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Mr. Perfect [Mass Market Paperback]

Linda Howard
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
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Book Description

July 1 2001
Written in her “trademark darkly sensual style” (Booklist), New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard brings us an electrifying page-turner of passion and suspense with a captivating premise…

What would make the perfect man? That's the delicious topic that heats up the proceedings at a certain table of professional women at their favorite restaurant. What qualities would he have? Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted—or would just muscular do? Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends start off with the basics: he'd be faithful and reliable, the responsible type, and have a great sense of humor.

But as the conversation picks up momentum, so do the quartet's requirements for Mr. Perfect as and they write down a tongue-in-cheek checklist that's both funny and racy. The next thing they know, the List, as it has come to be called, becomes an overnight sensation, spreading through their company like wildfire and grabbing the interest of local newspapers and television coverage. No one expected this avalanche of attention for something that began as a joke among friends. But the joke turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered...

The prime suspect in the case is the victim's boyfriend, who was one of a number of men who found the List sexist and offensive. An impenetrable alibi gets him off the hook, but a deadly stalker targets the three remaining friends. Now, with the help of Jaine's neighbor, an unpredictable police detective, the puzzle must be solved as the dream of Mr. Perfect becomes a chilling nightmare.

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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 the Hardcover edition.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Feb. 11 2014
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Linda Howard at her best, It is funny, suspenseful and sensual. It will be a great fast read and one story you will never forget
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3.0 out of 5 stars unfortunate May 31 2013
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this was so light-weight, poor character development. nothing she has written has ever compared to After The Night for me. I sometimes find it hard to reconcile that it was the same author.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money Aug. 9 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was absolutely awful. It totally lacked cohesion. For the first two thirds of the book, the story was written exclusively from the perspective of the heroine. Following that, perspective shifted from character to character like an ungainly pinball.

Parts of the story were decent. I did laugh a time or two--which I really value a book being able to make me do--so it was not a total waste. Unfortunately, the book was simply too poorly written for me to really get into.

I have heard great things about Linda Howard's caliber as an author. Although this book did not impress me, I like to keep an open mind about her skills as an author--seeing as how this is the only Howard book that I have read. Still, it is very unlikely that I will pick up one of her books again. I strongly suggest that anyone who is not a die-hard Linda Howard fan, but still wishes to read this book, pick it up at a library. That way, you will have saved yourself some money and foregone any guilt that you might have felt should you choose to stop reading the book part way through.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Although Unrealistic Plot July 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The romance between Sam and Jaine was cute. Starting out as neighbors hating each other and then turning into something more. I liked the quarters Jaine had to give people if she said a curse word. Most people know how hard it is to stop cursing even if you only say it in your mind and then you just get used to saying it.
Of course some of the words Howard used was pretty juvenile. I didn't know whether to laugh or not when Howard put the words "sticky-out part." The mystery part was though. Some books you get the first time reading it through. This one you don't. I am really going to have to follow the killer when I read this again because it was really crazy. I didn't know who the killer was until Howard actually spelled it out.
As far as the "List" goes though, that plot was pretty unrealistic. How many times have women made lists about the perfect guy? Then they become celebrities because of this? Appearing on many talk shows and even ABC, I don't think so. So if you have a hard time reading a book that isn't realistic, this isn't the book for you. I was getting a bit annoyed too but the rest of the book is really good.
Because the characters died so soon too, they were really only surface revealed. Then I was annoyed that the author killed off the women who made up with their boyfriends/husbands. Since the characters except for Jaine and Sam were flat, I didn't really care too much when they died anyway. Mostly I just said awww oh well to myself. But it was nice to see how the four girlfriends chatted and reminded me of my clique of girls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hilarious June 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you're looking for a laugh-out-loud romance packed with sex appeal and suspense then this is for you. OK, so the plot is slightly unbelievable (particularly if you read a lot of crime books) and the villain may as well carry a signpost around their neck with the words 'QUIET PLEASE - SERIAL KILLER AT WORK', but cracking dialogue and fantastic characters more than make up for these problems.
Jaine Bright is just about the only heroine I've ever read who manages to come across as zany and spontaneous without also being wimpy and irritating. Jaine holds down a good job, has a great car and house, and is an independent woman happy with her life. Cue Sam Donovan, a sexy, muscular cop who happens to be her next-door neighbour and you know that you're reading Linda Howard at her best. When a killer targets Jaine and her friends it is up to Sam to protect them and track down the villain.
The chemistry between Jaine and Sam is great and the use of humour is so funny in places that you can't help but burst out laughing. There are some incredibly risqué innuendos which are just fantastic, my favourite was when Sam walks into the kitchen when Jaine and her sister Shelley are preparing a cucumber to use on Jaine's eyes. The plot bounces along at a fairly fast rate but I felt the crimes really acted as a backdrop for the romance, as Jaine and Sam find various excuses for getting 'to know each other better'.
Overall Mr Perfect is a funny and romantic novel with a great ending and likeable characters. You can't really take it seriously as a crime novel, but who cares when the book is such a perfect blend of suspense and romance?
JoAnne
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1.0 out of 5 stars Better be REALLY open-minded for this one...... April 23 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first attempt at reading Linda Howard that I have ever made. I wish I had not started with this book. She writes well, but the plot is over the top dumb. A few friends in a bar decide what qualities make the perfect man, and all of a sudden they are overnight celebrities?!? Yeah, because women in bars don't talk about what they would like from a man every single day. And the 'villian' in the story is painfully obvious from the first few chapters, before the crime even takes place. This book was so dumb that I couldn't finish it. I just skipped ahead to see if everything that I thought would happen did, and I was right. I might be willing to give this author another try, but if I do, it's gonna be a library book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Romantic comedy !!!
This story grabs you and keeps hold of you and I think every woman should read it especially if you are looking to laugh and looking for something to relate to everyday REAL life
Published on April 16 2004 by K. Geiger
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece
Mr.Perfect is a wonderful book. i particularly enjoyed linda howard's sense of humour and the unexpected twist in the story. Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by wewe
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst books I have ever read
I had to write a review of this book because I am so mad that I wasted my time. Never have a read a book with a more ridiculous plot. Read more
Published on March 28 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not One of My Favorite Linda Howard Books
I am a major Linda Howard fan and have almost all of her novels. This book I actually found to be very monotonous. Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars should be 4.5...oh wat the heck, ill give it a 5
This is my very first Linda Howard Book, and I made a mistake of opening it on a sunday midnight, I underestimated Howard and I stupidly assumed that it will put me to sleep in a... Read more
Published on March 2 2004 by Jem S.
5.0 out of 5 stars MY SECOND LINDA HOWARD LEFT CRAZED FOR MORE
Starts out with a weird scene in a school and goes to the scenes with Jaime. Light and easy at first until the list comes out tehn gets hot and heavy. Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2004 by "sammyjazz"
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Perfect, Where are you?!
Oh my, I absolutely loved this book. It was wonderful. I laughed, then I cried, then I laughed some more, then I cried... Yes, this book was amazing. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by Susan Shams
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