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Brenda Joyce has written some of my favorite historical romances and this book can be added to that list. The Perfect Bride is set in Regency England, just after the war with Napoleon. Rex is a war hero and a recluse. Blanche recently lost her father and is now an heiress and in need of husband... and Rex seems to be the right man for the job.

One of the things that really stood out in this book are the characters. Rex was injured in the war and has visible and invisible wounds. Blanche seems to be the perfect English lady, but has a disturbing past which she'd buried but is now threatening her life. And the romance between these characters works. Ms. Joyce doesn't have the characters jump immediately into bed. But instead she develops a friendship between them and then passion erupts.

The Perfect Bride is the seventh book in the De Warenne Dynasty series, but stands very well on it's own.

http://www.romancing-the-book.com/2007/11/jens-review-perfect-bride-by-brenda.ht... ( )
  RtB | Apr 26, 2011 |
dark tale: hardened, one legged hero and trauma unfeeling heroine. it was good but not the best. ( )
  lina_em | Sep 11, 2007 |
Thumbs down! Such a disappointment...First there is the problem of Blanche. an unmarried lady, showing up and staying indefinitely at a bachelor's home with no chaperone or family. No one remarks on this, in 1822? It rankled. Blanche's emotional block seemed extreme but became ridiculous as the story wore on. Both she and Rex suffered from a fantastical amount of humility that started as plausible and noble but quickly became tiresome. I couldn't even finish this one... ( )
  montano | Aug 13, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0373772440, Mass Market Paperback)

A woman without passion and a man without hope

A childhood trauma has left Lady Blanche Harrington incapable of all emotion, least of all love. Now circumstance demands she marry, and Blanche dreads choosing from her horde of fawning suitors. For one very eligible gentleman has not stepped forward . . .

A war hero and a recluse, Rex de Warenne has long admired Lady Blanche. Though fate and his own dark nature have robbed him of any hope for the kind of future such a lady deserves, Rex is determined to aid her -- and keep his feelings to himself. But when their growing friendship leads to a night of shocking passion, Blanche's newfound memories threaten their fragile love . . . and Blanche's very life.

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The victim of a childhood tragedy, Lady Blanche Harrington finds herself incapable of experiencing genuine emotion and dreads being forced to choose from a bevy of fawning suitors, until she meets a reclusive war hero Rex de Warenne.

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