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Simply Perfect

Simply Perfect

Written by Mary Balogh

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor


Simply Perfect

Written by Mary Balogh

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

ratings:
4.5/5 (14 ratings)
Length:
12 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Aug 16, 2016
ISBN:
9781515976684
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Tall, dark, and exquisitely sensual, he is the epitome of male perfection. Not that Claudia Martin is looking for a lover. Or a husband. As owner and headmistress of Miss Martin's School for Girls in Bath, she long ago resigned herself to a life without love. Until Joseph, Marquess of Attingsborough, arrives unannounced and tempts her to toss away a lifetime of propriety for an affair that can only lead to ruin.


Joseph has his own reasons for seeking Claudia out. Instantly, irresistibly attracted to the dedicated teacher, he embarks on a plan of seduction that leaves them both yearning for more. But as heir to a prestigious dukedom, Joseph is expected to carry on his family's legacy. And Claudia knows she has no place in his world.


Now that world is about to be rocked by scandal. An arranged marriage, a secret that will shock the ton, and a man from Claudia's past conspire to drive the lovers apart. But Joseph is determined to make Claudia his at any cost. Even if that means defying convention and breaking every rule for a love that is everything he has ever wanted-a love that is perfection itself . . .

Contains mature themes.
Publisher:
Released:
Aug 16, 2016
ISBN:
9781515976684
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the acclaimed Slightly and Simply novels, the Mistress trilogy, and the five titles in her Huxtable series: First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Seduction, At Last Comes Love, Seducing an Angel, and A Secret Affair.

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  • (4/5)
    Joseph is torn between his love for his illegitimate daughter and his love for his family. It is only when he faced with his growing attachment to Claudia in contrast to the woman his father is pushing him to marry that Joseph begins to see that there are things he is not willing to sacrifice. I found the ending amusing and satisfying.
  • (4/5)
    The "Simply" series is no more than an excuse to see how the far more interesting Bedwyn family has settled down, from Balogh's original "Slightly" series.Simply Perfect is the ending story of how Claudia Martin finds love with Joseph, Marquess Attingsborough.
  • (5/5)
    Claudia Martin finally gets her turn -- and her comeuppance. Claudia and Joseph make a wonderful couple, and it was great fun to see all of Claudia's old colleagues as well as most of the Bedwyns again.

    I totally enjoyed all of the Slightly/Simply series. Mary Balogh creates a special world and populates it with fascinating people who I've delighted in meeting again and again.
  • (4/5)
    Another emotionally satisfying book from Mary Balogh. The final of her "Simply..." series.This is the story of Claudia Martin, school matron. Claudia doesn't like aristocrats, the ton, and men in general. She was terribly hurt as a young woman and vowed to rely only on herself while making a success of her life. She's in her mid-30s, firmly on the shelf, and satisfied with her life. The Joseph, Marquess of Attingsborough, arrives on an errand from one of her former teachers...and her life, and how she feels about herself are changed forever.Joseph is finally ready and willing to take a bride from amongst the ton. He's in his mid-30s and needs to secure the succession. He wants to be happy and fulfilled in his marriage. He is also the loving father of an illegitimate blind girl, Lizzie. The actions and decisions these two make and their reasons for doing so will capture your heart early on and not let go until long after you finish the book. This is a story of love, society, rules, and courage. I enjoyed it immensely.
  • (4/5)
    Entertaining romance with a headmistress coming to terms with her past with the help of a Marquess, and both of them discovering what really matters to them.Though from watching an episode of "Who do you Think you are", I know that blindness was often a symptom of congenital syphilis which kinda spoilt my wanting the couple to get together, they were good emotionally but I didn't want her to suffer for his dalliances, damn you educational TV.However the couple were good, I liked them, I liked the relationship, I liked how they had to come to terms with their past and deal with some of their issues before becoming a full couple, the attraction was there from the start but they both had to acknowledge it and deal with other people and their relationship with them. I could see the reality of the period being echoed, but I let it slide for the most part. I enjoyed it overall and liked the main characters for the most part.
  • (4/5)
    Having resigned herself to life without love, Claudia Martin, headmistress of Miss Martin's School for Girls, is drawn to Joseph, the Marquess of Attingsborough, who is willing to defy convention and break every rule in society to make her his.This is the final installment in Balogh's Simply series featuring teachers from Miss Martin's School for Girls. It doesn't disappoint.
  • (3/5)
    Definitely not my favorite of the series, let alone my favorite Balogh, but I still liked it.
  • (3/5)
    I was given this book by a friend to read because she thought I might like it, as a good quick read. It was a quick read and I did like most of it, but I was ready for it to end by the last 90 pages or so, I think I got a bit tired of the romance. I enjoyed it despite this fact and I would consider reading the other books in the series since I started with the last book.
  • (5/5)
    Oh! I loved this book. It had me close to tears a number of times and made me feel so good.
    Claudia was surprisingly understanding about Joseph’s willingness to pretend he didn’t know his daughter in the presence of the ton. That was really stupid but I guess that’s how life is. Leslie and Claudia got their happy ever after. Really, this book was ... simply perfect ?
  • (5/5)
    Simply Perfect by Mary BaloghClaudia Martin, owner and headmistress of a girl’s school ruined and left with a broken heart nearly twenty years ago has given up hope of marriage and a family. Her childhood sweetheart declared that she was not good enough for him and broke their engagement when he inherited a Dukedom. Now at age thirty-five her past love returns and Claudia falls in love with Joseph, Marquess of Attingsborough, caught in an arranged betrothal and in line for a Dukedom. Claudia has many reasons to distrust the ton adding to her dilemma with old and new found love. The best thing about reading a Mary Balogh romance is one not only reads about love, one feels love. {“Then I would love them too,” Claudia said, her cheeks an interesting shade of pink. “Just as dearly. Not more so, not less. Love does not have to be portioned out, Lizzie. It is the one thing that never diminishes when one gives it away. Indeed, it only grows.”}
  • (4/5)
    Another enjoyable story by Mary Balogh, this is 4th of 4 books in the Simply Quartet, which features teachers at Miss Martin’s School for girls. This story is about Claudia Martin herself.Claudia does not trust titled gentleman, especially Dukes so when the future Duke of Anburey, Joseph, Marquess of Attingsborough comes to her school with a note from her friend Susanna and says that he will accompany her and 2 of her students to London in 2 days time – she does not trust him.We find out why she does not trust Dukes and it has to do with Charlie, the Duke of McLeith who she had loved and 17 then had her heart broken by him because all of sudden she was not good enough for a Duke. Her relationship with Joseph develops slowly, he introduces her to his illegitimate blind daughter Lizzie, with thoughts that Claudia might be able to take her in at her school. At the same time Joseph must find a wife so it is put to him by his father to marry a Miss Hunt – he is in a bit of turmoil as he finds himself falling in love with Claudia and at the same time trying to convince himself that he needs to find contentment with Miss Hunt, it does not quite work.Needless to say things do not go well with Miss Hunt and he ends up with Claudia.I now need to go back and read the earlier books in the Simply Quartet and the books in the Bedwyn Series as well – a lot of the Bedwyn’s are featured in this book too.