The Perfect Mistress

The Perfect Mistress

Paperback - 2011
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Widowed Julia, Lady Winterset, has inherited a book that every gentleman in London seems to want. Harrison Landingham, Earl of Mountdale, can't let the obstinate Julia release the shameless memoir that could ruin his family's name, but the only way to stop her may be equally sordid, for his rivals are intent on seducing the captivating woman to acquire the book.
Published: New York : Zebra Books/Kensington Pub. Corp., 2011.
ISBN: 9781420117059
142011705X
Branch Call Number: F ALE
Characteristics: 394 p. ;,18 cm.

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ShannonGreenlaw
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.

*sigh*

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.

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cheshire_kat
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.

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jdatwell
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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