Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Pocket – (Sep, 2011)
Rating: A; Nearly Perfect; A Keeper!
Heat Level: 4; Very Hot!
My Source: Purchased by reviewer
Flawless by Carrie Lofty
Lofty, known for her powerful and passionate historical romances, does not disappoint with her latest release, Flawless. With exotic settings, fabulous characters and plenty of spicy romance, this novel is another winner that Lofty fans should not miss!
Sir William Christie’s death has left his children a fortune…they just have to earn it. At the reading of his will, Lady Vivienne Bancroft faces her shocking situation. She must travel to colonial South Africa to run Christie’s diamond business for a certain length of time before she is to inherit her fortune. Vivienne is up to the task, just so long as her worthless yet handsome husband stays out of her way. Of course Miles, Viscount Bancroft, would never make things that easy for Vivienne. Instead, he meets her in South Africa ready to earn his portion of the fortune. Upon first glance Vivienne realizes this is not the same over indulgent drinking and gambling husband she ran away from. Miles has given up drinking, gambling and cigar smoking not only to work with Vivienne but to seduce her as well. He wants to make her crave the passion that they once share together so when he leaves her she can feel the same agony she inflicted upon him when she ran away. Yet his plan hits a snag because Miles does the last thing he ever wanted to do…fall in love with his wife.
The premise of Flawless was truly entertaining. I adored how Vivienne was basically meeting her own husband for the first time since he had changed so drastically. On the other hand, Miles’ goal was to rid himself of his infatuation for his wife considering the circumstances in which she left him. Both characters are severely misguided by their feelings and what ensues because of this is a very fascinating and humorous plot. But you can’t blame Vivienne for being enthralled by her husband. He was truly a changed man and one that readers will love to read about. These were vices that didn’t necessarily make him a bad human being, but the certainly made him a terrible husband. To see him overcome these obsessions for Vivienne was no only dramatic, but terribly romantic.
Flawless does have great characters from the leads to the secondary cast. The one thing that became a problem for me was how long the battle between Miles and Vivienne was drawn out. It felt sometimes like the story was traveling in circles. This complaint has some pros and cons though! The drama and build up of tension led to a more gratifying conclusion when these two finally came together in a blaze of passion. In a way, it made it all worth it! While reading it though, it does become frustrating. With Vivienne and Miles, you come to adore and despise the cat and mouse game they play. Sometimes it is painful to read about an other times it is entertaining. Therein lies the true beauty of Lofty’s characters. They grab hold of your emotions and never let go.
‘The Christies’ series really starts off on a high note with Flawless and will leave you anticipating the next installment. With her previous novels and now with Flawless, I have discovered there is something magical in what Carrie Lofty writes. Her novels take you through a large range of emotions yet leaves you completely satisfied by the end. Her characters are so endearing, that as you read, you can find yourself laughing, near tears, sighing and finally smiling. Flawless continues this standar. With beautiful and descriptive prose, entertaining story lines and characters you can treasure forever, this novel is a definite keeper.