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"A scandalous book and a ghost make a wonderful Regency Romp!"

Lady Julia Winterset has been widowed for three years now. Unfortunately, her husband didn't leave her in the best of circumstances financially. Why, upon his death, her husband's family cut her off completely. And then when Julia's parents died, she became responsible for her grandmother as well. At least Julia has two very good friends, both in better financial circumstances. In order to stave off financial ruin, Julia has decided to sell her great-grandmother's scandalous memoirs. She has already received an offer for them from a publisher, a Mr. Cadwallender, a very nice man. However, the advance he has offered her is not quite as much as what she had been hoping for. When Julia's friends beg her to read the memoirs, she gives them each a chapter.

After Veronica—one of Julia's friends—reads her chapter, she takes it to her brother-in-law since it deals with his father. Considering the fact Harrison—the Earl of Mountdale— will not allow even a hint of scandal to touch his good name, he immediately decides to buy the memoirs himself and destroy them. Even though Veronica warns Harrison that Julia is independent and he will have to use charm to get the memoirs, Harrison goes to Julia with an offer and immediately puts Julia's back up and they end up fighting.

Will Julia be able to remain financially solvent? Will she sell the memoirs to the Earl of Mountdale, even though she knows he will destroy them? Why did Julia and Harrison have such a passionate reaction to each other at their very first meeting?

THE PERFECT MISTRESS is a wonderful Regency romp. Victoria Alexander does a fantastic job of taking the reader into the Regency world, complete with scandal and the very real problems of what happened to women when their husbands died. Not all women were left with financial stability and this story gives us a very real look at what can happen when a woman, who has never had to worry about such things, is suddenly thrust into the position of being responsible for not only herself, but an older relative as well. Of course, I really loved the way sparks flew each and every time Julia and Harrison met. And they both slowly realized that what they thought they wanted was dead wrong and in the end managed to embark on the most welcome adventure of all—true love. I enjoy Regencies and this one has earned its place on my keeper shelf.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted March 13, 2011

SUMMARY

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…

 

The Perfect Mistress
by Victoria Alexander

Zebra
February 1, 2011
Available: February 1, 2011
ISBN #142011705X
EAN #9781420117059
352 pages
Paperback
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Victoria Alexander

My Wicket Little Lies
His Mistress by Christmas
Desires of a Perfect Lady
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Pursuit of Marriage
The Lady in Question
The Night Before Christmas
Yesterday & Forever
Love with The Proper Husband
Her Highness, My Wife
The Prince's Bride
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