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A Perfect Bride
     

A Perfect Bride

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by Samantha James
 

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The incomparable USA Today bestseller Samanth James cordially invites you to Regency England for a Sterling affair . . .

Perfectly Marvelous

Devon St. James must surely be dreaming! She closes her eyes in London's poorest slum, and awakens wrapped in fine linens . . . staring into the eyes of the most gorgeous man she has ever seen! Sebastian Sterling,

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A Perfect Bride 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader of historical romances. Read them for over 20 years (from high school on). I stopped the last few years as I got bored with the authors, characters and story lines. I started reading again in 2005. I selected a few new authors to try and found Samantha James by the reviews I saw. I read her book 'His Wicked Promise' and reviewed that too. Thought it was a good read - different story line and characters that were appealing. I also picked up 'A Perfect Bride'. This was even better than the first book I read. I really enjoyed the story line of Devon and Sebasatian. I can honestly say that the booked flowed very well and the plot line moved along fast. You definately got a feel for all the characters and connected with them. No one was too gorgeous, too stupid or too evil. They all just worked - Sebasatian the dignified and honorable hero, Devon the poor yet beautiful heroine and secondary characters like The Countess, Justin and Julianna (some of this story clearly started to be geared toward future books in the works like 'A Perfect Hero for Julianna' and 'A Perfect Groom for Justin'). Regardless...the plot was not deep by any stretch of the imagination (you know, rich guy meets poor girl...they find a way to fall in love and make it work) but, it was lively and entertaining. You were rooting for the characters to get together and make it work from the start. They might have had great differences at first but, in the end, their attraction, friendship and love clearly won out. I also liked that for once the hero and heroine weren't constantly at each other's throats and denying all their feelings - this book actually developed a relationship like would happen in real life - very refreshing to see the chemistry build between them. I get irritated when an author has two people meet and they are sleeping together by the first chapter! Yes...two people can hook up that fast but, you don't buy a historical romance for a cheap one night stand. You buy it to make you think, dream and wish for something better. I feel you get that with Sebastian and Devon. Buy this book - you will enjoy it immensely if you like historical romances. The passion was fine but, for once, the story line was even better. Often if a book does not have good characters, you need passion and serious sex to make up for it. This one worked in all areas. I'll be reading the two follow up books to this one and hope for great things. Samantha James appears to be a strong author getting even better. I'm confident you'll enjoy this book.
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LHR5 More than 1 year ago
Loooooved this book. I actually read the last in the series “The Perfect Hero” and loved it and was pleasantly surprised that it was part of a series. Therefore, I bought the first in the series and fell even deeper in love with the Sterlings and I just finished reading “The Perfect Groom” and I loved that one two. I found the stories in all of Mrs. James books so engaging and I got so lost in the romance that I read the book in one day-I just could not put the book down. I love her writing, I have read several of her other books and I would recommend Samantha James to anyone looking for a GREAT historical romance. I am currently reading the “The Truest Heart” and I am hoping o fall in love with this one as well.
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dlindenf More than 1 year ago
This was a great first book of the trilogy by Samantha James. I loved it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel for there was no boring parts, it kept you reading to the end. I highly recommend this book for readers who love a romantic and happily ever after sort of ending.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1815, Devon St. James walks home alone at night from her job on the mean streets of St. Giles. Two thugs accost her, but she manages to kill one of them before the other knocks her out. Lord Sebastian Sterling enters the London slum looking for his younger brother when he sees the unconscious woman. Out of character for the normally prim Sebastian, he takes her to his home.............................. As Sebastian nurses Devon, he initially believes she is a thief and a strumpet. When he sees where she lives and works, he becomes outraged. As he worries about her returning to the slums especially with the other criminal waiting to enact vengeance on her, he also falls in love with her. She reciprocates, but believes he would never want her beyond being his mistress. Sebastian, who observed the unhappiness and fights between his parents, had never wanted passion, but now he needs to persuade Devon with her that is exactly what he needs for a lifetime............................. This is an interesting Regency romance because of the courage of the heroine and the changing reactions of the lead male towards his ¿guest¿. The secondary characters add depth whether they are a street thug or Sebastian¿s brother. Fans will enjoy this fine look at a couple whose childhoods were wanting for different reasons as both realizes money cannot buy happiness, but it does help eliminate stress inducers................................ Harriet Klausner