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Mr. Perfect Mass Market Paperback – Abridged, July 1, 2001
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Setting: Warren, Michigan, present day
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!
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I remembered the villain -no surprise - because he was definitely one of the most screwed up and ultra-violent characters I've ever read. But I'd forgotten the heroine and hero, Jaine and Sam.
Reading this book now, it did seem dated. What really hit me was the way sexual harassment was tolerated and even expected by the female characters. We've come a long way, baby, without even realizing it!
The first part of the story struck me as just too cutesy and forced. (SPOILER ALERT): But I liked that I didn't even realize the "drunkard" was the hero. Jaine came across as phony/adorable, like a bad sitcom character. But somewhere in there, the story took hold and the chemistry between Jaine and Sam exploded. Their interactions, dialogue and relationship sparkled with reality and life. The way they reacted to each other was super hot, believable and very amusing. The friendship of the four women was wonderfully described, and each woman was a distinct, visceral and unique character. It heightened the suspense of their endangerment from the deranged villain because I cared about each one. (SPOILER ALERT): It must be hard to be a writer having to create very likable characters that you then have to kill off. Horrible!
The suspense and the police procedural part of the story didn't hold up because Sam (a detective) and his fellow cops had to be completely incompetent to miss the crucial key to the identity of the villain.
But this is a keeper, even with the anachronisms and gaping holes of credibility. The characters carry this story, not the plot: the fiery romance, the sexual and verbal sparks between Jaine and Sam, Jaine's interactions with her three friends and her sister. And above all, the inner thoughts and actions of an unforgettable and horrifying villain!
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