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That Perfect Someone [Hardcover]

Johanna Lindsey
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June 15 2010 Malory
Returning to the "wickedly witty, lusciously sensual" (Booklist) world of her beloved Malory family, #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey sweeps readers away on a seductive adventure in which a detested marriage contract turns childhood enemies into passionate lovers.

Nine years ago, Richard Allen fled England and his controlling father. Determined to live his own life, he took to the sea and settled in the Caribbean, joining a band of treasure-hunting pirates and adopting the persona of a carefree, seductive Frenchman named Jean Paul to guard the secrets of his past. When he slips back into England to carry out an urgent task, Richard becomes infatuated with a married woman, Georgina Malory. But his reckless attempt to woo Georgina at a masked ball turns out to be the worst mistake of his life because it brings him face to face with another beautiful woman.

Thrilled that her solicitors have finally come up with a way to free her from her betrothal contract to the Earl of Manford’s son who abandoned her years ago, heiress Julia Miller is ready for the marriage mart and hopes to find that perfect someone at her friend Georgina’s ball. Charmed by a masked Frenchman who gives her her first kiss, she can’t help but pursue this mysterious man—until she makes a shocking discovery. Now, to avoid falling into a ruthless nobleman’s trap, Julia must enter a risky, intimate charade with a man she never believed she could love.

"There’s no better way to spend your time than with the Malorys—it’s like sailing off to heaven," raves Romantic Times. With a little help from the lucky-in-love Malory family, will Richard and Julia discover in each other that perfect someone?


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"The Malorys are the family everyone wishes they had, so returning to their world is like entering a bit of heaven. The way Lindsey expertly writes a seductive battle of wills loves story is magic; love, laughter, adventure and passion collide as childhood foes become lovers."

--Romantic Times Top Pick (4 1/2 stars)

About the Author

Johanna Lindsey has been hailed as one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with more than 60 million copies of her novels sold. World renowned for her novels of “first-rate romance” (Daily News, New York), Lindsey is the author of nearly fifty previous national bestselling novels, many of which reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Lindsey lives in New Hampshire with her family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book by Julie. July 9 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love reading Julie Garwood's books. She brings her characters to life. I get great enjoyment reading her books. Can't wait for the next one to be available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent books Feb. 22 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found the books to be in excellent condition and I would recommend them to anyone looking for good books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Aug. 18 2010
Format:Paperback
I found the book hard to read. There were parts that were not compelling and not entertaining. I was hoping for a romance book and it ended up being confusing and cold romantically. It could have had a lot of potential... too bad. Part of the fun in reading books is being swept away and it just wasn't in this book. Oh well, maybe next time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring June 25 2010
By J. Kollasch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I usually measure how much I enjoy a book by how eager I am to finish them. If I am tired all week from reading into all hours of the night when I should be sleeping I know I've found a book that is worthy of the title of excellent. This book does not fall into that category since I basically had to force myself to finish it. If I had paid full cover price I might have been more upset but I can't seem to control myself from buying Lindsey's books right off of the press. Not unlike her last books I found it to be a boring and unoriginal plot. If you're a fan of the Malory books this does contain previous characters but since it is nothing compared to the exciting plots of her previous works you'd really have to be a borderline Malory stalker to gain any enjoyment out of this one.

Betrothed from young ages Richard and Julia are hard pressed to accept their engagement. Growing up hating his father Richard will do anything to try and thwart any plans his father has for him. Julia is a stubborn, willful child that always finds her violent side whenever she is around Richard. At seventeen Richard runs away from home and becomes a pirate and Julia is forced to wait for him to either marry her or find a way to get out of a marriage she doesn't want.

Nine years later Richard appears back in town following her best friend Gabrielle and her husband Drew (from previous book Captive of My Desires) to chase after a woman he is insistent his has fallen in love with, Georgina Malory (from Gentle Rogue). Using a false identity he meets Julia again and not knowing who she is he begins a seduction of her. Coincidentally Julia has decided to have Richard declared dead so she can move on with her life and find a new man to marry. They meet at a masked ball and Julia finds herself becoming intrigued by Richard's seductive ways.

What follows is pretty formulaic, they discover who each other is but find they cannot fight their inner attractions or anger towards one another. Obstacles are placed in the way of their courtship but it becomes pretty easy to predict the final outcome and the path that is taken to reach it.

Lindsey has lost her initial spark that made me want to read her books in one sitting. I didn't particularly like either of the two main characters and their eventual fall into love didn't seem real to me. The characters didn't even like each other a little bit but they were falling into each others' arms in anger and making love. Boring, cliched and unrealistic are the most appropriate adjectives I can think of to describe this book. If you have to read it wait until you can get a used copy. If you need a Lindsey fix then I would suggest re-reading or reading for the first time her works prior to those written in this century. Classic Lindsey cannot be beaten and I hope some of her books in the future will be as good as her older works.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best July 22 2010
By The Escape Artist - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A generous 2.5 stars.

Like many others, I "grew up" reading Lindsey titles. I have many such classics in my book collection, and faithfully re-read those favorites time and again. But this "new" Johanna Lindsey frankly just ain't cutting it. I don't know if she's just writing on 'auto-pilot,' doesn't care enough about her products anymore, or if her new (okay, so maybe 8 years isn't "new") publishing contract stipulates that she produce barely-readable stories. Lindsey used to be THE standard for fabulous romance you could lose yourself in. Even though many of her books maintained the same storyline, her classic stories spanned historical romance (Feudal families, Western cowboys, countless pirates, you name it) to contemporary sci-fi.

I didn't hate 'That Perfect Someone,' but I didn't love the story, either. It was a quick, simple read with a lot of eye-rolling and skimming on my part. I really wanted to give this story a chance, but it felt like I was reading a draft that had been procrastinating on and hastily put together just the night before. How happened to this great writer?

Pros: I LOVED James Malory's involvement in the story - the connection between the two main characters and the Mallorys actually made sense. But how about a story about some real Malorys - Edward's children (Amy's siblings) are still available, aren't they? How about poor clueless Percy?!?! I also really liked the spunky heroine. The flashbacks when Richard and Julia were children (wow, talk about some mean kids!) were also really funny.

Cons: And then there was everything else in this story! Aside from the typos and printing errors in the book (which are completely inexcusable in a book that isn't even in the bargain bin - YET!!!), the story itself was 'whiney' and long-winded, just like the "hero" Richard. I've never read a hero that I'd like nothing more than to forget (despite the hot Russell Brand lookalike model on the cover)! I found it completely unbelievable that someone as young as Julia would be allowed as much freedom and power as she had, given the kind of money her family raked in. There was a line early on in the story when Gabrielle said "What the heck", and I'll be happy if I'm proved wrong, but I don't believe that phrase was common in Regency London!!! The Earl's and Charles' secrets and the twists at the end were just stupid and unnecessary. As a fan, I felt that the ending was like a slap in the face.

For readers who are die-hard Lindsey fans and have read every one of the 40+ books she's published, then this story is worth reading. Otherwise, you might think about skipping it entirely.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't awful June 23 2010
By Ginny, not Hermione - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
But it wasn't great either. This latest "Malory" novel does not have a Malory protagonist, neither Richard or Julia are in anyway related to the Malory's or their extended kin.

Julia is a neighbor of the Malory's, Richard is a lord who ran away from an abusive father to become a pirate. These two have been promised to each other since childhood but developed a deep hatred for each other as children and now that Richard is back in England they attempt to break the marriage contract.

The biggest problem I have with this story is the 2010 morality, pre-marital sex and no one even thinks about pregnancy? Her father is OK with it? How many years have passed since Reggie being alone with Nicholas was so scandalous that they were FORCED to marry? WHY do they keep returning to his father's home? It made no sense, if they didn't want to marry Richard could have just left England, she's not aristocracy she could have found a nice non-titled guy to marry.

Second biggest problem? When we have Richard's POV he is an angry bitter man, switch to Julia's POV and Richard is a charming, smiling, happy guy.

DESPITE that, I did enjoy the book, not hard covered price worth. It is better then the last few "Malory" books though and if you want a day or two of easy reading get it from the library or wait for the paperback.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Romance Junkie July 30 2010
By A Romance Junkie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book sucked as bad as Johanna Lindsey's last three books, what happened to this romance writer I guess we will never know. She must have turned to religion or something like a no sex, no romance kind of thing. I just wanted my money back and you will too. I would have given this book zero stars if I could. I do recommend any of her old books because at one time she was my favorite writer.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars That Perfect Someone June 26 2010
By M. Nix - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Julia Miller and Lord Richard Allen have been betrothed since they were young children. From the moment they first meet to the last time they see each other, Julia and Richard totally hate each other. Without supervision between the two, blood is usually drawn. When Richard disappears after his seventeenth birthday, Julia is thrilled and looks forward to having her marriage contract cancelled. Richard's father, however, refuses to annul their nuptial agreement. Now, years later, Julia has no choice - in order to get the family and children she wants she will have to have Richard declared dead. Great idea, right? It would be if Richard wasn't at this very moment kissing the breath out of her.

This is the first Johanna Lindsey book I have read in years. I found some difficulty with liking Julia and Richard. First off, Julia instigated most of the fights with Richard. Yes, she was provoked, but I found myself upset with her. But then her true feelings for Richard surfaced and I realized her bravado for what it was. Richard, on the other hand, I just plain disliked tremendously and that feeling never wavered. His character, while sexy and alluring, was one of the most socially immature characters I have read in a really long time and I won't even go into his feelings for someone other than the heroine of That Perfect Someone.

Long time diehard fans of Johanna Lindsey will likely scoff at this review. The plot is a good one with just enough intrigue to keep even the most bored of readers entertained. Sadly, I am not that type of reader - the characterizations of the lead characters made That Perfect Someone a book that I will never read again.

Talia Ricci
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