The Mistress' House

The Mistress' House

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by Leigh Michaels
     
 

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What readers say about Leigh Michaels:

"Beautiful and romantic... I couldn't put it down."

"Witty, snappy dialogue and great characters!"

Three beautifully intertwined love stories...

The rules are made to be broken...

When the handsome, rakish Earl of Hawthorne buys the charming house

Overview

What readers say about Leigh Michaels:

"Beautiful and romantic... I couldn't put it down."

"Witty, snappy dialogue and great characters!"

Three beautifully intertwined love stories...

The rules are made to be broken...

When the handsome, rakish Earl of Hawthorne buys the charming house across the back garden from his town home, he never expects the lovely lady he installs there to ensnare him completely...

Again...

After Lady Anne Keighley marries the earl, it seems a shame to leave the house empty, so she offers it to her childhood friend Felicity Mercer, who discovers that the earl's gorgeous cousin is precisely the man she's been waiting for...

and again...

Finally, feisty Georgiana Baxter moves into the house to escape an arranged marriage, and encounters the earl's friend Lord Julian Silsby late one night in the back garden. The handsome soldier is more than willing to give her the lessons she asks for...

There is plenty of gossip, scandal, and torrid speculations surrounding the "mistress' house", but behind closed doors, passions blaze...

Editorial Reviews

Bookloons.com
What a light enjoyable story, full of humor, witty lines and lots of hot passionate romance.
RT Book Reviews
Three novellas based on the inhabitants of Number 5 hold their own charm... The sweetness and appeal of these short love stories holds a certain delight.
History Undressed
A delightful romp in Regency-era England... funny, sexy and entertaining. I couldn't put it down!
Linda Banche Romance Author
With deft storytelling, abundant humor and tenderness in all the right places, The Mistress' House will remain with you for a long time to come.
My Book Addiction and More
A wonderful, enchanting story of love, magic of love, and happiness.
Minding Spot
Vibrant, fresh, and fiesty... brimming with sexuality. The love scenes are sizzling hot!!
Dark Diva Reviews
A truly delightful, romantic, historical read... One of the best historical romances I've read in a long while.
Seriously Reviewed
Deliciously decadent from start to finish.
The Royal Reviews
Each story is filled with romance, as well as a few twists and turns, making it a fun and enjoyable read.
Laura's Reviews
A unique regency romance novel that is full of hot romance, great characters, and fun stories.
Romance Fiction on Suite101.com
One novel; three love stories, makes for one intriguing display of romance, adventure, and everything else associated with the regency ton.
Read All Over Reviews
Tender romance stories to escape in... Plenty of passion to spare...
Debbie's Book Bag
Readers will be captivated by her sophisticated style and immense knowledge of Regency England.
Yankee Romance Reviewers
A wonderful book of what love at first sight can bring about... Deliciously vivid.
From the Publisher
"What a light enjoyable story, full of humor, witty lines and lots of hot passionate romance." - Bookloons.com

"Three novellas based on the inhabitants of Number 5 hold their own charm... The sweetness and appeal of these short love stories holds a certain delight. " - RT Book Reviews

"A delightful romp in Regency-era England... funny, sexy and entertaining. I couldn't put it down!" - History Undressed

"With deft storytelling, abundant humor and tenderness in all the right places, The Mistress' House will remain with you for a long time to come." - Linda Banche Romance Author

"A wonderful, enchanting story of love, magic of love, and happiness." - My Book Addiction and More

"Vibrant, fresh, and fiesty... brimming with sexuality. The love scenes are sizzling hot!!" - Minding Spot

"A truly delightful, romantic, historical read... One of the best historical romances I've read in a long while. " - Dark Diva Reviews

"Deliciously decadent from start to finish." - Seriously Reviewed

"Each story is filled with romance, as well as a few twists and turns, making it a fun and enjoyable read. " - The Royal Reviews

"A unique regency romance novel that is full of hot romance, great characters, and fun stories." - Laura's Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402241352
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.02(w) x 6.82(h) x 0.88(d)

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From One

The Earl Buys a House

The Earl of Hawthorne looked wistfully past his man of business. At the far end of the library, a pair of long windows stood open to a glorious autumn day, and in the distance he could hear the bark of a hunting dog. It was a perfect day to take a gun and a dog and go for a long tramp across the parkland and into the woods of his Surrey estate. But here he was instead, sitting at his desk and listening to Perkins prose on for hours about the benefits of investing in a canal somewhere at the far end of England.

Except, now that Thorne actually pulled his attention back to the library, Perkins appeared to have finished with the canal and moved on to the benefits of buying a house in London.

"Perkins," Thorne said gently. "I already have a house in London. A big house-right on Portman Square. You can't have overlooked that."

"No, my lord."

"Surely you're not suggesting I sell the house I already have and buy a different one?"

"No, my lord."

"And surely you're not suggesting that I need more space in London."

"No, my lord." With each repetition, Perkins' voice grew more wooden.

"Then you're suggesting I buy another house and lease it out?"

"Not exactly, my lord."

"But if I'm neither going to live in it nor rent it, what on earth would I do with another house in..." Thorne paused. "Perkins, exactly where is this house?"

"At Number 5 Upper Seymour Street, my lord. It's..."

"I know where it is. Right around the corner from Portman Square."

"The garden of Number 5 backs on your own, my lord. It is not a large house-only six bedrooms, four main reception rooms, and all the usual arrangements for servants. But the location and the situation are quite salubrious. Unlike the other houses in the row, Number 5 has windows all along one side, as well as in front and back, because it lies next to Berkeley Mews."

"With horses coming and going all day," Thorne observed. "Not every tenant would like that."

"Since they are mostly your own horses, my lord," Perkins observed, "I felt it likely this would not disturb you. The location alongside the mews, plus the large number of windows and the consequently high window tax, does mean that the house isn't in quite as much demand as it might otherwise be, and that has kept the price reasonable. And it is a very convenient situation, should my lord wish to come and go without being observed."

Thorne leaned back in his chair, tapping his index finger against his jaw. "You make me sound like some kind of spy, Perkins," he said dryly. "Surely you're not laboring under the delusion that I'm part of an espionage ring."

Perkins coughed. "Certainly not, my lord."

Perkins' tone, Thorne thought wryly, was unnecessarily acerbic. It wasn't, after all, that Thorne didn't have the right talents to be a spy. He'd just never been called upon to use them in that particular way.

"I merely meant," Perkins went on, "that your lordship is a figure of interest in London society, and therefore your... actions... are noticed and often remarked on."

"Actions? Why, Perkins, you old dog. You're actually volunteering to help me to keep my affaires under wraps? If I didn't know better, I'd think you were blushing."

Perkins shuffled his feet and looked down at the carpet.

He hadn't been mistaken; Perkins was blushing. Thorne had never seen anything of the sort before. He considered the idea. There was certainly merit to the notion of buying a house just off Portman Square. If he could tuck a mistress into a trysting place just a step from his own garden, he could avoid a long list of inconveniences. Kicking his heels for hours while messages were delivered and answers returned... Riding halfway across London for an assignation... Finding new, safe, and very secluded meeting places... Wandering around the halls of a country house trying to locate a particular lady's bedchamber... Keeping his horses, and the grooms who cared for them, waiting outside a private house on a cold day...

"Very well," he said and stood up. "Buy the house. I'll look it over when I come up to town for the Season."

"Yes, my lord. I shall put the transaction in motion immediately."

"I have the utmost faith in your judgment, Perkins." Thorne clapped his man of business on the shoulder and escaped to the gun room before Perkins could wax poetic about his canal once more.

Of course, there was one drawback to the scheme, Thorne thought as he started off across the lawn, a shotgun on his shoulder and his favorite hound rollicking at his heels. Once a mistress was actually in residence in a house right around the corner from his own, he might find it a bit of a tangle to move her out again when he tired of her. But he could deal with that when the problem arose.

Or, he thought with a twinge of humor, Perkins could.

Meet the Author

Leigh Michaels is the author of nearly 100 books, including 80 contemporary novels and more than a dozen non-fiction books. More than 35 million copies of her romance novels have been published by Harlequin. A six time RITA finalist, she has also received two Reviewer's Choice awards from Romantic Times, and was the 2003 recipient of the Johnson Brigham Award. She is the author of On Writing Romance, published in January 2007 by Writers Digest Books. Leigh also teaches romance writing on the Internet at Gotham Writers' Workshop. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

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booklover1335 More than 1 year ago
The first of the three novellas is the story of Anne, a widowed woman who wants to safeguard herself from ever having to marry again by setting out to completely ruin her reputation. So she approaches the Earl of Hawthorne to put her in a compromising situation thus ultimately gaining the freedom she desires. Predictably they fall in love and marry despite their initial intentions, and the reader moves on to the next novella in this collection. Felicity is the second and most interesting of all of the three heroines. As a young and impressionable woman she met a man with whom she fell in love, who seduced her then abandoned her despite his protestations of love stating that they could not marry because his family did not approve of her. She comes to London to visit her childhood friend in hopes of gaining the one thing that she feels will help her cope with the loss of the man she loved....only to find out about his lies and deception, while falling in love with his brother...the man she's blackmailed to gain her heart's desire. But not to worry it all works out rather easily to everyone's ultimate happiness. The third and final mistress of the house is Georgiana, who is the youngest and most rebellious of the three heroines. She runs away from her guardian because of an arranged marriage to a man she's never met and does not wish to marry. She finds herself attracted to a man she finds in the garden next to the house and decides that she wants him to teach her how to be a mistress. They are wildly attracted to each other, thus less than careful and are discovered in a compromising position. Little did either of them know that what they were dreading or avoiding is exactly what they inadvertently find with each other. While each of the stories in this book was slightly different, they are all similar which creates continuity between them. The heroines proposition the hero, they become intimate, they fall in love, and they marry and live happily ever after. One of the things that I enjoyed about the circumstances the heroines found themselves in was that each of them approached their hero for seduction for their own reasons. They took control of their destinies, at least to the extent that they could in the world and society that they lived in. The stories in The Mistress House were very likeable with sweet heroines, sexy heroes who each easily fall for each other with no great obstacles to overcome, no villains, nor unfortunately any significant character growth, and therein lays the biggest issue that I had with Leigh Michael's latest historical romance. I love romances that involve a little more heart and emotional connection, and I just didn't get as much of that as what I would have liked from this book. I enjoyed The Mistress House, but I didn't come away loving it with the desire to read it over again. That being said, The Mistress House has a pleasing style, and interesting plots that I am sure many readers will find to their liking. If you are looking for a light romantic diversion then you might find that Leigh Michael's The Mistress House will appeal to your romance lovers heart. Ratings: Overall: 3.5 stars Sensuality level: 2.75
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Thers a one line blurb and the cover? really?! And its cheesy and SOooo origanil
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I enjoyed this book of three interconnected novellas. The characters were all very likable, their stories were compelling, very entertaining.
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Loved it
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Get this book. Engaging, pleasurable & sophisticated readable novel you'll want to go back to again and again.
Katy_Beth More than 1 year ago
I had picked this one up when it was a freebie and I was not sure what I to expect with this story but it was really a great story that is really three stories in one. Three different couples are brought together in unconventional ways through the magic of the house around the corner.
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There are 3 really short stories in this book. I enjoyed the first one, but it was too short. The second I skipped almost all story, because it wasn't believable and the character was too annoying. The third one I even didn't read. I already bought the other two books and won't read, I didn't like the three stories in the first book. The others books are the same, three stories in one.
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Leigh Michaels has taken an aspect of Regency life and turned it into an amusing set of stories within a story. Great lazy day reading
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shannon777 More than 1 year ago
This book is too cute. Yes! It is really about 3 different stories, but all connected by the main hero and heroine. Enjoyed it immensely. Having lots of kids and being very busy, it was nice to be able to stop after each short story and feel like i have actually finished a story even though it only took a short time to read each one. Great book! Must buy!
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