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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Avon Books (2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739498215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739498217
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,693,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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USA Today Bestselling author, Julianne MacLean came to the romance genre after completing a degree in English literature from the University of King's College in Nova Scotia. She fell in love with some of the classic romances - Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice - and after a brief stint as a federal government auditor, decided to try her hand at becoming a modern day romance writer.

She is a three time Rita Finalist and winner of numerous awards, including the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers Choice Award, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the Greater Detroit Romance Writers Booksellers' Best Award, and has sold over 1.2 million books in North America alone.

She is a devoted wife and mother, and loves to travel. She has lived in New Zealand and Ottawa, and is now settled happily in Nova Scotia, while working on her latest historical romance.

Please visit her website for more information and be sure to sign up for her mailing list to stay informed about new releases, and to be included in her monthly giveaway of an autographed book.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By AndreaW on July 29, 2008
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Lady Cassandra Montrose met Lord Vincent Sinclair at a ball immediately upon coming out of mourning. The attraction they instantly felt towards one another was palpable and undeniable. Impulsively, they left the ball and spent a single passion-filled night together that neither one would ever forget. One year later, Cassandra has no choice but to come to Vincent's home . . . but she is not alone. Vincent, a renowned rake and libertine, has recently become betrothed. He doesn't particularly want to get married, but his father, the Duke of Pembroke, has made a stipulation in his will that all four of his sons must be married by Christmas in order to gain their inheritance. When Vincent returns home to present his fiancée to his family, he is shaken by what he learns-he has a daughter.

I really felt for Vincent. He has suffered tragedy in his past-three years before, he was betrayed by the woman he had loved since childhood and his brother. That incident hardened his heart to not only his brother, but also to love. Now, he finds out that a former lover is in the palace at the same time that he has brought his fiancée home. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place! Ah, but then he meets his daughter for the first time. That scene is so sweet and so touching and you know that he isn't as heartless as he appears.

Cassandra has had her share of tragedy as well. She was married to a man who loved another, his mistress, until his death. After becoming pregnant (after her night with Vincent), she is shunned by friends and family, left completely destitute and has to work and scrape to make ends meet for her and her daughter.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Natalie S VINE VOICE on July 29, 2008
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As if Fate stepped in to intervene, two souls met and came together in a fiery blaze of passion. No promises were asked - none were given. When night faded to day, reality set in and with the click of a door latch two lives were changed forever.

One year later - Lord Vincent Sinclair is known as a Rake. Lover of all women, faithful to none, he finds himself engaged solely to appease his lunatic father and gain his inheritance. Vincent's fiancé has been approved of and while Vincent doesn't want to marry her, he figures he can continue on his merry way after their wedding. It's not as if his fiancé cares for him and Vincent embraces the fact that love will not interfere in his life.

Arriving at his family's estate, Pembroke Castle, Vincent finds it in an uproar of huge proportions. Shaking his head in disbelief when he is told what awaits him, Vincent vows to get to the bottom of the problem starting with confronting the woman currently occupying a guest bedroom. It isn't until he sees the woman that Vincent realizes the importance of her seeking him out. No matter that they promised each other nothing that passionate night twelve months ago, there is something at stake here more important than Vincent or the woman in front of him, something precious and in need of a home.

Lady Cassandra Montrose fully intended to never lay eyes on Vincent Sinclair again. The night they shared together is embedded in her memory and her heart. No man has ever touched her like Vincent and if doctors are correct, no one ever will. Having no choice but to turn to Vincent, Cassandra swallows her pride and while seeing Vincent again tears her up inside, his attitude towards her is confusing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Kaiser VINE VOICE on August 2, 2008
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The Mistress Diaries is a relatively good romance that starts off with a bang but finishes with a whimper. MacLean's main characters are fully fleshed out and sympathetic. I liked them both quite a bit. But, the other characters are one-dimensional and without depth. Vincent's father is "mad," but MacLean doesn't delve into his madness enough or explain the reasons behind it. The antagonist, Leticia, is completely selfish and cruel without any redeeming qualities whatsoever. We are given no rationale for her mean character traits. She's basically just the cartoonishly evil character that the plot requires. And the ending is a bit sappy. I could hear the violins playing for the last 50 pages. Pretty eye-rolling stuff. But, all in all, this is a slightly above average romance when you consider the poor quality of other books on the market. It's just not worthy of 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RomReader VINE VOICE on October 4, 2011
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Young widow believes she's dying & goes to Hero's family estate to plead for care of her baby daughter. She doesn't consider that womanizing Hero who she had a 1-night stand with a year before would actually take responsibility for their daughter & hopes his mother would instead. Engaged Hero surprises her by offering her & their daughter lifelong financial support & residence & agrees to heroine's contractual conditions even though she rejects his offer for her to be his mistress. A friendship develops b/w them during his frequent visits to their daughter. Heroine realizes how much more profoundly she feels for him this time around. Hero becomes increasingly drawn to the simpler life that heroine is living but he struggles with his desire to please his father & help his brothers by marrying his cold-hearted fiancé.

This was a meaty MacLean romance where a 1-night stand later develops into a believable deep love. This romance was unique in that Hero & heroine impulsively gave in to their instant & strong sexual chemistry but at their next meeting a year after they didn't care much for the other. So the love that developed b/w them was gradual & well-considered. Their sexual chemistry & love scenes matched their romance development. Good characterization & character development. Hero changed from an avid womanizer & commitment-phobic profligate (that continued after his & heroine's 1-night stand) to a more contemplative & mature man as he & heroine became friends & co-parents. I liked that MacLean didn't make excuses for his selfish & promiscuous behavior & the way his fidelity to heroine was tested convinced me that Hero did truly change.

Definitely recommended.
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