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The Perfect Mistress

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Clever and Spirited Good Fun!

After 3 years of widowhood, the little money her husband left Lady Julia Winterset is fast dwindling down to nothing, but when her uncle dies she's given an opportunity for salvation in the form a diary containing her great-grandmother, Lady Hermione Middlebury's shocki...
After 3 years of widowhood, the little money her husband left Lady Julia Winterset is fast dwindling down to nothing, but when her uncle dies she's given an opportunity for salvation in the form a diary containing her great-grandmother, Lady Hermione Middlebury's shocking memoirs... Now to save herself and her elderly grandmother from financial ruin, Julia's resolved to ignore convention and polite society and have the scandalous memoirs published. She's been assured that scandal does, indeed, sell a lot of books. So she's quite determined to sell the memoirs, even if those memoirs would reveal wickedly naughty indiscretions and the intimate details of her great-grandmother's affairs with various gentlemen. Secrets, perhaps, best left untold and allowed to remain in the past, but what other choice does she have?..... When the pompous and haughty Earl of Mountdale comes to her and dares tell her she can't publish the shamefully outrageous book because the memoirs included details of his now 76 year old father's amorous dalliances with the lady in question, and insists she sell it to him so he can destroy it. He angers Julia and she flatly refuses..... But Harrison vows he won't allow scandal to touch his family name, and he'll use every weapon at his disposal to stop the book from being published. If he can't buy it outright from Lady Winterset or charm it out of her, he'll just have to come up with another brilliant plan..... *****Harrison and Julia will soon discover LOVE is what sometimes happens while you're busy making other plans. *****One of the things I've always loved about reading New York Times Bestselling author Victoria Alexander's novels is that I know tantalizing romance and wonderful humor will go hand in hand; and I can always count on her stories to lift my spirits and make me smile. Her latest novel, THE PERFECT MISTRESS, the delightful first book in her new series called The Mistress Trio, was no exception... Fans old and new will be sure to enjoy this enchanting tale. If you love clever and witty verbal sparring and an enticing build up of sensual tension between the hero and heroine, as I do, then you will love this story because no one does that better than Ms. Alexander. Her writing was fast paced, smooth, sharp, and funny, and storyline was painstakingly plotted with several surprising twists and turns that made for a thoroughly engaging, imaginative, and refreshingly creative book. The hint of paranormal, I felt, was a charming addition to the story and the nocturnal visits from the charismatic and completely irresistible Lady Hermione, the friendly ghost, and her captivating entourage of spirit escorts made the story fun and quite different from your average historical romance... I loved how the story explored several different themes: second chances at Love and to make amends, strong family ties, the powerful bonds of friendship and the possibility of spirits and Guardian Angels among us, in an entertaining, and yet, thoughtful, positive and effective manner. The closeness, sincere camaraderie and gentle teasing shared between the widows Julia, Veronica and Portia was heartwarming and a pleasure to read. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series... The Perfect Mistress is a tale well told and a wonderfully engaging novel. It's Victoria Alexander at her most delightful and wittiest, and lighthearted Historical Romance storytelling at its very finest.

posted by Irene_M on January 27, 2011

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great book if you can handle the epub problems

Almost every page has a name with a hyphen between two syllables in the middle of a line but it's almost never the same name. Whatever software produced the epub is smart enough not to hyphenate regular words but not smart enough to not hyphenate names. Sigh!

posted by JHines on February 8, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Entertaining

    The Perfect Mistress has several funny entertaining sections. I liked the close friendship and support between the three intelligent widowed females. The plot was interesting, but definitely not new to this genre. The primary male characters are one good but boring man, one morally and ethically corrupt man, and one confused, moral and ethical man who falls in love with the heroine. As a side note his father's is able to reunite with the love of his life who disappeared thirty years ago. The other reviews are correct in that sections of this story are boring and drag on. Skim over those fast and the rest is entertaining. I hope there are stories planned about the two widowed friends. I look forward to reading them.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Quick, fun read

    Nothing crazy or new, but it was a fun read. Didn't expect the supernatural bit in it, but it just made the story more interesting.

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