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Mr. Perfect | [Linda Howard]

Mr. Perfect

What would make the perfect man? That's the deliciously racy topic that Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends are pondering one night at their favorite after-hours hot spot: Mr. Perfect. Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted - or will just muscular do? As their conversation heats up, they concoct a tongue-in-cheek checklist that becomes an overnight sensation, spreading like wildfire at work and sizzling along email lines. But what began as a joke among friends turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered....
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Publisher's Summary

What would make the perfect man?

That's the deliciously racy topic that Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends are pondering one night at their favorite after-hours hot spot: Mr. Perfect. Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted - or will just muscular do? As their conversation heats up, they concoct a tongue-in-cheek checklist that becomes an overnight sensation, spreading like wildfire at work and sizzling along email lines. But what began as a joke among friends turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered....

Turning to her neighbor, an unpredictable police detective, for help, Jaine must unmask a killer to save her friends - and herself. Now, knowing whom to trust and whom to love is a matter of survival - as the dream of Mr. Perfect becomes a chilling nightmare.

©2001 Linda Howard (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Sexy fun....A frolicsome mystery...Jaine Bright lives up to her name: she's as bright - and explosive - as a firecracker." (People)

"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!" (Romantic Times)

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-18-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "I have waited so long for the unabridged version."

    I love Linda Howard and I have always thought this was one of her best books. I had an abridged copy of the audio but now that this one is out, I'm excited. The main character is so real to me, I know many people just like her. Some others by Linda that I like are Open Season, Now you see her, Cover of Night.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Phelps Georgia, USA 04-25-12
    Lynne Phelps Georgia, USA 04-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Snarky Jaine meets Smarty-pants Sam"

    This is one of my favorites of the old Linda Howard titles, many of which I prefer to her newer stories. Although the story is dated, the humorous interaction between Jaine Bright and her trio of girlfriends remains engaging. Jaine is quick witted and the quintessential snarky heroine, and I love that. She is working hard to stop swearing, and as I cleaned up my language a few years ago I really empathized with her efforts! With three failed engagements behind her, she has stopped looking for a man. Most likely they just couldn't keep up with her quick wit and snappy repartee; in fact Sam may be the first one who can keep up! For me, the suspense part of the story was secondary to the relationships between Jaine, her family, friends, and neighbors. This is more a romantic comedy than a murder suspense story, and if you go in expecting that, you will be in for an enjoyable listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 04-21-12
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "SURPRISE!"

    I bought this book without alot of thought but did it ever surprise me. This is a good suspense story. It was interesting from the beginning but very surprising. I don't want to give it away. Once I got into it I was hooked. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't figure it out.. I recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 03-27-12
    Karen 03-27-12

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Linda Howard fans, come get it"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the abridged version was read by Jenna Stern who made this story really great


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    unfortunately, yes.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Ms Stern needed to do the unabridged version. This book sold out in paperback when it was published.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ebony venters 02-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "love her!"

    I've read this book many times, first time listening. Some of the choices for voice are weird, but emotion/inflection was good.

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    Amazon Customer 02-10-15
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    "worth reading"

    Loved it so much listened three times in a row just to refresh. hardcopy read in previous years. still love it.

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    R. Henderson 02-02-15
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    "Very Enjoyable! Romance, thriller & suspense!"

    Sexy, romantic, thriller with a twist, & good suspense. Makes for a great fun read. Highly recommend for romantics seeking than just romance.

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    Dreamrmo 01-29-15
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    "Snappy dialogue"

    The narrator handled the snappy dialogue between characters so well she had me laughing out loud. The story moved along at a quick pace and was engaging.

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    Kathy 12-14-14
    Kathy 12-14-14
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    "Loved this one!"
    What did you love best about Mr. Perfect?

    Great story with just the right blend of romance and suspense. Definitely worth a credit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept me guessing who the killer was till almost the very end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Skipper 05-03-14
    Skipper 05-03-14

    Skipper

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    "Better in text format"

    The narrator is probably fine for most listeners, based on the reviews and ratings. For me, her voice modulation was a bit shrill. After 30 minutes, it began to grate a bit. Also, I didn't much care for her vocal characterization of the hero, Sam.

    The story itself was better when I read it, compared to audio. I love the beginning chapters, where Sam and Jane get to know each other. Great car wash scene! Some funny one-liners. Decent dialogue.

    Some parts of the book are skip-worthy, so when reading, I just skim past the sections involving the other three women (Marci, Lena, and TJ) and their love life. I grow impatient with the pages (and audio minutes) spent on this. Instead, I focus on the main characters, Sam and Jane. I also flip past the pages depicting the bloody murder. Repeated explicit sex gets boring, so fast forward there, too.

    So, I'd give the book almost 4 stars (because I skim past the sections I don't care for). In audio format, it's hard to skim over unwanted sections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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