The Mistress' House [NOOK Book]

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 . . .


...

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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 . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Bookloons.com
What a light enjoyable story, full of humor, witty lines and lots of hot passionate romance.
Dark Diva Reviews
A truly delightful, romantic, historical read... One of the best historical romances I've read in a long while.
Debbie's Book Bag
Readers will be captivated by her sophisticated style and immense knowledge of Regency England.
History Undressed
A delightful romp in Regency-era England... funny, sexy and entertaining. I couldn't put it down!
Laura's Reviews
A unique regency romance novel that is full of hot romance, great characters, and fun stories.
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.
Minding Spot
Vibrant, fresh, and fiesty... brimming with sexuality. The love scenes are sizzling hot!!
My Book Addiction and More
A wonderful, enchanting story of love, magic of love, and happiness.
Read All Over Reviews
Tender romance stories to escape in... Plenty of passion to spare...
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.
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.
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.
Yankee Romance Reviewers
A wonderful book of what love at first sight can bring about... Deliciously vivid.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402262463
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 224,414
  • File size: 694 KB

Meet the Author

Leigh Michaels is the author of 80 romance novels with more than 35 million copies sold. A six time RITA finalist, she has also received two RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice awards, and the Johnson Brigham Award. She teaches romance writing on the internet at Gotham Writers' Workshop. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.
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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.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

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    3 Times the Love in One Book

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    LaFy lafy

    Thers a one line blurb and the cover? really?! And its cheesy and SOooo origanil

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Liked it

    I enjoyed this book of three interconnected novellas. The characters were all very likable, their stories were compelling, very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Very good read

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Thoroughly enjoyable read

    Get this book. Engaging, pleasurable & sophisticated readable novel you'll want to go back to again and again.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    Surprising Story

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Very short!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Highly Amusing

    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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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Absolutely loved it!

    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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  • Posted August 21, 2011

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    Good fast Read

    It was a good book...It was like reading three short stories rolled into one...It had just the right amout of naughtness...

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Cute, but I loved it. Each character was special. I wish there was another book.... LOL

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Good but short

    It was a good fast read. Would have liked for the stories to had a bit more to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2011

    Didn't do it for me

    I have no problem with novellas, I love them actually, but this collection left me cold. In the first, I felt the rake fell way to easily and quickly. I mean the guy is a confirmed bachelor and wham, he wants to marry her within days. Seriously? I didn't feel it. As for the second, the heroine got on my nerves. And the third, I can't be bothered to write anything. I gave it a two because the cover is pretty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2011

    Recommended Read

    Okay, I bought this book because I misread the back. I assumed it was one story, but it was 3 in one. After reading the first story I started to really enjoy the characters, especially how Number 5 house brought the couples together. This is an interesting and very romantic book as well as face pace.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

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    Thumbs up for The Mistress House

    Michaels pens a captivating read with "The Mistress' House." Set in historical England during the hey day of the ton, the novel revolves around three couples who are equally ensnared and enthralled by the power of love.

    What I found intriguing was Michaels use of the Number Five Upper Seymour Street. The House is quiet and unassuming, yet behind its doors many passions are unleashed, equal to that of turbulent waves crashing on a sandy shore.

    In the first vignette, Lord Hawthorne (Thorne) buys Number Five Upper Seymour Street on the recommendation of his butler, Perkins. Thorne is adamant about retaining his bachelorhood. Enter Lady Anne Keighley. She accepts Thorne for what he is and asks that he ruin her anyway. The request is maddening to Thorne, but he agrees to fulfill it. Anne is not only beautiful, but enchanting. Will their nights of passion give way to love?

    Once Anne no longer needs Number Five Upper Seymour Street, she invites her childhood friend, Felicity Mercer to stay in the house. Felicity agrees. Soon she meets Lord Richard Colford. Richard is the brother of her deceased lover, Roger, and Felicity has a bold request for Richard: give her a child. Richard finds Felicity a challenge and vows to brand her as his own. Felicity doesn't want to fall in love, but will Richard's lovemaking prove her undoing?

    When Felicity leave the mistress' house, it almost immediately receives another occupant - Thorne's ward, Miss Georgina Baxter, an heiress who her uncle arranges a marriage for. Georgina does not want the arranged marriage. Enter Thorne's cousin, Julian Hampton. The dashing army officer is returning from war to claim his inheritance. After meeting Georgina, she asks him to teach her the ways of love. Julian is all too willing to oblige the beautiful young lady, but when they are caught, will they be forced into a loveless marriage?

    Michael's writing is sharp, capturing the feel and authenticity of historical London. Her descriptions easily transport the reader to another time and place. The dialogue was crisp and engaging. I chuckled when Anne told Thorne to ruin her.

    The characterization is the richest part of the novel. Each heroine has their reasons for what motivates them. Each hero is set in his ways and is deliciously undone by the circumstances they find themselves in.

    The novel is intense for romance readers. Michaels' loves scenes are tasteful and sensual. She excels at sexual tension. Michaels had me as soon as Anne told Thorne to ruin her. I simply did not want to put this book down.

    "The Mistress' House" is a page-turner!

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Laugh and Cry and Remember for a Long Time

    When the Earl of Hawthorne buys a second London townhouse whose garden connects with his own, he has no idea his purchase will become a trysting place. In a trio of connected tales in Leigh Michaels's delicious THE MISTRESS' HOUSE, three noble cousins find their matches in their mistresses. First is the Earl of Hawthorne himself. Thorne meets the widowed Anne, who wants the not-as-rakish-as-he-appears earl to ruin her so she won't have to marry again. Second is Richard, the Earl of Colford, whom mill-owner's daughter Felicty shocks when she demands he stand in for his older brother, the previous earl, who betrayed her. And lastly, virginal miss Georgiana and returning soldier Julian, both fleeing arranged marriages, find each other. I liked Richard's and Felicity's tale the best. This touching story of the wronged cit's daughter and the former spare, who must yet again clean up one of his brother's messes, catches at our heartstrings as their devil's bargain blossoms into love. A tale to remember and savor. With deft storytelling, abundant humor (laugh at the hilarious asides from Julian's body, which pants "Yes, yes, yes!" when the vivacious Georgiana asks Julian to seduce her, even as his mind shouts "No, no, no!"), and tenderness in all the right places, THE MISTRESS' HOUSE will remain with you for a long time to come. ARC provided by Sourcebooks

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    AN EXCITING,ENCHANTING MUST READ HISTORICAL ROMANCE! THE MISTRESS' HOUSE BY LEIGH MICHAELS!

    THE MISTRESS' HOUSE by Leigh Michaels is a delightful historical romance set in Regency England. It is well written with depth, details, twists, turns and is fast paced. It has romance, sensuality, love, witty dialog, mystery, secrets, and did I mention love stories. This is a story with three intertwined love stories. First, we have the sexy, handsome rakish Earl of Hawthorne, Thorne, who just happens to buy a charming little house across the garden from his town. He sets this up to be "The Mistress House." Enter Lady Anne Keighley who is widowed, sexy, beautiful and need a lover, so she propositions Thorne and love blooms. Next, Felicity, who is a delectable country girl, and childhood friend of Lady Anne, has come to visit her dear friend in London. But she also has a plan; she wants to have a child by Lord Colford. Lord Colford's brother, Roger, claimed to love Felicity, but was unable to marry her after he deflowered her. Then Roger died, so Felicity decides to have a child by his brother, Richard, who she believes is married. but secrets will be revealed and love blooms. During Felicity's, visit she will stay at "The Mistress House." Last, but not least enter Thorne's ward, Georgiana, who is eighteen, beautiful, feisty, trying to escape an arranged marriage by her uncle. So she goes to Thorne, who sets her up in "The Mistress House." Enter, Thorne's cousin, Major Julian Hampton, who is just home from the war. A new Lord, he is sexy, handsome and his grandfather has arranged a marriage for him. When he first meets Georgiana, she asks him to show her how to be a "mistress." What a challenge this will be, but Julian is the man for the job. As secrets are revealed, love will once again bloom. Apparently, "The Mistress House" is more than just a house for anyone who enters it seems to find love and happiness. This is a wonderful, enchanting story of love, magic of love, and happiness. It is a fast paced story with a few twists and turns. It will leave you longing for more. I would highly recommend this story especially if you enjoy fast paced, love inspired, sensuality, the magic of love, finding your true love. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Sourcebooks Casablanca.

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