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Temporary Mistress [Mass Market Paperback]

Susan Johnson
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Oct. 31 2000 St. John-Duras
The Tattler - April 1802 It wouldn't surprise you, gentle readers, to learn that Dermott Ramsay, the earl of Bathurst and favorite of all ladies, married or otherwise, has a new paramour. What may surprise you is her name. For she is none other than Isabella Leslie!  The same beauty of the sizable inheritance who prefers not the ton but books, maps, and the family shipping business.  You may wonder how a picture of innocence ended up in the arms of a libertine. Truth to tell, Isabella had to flee from her scheming relatives in the rain-soaked night and seek refuge in London's most infamous brothel. There, with the help of the madam, she devised an unorthodox plan to escape a dreaded marriage bed. She would simply have to become unmarriageable--even if it meant public ruin. And who better to utterly ruin her in a mere week than a handsome rake famous for seductive skills?  But gossip has it that Dermott may be developing a tendre for his temporary mistress. It makes for the most delicious speculation, does it not? For if it indeed is the case, what will happen when their week of pleasure is over? We urge you, dear readers, to do as we do--follow the affair closely, and with every hope that it will turn into this Season's most delicious scandal.

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Don't miss any of Susan Johnson's sizzling historical novels
Temporary Mistress
Legendary Lover
A Touch Of Sin
Taboo
Wicked
Sweet Love, Survive
Brazen
Love Storm
Pure Sin
Seized By Love
Outlaw
Silver Flame
Sinful
Blaze
Forbidden

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1.0 out of 5 stars Could Not Make the Leap of Faith Oct. 16 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
All right, I only read to page 55 or so, so maybe I can't be fair. But the basic premise was just too unbelievable, and I could not get past that. Isabella's relatives (who are way too black-and-white evil, fat, and hammy) try to literally force her into marrying the corpulent cousin in the room where the barrister (whom they flung out the door) read her grandpa's will. Uh...? It's called DON'T DO IT? Last time I checked, nobody could force a "bride" to sign a marriage license. So naturally, instead of going to the police or even the barrister they tossed out, she runs directly into a brothel and, being a virgin naturally, agrees to ruin her reputation by becoming a mistress. Hello! DIMWIT ALERT!
And, of course, she has no connections or friends, merely being the granddaughter of some rich guy. I just lost all respect for her, and could not suspend disbelief.
I gave up when I read about the hero being London's most notorious rake. Someone else wrote that this has been done to death. S. Johnson is a great writer; I just don't see how this harebrained concept even got past the rough draft stage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy and Entertaining Aug. 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Isabella Leslie is an heiress who has just inherited everything from her grandfather and has no friends or protectors. She is a business woman at heart and soon realized her cousins and uncle are after her money by forcing her to marry her cousin so she flees and finds refuge and unlikely friend in a notorious brothel. She strikes a deal with the brothel madam and new friend Molly to ruin herself for marriage to keep her family at bay.
Chance enters and so does the Earl of Bathurst, Dermot Ramsey, a notorious rogue who despises virgins but is captivated by Isabella. He soon becomes her protector and her first lover defending her against the continued persuit from her family for her money. Unfortuneatly, the earl is unable to give her a commitment due to his past demons. She is devastated and begins to look for a husband who she could grow to love and protect her, but she finds her wealth and family cause trouble in that pursuit. Read the book to see the drama unfold. Great sex, Great plot, lots of action, and excitement.
I really like the characters in this book and the plot. When Susan Johnson is on she is great at what she does and this book is a great example.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not great Jan. 6 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book a few weeks ago, and one of the first things that struck me as odd was that Ms. Johnson footnoted the book. In my relatively short life thus far, I have never, ever read a romance novel before this one that's been footnoted. But I humored my curiousity (and perhaps the author) by reading the footnotes at the back of the book whenever I came across a little subscripted number. The next thing that struck me as odd was the words describing sex and various body parts (obviously I won't use them here). Ms. Johnson seems to have degraded the sexual act for both the hero and the heroine. And the hero isn't much of a hero at all- he's slept with half of the females of England.
So, I recommend reading this novel with caution. If you are 'faint of heart' when it comes to the adjectives and descriptions of the sexual act, perhaps you are better off with something by Judith McNaught. And beware of the footnotes- most of them are historical background, and Ms. Johnson was an Art History major (the Latin/Art History teacher at my school would be proud).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad... Jan. 4 2002
By pigpig
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Susan Johnson book and it is probably not my last.
I hesitated to buy this book at first because of low ratings but I decided to give it a try. Basically this book is like a soap. The hero, Lord Bathurst is emotionally tortured by the death of his wife and child. Isabella Leslie is a beauty and an heiress. It's not plausible for her to run away from a disgusting marriage bed and end up in a brothel. One thing I can't accept is that the Season welcomes her despite her staying at brothel and being Dermott's "temporary whore". The story is quite lengthy. It takes about 300 pages for Dermott to stop delving into the past grief and realize how much he loves Isabella. There are several burning sex scenes between Dermott and Isabella and some of them are a bit kinky. Despite many criticisms, I still found this book an entertaining read. (At least it did keep me turning the pages). The author also added informative historical notes at the back of the book. (This means she did research extensively on historical facts before writing the book).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Never again Aug. 20 2001
By blaze
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You see, I've been a fan of Susan Johnson since her days of Forbidden, Pure Sin, Silver Flame and all that. I don't understand HOW she managed to slide down and continue sliding down towards this tacky abyss, when all this time her books have been elegantly written, with smashing repartee and marvelous wit. Her books of late (To please a lady, for instance) are so badly written that I wonder whether the author IS really Susan Johnson, or maybe she's doing the Milli Vanilli act - someone else is doing the writing, she just takes credit from it. So it was with this amount of skepticism that I picked up Temporary Mistress, hoping, really hoping that this one is gonna pull Ms Johnson out from the down-spiral. Let's just say I'm EXTREMELY disappointed. The story completely lacks flavor. It's tasteles, tacky and horrid. I don't feel empathy for the heroine, in fact, to me she's spoilt and a brat, as one of the reviewers suggested. For someone who is supposedly endowed with brains, she does not seem to possess maturity or common sense, and instead pouts to get her way. For someone so brainy, she sure uses the usual 'women's wiles' to do whatever she wants. And Dermott. Lord, he just doesn't strike a chord in me. For a brainy woman, the heroine falls hook, line and sinker for the usual depiction of dashing handsome man. Come on, Ms. Johnson, don't insult your readers by giving garbage like this. Well, I guess I'm your fan no more, Ms. Johnson. From this day onwards I'm never going to pick up your books again. Now your name seems to symbolise tastelessness and tackiness. Enough said.
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2.0 out of 5 stars based on meaningless sex, no love involved
this is my first susan johnson book and i was utterly disappointed. it begins with interest, but ends without much play of emotions. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by "lucky_luv"
2.0 out of 5 stars first time
I agree with almost all the reviewers in the fact that Temporary Mistress is big fat flop. Isabella Leslie is a dimwit I mean if she is a person of brains couldn't she think of... Read more
Published on April 24 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Susan Johnson better books, but okay
"Temporary Mistress" by Susan Johnson is not one of the author's better books, yet it does have good aspects. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2003 by M. E. Newell
1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy
I have read much better and worthy works of Susan Johnson and this must be one of the worst. The story was so flat and ridiculous. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002 by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
How could anyone rate Temporary Mistress less than 5 stars? Susan Johnson provides a much needed contrast to the typical scared little virgin heroine. Read more
Published on May 15 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars You have two of my reviews--please delete one, thanks
Please notice that the review with my name has an almost identical review after it. That is because it was my first and I got bumped offline before I finished and didn't know it... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2002 by "u2fan15"
1.0 out of 5 stars Psychologically disturbing
A perusal of other reviews with a 1-star rating pretty shows that my opinions are widely shared.
But I have one thing to add. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2002 by "u2fan15"
1.0 out of 5 stars Psychologically disturbing
A perusal of the other reviews with a 1-star rating pretty much sums up my opinion.
But I have one thing to add and that is the disturbing addition of the hero's ridiculing... Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2002 by "u2fan15"
1.0 out of 5 stars My new star of "All-TimeWorst Romance" List
I'm very glad I was loaned this book and didn't have to shell out any money. In the past when I've found myself reading what is obviously trash, I merely toss it or return it to... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2002 by "jennarocnroll"
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