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.