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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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    Geoffrey Greetham, United Kingdom 04-27-12
    Geoffrey Greetham, United Kingdom 04-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author should have taken more risk - and used more of her personal experience.


    Has Mr. Perfect turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What about Laura Hicks’s performance did you like?

    She seemed to match her delivery to the writing style, which meant to me it remained primarily the author's work - thanks to Ms Hicks.


    What character would you cut from Mr. Perfect?

    The policeman; a rubber duck with a hole in it would have more personality.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think the author knows much about police procedure, nor violence, neither depraved nor overt; her steamy sex came across as a dying snail she was keeping good distance from by poking at it with a long stick.

    I understand that the golden rule in writing fiction is to write about things you know about. The author, I firmly believe, does have real talent but, please! Write about something that has meaning for you and which you really love.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Yennta L.A., CA 04-06-12
    Yennta L.A., CA 04-06-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Just Not for Me"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Welch Webb CIty, MO 06-06-12
    Sandra Welch Webb CIty, MO 06-06-12

    Twilight Zone

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    "Mr Perfect well Mr Right.."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I liked it as it was written. Funny and adventerous at the same time.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not to loose the two characters that were lost.


    Did Laura Hicks do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Oh she did a very good job doing all the characters voices.


    Was Mr. Perfect worth the listening time?

    Yes It was well done.


    Any additional comments?

    I will recommend this one to others.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra LI New York 06-02-12
    Sandra LI New York 06-02-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Be careful What You Wish For"
    Would you try another book from Linda Howard and/or Laura Hicks?

    Yes.


    Would you recommend Mr. Perfect to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    I found that Laura Hick's performance, enjoyable.


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

    This book needs no folow up because there were no unanswered questions for the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Bentonville, AR, United States 04-15-12
    Holly Bentonville, AR, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2008

    I believe there are 3 elements to a great romance audible book: good narration, believable plot, flawed characters and great dialogue!

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    "Meh..."

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya Mableton, GA, United States 04-30-12
    Tonya Mableton, GA, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    What disappointed you about Mr. Perfect?

    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.


    What could Linda Howard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters needed depth. Paper thin.


    Did Laura Hicks do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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