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Mr. Perfect

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  18,319 ratings  ·  808 reviews
What would make the perfect man? That's the delicious topic heating up the proceedings at a certain table of professional women at their favorite restaurant, Ernie's, tonight: Mr. Perfect. What qualities would he have? Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted -- or will just muscular do? Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends start off with the basics -...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Atria Books (first published 2000)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

Dear book:

This is my favorite Linda Howard so far <3

I enjoyed every second of it, laughed like crazy at half the book and swooned over Sam the other half of it :D

“Let me go,” she said, more nervous than she cared to reveal.
“No!” she repeated. “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.”

The story

Four friends meet for lunch and make a fun list about what a perfect man should be like.
That, of c...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
Aug 04, 2013 Stacia (out of inspiration) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a romance with elements of both comedy and danger
"If you're looking for Mr. Perfect, you're going to spend your whole life being disappointed, because he doesn't exist."

I generally hate books where any female or group of females start making a mental or physical list of what they want in a man. Lists are absolutely stupid. Love is unpredictable and shouldn't be put in a box. Sure, six-pack abs and a huge salary can be awesome, but the sweet guy with the messy hair and cute dimples might be the right one, even if he doesn't have guns of stee...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

What do you get when four friends get together for their weekly girls night out and have a little too much to drink? Well, in this story, you get a list detailing what these friends think it takes to make the perfect man.

And what do you get when that list becomes an overnight sensation with a nearly cult like following? Well, in this story, you get murder!

I’ve had this book on my shelves for quite awhile and whenever my Goodreads friends would talk about Linda Howard’s books, Mr. Perfect was su...more
This book was very funny and a good romantic suspense. The interaction between Jaine and Sam was hilarious. She is a bit of a spit fire and he has a bit of a temper. I love the part where she sprays him with the hose then he hold her against her car. She tells him he is holding her against her will but he says he isn't, he is holding her against her car. The diagolue was great and the suspense portion was good. This is a great read if you enjoy a laugh, good romance and a bit of suspense!
♥~♥Geri ~ the HEA junkie ♥~♥
Jul 19, 2013 ♥~♥Geri ~ the HEA junkie ♥~♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Carol Sanchez, Leilani Villanueva
Shelves: for-reread, favorites
5 (Still) Perfect Stars!!

Re-read time June 19 to 21 2013.

Still perfect after all this time. I've reread this book more than I could count and it never fails to make me laugh, cry and swoon. This book is what made me a fan of Linda Howard's writing. This was Linda Howard at her peak writing form; witty, fun, hilarious and terrifying at the same time.

Mr. Perfect is a story about four friends and their idea of Mr. Perfect. The fours friends understood, of course, that Mr. Perfect doesn't really ex...more
~~~~ 4 STARS OR 7.5-8/10 ~~~~

Despite being released years ago, the books I've read by Linda Howard are so evocative and sexy that some newer books honestly can't compete. This is the third book by LH I've read so far but after the first, she became one of my favourite authors. Romantic suspense when written well is fantastic.
I loved the suspense here, it had me stumped till past half way through when I realized I was making a grave error in my assumptions.

The disturbing nature of the crimes co...more
Amy (Foxy)
The Mr. Perfect List
★Steady job
★Sense of humor
★Financially comfortable
★Good to look at
★Great in bed
★10" requirement
★Last in bed at least 30 minutes

Four co-workers go out for drinks after work and after a few drinks they've comprised a list of requirements for their Mr. Perfect. The list somehow makes their work newspaper and begins to cause all kinds of chaos for these four women. It was all fun and games until one of them turns up murdered.

I've read four books by Lin...more
Wicked Incognito Now
I only read SEVEN PERCENT of this book. So take my review with a grain of salt.

I often search the internet for "best romance novels of all time." There are, surprisingly, a lot of lists dedicated to enumerating the best romance novels ever written. I've found quite a few gems this way. THIS novel made the top ten of most of those lists. I spent most of my life thinking that all romance novels were a waste of my time and intellect, until I rediscovered romance about four years ago. I discovered t...more
This book was perfect! Perfect amount of everything!

I have a soft spot for neighbors that want to strangle each other and then can't keep their hands off each other. It's basically a win win situation for me when choosing a book. And this one didn't disappoint at all!

It was funny, easy to read, hot and had a psycho to catch.

I have nothing bad to say, everything was amazing but there was one Itsy Bitsy thing that had me eye rolling!

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4 ½ stars – Romantic Suspense

I love the line, "The wheel's still going around, but her hamster's dead".

I love this verbal sparring scene between the H/H, (page 18):

"I haven't had any sleep, any breakfast, or any coffee. I'd better leave before I hurt you." He nodded. "That's a good idea. I'd hate to have to arrest you." She stared at him, taken aback. "What?" "I'm a cop," he said, then turned and walked back into his house. Jaine stared after him, shocked. A cop? "Well, fuck," she said.
Remember the discussion thread on Amazon several months ago where the boardies discussed their favorite lines in a book? Now I finally understand the popular line ... "I'm not holding you against your will; I'm holding you against your car."

This book was full of verbal sparring between Jaine Bright and her neighbor, Detective Sam Donovan, that was downright hilarious at times. Jaine first meets Sam when she accidentally backs over his metal garbage can with her new Viper. Tempers flare as these...more
This is me at the beginning, the middle and the end of this amazing book:



I laughed. I swooned. I laughed some more. My ovaries overheated because of Sam. I laughed - again. I was shocked.
I loved every word of Mr. Perfect.

Read this!

This is an old book but I see that most of her books have now been released on Kindle - Lucky Me - Not So Lucky my Credit Card!!!! I have read a few of Linda's other books and loved them. This was a great story with a spunky, sassy heroine and a gorgeous hero - wouldn't mind a bit of Sam living next door to me. Sad, funny, mysterious - it had it all - hopefully the kindle edition will bring a new realm of readers to discover Ms Howard.
Perfection is the name of this book! I was up till 5:30 in the morning finishing this and when I got to the end I wanted more, more Jaine and Sam. I loved the romance and wanted so much more. Jaine was a firecracker and I loved her. She was soo kick-ass and knew cars and didn't mind speaking her mind and throwing herself in the fray.

She just bought a house, her siblings are miffed with her since her vacation parents left their cat and her dad's prized car in her possession. She also thinks her n...more
11/12/13 Re-read

Damn, I love this book! This encore reading was way overdue :))
Oh, what a read! "Mr. Perfect" was a hilarious and at times super creepy novel with kick-ass characters.

It starts with four friends having an after-work dinner and coming up with a list about what makes their own Mr. Perfect. In a few days, everyone at work knows about the list and you can guess what happens; women wholeheartedly agree and men just sulk. But, when one of the four friends is brutally murdered because of the list the rest of the group understands that what began as a joke (and def...more
Lady Heather
LOVED. LOVED. LOVED! This story!

Sam & Jaine are AMAZING together!

Luna, T.J., Marci, and Jaine the bestest-besties ever!

Loved their relationship, and their List...but, my heart was breaking by the end of the story.

The story, characters, writing...BEAUTIFULLY DONE!
Brittany B.
5+stars for one of my all-time favorite authors.

If Linda Howard is sometimes hit or miss, Mr. Perfect is an easy HIT!
Excellent book. One of Linda Howard's very best. Funny and sweet, scary and heartbreaking; this Novel is a PERFECT blend of suspense and romance. It is a treat to read from start to finish. Not once during this book did I lose interest; I devoured every single scene. Linda Howard is an author with many faces; each of her books is so different in intensity. This book is a bit of...more
I have never felt more disturbed and creeped out. This book gave me the chills, a sick/nervous feeling in my stomach... It was just so creepy.

I hated the feeling. However, if an author can write a romantic suspense and their words can have this kind of affect on the reader, well it means that the author is doing their job right.

This is the first Linda Howard book I've read and I've had this book on my to-read shelf for so long that I completely forgot about it. I should have read this ages ago....more
Wendy F
Absolutely not expected at all! I'm a contemporary/suspense romance snob. I fully admit it. I rarely pick one up on my own to read and my initial instinct is to assume that I'm not going to like it.

So, imagine my surprise when (because it was our True Love 101 Group Read) I picked up this book and thought it was GREAT!

I read the whole thing today! I couldn't put it down. It was light enough that I didn't feel full of angst, but it was action packed enough to keep me turning the pages unable to...more
This book is worth more a 3.5 than a 3 star rating. There isn’t much romance, there’s too much focus on the stereotypical complicity between the 4 friends and what happens is a little too over the top. The writing is very good though.

The h/h ‘s relationship is very hard to believe and there’s virtually no sexual tension or lead up to their “love affair”. They’re barely together throughout the story so it’s hard to get a feeling for them as a couple let alone believing that they’ve fallen head ov...more
Crystal~BIG book addict~
This is my first Linda Howard book and it was awesome!! Absolutely loved the H/h together. Jaine was hilarious with her smartass mouth and Sam gave it right back to her. There was the right amount of suspense, mystery and romance. I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future.

Rating pertama : 4 bintang
Rating kedua : 5 bintang

Maklum masih nubitol pas masukin rating pertama kali untuk buku ini di Goodreads =))

Definitely 5 stars dan salah satu novel tante LH favoritku bersama Open Season. Baca buku ini berulang2 pun ga bakalan bosan.Apalagi didukung dengan kualitas terjamahan yang oke, membuat pembaca merasa nyaman untuk baca ini :D.

Jaine Bright adalah tipe heroine favoritku. Smart mouth, personalitynya kuat, doyan mengumpat. Tapi untungnya dia tobat, walaupun dengan ba...more
Brenda (b)
I enjoyed this book immensely and I can see why several of my friends gave it such high ratings. The romance between Jaine and Sam happened in a fast and furious fashion and for me it felt almost as if it were a secondary part of the plot. The problem with knowing there's going to be a murder before I even start reading (it was on the back cover blurb!) is that that is what I focus on and I'm looking for the identity of the killer from the very beginning. I look at each character introduced and...more
So about 10% into this book, I'm thinking "Why on earth have I not read anything from Linda Howard before?

trust me, I am kicking myself for taking this long to discover this author!!

I loved everything about this book! The writing, characters, chemistry, storyline all flowed beautifully.

The story centers on four friends who meet one friday night at their local hangout spot Ernie's to eat, drink, blow off some steam,with lots of laughs and friendship. Four girlfriends who've had alittle too much t...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
04/09/2014 --

Overall Rating = 3 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 4 / 3 / 5 = 4 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 3 Stars
Character Development = 3.5 Stars
Story Appreciation = 3 Stars
Ending = 4 Stars
Worth the Chili = 2 Stars -- [$6.83 on Amazon]
Smexy [HEAT] Rating = Not Really
400 pages

I read this one years ago and decided to buy the eBook and read again. A price I do not normally pay -- and shouldn't have based on the level of enjoyment I received.

Not one of my favorites by this author. It had a fe...more
Jaine Bright and her three co-workers and best friends are out one night having drinks and the subject turns to men. On a lark, they create a list of all the characteristics of the perfect man. What started out as a joke soon ballooned to local and then national notoriety as the list goes viral. And that's not the worst of it. While a lot of men have their noses out of joint about the list, one person is murderously angry because of it and wants to teach the women a lesson.

This story was altern...more
Denise~The Procrastinating Book Diva~

I picked up this audiobook on a whim from the library because the book I really wanted wasn't available. Since it was written in 2000 I expected it to be your average dated run-of-the-mill, albeit somewhat entertaining, romantic suspense. Boy, did I ever underestimate Ms. Howard!! At the heart of this one is Jaine, the laugh out loud funny heroine. She's at her best when arguing with others, particularly Sam, her grumpy, sexy next door neighbor. The true essence of her character is captured in t...more
3.5 stars

Some things that bugged me:
1- why didn't the cops just call the damn phone company and get all their phone records to find the stalker?
2- why the hell didn't they send the other women protection? Luna should never have been alone.
3*- this quote: “Sam turned to his computer and downloaded his E-mail. When he saw how many Ks of RAMthe attached file took, he winced. "I hope I have the memory," he muttered, then clicked on the attachment and opened the file. Thirty minutes later, it was sti...more
Nathi *Shut it and let me read*
Sep 24, 2013 Nathi *Shut it and let me read* rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nathi *Shut it and let me read* by: Fran
Let's keep my feelings for this book simple:

Just like that, this book was perfection!
There was the suspense, sometimes I got all jumpy and really scared because right from the star the writing was good that you got to love pretty much all the characters from the beginning.
So the fact that someone died and someone else may die was hard to get by and that all made the suspense atmosphere amazing!
I really liked how the book dealt with the "mystery", specially starting from the beginning with the pr...more
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Linda S. Howington was born on August 3, 1950 in Alabama, United States. She began to write at nine years old, and wrote for twenty years for her own enjoyment. She worked at a trucking company where she met her husband, and then decided to try and get her work published in 1980. [1:] Her first work was publishe...more
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“She should have remembered her past experiences in the relationship wars and not let herself get so excited. Evidently her hormones had overruled her common sense and she had become drunk on ovarian wine, the most potent, sanity- destroying substance in the universe.” 119 likes
“I'm not holding you against your will; I'm holding you against your car.” 94 likes
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