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I really enjoyed reading Her Perfect Match. We finally get to read Vivian's story! I'll try very hard to not give anything away in this review (phew, this is going to be difficult). :)
The opening drew the reader right into the action and excitement of Vivian's world, but also set-up the inciting incident that would carry us through the rest of the book. From the start, I wanted to know what was so special about Benedict that Vivian would be thinking about him at time such as [in the opening]. I loved the push-and-pull between them and rooted for them right from the start. The twist about 60% into the book had me reading with my mouth opened for a good five minutes. It was brilliant and completely understandable given the circumstances. And of course, the ending was "aww"-inducing and heart-warming, even if it was a little rushed.
There are a few nit-picky things that threw me off just a bit. I mentioned earlier that I wanted to know what was so special about Benedict -- I do think that question could have been developed a little more. I never got a truly satisfactory answer to that question beyond "they loved each other." And the reveal for why the couple split up in the first place had almost no foreshadowing and probably should have come earlier than 80% into the book. The dialogue was appropriately formal (the book is set in the Regency period after all), but this formality carried through to the bedroom scenes. I found this level of formality, especially between these two characters given their background and history, just a tad too much. These issues bought the book 4 stars instead of 5 stars
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Her Perfect Match and cannot wait for the next book from Jess Michaels!
Carmen Rose was excellent with the delivery of the story.
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I have been looking for a more daring author of romances from this era, who can combine good stories with hot sex that crosses taboo lines. This series started out well, and this book began with a really hot sex scene, but the story was boring. I will continue to look for more from Jess Michael's though as I still think she's on the right track.