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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Reprint edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671027573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671027575
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (482 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Setting: Warren, Michigan, present day

Sensuality: 8

Jaine Bright and three close friends share dinner one night and during casual conversation, create a list of qualifications for the perfect man--some logical, some hilariously funny, some racy. Within days, their tongue-in-cheek wish list of attributes for Mr. Perfect has been leaked to the press and the resultant publicity is overwhelming. Coworkers, TV crews, and reporters barrage the quartet with comments and criticism.

As if Jaine doesn't have enough to cope with, she has a new neighbor who she suspects is a criminal. She's relieved to learn that her neighbor is really an undercover cop, but she's still wary--because smart, sexy Sam Donovan handles her sharp witticisms with easy humor, and Jaine suspects that he may threaten her heart. What Jaine doesn't know is that she's about to need Sam desperately for something other than romance because her circle of friends is in big trouble. Unfortunately, that list of qualifications for Mr. Perfect has touched off a madman's rage. All of their lives are threatened and some of them are going to die, maybe all of them, if Sam can't stop the unknown killer.

Mr. Perfect brings to readers the quintessential Linda Howard hero, whose straightforward, "me Tarzan, you Jane" attitude plays well with a smart, witty heroine. The rapid-fire dialogue between the two is downright hilarious at times, even when the two are about to steam up the windows and burn up the sheets. It's difficult to balance this kind of humor and sensuality with edgy suspense, but Howard manages it with aplomb. If you enjoyed Heart of Fire and Dream Man, you're going to love this latest novel. It's drop-dead wonderful.--Lois Faye Dyer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


People Sexy fun....A frolicsome mystery...Jaine Bright lives up to her name: she's as bright -- and explosive -- as a firecracker.

Romantic Times There is nothing quite like a sexy and suspenseful story by the amazing Linda Howard! The sparring relationship between Sam and Jaine is a delight. Mr. Perfect is funny, exciting, gripping, and sensuous -- in fact it ranks as one of her all-time best!

More About the Author

Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

Customer Reviews

This book was so good that I read it in one sitting!
This is a book that has it all...good, tight story, fun characters you can relate to, romance, suspense and a mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end.
Roz Levine
The relationship between the hero and heroine is hot!
Connie Newman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

114 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Perfect may not be the perfect book, but it comes close. After being disappointed with John Medina's character in All The Queen's Men (after falling hard for him in Kill And Tell), I wasn't too sure about this book. But Detective Sam Donovan is definitely my idea of a yummy neighbor to have, especially when you're being stalked because you and your friends compiled a silly little list about the perfect man.
I loved the interaction (verbal and sexual) between Sam and Jaine - they are one great couple! And you know you're reading a great book when you mourn a character who's been murdered! I loved Jaine's friends and her sister, Shelly, is a hoot! Even Corin, an incredibly creepy individual, generates equal parts horror and sympathy. Bravo for a job well done!
Ms. Howard has redeemed herself in my eyes and I hope this style of writing is a trend. Can't wait for the next book. Also out this month is A Game Of Chance and it's not too early to start begging for Margreta's story to be told.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was well worth the hard cover price. Once I picked it up I could not put it down. The dialouge was so witty I was laughing out loud. I even read some of the better conversations Jaine and Sam had to my husband and had him laughing. I love the fact that Linda Howards characters are hot! I get tired of the tepid love scenes in other novels. I agree with one reviewer that the murderer was a bit easy to figure out but other than that I have to say that Mr. Perfect was just about PERFECT!
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Linda Howard will not disappoint her legions of fans with her latest romantic suspense, Mr. Perfect. The key word here is romantic. A lot of her faithful readers, including me, were disheartened by her last book, All the Queen's Men, because much of the romantic tension (which is her hallmark) seemed to be missing. Not so in Mr. Perfect.
The plot revolves around a list of attributes that make up the perfect man-- a list concocted by four female co-workers and friends at their regular Friday-night, afterwork, unwind-with a-few-drinks get together. The List is righteous and raunchy. It becomes a hot topic of water cooler conversation after it is leaked and appears in a renegade company newsletter and on the Internet. What follows is an avalanche of publicity and attention as everyone in first the region, then the nation is talking about the List. It also catches the attention of a psychopath who is determined to eliminate the List ladies, one by one.
The heroine, Jaine Bright, enlists the assistance of her sexy cop neighbor, Sam Donovan, when she fears that she and her friends are in mortal danger. Jaine is funny and smart with a wicked wit and a gutter mouth that she is trying desperately to clean up. Sam is strong, hunky and gives as good as Jaine in the verbal jabs department. The romance develops between the two like slow foreplay-- its simmers, sizzles and finally explodes. Unlike the heroine and hero in All the Queen's Men, Sam and Jaine are together throughout the book as they spar, kiss, make love and attempt to find the killer.
Despite the grim premise, this book is funnier and more lighthearted than previous Linda Howard novels. Granted there are some very sad scenes, but the dialogue and characterizations throughout kept me laughing.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Katt on October 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This was my first Linda Howard book and it won't be my last! I bought it on a whim in hardcover, which is something I usually don't do, but this book was worth it!
Jaine Bright and her 3 friends meet after work on Friday night and create a list of what the perfect man would be. Soon after, that the List gets public attention and almost overnight makes the women stars. One by one the women start to get murdered and Jaine soon realizes she's next.
In the midst of all the suspense and mystery, Jaine starts a hot and heavy romance with her hunky neighbor, Sam who happens to be a detective. Together they try to discover who the killer is before it's too late.
This book is the perfect mix of mystery, romance, and humor. Jaine is probably the best fictional character I've read in awhile. She's tough as nails with a sense of humor to match! You can't help but laugh out loud reading some of the dialog between Jaine and Sam. I wish that Ms. Howard would make a series out of these characters because I sure would enjoy reading about them again!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By paula_k_98 on July 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Linda Howard has created a masterpiece in her new novel, Mr. Perfect. You might as well plan on kicking back with uninterrupted time to read this book straight through. The characters are wonderful, the dialogue sizzles, and the sex is hot!
Jaine Bright and her three friends from work meet every Friday night for drinks, dinner, and girl talk, which we all know from experience usually turns into man bashing. During the course of dinner, they start discussing the perfect man and list the characteristics they think Mr. Perfect should have. As you can imagine, the list starts out seriously, then ends up discussing phyiscal endowments. Their list inadvertently becomes public knowledge. First in the company's newsletter, then on a website, and finally the media gets hold of it. At first the women try to keep their identity secret so no one will know who is behind "The List" as it has become known. When their coworkers figure out who is behind "The List", their lives become chaotic--women applaud them, men feel threatened. They decide to go public hoping all the media blitz will dies down. Little do they know they have offended someone who takes a murderous view of Mr. Perfect.
The dialogue and sexual tension in this book between Jaine and her neighbor, Sam Donovan, is unbelievable. The snappy one liners had me cracking up throughout the entire book. Both Jaine and Sam are strong characters who strike sparks off each other. The bond between the four women will touch your heart.
The beginning of this book threw me off when I started reading it. The opening prologue is eeries and gave me the creeps. Then with the first chapter, it's almost like you're reading a comedy for the first half of the book--then the suspense starts in the second half. I don't know how Ms. Howard managed to combine comedy and suspense, but believe me, she did a fantastic job of it.
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