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Product Details

  • Series: St. John-Duras
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (October 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553582534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553582536
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don't miss any of Susan Johnson's sizzling historical novels
Temporary Mistress
Legendary Lover
A Touch Of Sin
Taboo
Wicked
Sweet Love, Survive
Brazen
Love Storm
Pure Sin
Seized By Love
Outlaw
Silver Flame
Sinful
Blaze
Forbidden

Available wherever Bantam Books are sold

More About the Author

Long ago, as they say, in another time, when fast food hadn't reached our area and the only shopping was what the feed mill offered, I was reading a book that annoyed me .

My husband was lying beside me in bed, watching TV. Turning to him, I petulantly said, "How the hell did this book get published?"

"If you think you're so smart," he replied, with one eye still on the TV, "why don't you write a book?"

So I did.

Customer Reviews

Their sex scenes, dialogue were too obscene and useless.
Abbys
I'm voting with my pocket book and won't purchase anything from Susan Johnson--ever.
"jennarocnroll"
There was little character-building and the plot was too predictable.
Kelly

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By suupee on November 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't think there will ever come a time when I won't buy books written by Susan Johnson, but the time has come when I wish she wouldn't use the same characters in every book. I love Ms. Johnson's writing style; I love the edge of erotica she lavishes throughout her books; I love her strong characters; I love the tidbits of fact she teaches her readers - but the cloning needs to stop. "The stud of London..." has been written to death after "servicing the Ton" all these years. Give us some new characters to cuddle up with!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 31, 2000
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In 1802, Isabella Leslie inherits a fortune that her avarice uncle plans to possess. He informs his niece that she will marry his son. Instead of bowing to her relative's orders, Isabella flees and ends up in a brothel owned by Molly Crocker. The two women cut a deal that will ruin Isabella, but gain her freedom from her odious relatives.

Dermot Ramsey, Earl of Bathurst meets Isabella at the brothel and both are immediately fascinated with one another. He makes love to the virgin, but he still grieves the death of his wife and son several years ago. Though he hurts Isabella by throwing her out of his house and life , he realizes he loves her. Unless a miracle occurs and brings Dermot to his senses, Isabella will be free, but unhappy.

TEMPORARY MISTRESS is an entertaining historical romance, but readers need to realize that the story line is filled with many graphic sex scenes and profanity uttered by Isabella among others. The plot moves rather rapidly forward as the two lead characters and the supporting cast (her relatives and Mrs. Crocker) brings the Regency period alive. As usual, Susan Johnson continues to hold sway over the erotic historical romance sub-genre.

Harriet Klausner
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 2, 2000
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I am a long-standing and ardent Susan Johnson fan, but the disappointing trend of her recent writing (Taboo, Golden Paradise, A Touch of Sin, To Please A Lady) continues in Temporary Mistress. The characters were one dimensional, the dialog was stilted, the plot lacked continuity or cohesion, and the love scenes lacked heat. I have read worse historical romance, but not by Ms. Johnson.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J on July 29, 2001
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This was the first Susan Johnson book that I picked up, and after reading all the way through this one (no small feat, I assure you) I have to say that I don't ever want to read another one of hers again.
First of all, THE HEROINE IS A BRAT. She's suposedly this virgin, but when given the chance to sleep with Dermott, she gets all, "well, if I'm going to be sleeping with him, I have to be the best, because my grandaddy spoiled me and I have to be the best at everything". You just don't have any love for her, and despite the big sex drive/passion/whatever she has, I thought that she came off as really cold.
There was a chapter in there where I found some compassion for her family. If it weren't for the whole 'marry her off to our son and forget about her' bit, I would actually like them more than Isabella. I mean, I didn't exactly live back then, but, if you were known to be, as she put it "Bathurst's whore", you're not exactly going to be lauded as the new Seasons Incomparable deb, now, right? Sure, she had money and beauty (which we GET, not need to repeat the same trite phrases OVER AND OVER, Ms. Johnson), but the whole society's accepting her despite her stay @ a brothel just makes you kind of hate her more.
Secondly, Dermott was horrible. I did not find any resemblance between him and a human being throughout the whole book. You kind of get the feeling that the only reason he approaches the girl's family is to make sure that he continues to be the one sleeping with her. Not to mention that the end is completely thrown together and ends with a big PLOP.
Please don't buy this book. Go find something good by Johanna Lindsey.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ellada on November 10, 2000
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Upon the death of her beloved grandfather, Miss Izabella Leslie becomes an heiress with a very sizable inheritance. And ulmost immediatly she falls prey to the greedy clutches of her relatives that wish to aquire her fortune for themselves by forcing her into an unwanted marriage. (Not an uncommon theme)
Izabella refuses to be victimized, so she runs into the rainy night to escape the villains in her pursuit...and stumbles into a very elegant, warm, welcoming.....brothel! Talk about from the frying pan straight into the fire!
However, the angels of mercy are found in the most oddest places...While recovering from her strange ordeal, Izabella meets a most kindred soul - Molly, the delightful proprietess of the brothel, who takes an extreme liking to the young, beautiful girl that is being hurt by the harsh, greedy world that she's only too familiar with.
Thus, Molly comes up with the scheme that will render Izabella ruined in the eyes of the polite ton and save her from the unwanted marriage to her portly cousin Harold.
Dermott Ramsay, the earl of Bathurst is a known libertine: a compellingly sensual rogue who charms his way into every woman's boudoir...However, a few people realize that this extremely handsome, sensual man has thrown himself into the depth of debauchery in order to escape the battle with the demons that haunt him, both sleeping and awake.
The moment he sees the strikingly beautiful Izabella Leslie, he loses all peace of mind. She awakens his most primal urges and he becomes most determined to possess this willful, seductive enchantress.
So, the earl of Ramsay's legendary skills come very handy in the "ruination" of Izabella. For who would be more qualified for the job???
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