Saturday, February 28, 2009

Feb Re-read Challenge: A Perfect Hero by Samantha James

Courtesy of samanthajames.comSince she was cruelly left at the altar at the age of twenty-two, Lady Julianna Sterling has resolved to have nothing to do with men. So she is shocked to discover she has unwelcome feelings for the very worst of the breed - a dangerous, unbearably handsome highwayman who has set upon her coach in the countryside and taken her captive. Worse still, her righteous ire turns quickly to disappointment when the irresistible outlaw sets her free.

Viscount Dane Graville knows he should not have revealed his face to the enchanting Lady Julianna - for he has compromised the secret mission he has undertaken for the Crown in the guise of the notorious Magpie. Now their paths are crossing once more, and Dane aches to taste again the sweetness of her kiss. But he must resist what his heart demands, for their passion can only lead to perils beyond imagining.


This is the third book in the Sterling family trilogy. Usually I love the first book in a trilogy, and am disappointed by the others. I loved all of these books, but this one captured my heart.

Julianna, left at the altar, has resigned herself to living her life alone. On her way to look at property to purchase, she becomes an unwitting victim of the "Magpie", the latest highwayman to terrorize the roads of England. She's injured in the attack, and he takes her to his hideaway to recover.

As they circle around one another and learn about each other, Julianna sees her chance to escape and shoots the Magpie. However, she just can't leave him and returns to nurse him back to health. Of course, they fall in love, and once she returns to society and discovers who the Magpie really is, Dane must reveal his true mission to her.

What I loved so much about this book was the sense of family and true love and caring that envelops the entire Stirling set of siblings. They've suffered, yet have each found love, and they all love and care for each other tremendously, while supporting each other on their journeys toward self-discovery and self-acceptance. I also really loved the interactions between Julianna and Dane. I loved that he was willing to give up everything for her - his life's work, his integrity... everything. Their time together in the cabin was wonderful. Oh! I forgot to mention this one to JenB as a cabin romance! (But Jen, if you aren't into the "Home Office" spy thing, maybe you shouldn't go there, although it is secondary to the storyline. You're just getting into the historical thing, and I'd hate to lose my status as your favorite person, LOL!).

Julianna and her brothers (great heroes in their own right) have a family scandal/secret in their history which is finally brought to a conclusion in this book. It's deeply moving, especially as it relates to the middle brother, Justin. It also brings in the whole "Home Office" spy aspect, so if that's not your thing, be forewarned. However, I wouldn't say that this book revolves around it at all.

The books in this trilogy in order:
A Perfect Bride
A Perfect Groom
A Perfect Hero


  1. Hi Lori!!

    I've never read any historicals by Samantha James and you got me intrigued!! I will try to look up for this trilogy!!

    Thanks for the review!

  2. Ok now I have to go check out James' website because I think I've read some of her books - not this one though. This sounds like a great book. I'm not normally a fan of Stockholm syndrome but it has its moments. :)

  3. You know, Tracy, I came thisclose to calling it Stockholm syndrome, but stopped myself because it really wasn't. She left and came back of her own accord. And I never really felt like he was keeping her there. So I help back from calling it that.

  4. ooh, I like the sound of this one. I'll be hopping over to her website to check the trilogy out! :-)

  5. Hmm. I don't think I've ever read Samantha James. I'll have to check Mt. TBR. BRB..

    OK. I have The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell. Maybe I'll just have to go back to the UBS to see what other SJ books they have!


  6. Okay, gotta ask... do you think I can read A Perfect Hero without reading the other ones?

  7. Hi Nath,
    You absolutely can read it as a standalone. I read it first, actually. (hushing all you series sluts out there...)

    Bookwormom, that's the first book in her latest series - the MacBride siblings. I just finished the latest one - Bride of a Wicked Scotsman. I enjoyed all of them, but not nearly as much as the Stirling family.

  8. Ok, thanks for the info. I think I've two new series to pick up!



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