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The Perfect Waltz Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 2005
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About the Author
Anne Gracie is the award-winning author of the Merridew Sisters series and the Devil Riders series, along with several novellas.
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Beautiful and lively Hope Merridew's days of suffering abuse from her grandfather are long over. These days, she and her sisters are able to enjoy lives of luxury and ease thanks to the generosity and love of their granduncle, Oswald, and to the splendid and advantageous matches that her two elder sisters made ("The Perfect Rake"). No, these days all Hope has to worry about is which ball to attend and which gown to wear. That is until she meets the dark and enigmatical Sebastian Reyne. Rumour has it that he is a pushing mushroom and an illegitimate son of some sort who may have murdered his first wife -- not the sort of man a much sought after diamond should be interested in! And yet, something about Sebastian intrigues and fascinates Hope (much to her chaperone's dismay). After all this is one man who seems to be able to tell her and her twin apart! And yet, much as he seems to practically devour her with his eyes, Sebastian seems to be courting another lady. What should Hope do? Should she concentrate to meeting other, more eligible gentlemen or hold out in the hope that Sebastian will come to his senses? She knows that she and Sebastian are meant to be, but how to convince him?
"The Perfect Waltz" could have ended up being a book all about a young woman's determination to nab the man she wants. Fortunately, it was not. By factoring in Sebastian's and his younger sisters' unhappy histories and his attempts to make things right for them, and Hope's unhappy memories of what life was like before she and her family escaped to London, Anne Gracie packs her book with enough backstories to give structure to the romance that develops between Hope and Sebastian, thus making it more believable and credible. And speaking of romance, I esp liked the one that developed between the lady that Sebastian was ostensibly courting and his best friend. It had quite a bit of sensual heat. The pacing was smooth and unfrantic and characters, well all fairly well developed -- and these two vital ingredients, along with the absorbing storyline really did contribute to making this a very enjoyable and riveting read for me. So that all in all, I'd say that that fans and romance readers are in for a treat with "The Perfect Waltz."
I felt Ms. Gracie's prose did not always flow smoothly and the love scenes were sometimes awkwardly worded. That said, Sebastian is an admirable hero with a compelling background and I found his sisters' tale quite absorbing. Also, the author injects some nice humor into the story through Sebastian's friend Giles Bemerton. In fact, the secondary romance between carefree Giles and the tightly wound Lady Elinore, is the highlight of the novel.
I liked this story because it took you places you don't normally go in a romance novel. It was much deeper and darker than most so I felt myself being sad quite a bit while reading it. The characters are written realy well...Hope is a great character. She's fiesty, mature, not whiney at all, compassionate, patient, and understanding. Sebastian is brooding, withdrawn, sweet, quiet, loving and has the best of intentions for his sisters. The secondary characters I liked as well, especially Giles. I felt that I liked the ending of the book better than the beginning and middle because I liked the scenes with Hope and Sebastian together where they could focus mostly on themselves. I wanted to cry the first time they made love because they really waited and did it at the right time and it was so sweet. Anyway..I like this author and I hope to read more of her books soon.
Also....the book is named the Last Waltz because Hope always had a dream that she'd meet her dream man during the last waltz at a ball so she always kept her last waltz open on her dance card, then she met Sebastian and saved him for her last waltz..it was really sweet.