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My Fair Mistress (Mistress Trilogy #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,370 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
He drives a hard bargain, but the pleasure is all hers.

London financier Rafe Pendragon has a reputation for ruthlessness, and exotic beauty Julianna Hawthorne is determined to clear the debt her brother owes him. Captivated by Rafe’s virile good looks, weakened by his intoxicating mix of danger and sensuality, Julianna boldly agrees to Rafe’s shocking terms: six months as
Paperback, 411 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Beanbag Love
Nov 09, 2009 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
I'm giving this book four stars even though it had an element I actually don't like. But I really loved the rest of it so I recommend it.

It's another contrived plot for Warren, yeehaw! But, as usual, it's done well. A brother has lost too much money and his sister makes a deal with his creditor for six months of being his mistress for the elimination of the debt. This is all arranged without the brother's knowledge and the fun begins.

A nice thing, which is typical of all Warren books I've read (
Nov 08, 2008 Best_beloved rated it it was ok
The Plot
Beautiful Lady Julianna Hawthorne strikes a bargain with dangerously handsome Rafe Pendragon. She will become his mistress for six months in order to save her family from financial ruin.

The Good
Julianna is a widow. Her previous husband was selected by her father and, as a dutiful daughter, she married him. For once, a protagonist’s previous marriage is neither abusive nor delightful. She prefers the freedom of being a widow but doesn’t really have any lasting trauma aside from a rather
Absolutely wonderful story,Rafe-Julianna both have suffered so much,Rafe for being a bastard and Julianna from her first husband,then these two meet cause Julianna's brother has gambled and Rafe wants his money so Julianna goes to him to ask for time or a way for a solution,Rafe comes to a solution making Julianna his mistress that is the deal which Julianna accepts but then it will be very discreet no one knows about it and from there the love journey starts

i adored Rafe and Julianna is the pe
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Feb 13, 2012 Rebecca (everyday reader) rated it it was amazing
Rafe is a dangerous business man, a wonderful lover, fierce, loyal, and a man born on the wrong side of the blanket. Juliana is a widow, protective of her family, kind, selfless, and has never known the pleasures of the bedroom. She agrees to be his mistress for six months in exchange for his forgiving her brothers gambling debts, which are extensive. The affair starts out as fun, but affection grows on both sides, though neither tells. Past crimes against Rafe are paid for, protection becomes n ...more
.þµŋψà. [Punya Reviews...]
My reviews are mostly my thoughts as I went with the book. This one's got 4 parts.

Just read 4/5 chps and have to say, it started off very good. I LOVE the heroine, Julianna. Dark hair-eyed with a 'goddess' body (according to Rafe :p). Well, not only that, I'm just liking her a lot, temperament and all. Rafe is intriguing, dark haired and vivid green-eyed. I'd love to discover more about him as I progress! ;) Love scene, the only one I've read so far was yum! OK, gotta hop on to bed now and read
Julia ♥Duncan♥
Kinda boring. Characters rarely did anything but have sex. And those scenes somehow seemed really long. The whole later part of the book the characters were too dumb to talk to each other about anything. Really, it didn't even occur to them that they should talk about anything, they both just chilled in their own miserable little worlds. And the entire climax of the book was basically the heroine being too stupid to live. That said, it had its cute moments. I liked the sister and her little roma ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Mel rated it did not like it
I had heard so much about the fabulous Rafe Pendragon while reading the Bryon Family series that I decided to search TAW's backlist to see if he had a book. He did and boy was Rafe Pendragon was a HUGE disappointment.....HUGE! Lady Julia the heroine and her family started out interesting if not well fleshed out, but Rafe.....what a dead bore. Jealous, immature and unnaturally possessive, I couldn't stand him. also the revenge plot-line was too over the top. I really hate it when heroines disrega ...more
Carrie Olguin
Jan 25, 2013 Carrie Olguin rated it did not like it

The first two chapters contained out-of-character type characterizations.

Heroine is a widowed gentlewoman (not impoverished) with a well dowered sister ready to make her comeout in two weeks, and a scoundral of a younger brother who has put the family deep into debt. In order to save her brother from ruin, she seeks out the money lending hero to work out some type of payment.

For a virtuous woman with a sister about to make her comeout, she way to readily agrees to become the hero's mistress
Aug 22, 2011 Cathiecaffey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves romance, especially historical romance!
This was a very romantic moving, passionate, sensual and historical romance! And such a absorbing theme and story which has continued to grasp my attention from page one! As the blurb tells you what the book is about, just a few thoughts of mine.

I should of read this author before now! But then again, I get to savor reading them now :) Author Warren keeps the story of Rafe and Julianna captivating throughout the book. I know that the two friends story (the Duke and Marquis) will be in the next t
Nov 18, 2013 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-histo, e-book
Not the best book ever, but well managed, entertaining and very easy to read through.
I liked how the plot was managed at first with a hint of blackmail but nevertheless consent of both parties involved in the affair. And the first assignment in this affair with the widow expecting the same "less than 15 minutes lying in the dark waiting for the male to do his deed and maybe thinking of England' that she had experienced with her former much older husband turned out interestingly and once again wa
Brenda (b)
Actually, I'm wavering between 2 and 3 stars for this one. Other than the circumstances and the affair that started at the very beginning of the story, it's a very predictable plot. Rafe appealed to me as a tormented, dark hero, but Julianna never quite felt real to me. I hit a spot about 1/3 of the way into the book that started to bog down and almost made me give up. I managed to get past that and it picked up a bit again, at least to make me want to see if the story played out the way I thoug ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Wyrdness rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very low 2 star. Possibly dipping in to 1 star towards the end.

I found this one overly long and drawn out, filled at first with a superficial affair that was pretty much nothing but sex, then a forced marriage that was based on the typical overly wrought dramatic misunderstandings. The characters were supposed to be passionately in love with each other (without telling the other about it), but I didn't really feel it between them no matter how many orgasms and jealous snits were described. Lust
May 01, 2014 Mia rated it liked it
The first half of this book was good. I liked both the characters and the plot (although kind of cliched at this point) was relatively believably. However the second half of the book caused my rating to drop from a possible 4 stars to 2.5 stars. The book's second half is filled with ridiculous contrived misunderstandings, that could easily be solved with a single conversation, and absurd behavior on both the Hero and Heroine's part. In order to keep the story going and create conflict the author ...more
Jul 15, 2015 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 05, 2014 Iolanda rated it liked it
*Awkwardly looks around* That's right, I read a Regency book, you know those type of books that are more Adult rather than YA and are full of erotica rather than a main plotline? Yes, you bet I did! My mother owns the book and suggested I'd read it, the premise seemed interesting, so, I read it.

3.5 Stars: It was a good story, it was more sex than a story but this author has a beautiful way with words and that more than anything else, pulled me in.

And Rafe Pendragon, Sigh.... now he is a f
Aug 07, 2011 Kasey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Donna
Recommended to Kasey by: can't remember
Smut, smut, wonderful smut. And always a happy ending!
Pamela Fernandes
Sep 26, 2015 Pamela Fernandes rated it liked it
This is a long drawn romance between Lady Juliana and the Dragon. He corners her into becoming his mistress for 6 months and they become acquainted gradually. The backstory of his lineage and history with his stepbrother makes it more interesting, knowing that danger is nigh, his decisions are all but governed by his past. Juliana who had been a widow at a young age is forthright and honest. Not wishy washy or cranky. I like her after she realises she is expecting. She makes a plan independent o ...more
Lover of Romance
When Julianna hears that her brother has been gambling, a big debt, that he is unable to pay off. She sets off to see Rafe Pendragon, one of the major financiers in London. When she goes to Rafe trying to work out a deal, he will only except one things: full payment of the debt or have her as his mistress for six months, and she agrees against her better judgment, but there is something about Rafe that calls to her. Julianna was married for five years before she became a widow, and since that ti ...more
Zeee  (I Heart Romance & YA)
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I've enjoyed other Tracy Anne Warren books, but I begin to note that her writing is rather episodic, which stands out here. By that I mean one scene doesn't flow easily into another. There is a cutting point and then you're chopped to the next scene, like an episode, rather than more of an even flow.

I like the main characters - and I liked the fact that Julianna was more open and honest, even through her nervousness over what she was doing. The scenes between them are very erotic and loving, whi
Jul 28, 2012 Daneesha rated it liked it
This could have been a 5-star book, but it just missed the mark with some of the plot points and writing.

The book made me miss the detailed writings of my favorite author, Marsha Canham. While I don't need to know how someone's brown hair glittered on every single page (this book was not like that), I would have liked a bit more detail about the characters and what made them tick.

*Julianna decides to become Rafe's mistress and she falls in love with him. This is where I get all confused. What m

Julianna a good widow sacrifice herself in order to safe her brother. not really sacrifice but makes a bargain with the man who her brother is debtor to which looks gloomy. However as soon as the bargain get started her feelings change immediately and continues to change. many changes and surprises are in for her.

Rafe Pendragon "The Dragon" have a dark past and no one can change his course of life or so he thought.
Sep 22, 2013 Lorka rated it really liked it
I really really liked this book. The girl was smart, sweet and very likeable. The guy was smart, tough, protective and likeable.... but the only thing that kept me from giving it a 5-star Keeper Shelf status was the miscommunication that could have been cleared up so easily. In thinking to protect the girl, the guy says something hurtful to her, she is devastated and sad... but when it comes to the point that the hurtful words no longer need to be out there, he does not clear up the confusion. H ...more
I really liked it. The characters were great, the hero and heroine were both stable people, and the angst was kept at bay. I would have given it a five start if it didn't drag a bit towards the end of the novel.
Jan 24, 2012 Aldy rated it really liked it

Muy feliz de haber encontrado esta historia y esperando a buscar si encuentro la continuación de esta saga! (que por ahora no logre conseguir su continuación).
Me resultaron muy realistas -dentro de lo que puede ser una novela, claro- las actitudes de los personajes. Y debo admitir de que tiene un componente que tal vez sea tonto peor a mi me encanta que pase en las novelas... la protagonista embarazada! Y relata el nacimiento del primer hijo de la pareja muy bien si hacerlo algo fantasioso que l
★ Codie Abibliophobic ★
The book was really good but it could have been condensended a whole lot! The first half was amazing and I loved the progression of the characters and to read about their past, but the the second part was just too slow and all the misunderstanding was uncalled for. I mean TALK TO EACH OTHER! I just wanted to smack both of them for being so ignorant and obtuse about their feelings. One thing I really enjoyed was the was the lead male Raf, he was amazing and he cared for Julianna a lot.

* Sorry th
Aug 01, 2015 Melodie marked it as abandoned-reading
I liked the premise of the story but got suspicious about 20% in because the relationship development reads more like the end of most other novels. The book itself is quite lengthy so I didn't know where the author planned to go plot wise. So I decided to stop and read some reviews (I usually don't read reviews until after I finish a book). Suffice to say, after reading a few reviews about what's to come (I don't mind spoilers most of the time), I decided I'd rather not go through the extensive, ...more
Jul 11, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
Read in 2007.
My Fair Mistress (Mistress Trilogy #1) by Tracy Anne Warren
Published 2007
The Accidental Mistress (Mistress Trilogy #2)
Published 2007
His Favorite Mistress (Mistress Trilogy #3
Published 2007

Rafe Pendragon London Financier and Julianna Hawthorne a lovely beauty strike a bargain that Julianne agree to become his mistress for six months, in exchange Rafe would agree to clear the debt owed by her brother. Neither of them expect sparks to fly between them. The picture changes quickly and
Erin H
May 13, 2012 Erin H rated it really liked it
Shelves: rpo
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Apr 16, 2015 Robin rated it liked it
Loved the first half of the book - the second half, not so much.
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Tracy Anne Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of ten Regency historical romance novels, including At The Duke’s Pleasure and The Husband Trap. Her books have appeared on the USA Today Bestsellers’ list and the Borders’ Group List of Bestselling Single Title Romance Paperbacks. She has won numerous writing awards, including Romance Writers’ of America’s prestigious RITA Award, the Nati ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Mistress Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Accidental Mistress (Mistress Trilogy, #2)
  • His Favorite Mistress (Mistress Trilogy, #3)

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