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
"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)
Never read Linda Howard before. Love mysteries and women who solve them, so I thought I'd like this. But it reads like a formulaic romance: feisty heroine, irritating but truly good and great looking hero, etc. etc. I was waiting for the murder, but I just I can't take it anymore. I like a little more subtlety. If you're a fan of Ruth Rendell or Laura Lippman, this may not appeal to you. I'm dissing it. The writing seems good. Just not for me.
I liked it as it was written. Funny and adventerous at the same time.
Not to loose the two characters that were lost.
Oh she did a very good job doing all the characters voices.
Yes It was well done.
I will recommend this one to others.
Perhaps. But, this is a book, in my opinion, written for female readers who would like light reading material. It is laced with sex, with blood and gore, in between. I also enjoyed the bantering that went on between the main characters. I would not call it a 'page turner' because except toward the end of the story, everything was on the whole, predictable.
I found that Laura Hick's performance, enjoyable.
This book needs no folow up because there were no unanswered questions for the reader.
I did not choose this book because I was looking for a Pulitzer Prize winning novel. It held my interest and did not challenge a desire for deep thinking. It also made me curious enough to choose another novel written by this author.
I believe there are 3 elements to a great romance audible book: good narration, believable plot, flawed characters and great dialogue!
Typical early Linda Howard. I had a hard time connecting with the lead female character and didn't buy into the romance plot. The only thing that kept me listening was the murder mystery.
There was no suspense - the forshadowing is more like a giant red flag of what's to come. The plot had promise, but I found it so hard to believe a town would get into such an uproar over a list that women talk about at EVERY outing. So what? I wanted more from the psyco. In addition, the neighbors and thier relationship - really? C'mon. We start out with a strong-willed, independent, snarky Jaine.... so we think. The author can't possibly understand true "Corporate America" women and the lives we lead. I couldn't help but have scene's of Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin in '9 to 5'.
Alas, I downloaded this book because of the ratings... just a different set of readers/listeners I guess. TO BE FAIR, I don't enjoy romances but am a huge fan of Jonathan Kellerman and James Patterson. If those guys are your style, you won't enjoy this one.
The characters needed depth. Paper thin.
Laura Hicks did a good job with what she had to work with. Not the best I've ever heard - a bit whiny on many parts....even with a supposedly strong spirited character.
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