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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Reprint edition (July 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671027573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671027575
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Review

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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4.2 out of 5 stars

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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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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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By Veronica on June 5 2004
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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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By A Customer on March 27 2004
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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. It starts with four women getting together on a Friday night, they write up a list of characteristics of what would make the perfect man. The author wants us to believe so badly that this is hilarious fun, she goes on and on how they were laughing so hard they were falling out of their chairs, tears are streaming down their faces and on and on....(and it's not funny.) The "List" somehow becomes a national media sensation, which is where this book goes from silly to stupid. The women are hounded by reporters wanting to do interviews, eventually a psychopath enters the picture and wants to kill these women for writing this list. Dumb, dumb, dumb. The main character, Jaine Bright falls for her next door neighbor who happens to be a cop and gets involved in the murder investigation. They have a very brief flirtation, fall into bed and decide to get married, this all happens within a weeks time I think. Save your money and your time and skip this one.
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