I haven't read a lot of regency romances, but it is fast becoming a favoured genre and The Perfect Lady adds itself to my list of enjoyed books. There's something intriguing and tenderly romantic about this story. We meet Beatrix working in disguise in a tavern when our injured hero Hero staggers in. This chance meeting between the two sets of a chain of events that will change both their lives. Oh I wish I could meet a man like Hero. There is something in Beatrix's past that has left her homeless and fallen out with her brother, throughout the story we slowly uncover what it was that has brought her to the circumstances we first find her. I liked the slow development of the relationship between them. The protocols back in those days really must have made it hard to get to know a person of the opposite sex, especially if you were in the upper classes. There are a lot of different personalities in this story a few not so nice ones, but plenty of very likeable ones, I especially enjoyed Hero's sister Valiant and his brother Lorne. I look forward to Lorne's story in the next book. Despite the knowledge that the story will, or hopefully will have a happy ending I still found myself on edge when bad things started happening for Beatrix hoping desperately things would work out. A really good read.
Beatrix Gillingham has run away from her duty and family. She is the daughter of an Earl. Late one night while she is working at the tavern at the docks, the door swings open. She tells the man that they are closed but realises that he is hurt and she saves him. She does not know his name she calls him Aristocrat.
His name is General Hero Curbain. His family is one of the oldest and honourable in England. For saving his life he offers Beatrix an opportunity to restore her name and title, one season to find a husband and maybe love.
She is hiding secrets from him and it is only a matter of time before it all comes out.
She is falling for Hero and he is falling for her, but he is keeping his distance. Is her secrets going to keep them apart? Or is it going to work out?
Can love conquer all? You will have to read to find out
I love this book and can not wait for the next one
This book was my first introduction to this author and it will not be my last. I was very impressed with the character development, the female lead is quite spirited for that time period. I do not like to spoil the book, as some reviewers do, by telling the whole story, but it was intriguing and I was not able to put the book down, finished it in one day. Loved the ending, but a question still remains what has Anthony got on Benedict? I recieved this book as an ARC, but I am very willing to recommend as I loved it.