Review

Holy Smokes! The latest release—THAT PERFECT SOMEONE—by Johanna Lindsey is some volatile stuff (In a very good way). The tenth book in the Malory family series, finds the Malory’s playing the role of pivotal secondary players to the centerpiece characters, who are as likely to kill each other as they are to fall in love.

“Nine years ago Richard Allen fled England when his avaricious father, the Earl of Manford, betrothed him to Julia Miller, the young daughter of London’s wealthiest merchant. Having seen how his father’s ambition ruined his older brother’s prospects for happiness with an arranged marriage, free-spirited Richard takes to the sea determined to live his own life. In the Caribbean, he joins a band of treasure-hunting pirates and adopts the persona of a Frenchman named Jean Paul. When he dares to slip back into England to carry out an urgent task for his captain, Richard falls in love with a married woman, Georgina Malory. Despite Georgina’s indifference to him and her husband James Malory’s threats to harm him, Richard is smitten. His next attempt to woo Georgina at a masked ball turns out to be a terrible mistake because it brings him face to face with another beautiful woman.

Grown-up and sophisticated, Julia Miller, a friend of

Georgina’s, is charmed by the masked Frenchman Jean Paul until she discovers he’s really her detested fiancé! Julia has hired solicitors to have Richard declared dead so she can free herself from their betrothal and move on with her life. But when the Earl of Manford learns his son has returned and can fulfill the marriage contract, he sets in motion a chain of events that places Julia on the high seas with her fiancé who is not merely an irresponsible nobleman but a seductive, adventure-loving pirate!”

For Richard and Julia it’s practically loathe at first sight. From the moment they meet as small children to the last, before Richard flees the country at fifteen, these too have more “Royal Rumbles” than the WWE and only slightly less bloody. Their parting words sum it up with a vow to kill the other if they ever meet again.

When it comes to fast paced, highly engaging and passionate storytelling, you can’t go wrong with a Lindsey.

Fast forward a decade and Julia is ready to fulfill that promise, on paper at least, by having Richard declared dead so that the contract between them can be broken and she can finally be free to marry that perfect someone of her own choosing. As the fates would have it, Richard has come back, but not to collect his harridan bride, but in dangerous pursuit of the lovely Georgiana Malory. If you are familiar with the Malory series, you know Georgie’s husband James will have something to say about that.

Determined to at least sneak a peak at the object of his obsession before returning to his new home in the Caribbean, Richard crashes the masquerade ball being given in honor of Lady Malory’s birthday, but ends up flirting with a beautiful stranger to throw Malory off his scent. I bet you can guess that the “stranger” was really no stranger at all.

Once their true identities are revealed the battle is on once again and boy, do the sparks fly between these two. (Think Maddy Hayes and David Addison—on steroids). Only when they are forced to work together to thwart Richard’s father’s attempts to fulfill the contract and wed, do the couple begin to find common ground and start to see past the painful battles of their youth, while discovering that they just might be each others “Perfect Someone” after all.

When it comes to fast paced, highly engaging and passionate storytelling, you can’t go wrong with a Lindsey.

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.