Someone Perfect by Mary Balogh


Someone Perfect is an intricate, decadently descriptive, haunting romance that will keep you reading.  This novel is superb with lush backdrops, complex characters, and a plot that keeps you guessing.

Justin Wiley, Earl of Brandon, was disowned and banished as a young man.  Justin is an enigma; everyone is guessing where he has been and what he’s been doing before inheriting the title six years ago.  Justin descends upon Maria, his estranged half-sister, and takes her back to their home.  Maria’s mother died a year ago, and Maria, who once loved Justin, now despises him.  Lady Estelle Lamar and her twin brother live close to Maria.  The twins are twenty-five and live their lives as they see fit.  Estelle is holding out for the perfect man to fall in love with.  The Lamar twins are convinced to visit Maria at her new home. 

Once at Justin’s home at Everleigh Park, the family descends, and painful secrets are begrudgingly revealed.    Justin’s past is tragic, yet he has resilience.  Justin hides behind his cold, indifferent demeanor. However, a creative, loving man is hidden, buried deep beneath the pain.  Justin is written vividly and viscerally and is multidimensional.  I enjoyed discovering the many facets and layers of Justin as they unfold throughout the story.  Estelle is fiercely independent and set in her ways.  She has an instant, visceral reaction to Justin.  Her dislike of Justin is disconcerting as, at the same time, she is relentlessly attracted to him.

Justin and Estelle’s journey is wrapped around Justin’s enigmatic past.  Their love-hate relationship flourished organically.  The couple’s genuine confusion with their feelings created a natural, messy relationship.  The desire between Justin and Estelle runs deep yet is gradual.  When it culminates, the connection is all-consuming and powerful.

This is a slow-burn novel.  The backdrops, characters, and locations are described at length.  The plot moved slowly for the first half of the book, especially before the twenty-five percent mark.  The final half of the book picked up to a brisk pace—the heart of the story blossoms at this time.  The plot moved faster, and more questions were answered closer to the conclusion.  The story had layer after layer of trauma, misdirection, and discovery.  The many facets of the story kept me invested and turning the page.  Someone Perfect is the ninth book in the Wescott  Series.  This was an eye-catching, captivating novel.  I enjoyed the undertones of deception, redemption, and love.  Complex and haunting, this sweeping love story is epic and delivers a book with grit and substance.  Someone Perfect takes the reader on a rocky, emotional journey that concludes with forgiveness and love.  

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Release Date: November 30, 2021

Published by jelee1976

I love to review historical romance books! I discuss book reviews, thoughts on authors and series, and just general stuff about me!

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