The Perfect Waltz (The Merridew Sisters #2)
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
Also, I know it was supposed to show us that Hope was just IT for Sebastian...more
(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...more
i loved Sebastian so very much... and Hope was fantastic...plot, romance... i adored everything!
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...more
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...more
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...more
(view spoiler)[ The best part of the book for me was the inclusion of child labour during the Industrial Revolution...more
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!
There are also a lot of excitement and adventure going on in the s...more
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...more
In case you imagine we were a filthy rich...more