War hero Alistair Carsington really really loves women, and his romantic impulses have landed him in nearly as much danger as the Battle of Waterloo. To avoid his usual temptations and perhaps even repay the friend who saved his life, he's exiled himself to a place far from civilization - Derbyshire - in winter! Fate laughs at his good intentions and drives him straight into conflict with Miss Mirabel Oldridge, his match in tenacity, intelligence, and deviousness - who also happens to be wildly irresistible.
Mirabel Oldridge is already overwhelmed by her responsibilities, caring for her brilliant but eccentric father and the family lands, constantly on the verge of trouble. She does not need a devastatingly handsome, too smart, and empathetic aristocrat reminding her that she has a heart and a delectable body, so unfashionably clothed that he claims undressing her is a moral obligation. Now neither of them can resist temptation - how can something so wrong feel so very wonderful?
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I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I really enjoyed Miss Wonderful, narrated by Kate Reading. Kate Reading has a way of taking you back in time to experience the period in an authentic manner with her accent, even pace and representation of characters. She did a great job of bringing this book to life. Although the title is about Miss Wonderful---Miss Mirabel Oldridge, my favorite person in this book was Alistair Carsington, the hero. I loved his character! He was referred to as a "dandy" because of his fancy and ostentatious manner of dress, but there was a reason behind the close attention to detail of his clothes and dress. Alistair was always the impeccable gentleman and his backstory was very warming as he moves forward in this book while processing his experience at the Battle of Waterloo. War definitely reaps severe consequences on the psyche and mind and perhaps Miss Wonderful's best contribution in this book was helping Alistair through that process.
Even though I did like a lot of things about Miss Mirabel Oldridge, she wasn't completely likable and that's why the story lost some Stars in my perspective. I suppose I might be judging her too harshly because her actions may be more reflective of her culture and time period, but OMG she drove me crazy with the confusing messages she continually sent in Alistair's direction. The poor man had to decipher both her action and her words. For this reason Mirabel could be the poster girl for "confusing message women send that drive men crazy" sign. She was refined, intellectual and composed by day, and by night she was a teasing vixen--who seemed to always push her way through into Alistair's room for one reason or another. OMG, take it easy girl! Also, her reluctance at their wedding annoyed the heck out of me!!
I did enjoy all of the supporting actors and the person behind the villainous acts came as quite the surprise for me. In the end, there was a sweet conspiracy that was revealed....ah! So nice!
I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
Popular reviewer of more than 400 historical romance titles on Goodreads. Georgian/Regency/Victorian/Edwardian.
Classic Loretta Chase humor, a flawed but honorable hero, and a proud, lively heroine. My favorite running joke: the hero cares a lot about what he wears, and even though he's attracted to the heroine, he's constantly appalled by her clothes. Cute role reversal.
Kate Reading brings all of the characters to life. She and Loretta Chase are truly a wonderful team.
I am a new reader of Loretta Chase stories. I have thoroughly enjoyed three and can't wait to listen to more of them. Kate Reading is a perfect choice for narrator. Although I can tell it would be fun to follow each series in order, "Lord of Scoundrels" and "The Last Hellion" were great as stand-alone reads. I love the romances from Amanda Quick and Judy Garland. So happy to add Miss Chase to that list of favorites.
The witty, funny dialogue read by a great reader.
Mr. Oldridge, who was crazy like a fox!
Allistair Carsington, she made him sound so sexy!
Yes and no. I wanted to know how everything turned out, but I also wanted to savor the journey.
Los Angeles, CA
Loretta Chase has to be one of my favorite romance novelist. There is never a dull moment and her sense of humor is just the best. This first book in the series is one of my favorite and Kate Reading couldn't be more perfect as the narrator. Can we please get the next book?!!!!!
Day dreaming book lover!
This series starts with the third Carsington brother. He has been wounded at Waterloo and suffers from PTSD like many returning soldiers. The story line centers around the attempt to build a waterway from a small hamlet in the English rural countryside to carry coal to market. His antagonist is a beautiful, distracting spinster who is incapable of keeping her hair neat.
I am a huge fan of Loretta Chase's Historical Romances. She shares the pinnacle of the genre with few others. She has paired her wonderful romances with a Grand Dame of narration, Ms. Kate Reading.
I hope you enjoy this treat like I did.
Oh gosh - that's hard to say - this books ranks high on my list - I lost sleep listening to portions...oh no! What's going to happen next? Oh please no...don't let xxxx happen! LOL :) I enjoyed it - it was a great escape and I wish I hadn't listened to it so quickly because the other books are not on Audible yet! ;(
This book just sets the Carsington Series off! I read the books in reverse order because they're not showing as a series so I was anxious to read about the brothers mentioned in Lord Perfect!
Ah man...what a question. I love so many of her voices...I like the main character's best I think...he was stoic, but comical...just the right amount of sarcasm - so much to like.
Spoiler alert (when the main heroine realized what she must give up for the hero & realized she wanted to).
Get the other books in this series on Audible...I can't wait to hear what Olivia will do as well as the fourth brother...can't remember his name right now.
Miss Wonderful is elevated by the performance of Kate Reading, who is absolutely masterful in her story telling. While I enjoy a strong heroine and am very partial to beta heroes, I found the storyline to be somewhat tedious. We do, however, get flashes of that wit and humor that is unique to Loretta Chase, AND it is the beginning to the Carsington Brothers series which, on the whole, is excellent.
This is my wonderful sons account that he has allowed me to have. Due to a neuromuscular disorder, reading is difficult. So thankful 4 this.
Ho.ly. Heck!!!! I couldnt even get through the darn thing because Kate Reading, whom I happened to thoroughly enjoy in the Into the Wilderness series, was A.W.F.U.L as the main character in this book!!! Every time Mirabel "spoke" (EVERY TIME!) it was a horrid breathy airy attempt at a sultry voice. All it did was to make me cringe over and over and over. I tried to adapt, as we sometimes have to to new a new book, but by chapter 12 I tried increasing the speed up just to get through the book, and halfway through that I gave up.
I cant even comment on the story, quitting midway through, but Kate Reading was NOT the narrator for this. I am returning the book and the following ine in the series, Mr, Impossible, that I'd already purchasednin anticipation.
I'm just less than 4hrs into this book and I don't see a reason to go on. Surprising that. But I'm tired of her whining and negativity and this is just not interesting enough to go on!
HEAT FACTOR: Rather chilled.
CREDITWORTHY? Not to me.
"THE MOST BORING CHARACTERS IMAGINABLE"
IT NEEDS MORE OOMPH.
NO SORRY, THIS ONE HAS PUT ME OFF.
I AM SORRY BUT NO. I HAVE WADED THROUGH THE BOOK AND MY MIND HAS WANDERED CONSTANTLY. I HAVE WAITED FOR THE STORY TO BURST INTO ACTION - TO NO AVAIL. TWO OF THE MOST BORING CHARACTERS I HAVE ENCOUNTERED.
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