Simply Perfect - Simply Quartet, Bk 4 Author:Mary Balogh Set against the seductive backdrop of Regency England, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh's latest novel sweeps us into the sensual, enthralling world of an elite academy for young ladies. Here, amid music lessons and garden parties, whispered confessions and secret yearnings, one of the school's teachers -- headmistress Claud... more »ia Martin -- will find her well-ordered world jolted by love when she meets a man who would make the perfect husband?for somebody else.
Tall, dark, and exquisitely sensual, he is the epitome of male perfection. Not that Claudia Martin is looking for a lover. Or a husband. As owner and headmistress of Miss Martin's School for Girls in Bath, she long ago resigned herself to a life without love. Until Joseph, Marquess of Attingsborough, arrives unannounced and tempts her to toss away a lifetime of propriety for an affair that can only lead to ruin.
Joseph has his own reasons for seeking Claudia out. Instantly, irresistibly attracted to the dedicated teacher, he embarks on a plan of seduction that leaves them both yearning for more. But as heir to a prestigious dukedom, Joseph is expected to carry on his family's legacy. And Claudia knows she has no place in his world. Now that world is about to be rocked by scandal. An arranged marriage, a secret that will shock the ton, and a man from Claudia's past conspire to drive the lovers apart. But Joseph is determined to make Claudia his at any cost. Even if that means defying convention and breaking every rule for a love that is everything he has ever wanted a love that is perfection itself.« less
This was my very first Mary Balogh novel and I LOVED it! I literally could not put it down. Clean house? Do laundry? Cook dinner? Naaaaaa :-)
One thing I very much enjoyed about this book was the LACK of over-the-top explicit steamy love scenes which I usually end up skipping through in other romance novels. This book did include a couple of love scenes, but they were not pages and pages long, nor were they embarrasingly unrealistic and over-the-top. I am NOT a prude, but a romance novel should be about ROMANCE, not sex, something many authors today seem to forget.
If you read this novel and do not fall in love with the Marquess of Attingsborough...I fear there is no hope for you. :-) Read it, you'll love it.
I am now off to find more novels by Mrs. Balogh...
This is one of my favorite Mary Balogh books; I seem to most love the quality Regency romances in which the hero is not a rake but a man of real integrity and devotion. Simply Perfect and Simply Love are two of Mary Balogh's best novels in this regard -- very heartfelt, and difficult to put down. Two other favorites by Balogh - One Night for Love, and Irresistible.
SIMPLY BORING. I always have enjoyed Mary Balogh, but have no clue to her most recent books & storyline. This is a narrative of a bland, aging, spinster teacher who meets a Marquess who has a blind, illegitimate daughter. Shock! Gasp.
The equally bland, boring hero introduces the heroine to his daughter so that she may take her on as a student. Thus starts a most insipid romance where the hero hardly even thinks about the heroine and Simply Loves her so much that he gets engaged to the "correct & proper" Miss Portia Hunt.
There was no love felt between the two people in this book; for the blurb on the book to have advertised...Simply Unforgettable, Simply Love, Simply Magic - I just did not feel it.
Mary Balogh's work up to this time has been outstanding. Her heroes are real-life, exciting, alive. Her heroines are courageous and face unusual circumstances. In my opinion, the author came to the writing table only half awake to write this and some of it does not even read as her writing.
This book will not be added to my collection of Mary Balogh's better work.
This book was a perfect example of why I don't like the last book in a series. The first 100 pages at least were a continuous whirl of former characters. This is not a big deal if you've only got a couple of books worth of characters but this one featured all the characters from the Slightly books as well as the Simply books and a few stand alones. I couldn't keep everyone straight even though I'd read all the previous books. This got in the way of the plot and soured the way I felt about the book. When it finally got down to the story it was enjoyable and had a different twist as Balogh often does. I will read more Balogh but this was definitely the one I enjoyed the least.
Amy C. (Ceits) reviewed Simply Perfect (Simply Quartet, Bk 4) on
Helpful Score: 2
I have to disagree with the other two reviewers.
I 'simply' loved this book. The love that Joseph shows for his daughter is touching and at times made me cry. The relationship that develops between Claudia and Joseph starts out first as friendship, (what a novelty in a romance book.) Hope this helps!!