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That Perfect Someone (Malory Family, Bk 10)
That Perfect Someone - Malory Family, Bk 10 Author:Johanna Lindsey Returning to the world of her beloved Malory family, 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 se... more »a 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.
With a little help from the lucky-in-love Malory family, will Richard and Julia discover in each other that perfect someone?« less
A clever tale told in a charming way. Two youngsters from different families are contracted to marry each other. Richard is a rebellious son with a domineering father and therefore detests the idea of marrying Julia. While still young, they grow to hate each other since Richard wants to thwart his father, and Julie thinks that Richard hates her. He abandons England while still a teenager and becomes a sailor (pirate/treasure hunter), leaving Julie stuck in a marriage contract and unable to join the marriage market.
They meet at a masquerade ball several years later (without knowing the identity of each other), and the events that follow are sometimes funny, sometimes a bit sad, and not usually what they appear to be. There are a couple of twists at the end--one probably expected but the other a complete surprise.
Some of the Malory family members play supporting roles in the book. It was humorous, adverturous, romantic and hard to put down. A wonderful and fun book to read.