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England's Perfect Hero

(Lessons in Love #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  6,084 ratings  ·  306 reviews
Lucinda Barrett's best friends ended up married to the men to whom they delivered their "lessons in love." So Lucinda decides to choose someone who definitely needs lessons, but someone who will not complicate her life. And that person is definitely not Robert Carroway.

Robert is nothing if not complicated, and though he is the brother of a viscount, he rarely g
Paperback, 374 pages
Published February 24th 2004 by Avon
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Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers looking for a severely emotionally scarred hero
I was a bit leery about this story so it took me a while to finally decide to read it because the hero is a reclusive, severely emotionally scarred man due to the war. Robert pops up in the previous book “London’s Perfect Scoundrel” as a war hero who barely says two words to anyone and just doesn’t seem all that interesting. He’s impossible to categorize too as an alpha, beta or gamma hero which was interesting to see. Basically I had a hard time seeing how he could be hero material. Well he tur ...more
Aug 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
When it’s Lucinda Barrett turn to give her lessons in love, she already has her eye on one gentleman, who will keep her life uneventful. Lucinda’s lessons are going without a hitch and uneventful until Robert Carroway walks in to help her give her lessons a helping hand, and Lucinda’s and Roberts’ lives becomes very complicated

The last of the The Lessons of Love Trilogy, this series was wonderful and ending on a very high note with England's Perfect Hero!
Out of the three friends Luc
Addie H
I am re-reading all my 5 star rated romance novels. There are 60 on my shelf. This is book 19.

(Tropes: Unrequited Love, Tortured Hero (PTSD, limp)

This is how my 19th re-read held up.


For three years he'd looked forward to seeing Lucinda, even from a distance. Close to her, interacting with her, she felt like daylight after a very long, very dark night. He couldn't help stretching his wings a little, yet he still lingered in the shadows, afraid the sun would burn him to ashes. But he'd made her a barg*****
5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

As much as I enjoyed the love/hate banter of The Rake and swooned at devilishly wicked, sinfully charming rake Saint’s feet in London's Perfect Scoundrel, England’s Perfect Hero ended up being my favorite book in Enoch’s wonderful Lessons in Love trilogy. It’s a beautiful, touching romance between an emotionally and physically scarred hero suffering from PTSD and the woman whose friendship helps heal his wounded soul and bring him back into the light. I absolutely loved it!
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Old school romance is still the best!

I love the heroin, but I love the hero more 😜😜.

It's just the PDAs were too much, and spoiled it a bit for me.

ps - I love this trope but I don't know what it was called.
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Mayhap SE is just not my cuppa, 'cuz this book was simply ho-hum. The storyline was blah, the H/H & 2ndary characters weren't well-rounded. From the get-go, it's quite obvious who stole the papers from House Guards. Too much dialogue & too many characters were crammed in-between the covers, 'overcrowded' = the operative word here. Bit has been living w/ his sibling since his horrific captivity, so his clandestine meetings w/ Luce took place @ her home. When I think of a 'reclusive' hero, ...more

3 to 3.5 stars

Ugh, I think I may either need to go back and just reread my favorite romances or just stop reading romance altogether. Everything lately is just so.....disappointing in one way or another.

Anyway, re: this book. It had some bright spots, but overall, I was extremely disappointed. The heroine continued to lead on another man up until 80% into the story. Not only did she lead him on, she continued to consider marrying him. She also allowed him to kiss her, although it wa
Yomi M.
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars

It would have been a perfect book to me if the ending hadn't felt too rushed and if there had been an epilogue. I really would have liked to see how everyone's lives turned out considering this was the last book of the series.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Linda by: Ririn
According to Goodreads, Suzanne Enoch wrote eleven series and ‘Lessons In Love’ was her most popular. I read England's Perfect Hero, the 3rd story, as a standalone. I enjoyed the followup with the characters from the first two stories. But, ‘You just said you didn’t read the first two books!?’ That is correct but I found the easy introduction of best friends with their now-husbands and family members a fun romp. Because of Ms. Enoch’s style of writing, I glided into the storyline.

Miss Lucinda Barret
Jul 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF at 30%. I know it's too early to give up on a book, but the injustice done to Robert's character made the story too unbearable for me. Lucinda was such a bitch, and she clearly didn't deserve him. My annoyance for her grew with every page, until it got to the point where I became sure that I hated her, that she wouldn't be able to completely redeem herself. I might try to finish this in the future, just for Robert's sake, but now I'm just going to drown my frustration with a glass of wine. Uuuuu ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read for me. I don't usually like a book if I cannot feel the chemistry between the characters, which is true about this book, but I read it to the last line and followed its rather developed plots to the end, which is also a new experience with an Enoch book.

I was happy to find out that the hero for the 3rd book would be Robert, Tristan's war-injured brother. I literally went "yay" to my kindle. I thought him an interesting character in Tristan's story. Same thing goes
Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
I really liked the war veteran/PTSD issue that was brought up here and how the heroine really started bringing him back to society and life. His ruse in helping her find someone else was great because their love just snuck on them. Excellent end to the series!
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas
This is the fourth Suzanne Enoch book I've read and the first one that I thought was very high quality. I really loved this.

Robert is a man suffering from ptsd in a time when no one knew what was going on from you. Returned home a POW he was beaten and whipped for speaking. Outside his family society has very little sympathy for a man that suffers from panic attacks from physical contact or even conversations.

Lucinda is practically engaged to a man mainly attracted to her
Barbara ★
I don't ever remember reading a novel by Suzanne Enoch and not loving it. This is no exception. Totally totally loved Robert "Bit" Carroway and Lucinda with her search for the perfect amiable man who so wouldn't suit her.

I never ever reread a book but this one is going on my newly created re-read shelf. I loved this book!
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
it was so sweet that i was on the verge of tears when it ended! what a great book it was!

the hero was truly a person whom youd call tortured... it was so very sad... he was a man broken... you could see the potential of a great young gentleman, maybe even a rake, inside of him, but it was just that, a potential... he thought that he didnt deserve to live... i want to tell you more about him and his pains, but im afraid that ill disclose his secret if i go on... and you dont want to be spoiled about tha
Huma Rashid
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fiction
While I've been studying for the Bar, I found myself moving away from all the super-serious nonfiction books I've been reading for the past year (books about politics and history and prison and the like), and toward fun romances. I'm no longer puzzled at my shift in interest; I think it's quite expected that I'd want something really fun and light to read after spending all day hammering subjects like wills and torts and constitutional law. I need the escapism, and the books I've been reading la ...more
You guys, this was an amazing and delicious book. The hero and heroine were both such amazing endearing characters, I'm still reeling a bit.

Robert Carroway is a war hero who is suffering from a very severe case of PTSD. He's been almost a mute and a recluse for about 3 years, when he finally starts recovering enough to take baby steps back into Society. Lucinda is his sister-in-laws best friend, and when they have a discussion about her Lessons in Love plan, he sees her as a beacon o
Alex Morrison
I picked this up on a whim wanting something a little different from the arrogant rake, alpha hero stories I've been tearing through lately and this absolutely delivered. This is not a silly story - it's quite sad in some places - and I loved every page of it. Robert, our hero, is a mess following his war service, and naturally, the heroine is the only one who can reach him. Thankfully the heroine is not overly saccharine or naive (traits I'm officially over when it comes to HRs); she's a bit ol ...more
If I should rate this book solely based on the relationship between the hero and heroine, Robert and Lucinda, I might give it more than 3 stars. There's a time I consider it a 4 stars worthy, as I think their story is the best in the trilogy. It's interesting and I loved it. I also liked the fact that Robert is so tortured with his past he isn't a rake or scoundrel like the previous heroes.

His PTSD is also pretty prominent it isn't hard to get the idea that he is really affected by the war. And
I am beyond pleased that Robert Carroway is the hero in this book. I liked what I saw of Robert in the previous 2 of the series.

I didn't like some of the dynamic between the hero and heroine at times. Like after being physical together the first time, it was treated as a very underwhelming experience by the both of them. Meh.

Exciting conclusion.

3.5 stars.
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Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads, romance
Suzanne Enoch's England's Perfect Hero is probably not the first romance novel to deal with PTSD, but it's the first one I remember reading - certainly the first Regency on that topic. Looking back, I can't help but wonder how much the genesis of this novel was influenced by the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and the resultant uptick of cases of trauma in soldiers. Sure, Enoch would have started writing the first book in the series before that, but I suspect then-current events shaped Robert Car ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this was top notch. I'm probably being stingy with four stars and it's only for the reason that it lacks that certain *something* to reach a perfect score, but I can't quite work out what. Maybe I'll have figured it out by the end of this review. First thing to love: Robert. Injured hero. Catnip. Haunted by panic and anxiety following traumatic war experiences. He really did feel haunted. The panic and anxiety were palpable. It was completely believable that it was Lucinda to draw him ...more
5.00 Stars - Regency/Historical Romance!

An excellent ending of the wonderful series, this book is clearly a winner. It tells the story of a disfigured tortured ex-army hero nurturing a tormented past and a strong developed heroine who was apparently quite the candidate to help him kill his demons and free him from the blazing memories he carries on with him while he breathes. I felt this one was the best in the series, and this saying a lot given the accomplishment of the previous tw
I can’t believe I’ve never written a review of this book because it is easily in my top 10 romance novels. Robert Carroway is one of the best, most nuanced and empathetic heroes of the entire genre. It’s not just what he experienced during the Napoleonic Wars, but how he heals from it and selflessly helps Lucinda, and comes back to life. Suzanne Enoch did something very special with her depiction of Robert: she never holds him up as an object of pity in order to reinforce melodrama, which is how ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was absolutely mediocre at best and insipid at worst. What really got me, which was something I could not recover from, was the fact that the hero shared a deeply personal and private secret with the heroine and asked her not to share it with anyone. Not 24 hours later she tells her father about the secret-- seriously?! Her father then goes on to tell everyone and his mama about this secret, which causes the hero and his family to be ostracized and puts the hero in danger of imprisonme ...more
I believe this was my favorite of the three books in this series. We first met Robert (Bit)in the first book, The Rake as the brooding tormented brother of Viscount Dare, Tristan Carroway. Robert spent 7 months as a POW. He was tortured and finally shot and left for dead. He spent three years at home unable to escape the blackness that had become his life. ( Extreme PTSD) Then in this book, he becomes involved with Lucinda and finally a turning point for Bit. Lucinda is one of the three young ladies ...more
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I can see why this book made it to a lot DIK shelves. It was just that good. Robert or Bit as he was called suffered from PTSD. What I thought was refreshing about the whole thing is we watched him and Lucinda struggle with it the entire book. It wasn't magically cured after a few chapters. We got to see him slowly get a little better and more able to control his reactions to everyday things. A really good book and ending to a good trilogy. Although we do get to see Robert's brother Shaw end up ...more
This story is darker than the previous one, but not broodingly or unpleasantly so. The focus on the inner struggles of the hero rather than the heroine makes for an intriguing change of pace and direction, even though the characters are familiar. I loved this story and will keep it.
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Suzanne was born in Southern California sometime in the latter half of the 20th century. In the way that some people are born knowing they want to be astronauts or cellists, Suzanne always knew she wanted to be a writer. Early dreams of becoming a zoologist and writing true stories about her adventures in Africa were crushed, however, after she viewed a television special about the world’s most po ...more

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“I had a thought," Bradshaw said into the silence.
"Amazing," Tristan returned dryly.”
“I'll be back at sea by then," Bradshaw put in, "so I'll comfort myself with the knowledge that you'll name
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