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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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    Susan Austin, tX, United States 07-20-12
    Susan Austin, tX, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Glad Audible has this book!"
    Would you listen to Mr. Perfect again? Why?

    I read this book a number of years ago and laughed my head off. It was available on tape but not CD and I've continued to watch for the CD or download and now its here. Once again I laughed out load. I found the narrator took a while to get used to but that was the only down side. Some of the references in the book are dated as you would expect from a re-issue but I still loved it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The antics and smart mouth of the main character.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Laura Hicks’s performances?

    Rather not


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-18-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2011

    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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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 04-21-12
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2007

    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 CA, United States 03-27-12
    Karen CA, United States 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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    Susan California 05-03-14
    Susan California 05-03-14 Member Since 2013

    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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    jennifer Denver, CO, United States 01-27-14
    jennifer Denver, CO, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Voice ruined the book"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book is hilarious!!!...when I read it. Listening to it...not as much. Voice ruined it. Thank goodness I read it first.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martinez Texas 09-27-13
    Martinez Texas 09-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Just short of Perfect"
    Would you try another book from Linda Howard and/or Laura Hicks?

    Hecks yeah! This one was fantastic though it's quite old.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Detective Sam Donovan


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Laura Hicks?

    Yes I would, I was impressed how well she performed for the male characters and obviously the female ones as well.


    Do you think Mr. Perfect needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't. This book is thoroughly toe curling and a re-read every now and then.


    Any additional comments?

    Yep. It's hot. He's ultra hot. A perfect FICTIONAL macho hero. The heroine is slightly annoying but not enough to ruin the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Marie Ohio 05-10-13
    Tina Marie Ohio 05-10-13 Member Since 2009

    Tina Reiter

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    "Fun Hero!"

    Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard was a very entertaining listen. The narrator, Laura Hicks, did a lovely job with the characters. The story itself wasn't at all predictable and had some witty banter between the hero and heroine.

    Jaine Bright has made a mess of her life. She is starting to think her judgement may be a bit skewed. First, she was convinced her neighbor is an alcoholic or worse. He keeps late hours, he's surly and grumpy with her and she can't seem to be around him for more than 5 minutes without making him mad. Turns out he's an undercover cop that works strange hours and the neighborhood loves him. Second, her and her friends decide to make a list of Mr. Perfect over drinks one evening. The list gets misplaced and ends up becoming a media phenomena. Everyone wants to debate the Mr. Perfect list. Some agree, some find it humorous and it makes some very angry. All of a sudden, her and her friends are thrown into a media circus, having to defend their list and have attracted a stalker that isn't at all happy with the list. To make it even more complicated, Jaine finds her biggest supporter and protector in the very neighbor that she always thought she hated.

    Sam Donovan is an undercover policeman who works crazy hours and has to deal with a neighbor that makes way too much noise when he's trying to sleep. Yes, most of that is during the day, but that's beside the point. Not to mention, he finds himself attracted beyond logic whenever she is around. Now, her friends are being hurt and she is being threatened. He'll stop at nothing to protect the woman he has come to love.

    The witty, funny banter between Sam and Jaine make the book. Honestly, without that I don't know that I would have liked this book nearly as much.

    "No? No? You can't say No. It's against the law to hold me against my will." "I'm not holding you against your will. I'm holding you against your car."

    You'll find yourself laughing out loud in places. Sam is cocky and brash, but very patient with Jaine. Jaine is almost like Lucille Ball in this book. She bumbles along and makes her life harder than it needs to be. But, she loves her friends and she's a very likable character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly Auburn, NY, United States 03-27-13
    Shelly Auburn, NY, United States 03-27-13
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    "A favorite from Howard."
    What made the experience of listening to Mr. Perfect the most enjoyable?

    Honestly I didn't care for the reader of this story but loved the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Perfect?

    The banter between Sam and Jane.


    What aspect of Laura Hicks’s performance would you have changed?

    I hated the accents that she gave to the people and the way she made the law enforcement sound.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The friendship between the four woman was wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought that this was one of Howard's best. I liked the way the characters meshed together. I liked the scrappiness of Jane and how she was willing to stand up for what she believed in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Evansville, WI, United States 03-24-13
    Lori Evansville, WI, United States 03-24-13
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    "What a waste!"
    What disappointed you about Mr. Perfect?

    Call it silly, but I like stories to be edited and clean. One sentence, Jane has only a brother and sister, another, she has brothers who have taught her to fight. One sentence, Sam ran out of the house shirtless, the next, his silk shirt is wet with the rain.

    It seemed as if the narrator struggled to perform the range between the male and female voices. (listen before buying)

    Lastly, I think the author tried to write a murder/romance, but ended up with a juvinile premise of four friends and a list, a mentally disturbed person, who doesn't really fit until the last few minutes and low-budget soft-porn. And, everything happens in a three-week timeline that is not believable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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