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Her Best Worst Mistake (Elizabeth and Violet #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  3,742 ratings  ·  373 reviews
She thinks he's stuffy. He thinks she's spoilt. Then the gloves come off and so do their clothes!

For six years Violet Sutcliffe has known that Martin St Clair is the wrong man for her best friend. He's stuffy, old before his time, conservative. He drives Violet nuts - and the feeling is entirely mutual. Then, out of nowhere, her friend walks out just weeks before her weddi
ebook, 170 pages
Published May 5th 2012 by small cow productions pty ltd (first published May 3rd 2012)
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5 stars – Contemporary Romance

Oh, but I really enjoyed this one! There are opposites attract stories and then there are opposites ignite, combust, and singe my Kindle stories and this is definitely the latter. Whew!

And the premise is one of my favorites...seemingly stodgy, stuffy, rich, straitlaced Darcy-esque hero and free-spirited, quirky, flamboyant, provocative heroine clash, battle, and then inevitably end up lusting and scorching up the sheets...and pretty much any stable surface.

But Sarah
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

Her Best Worst Mistake is such a sexy, tender, enemies to lovers tale with a slow to grow, but very sweet romance. I enjoyed this story and the characters who learn the importance of not judging someone as lacking before truly getting to know them.

Sarah Mayberry writes some of the best stories! She knows how to get to the heart of her characters and make them come alive. They're the kinds of people you'd want to have for your own friends or lovers, and that makes for stories that draw you in and
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
May 17, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance fans
Recommended to Anna (Bobs Her Hair) by: Nalini Singh's Blog
***edited to add quotes, additional comments and minor revision***

Grade: B+ or 4 solid stars...Entertaining Opposites Attract Story

Memorable Quote 1 - Droopy Drawers confronts Violet

There was something about the way he was looking at her that made her feel even more nervous.

“So? I remembered you like the peach schnapps. It’s not a big deal.”

“Isn’t it? I remember that you hate escargot. And that you refuse to see any movie with Kate Beckinsale in it. And that you have every George Michael album
Mimi Smith
4 stars

I liked this one a lot. The banter was fun, there was lots of smexy in it and the opposites attract kind of thing is cool. I just had a feeling it was too short and, so I didn't get a feeling of depth...or something. I don't feel up to writing a 'real' review now, but here are some quotes...

"How had she ever disliked this man? How had she ever found him stuffy or staid or repressed? He was a modern day knight—honorable, devoted, passionate—and she was head over freaking heels in love with
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3.5 STARS ...more
A firecracker that fizzles out.

Well, loved the start of this with BFFs Violet and Elizabeth, Elizabeth's stuffy fiancé, and spitting matches they have. Then the twist. Okay, the story needed it, but the reasoning behind Elizabeth's decisions were unconvincing or poor rationalizations. Then there's some misplaced guilt that riddles Violet for the second 50% of the book--absolutely ridiculousness that bored me and made me want to strangle her for how long it lasted as the events clearly changed. I
“Shut up,” he said, and then he kissed her, because there was no other way of conveying how he felt.

Kids: “Mom, what’s for supper?” Me: ….. Kids: “MOM!” Me: [waves absently towards the kitchen]. Daughter: “She’s reading one of those books again.”
This is Martin, the dumped fiancee's story, so far he has come across as stick in the mud, repressed etc but we see a different side to him. He has become something from nothing and he values that, it annoyed me sometimes but he grew on me and he really did care for Elizabeth and didn't see how she was stifling herself.

Violet and Martin have never gotten along. She is Elizabeth's best friend and has always felt that Martin and Elizabeth were not suited. Violet is pretty damaged and filled with b
If you are a fan of Sarah Mayberry and her Blaze line novels, you must have come across Hot Island Nights which was released in September of 2010. In Hot Island Nights, Sarah leaves readers with a tantalizing glimpse into the relationship between Victoria and Martin and I for one was drawn towards it so much so that I mentioned in my review about wanting to read their own story. And finally, with Her Best Worst Mistake which turns out to be Sarah’s first self-pubbed story, she gives her die-hard ...more
Alexis Hall
This is kind of when I concluded that Sarah Mayberry was, uh, just not for me.

I didn't hate it by any means. I was much less instinctively ARGH NOPE than I was over Suddenly You.

But, for whatever reason, Sarah Mayberry just doesn't speak to me / work for me. And that's neither an indictment of Sarah Mayberry or, errr, me :)

I tried this one because the heroine is supposedly a 'bad' girl and I tend to be more sympathetic to unsympathetic people because I tend to identify more easily with them. Bec
Violet Sutcliffe simply can't stand it anymore, sitting at the boring party, looking at her best friend's stuffy fiancee schmooze some important people, whom she describes as :

E, be real. These people are the walking dead.” Violet’s gaze swept over the well-dressed crowd attending the Heart Foundation’s annual fundraiser. “Older than Moses, richer than God and more boring than a truckload of accountants.”

And then there's the fiancee himself:

He was wearing a classic black tuxedo, but he someh
5.00 Stars - Contemporary Romance.

This one was so good that it came as an unexpected surprise! A short neat entertaining read full of witty tidbits and steamy romance while sporting an interesting plot, this one featured a beta gentleman hero who turned rather naughty and proved to be quite a lovable rogue when fell in love with his all time polar opposite of a nemesis heroine.

I do recommend it if you are looking for a quick spicy yet fluffy romantic read to lift up your spirits.
Jane Stewart
3 stars. Pleasant fun enjoyable romance. Better than most. Almost too sweet.

Sequel to Hot Island Nights. In HIN Elizabeth breaks her engagement to Martin and goes to Australia to meet her birth father. While there, Elizabeth falls in love with Nate. Elizabeth’s best friend is Violet. Violet and Martin have insulted and sniped at each other for years. Martin is a stuffy hardworking lawyer. Martin thinks Violet dresses too provocatively and parties too much. This book begins when Eliz
This was a very good read but I didn't like that the heroine took all of the book to come clean with her best friend. The hero was not clearly defined but I liked him a lot anyway. The love story and the writing were also very good.
HERO is undefined, a poor boy who succeeded with a lot of effort to become a successful lawyer and be accepted by upper society by conforming to strict etiquette. When he's dumped by his fiance, he finds himself entangled in a passionate affair with his ex-fiance's ir
Isabella Francesca
This is the classic case of "Maybe it's not just for me." It has some pretty good reviews on GR (which I am not sure how that happened).

Not my kind of book. Meh.
Originally reviewed here.

It wasn't any one single review of HER BEST WORST MISTAKE that led me to give Sarah Mayberry a try. It was just the general rumblings making their way through my little portion of the blogosphere. Most recently, Kenda dubbed it "The Biggest Sparkle for My Romance Buck" in her mid-year roundup. Collectively, these sparkly rumblings convinced me to purchase the ebook and see if it was my kind of story. On the surface of things, the cover gave me a Julie James vibe (always
Okay... i originally wrote this lllooooooooonnnnnggggg rambling review on why i loved this book, but i realised that it was all over the place, so i decided to do it this way;

1 star for a really sweet, emotional, tug-at-your-heartstrings story which i was soooo not expecting;

1 star for Martin, that on-the-surface stuffed shirt who was REALLY, a sweet, but oh-so deliciously dirty, SEX god underneath;

1 star for Violet, with her snarky, smart remarks and her semi wild-child dressing and tendencies;
Aug 12, 2015 D.G. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to D.G. by: Jennifer
Her Best Worst Mistake has the perfect combination of tropes for me: enemies to lovers, steamy secret affair, stuffy hero AND main characters that have been secretly lusting for each other for years. No wonder that I re-read parts of this book all the freaking time.

Martin and Violet can't stand each other but as Martin is engaged to Elizabeth, Violet's best friend, they socialize frequently. When Elizabeth breaks the engagement, Martin & Violet find out that their animosity masked a deep sex
Dear Ms. Mayberry—

I think your novel Hot Island Nights is splendid—I love the rapport between Elizabeth and Nathan—and I was happy to learn your new self-published novel Her Best Worst Mistake is a companion/sequel to that tale. Her Best Worst Mistake chronicles what happens between Elizabeth’s wild best friend Violet and Elizabeth’s stuffy ex-fiancé Martin when the latter is dumped by Elizabeth eight weeks before their wedding. Violet and Martin loathed each other in Hot Island Nights… or so th
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I picked this up late at night, hoping to read a chapter or two before calling it a day, but I wound up inhaling this entire short novel within two hours and seeing the beginning of the next day instead. And I love that feeling; there are few things more wonderful than losing all sense of time in a book and waking up to find that the world has moved on, even while you were stuck in a haze of fiction. HER BEST WORST MISTAKE is surprisingly readable, being both sexy and thought-pr
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Leído para el 2015 reading challenge #9. Un libro escrito por una mujer.

¡Pero que sorpresa de lo más maravillosa!. Me RE gusto.
This is an incredible 5 star read. I could not put this book down and finished it in one sitting. The chemistry between the H/h screams from the pages. The story of "opposites attract" grabbed me from the very first page.

I highly recommend. One of the best books I have read this year.
Jacob Proffitt
May 17, 2014 Jacob Proffitt marked it as unfinished
Shelves: steamy, romance
I'm not going to rate this one because it's unfinished based on personal tolerance for steam rather than anything to do with quality. I should have known it would be pretty steamy as it's a follow-on from one of Mayberry's books done on the Blaze line at Harlequin (which is, that's right, steamy). I really liked both main characters and their quandary (with him being the ex-fiancé her best friend).

A note about Steamy: Yeah. Lots of steam. Steamy, steam. Very high-quality steamy steam that I real
One of my best finds in recent years has been Sarah Mayberry. I've loved just about all her books I've read so far and Her Best Worst Mistake is one of the best ones so far. It's a real case of opposites attract. Violet Sutcliffe and Martin St. Clair have her best friend and his fiancé in common and that's about it. They really dislike each other, she thinks he's a stuffy bore and he thinks her too wild and flamboyant.

But when Elizabeth ends their engagement and flies off to Australia ( and her
Jaime Arkin
I really enjoyed this book - it was a quick read! For such a short read I was surprised at the depth to the characters and how much I enjoyed them!

Opposites really do attract right? Violet and Martin are like oil and water and the bad news is he's marrying her best friend so she's going to be stuck with him!

or so she thought - Her best friend ends up running off just a few weeks before the wedding crushing Martin in the end and Violet doesn't understand why she cares so much whether he's hurti
4.5 stars!

In the epilogue of the prequel to this book, Hot Island Nights, the heroine of that book, Elizabeth, is flabbergasted to see sworn enemies, Violet and Martin (the hero/heroine of this book) getting off of a plane together to visit her in Australia. Her fiance Nathan, seeing her astonishment, says to her "Let's hear their story."

Yes, Nathan, let's! And what a story this is!

Violet is Elizabeth's best friend. Martin was Elizabeth's fiance. The two of them constantly sniped and bickered at
Ruthie Knox
Loved this one. Bad-girl-made-good, stuffy upper-class Englishman who's dragged himself up from a poor background, lots of sex and angst. Wonderful characterization. The book is a companion to HOT ISLAND NIGHTS, which is my favorite Mayberry book, so maybe I'm biased. I do think the plot of HOT ISLAND NIGHTS constrains this book a bit -- if you've read HOT ISLAND NIGHTS, you know (to a certain extent) what's going to happen here, right through to the ending. But it's still a great journey, and j ...more
♥~♥Geri ~ the Racy Lit Reader ♥~♥
4 solid stars!!

Another surprising treat from Sarah Mayberry. This was a wonderful read from start to finish. Both characters, Martin and Violet, are very likable. I thought Violet would be an abrasive character but the author managed to add a complexity to her, which made me like her more. Same could be said with Martin. You could totally believe their love and affection for one another and of course, their chemistry is off the charts.

Overall, I was glad I finally got around to reading this boo
La Mala *es de la clase baja*
Bonito, todo me parece bonito.

Cortito, entretenido y tierno. La pareja fue adorable... pero mi opinión puede estar influenciada por mi obvia preferencia hacia los masculinos gruñones--los que están bien logrados, obvio. Cuesta escribir un buen gruñon sin que caiga en asqueroso/antipático/irreal interés romántico y creo que esta autora en particular, lo ha conseguido. Martin está perfecto, por suerte.

Ideal para leer en una sala de espera.
Es una historia entretenida, muy pasional. Martin y Violet son una pareja que me agrado mucho. Lo único malo es que me pareció muy precipitado el final, me hubiese gustado que la autora desarrollara un poco mas de la vida "social" de Martin y Violet como pareja.
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Sarah Mayberry was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. From the time that she first “stole” paper from kindergarten and stapled it together to make “books,” Sarah has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, on graduation from high school she completed a bachelor of arts degree majoring in professional writing, then sat down to write a book. When ins ...more
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“I will never not want you, understand? I love you. I adore you. I admire you. I desire you. You are my heart. My blood, my bones. My everything.” 20 likes
“Thank you,” she said.

He looked bemused. “For what?”

“For everything. For being amazing in bed and endlessly patient, for sacrificing the Savage Club for me and bringing me all the way around the world simply because you were worried about me, even though it meant you were probably going to spend your holidays alone. For the way you always put your hand on the small of my back to guide me across the street and the way you let me be in charge of the television remote control and the way you have never, not once, judged me or mistrusted me or made me feel small or unwanted.”

“Violet, sweetheart...” He blinked and she realized that he was close to tears.

Her Martin. Mr. Uptight. Mr. Repressed.”
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