Mr. Perfect Mass Market Paperback – Jul 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 the Hardcover edition.
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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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.
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.
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?
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I laughed and laughed and cried. Linda Howards women are my kind of people. They are not perfect but even their flaws are endearing.Published 8 months ago by Patricia Emblin
Linda Howard at her best, It is funny, suspenseful and sensual. It will be a great fast read and one story you will never forgetPublished 24 months ago by Angie B.
this was so light-weight, poor character development. nothing she has written has ever compared to After The Night for me. Read morePublished on May 31 2013 by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on April 23 2004
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 lifePublished on April 16 2004 by K. Geiger
Mr.Perfect is a wonderful book. i particularly enjoyed linda howard's sense of humour and the unexpected twist in the story. Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by wewe
I am a major Linda Howard fan and have almost all of her novels. This book I actually found to be very monotonous. Read morePublished on March 7 2004 by Elizabeth