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THE PERFECT DESIRE
by Leslie LaFoy

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Victorian London

2005 Historical Romantic Mystery/Gothic Award Winner

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Private investigator Barrett Stanbridge is accused of murdering his mistress
and needs to prove his innocence. He
is intrigued when his mistress' cousin, Isabella Dandaneau, claims she can give him that proof.

Having honed her instincts during and after the American Civil War, Isabella realizes Barrett is a rogue but not a killer. She suspects that her cousin hid the pirate
Jean Lafitte's treasure map somewhere
in Barrett's home, making him a target
for those seeking the fabled treasure.

Usually levelheaded, Barrett is fascinated by vibrant Isabella and her obsession with finding the map. And he desires her help even more than he needs it.

Grand mistress of adventure LaFoy delivers a fast-paced read with a luscious love story. Passions are balanced perfectly with the investigation and Isabella's talents as an explosive expert. Here's another example
of LaFoy's expert handling of intense emotions and a suspenseful mystery. SENSUAL (Jan., 346 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: St. Martin's

Published: January 2005

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