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Temporary Mistress Mass Market Paperback – Oct 31 2000
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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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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).
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).
Most recent customer reviews
this is my first susan johnson book and i was utterly disappointed. it begins with interest, but ends without much play of emotions. Read morePublished on June 16 2004
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 morePublished on April 24 2004
"Temporary Mistress" by Susan Johnson is not one of the author's better books, yet it does have good aspects. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2003 by M. E. Newell
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 morePublished on Aug. 19 2002 by Kelly
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 morePublished on May 15 2002
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 morePublished on Feb. 22 2002
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
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