That which appears perfect can act as a stumbling block on the road to happily ever after. These romance novels, each strongly recommended by Booklist reviewers, play with readers’ notions of perfection—always with sexy results.
The Perfect Bride, by Brenda Joyce
After her father’s death, Blanche knows she must get married, but she believes she is damaged. She has no strong feelings, and, while she appears peaceful and serene, she is dismayed by her indifference to the suitors lined up at her door. . .Truly a stirring story with wonderfully etched characters, Joyce’s latest is Regency romance at its best.
The Duke’s Perfect Wife, by Jennifer Ashley
With the latest addition to her impeccably written Mackenzie Brothers series, Ashley demonstrates her gift for combining complex characters; emotionally compelling, danger-tinged plotting; and a delectably sensual romance into one unforgettable love story.
Lord Perfect, by Loretta Chase
With its splendidly original characters, exquisitely sensual romance, and wonderfully witty writing, the third of RITA Award-winning Chase’s fabulous historical Regencies to feature the romantic comeuppance of one of the Carsington men is simply perfect.
The Perfect Homecoming, by Julia Morgan
Morgan (The Trouble with Honor) once again works her brand of writing magic by making a prickly, flawed heroine not only relatable but also deserving of love. Readers may feel emotionally wrung out by the end, but this poignant, life-affirming book is absolutely worth it.
The Perfect Hope, by Nora Roberts
With her customary literary skill, Roberts wraps up her latest emotionally engaging, exceptionally entertaining contemporary trilogy by not only matching up the last Montgomery brother with his perfect romantic counterpart but also resolving the mystery of Eliza Ford, the ghost haunting the inn.
Her Perfect Mate, by Paige Tyler
This is an action-packed, sensual genre-blend of military and paranormal romance with appeal for readers of both. The explicit sex scenes, while limited in number, show the influence of erotica on both subgenres.
The Perfect Mistress, by Victoria Alexander
With a delectably dry sense of humor that rivals Oscar Wilde at his best (and a delicious dash of the paranormal in the form of the ghostly Lady Hermione), Alexander fashions the perfect romance, featuring two splendidly matched protagonists engaged in an exceptionally entertaining literary and romantic battle of wits.
The Perfect Poison, by Jennifer Echols
New York Times best-seller Quick delivers another fascinating addition to her original and spellbinding Victorian-era series about the Arcane Society, a 200-year-old secret organization founded by an alchemist and devoted to paranormal research.
A Perfect Scandal, by Tina Gabrielle
Gabrielle (Lady of Scandal, 2009) infuses her lively romance with a scintillating look at the British stock market and the life of a stockbroker during the Regency period as well as glimpses into the world of art with references to and tidbits about familiar classical paintings.
Simply Perfect, by Mary Belogh
A prim and proper spinster discovers love is never sensible when she engages in a spirited battle of wits and wills with a nobleman with charm to spare.