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The Perfect Waltz (The Merridew Sisters #2)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,567 ratings  ·  104 reviews
He came in search of a convenient bride...

London's Ball of the Season is hardly the milieu for society black sheep Sebastian Reyne. But his younger sisters are in desperate need of care, and Sebastian is seeking a practical, down-to-earth wife. What he doesn't need is an effervescent sprite like Hope Merridew, a dazzling beauty and the darling of the ton.

...And found love
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published (first published November 1st 2005)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Okay Richard Armitage is so Sebastian Reyne in this book. I am like Hope. Sebastian is giving me the shivers. He is dark and brooding, and totally yummalicious. Why are so many of my favorite heroes named Sebastian? What a coinkidink!

This was a touching book. There are multiple scenes that made me tear up, and I don't typically do that while I'm reading. I just loved Sebastian. He was this big, brawny guy who was as soft as a marshmallow inside. His heart is so full of love, but he felt that he
This was such a sweet romance!

I loved both Hope and Sebastian!

Hope was just like her name: a person who brings hope in other people lives! She was so optimistic and basically good that it could become too much, but here it was just perfect! I loved her view on life, her indignance towards the way orphan girls were treated, her way of expressing her thoughts and her opinions! It was just wonderful!

I loved Sebastian too. He was such a sweet guy! And his love for his sisters were great! Also his in
Very sweet... I wish the steam factor was more but the plot was good and kept moving... felt like some of the discussions could have happened earlier but then the story would have been over right LOL? I still have to read #3 but I think of the 3 I have read so far that the last one The Perfect Kiss is still my favorite. But now I have to hunt down The Perfect Stranger!
What's wrong with this series that I need a week to find some time to review the books?

Anyway, The Perfect Waltz is a sweet, solid romance from beginning to end. Remember when I said in my review of the Perfect Rake that Hope was the least favorite of my sisters? (Well I'm not sure these were my exact words, but this is what I meant) Delete that! I was so wrong! Hope is a truly, profoundly good person and I love her (almost) as much as Prue.

The hero's name is Sebastian! Do I need anything more
So happy to visit with the Merridew sisters again! This one really caught my attention - which is almost a miracle these days. I loved both Sebastian and Hope. Anne Gracie does a great job of having serious problems in the book, but it not becoming overly sad and depressing. Both H and h have terrible pasts but absolutely love their sisters. Sebastian is much older than his two sisters, who he has recently been reunited with. Watching how patient, loving and protective he was of them just made w ...more
I'm in a re-reading frame of mind. This is Anne Gracie's BEST, in my view. I adore Sebastian. He is....sigh worthy. Silent, protective, passionate, tender, stubborn, noble, and yearning for love, though he doesn't know it.

No elegant Englishman, Sebastian Reyne is built like a boxer: "His chest was solid, and hot, and exquisitely different from hers. She scratched his skin lightly with her nails, and he groaned deep in his throat, shuddering under her hand."

"Heat radiated from him, and she coul
This could have easily been a five star read if it had been edited down some and remained more focused on Sebastian and Hope. I found both secondary romances a bit uninteresting and I could have done with fewer pages devoted to the young sisters.

The heroine Hope was just shy of being too perfect but I adored her honesty and joy for life. Sebastian got a little irritating with his inability to switch gears once it became abundantly clear that Plan A wasn't working. He seemed to spend a lot of ti
Jane Stewart
Nice. Enjoyable. Neat characters. Above average regency romance.

It didn’t feel like a copy of so many others. I liked that the author did not do “the big separation/fight.” Romance stories can be good without that.

By the time Sebastian was 12, both his parents were dead. He was separated from his two younger sisters. He found them recently and learned they had been badly abused. They need a caring mother. So Sebastian wants to marry someone to help them. He thinks plain dowdy strict Lady Elinore
Sebastian Reyne leaves his country home and his two very troubled little sisters to find a wife that can help him raise his sisters. He enlists the help of his friend Giles to introduce him to Lady Elinore, an older spinster who fits his list of qualifications, never mind that she is very stern, cold and only wears grey.
At the ball, he sees Hope Merridew and is completely mesmerized by her. He fights his deep attraction to her as he thinks she is one of those spoiled ton society girls who woul
Willow Brook
3.5 stars. This moved a bit slow and was too heavy on the angst for my taste. The H, h and various characters all had childhoods that ranged from sad to painful to heartbreaking. The H, Sebastian had an especially brutal and tragic youth and spent much of the book grappling with guilt, loss and the belief that love and happiness were out of his reach. Hope is beautiful and filled with joy despite suffering severe abuse as a child herself. She is his perfect match (as he is hers), but he fights t ...more
Ana T.
Last year I read The Perfect Rake and had great fun with Prue and Gideon’s witty dialogues. Since then I’ve been looking forward to it’s sequels. The Perfect Waltz is the second book, about Hope Merridew.

I also enjoyed this one very much although I didn’t find it as light as the previous book. The hero, Sebastian, has come to London in search of a wife. He feels a wife would be the solution to his sisters problems. The two young girls grew up separated from him and the older one is a rebel and t
An inspiring story of a family in crisis gently being lead back together by a woman who knew terror & choose to live each day in joy.

As I finished the last page I felt their world had been put to right & I'm glad Sebatian came to his senses.
This was a cute story and one that I enjoyed reading with it's lighthearted banter between Hope and Sebastian, although it did deal with child labor in the early 1800's it didn't stray to far into being to dark.
Although a good story, it didn't really hold me like the Perfect Rake did with it's humor and charm between the h/h, Perfect Waltz did have a little more of nice sensual level which the Perfect Rake didn't have but that's about it. The humor never really held up along with the sensual l
It was no accident she was named Hope. She was his Hope, now and for the future.

All along, she was looking for the man who was dancing the perfect waltz with her in her dreams, believing he did exist.
Hope has always make her waltz on her dance card left blank and decide when the dance is about to begun and she never dance waltz with the same man twice because that perfect waltz is reserved for her right man. And once the man is definitely not the right one, why waste the next chance in waltz f
Another lovely story about the Merridew sisters, this time about one of the twins, Hope. This delves into her relationship with Sebastian Reyne. Sebastian has two younger sisters that had been kidnapped years ago when he was only 14. He recently rescued them but they are still psychologically damaged. He decides he needs to marry for the good of his sisters and sets his sights on a spinster who is six years older than him. He encounters Hope at a ball and is instantly attracted to her but is det ...more
I mostly liked this!

The one thing that bothered me, slightly, was the infallibility of Hope. Her methods, her ideology, her approach to life, were all presented as The Best and it rather grated, especially after she gives Elinore a midlife crisis and then kind of just...flounces off with Elinore's beau and the respect of her orphans.

It just grated, a tad.
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(TW: contains mentions of child abuse.) I probably would have given this three stars if I hadn't enjoyed the first book so much. Unfortunately I did; I loved Prue's story and so I started this book with pretty high expectations, wanting to read more about the Merridew sisters. This time the story revolves around one of the twins, Hope, who's pretty and loves dancing and laughing. Sebastian Reyne wants to marry so his orphaned sisters will have a mother figure, and he
Tiko Telia
wow this book was absolutely perfect! i think i found a gem by name Anne Gracie!

i loved Sebastian so very much... and Hope was fantastic...plot, romance... i adored everything!
Hope Merridew hatte als Kind den Traum vom perfekten Mann mit dem sie den perfekten Walzer tanzt. Nach dem Schrecken in der Kindheit, wo sie und ihre Schwestern ihrem grausamen Großvater ausgeliefert waren, sehnt sich Hope nach nichts mehr als Freiheit und dem Leben. Sie und ihre Zwillingsschwester Faith verbringen die zweite Saison bei ihrem Großonkel in London und sind die umschwärmten Lieblinge der Männer. Und den letzten Walzer trägt sie nie in ihre Tanzkarte ein sondern schenkt ihn spontan ...more
Christy Stewart
I was only interested in the kids and what their stories were, but after so long they couldn't save the book for me.
I sure found it hard to endear myself to Sebastian. He's terribly rude, such a grouch, cold, indifferent,... he sure has a pleasing personality. I don't mind reading about brooding heroes but he's just not that fun to be teased and Hope was that, cheerful and wouldn't think twice about flirting.
I actually prefer the second pairing and was glad they got their moments at the latter half of the book. I just knew something was bound to happen between the two when Giles described Elinore as having s
As expected Anne Gracie has outdone herself again. I honestly couldn't put the book down, couldn't stop reading. She visualized her characters and story in ways that makes the readers believe of the existence of her characters, and even become envious of them.

Especially when there is a dark tormented hulk of a guy in the picture, and from what I have read of her stories so far, they are in abundance. And her talent shows when each tormented hero, as his own dark past that makes him so vastly dif
Sooo the beginning of this was frustrating because Sebastian demonstrated one of my absolute least favorite real life problems and made sweeping generalizations about people, in this case, that all these rich, beautiful people couldn't have ever experienced hardship in their life. That was made even worse when we find out that his best friend had been the subject to bullying, so he KNEW rich people can have problems, too.

Also, I know it was supposed to show us that Hope was just IT for Sebastian
I am very fond of Gracie's books, but this one was not quite as enjoyable as her other works.
While I quite liked the hero and heroine - Gracie has a remarkable talent for writing likable characters with actual personalities - the plot and pacing was somewhat lacking.

Hope and Sebastian meet each other in society and most of their interactions are either ton events or short run-ins. This made for an oddly disjointed tale - there was something almost staccato in the pacing of many small encounters
I can't believe the rating for this book was lower than the rating for the Perfect Rake. Okay, maybe I can. The Perfect Rake was... well... perfect. Prudence was a delight to read, although I like Hope better, but what really cinched the Perfect Rake for me was Gideon. Can there be a more dreamy hero? *sighs* But I digress, because Sebastian holds his own quite well against Gideon.

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2.5 stars

Anyone who knows me knows that I don't give low reviews often. So this came as a surprise to me too. It's just that there were so many things about the plot and the characters that I hate seeing in any book. All my pet-peeves combined in The Perfect Waltz.

Let this be known: I HATE ELINORE WITH A PASSION. I had no sympathy for her. AT ALL. She was a bully! I don't care what she went through, she has no right to be so cruel to the orphans. I want to throw something at her!

Sebastian doesn'

I like this one, especially love the h, so vibrant and bubbly yet loving and strong at the same time. I also adore the H, have a soft spot for H that dotes on little kids. I love reading the whole story, seeing how bits and pieces of the H and h is reveals while at the same time was so drawn to the story as to be biting and chaffing to know what had happened to the kids (yup was holding hands with h and H all through that scene).

There are also a lot of excitement and adventure going on in the s
Cherie Jensen
This is my second reading of this book. Originally it was the first of the series I read and I liked it so much I wanted to read about the other sisters. Please see my review of "The Perfect Rake". This one is not as hilarious as "The Perfect Rake" but Sebastian is a serious guy. He is devoted to his two young sisters whom he'd lost track of and has recently found. That he lost them haunts him with self-loathing. He has come to London to marry a woman he hopes will help him with his sisters as t ...more
Nicol Althea

I admired how Sebastian Reyne was determined to marry not for himself but for the good of his sisters. It broke my heart during the part wherein Sebastian was desperately trying his hardest to reach out to his sisters but just don't know how. It also annoyed me at first when he was so convinced that Lady Elinore was the perfect wife for him when clearly Hope had much more to offer. Hope was perfect for him! With her strong belief that everyone deserves to be loved, have fun and find joy. Despite
Loved this book although I still think the first made for a more dramatic story. Hope (the left handed twin) is free of the oppressive home she had once known. In London, under the care of her granduncle, she has flourished into a belle of the ton. Her obvious happiness and joy captures the attention of a Mr. Sebastian Reyne one night in a ballroom. However, Mr Reyne has other plans - he intends to wed Lady Elinore, a charitable but plain spinster who (in his head) would be a good influence on h ...more
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