners and good breeding. Benedict knows all the rules and has no trouble following them-until Bathsheba Wingate enters his life. Now, the two must embark on a rescue mission that puts them in dangerous, intimate proximity. Fortunately, Benedict is in perfect control-despite his mad desire to break all the rules. Perfect control. Really.
Great madcap story of Lord Perfect Rathbourne who meets and falls (unbeknownst to him) in love with Bathsheba DeLucey Walker, a notorious widow (for various reasons, she doesn't really deserve the moniker). Her twelve year old daughter and his fourteen year old nephew run off together to find (what they think) is a hidden treasure. For days, Rathbourne and Bathsheba must be on the road together in search of them. Some parts were hilarious, some sexy, some poignant and heartwarming. An all around great, great romance, just as they should be. Another winner from Loretta Chase!
Some parts of this "road trip" romance were simply hilarious! One scene at inn in which a fight breaks out was a scream. Bathsheba is no wilting lily. She is a mother and knows her daughter only too well. You see, they come from a long line of DeLucey's who are conniving cheats. Bathsheba didn't seem to inherit the worst of the traits, but she can see her daughter has a flair for being a con artist - and she's not even a teenager yet! The perfect Benedict finds himself at a loss - how has he fallen into this mess to retrieve his nephew and Bathsheba's daughter? The notorious Bathsheba - I might add. She's really not all that notorious, but her dead husband married her knowing his family would disown him - which they did. To the ton, she's notorious for this reason. She's also incredibly beautiful. Guess who falls for her, next?
I loved this book - it was scrumptious reading and now a new favorite! And how about this cover!!