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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Book Review: A Different Sort of Perfect by Vivian Roycroft

A Different Sort of Perfect by Vivian Roycroft
Genre: Adult Fiction (Historical/Regency Romance)
Date Published: January 7, 2013
Publisher: Astraea Press LLC

The Blurb:
A clean Regency novel with lots of high seas adventure... but no pirates

Lady Clara Huckabee stows away by accident. But she's not sorry to sail aboard HMS Topaze, leaving England behind. It's a chance to search for her charming French suitor from the Amiens peace, the man she's determined to marry despite the war and her dominating uncle's disapproval. All she has to do is convince the Topaze's handsome captain to see things her way, and everything will be perfect.

A French frigate has evaded the Royal Navy blockade of Brest. Captain Alexander Fleming sails the smaller, elderly frigate Topaze in pursuit, but what he's supposed to do with a silly stowaway debutante for seven thousand miles wasn't covered in his orders. In the doldrums, during a South Atlantic storm, and with French t'gallants spiking the horizon, his first responsibility is always to his ship, his crew, his assignment... not his growing attachment for the woman doubling as his captain's clerk. Perfect; just perfect.

Before disaster strikes, before the cannons open fire, will Lady Clara and Fleming learn that the perfection they longed for isn't the one they really want?

My Review:
A Different Sort of Perfect by Vivian Roycroft is a sweet story of love and adventure. There was a lot of technical and not so technical ship talk that went on throughout the story that would lose my attention in a major way. I'm just not that ship smart, but the meat and potatoes of the story itself was adorable. I love that the romance progressed slowly. They didn't just jump in head first. Lady Clara is a little spit fire, and her personality meshes well with Captain Flemings' understated humorous nature. They are faced with challenges along the way, both expected and not expected, but they are good together. This story gave you some humor and drama along with the romance. It was a pleasant little mix, and all around fun to read.

A Different Sort of Perfect by Vivian Roycroft was provided to me by the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.

About the Author:
Vivian Roycroft is a pseudonym for historical fiction and adventure writer J. Gunnar Grey. And if she’s not careful, her pseudonymous pseudonym will have its own pseudonym soon, too. With its own e-reader, a yarn stash, and a turtle sundae at Culver's.

To learn more about Vivian Roycroft and her books, visit her blog.You can also find her on Goodreads and Twitter.

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