Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wednesday Reviews: The Perfect Mistress

Victoria Alexander is one funny lady. I had the opportunity to hear her speak at a conference once and she was a hoot! Very warm, personable, down to earth, and willing to share all about her husband's role in every one of her books. If you ever get the chance to meet her, do so. It's well worth it.

The Perfect Mistress is her newest Victorian novel.

Widowed Julia, Lady Winterset, has inherited a book — a very shocking book — that every gentleman in London seems to want. For a charismatic businessman, it’s a chance to build an empire. For a dashing novelist, it could guarantee fame. But to a proud, domineering earl, it means everything…

Harrison Landingham, Earl of Mountdale, can’t let the obstinate Julia release the shameless memoir that could ruin his family’s name. But the only way to stop her may be equally sordid — if far more pleasurable. For his rivals are intent on seducing the captivating woman to acquire the book. And Harrison isn’t the sort to back away from a competition with the stakes this high. Now the winner will claim both the scandalous memoirs and the heart of their lovely owner…
There are ghosts, seduction, desperate heroines, desperate heroes, desperate villains. With all that desperation, one would think it was a rather overwrought book, but it was funny, hot, and a fast read about Julia's quest to survive the treacherous world of publishing a sensational would-be best-seller...and to keep the dashing Harrison.

(P.S. I borrowed this book from the library.)

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