The Perfect Mistress

The Perfect Mistress

eBook - 2011
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From a #1 New York Times bestselling author: A proper lady in Victorian England is making a name for herself-in a deliciously improper way. Widowed and nearly destitute, 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 But to a proud, domineering earl, it means everything: It's his great-grandmother's scandalous unpublished memoirs and it could ruin his family's reputation. Harrison Landingham, Earl of Mountdale, can't let the obstinate Julia release the shameless confessional and tarnish the Landingham name. But the only way to stop her may be equally sordid-if far more pleasurable. His rivals are intent on seducing the captivating woman to get everything they want. Harrison isn't the sort to back away from a competition, especially with stakes this high-because the winner will claim both the notorious journals and the heart of the lovely lady. "With a delectably dry sense of humor that rivals Oscar Wilde at his best . . . Alexander fashions the perfect romance . . . exceptionally entertaining." - Booklist , starred review "Warm, witty and wise." ;Julia Quinn, New York Times and#8211;bestselling author
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9781420122442
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jul 07, 2012

I'm not even halfway through this thing and am losing patience. Do eBooks not deserve even a cursory attempt a proofreading? I don't expect perfection, but a little effort? Something that indicates this wasn't written by someone's clever cat on an iPhone with a twitchy auto-correct?

For example: a reference to someone living in "gentile" poverty.


I'm pretty sure they were going for "genteel" rather than commenting on religion-based poverty. It's a pretty blatant error and should have been caught by even the newest of newbie copy editors or proofreaders.

There are a few cases of the wrong word being used. I'm not talking about synonyms and a slightly different word choice. I'm talking about a word that makes no damned sense in the context of the sentence.

Random hyphenations throughout. I get that eBooks are a little quirky in this regard, but it started to get a little extreme. On a single page, Mr. Cadwallander's name has an unnecessary hyphen inserted three different ways in the middle of a sentence. I do wish they'd stop putting in hard dashes.

The point of this rant: the story is silly and tenuous enough without dodgy formatting, typos and bizarre word choices jarring me out of it.

mrsgail5756 Jun 15, 2012

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Jul 26, 2011

Initially I took this book out thinking it would be some scandalous romance story, almost to the point of being trashy. It turned out I was completely wrong. Similar to "The Luxe" series, it was full of the history of London Society with some romance thrown it. It had a lot of character, with a ghost in it (a funny one, might i add) and two people who refuse to believe they love each other, as well as three men who are not only after an old scandalous diary, but the woman holding this diary as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who ever gets that itching for a little historical romance.

Jun 09, 2011

great read. this book was something. from the start i really got hooked on the book.
the story and characters were well written. nothing lacking in this book at all.

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