Tall, dark, and handsome Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne is the perfect aristocrat. As the heir to the Earl of Hargate, he is renowned for his perfect manners, perfect breeding, and perfect wardrobe. Unlike his scandalous brothers, Benedict is in no danger of ending up in the scandal sheets - until he meets her.
Bathsheba Wingate, is a member of the DeLucey family - the rotten side - notorious for being cheats, frauds, and swindlers. It's no wonder her deceased highborn husband's family disowned him when they wed. Still, she's determined to see her daughter, Olivia, raised a proper lady, despite the disruptive DeLucey genes she seems to have inherited. When Olivia strong-arms Rathbourne's precocious nephew to join her adventure in search a fabled cache of pirated DeLucey treasure, Benedict and Bathsheba must rush after them to avoid a scandal of disastrous proportions. Who knew that such an impossible match would be the perfect temptation for them both?
©2006 Loretta Chekani (P)2015 Loretta Chekani
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5 out of 5 stars
By Cam on 27-07-15

One of my favorites by Loretta Chase

The characters were witty, specially Bathsheba. A completely witty and refreshing story with very well developed characters. So many funny scenes were woven into the story that I had to go back and re-listen because I enjoyed them so much. I loved how she kept trying to give Benedict up because she knew he can get ruined by any association with her. But the entire thing was done in a light hearted and funny way and unlike other romances where the rejection would have been the end of it all. I will have to revisit this book again in the future. :)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Yvette on 26-10-15


It was great to follow Benedict Carsington's MUCH NEEDED fall into love. Benedict is the responsible, older brother of the Carsington's and he's the opitome of male, aristocratic perfection. I loved how he immediately became aware of Bathsheba Wingate's presence at the museum on an ordinary day where he accompanied his studious, nephew Peregrin. Bathsheba caught his attention, as she was devastatingly beautiful to him. Regarding this strong sense of awareness the two had for each other, Loretta Chase did a fantastic job in setting up the sexual tension between both Bathsheba and Benedict. There was definitely a lot of powerful nonverbal messages emitted between the two that I found fascinating.

Peregrin and Bathsheba's strong-headed daughter, Olivia immediately started budding heads and it was fun to see both Benedict and Bathsheba getting involved to settle peace. Yet, Peregrin and Olivia formed a stout friendship that pulled in the adults, in equal measure, into an adventure that was sure to change all of their lives.

I thought Chase did a wonderful job of setting up the love story between Benedict and Bathsheba, you see and feel how he responds to she makes him happy and brings something special into his life that he had never experienced before. I enjoyed the love scenes, but would have really appreciated a love scene toward the end, close to when you know they are set up for their HEA. The reason is because when they do make love both are giving into what they believe is a momentary impulse since they didn't see how they could be together long-term due to the societal backlash and consequences. This is where their love needed help and it was great to see the family involvement in making a way for Benedict and Bathsheba to be together. That was a great touch!

Kate Reading's narration was excellent. I loved her accent and inflection for Olivia's voice, especially when she writes her adorable letters.

Great love story and the addition of the children was an added delight!

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