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Temporary Mistress

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  553 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
The Tattler - April 1802 It wouldn't surprise you, gentle readers, to learn that Dermott Ramsay, the earl of Bathurst and favorite of all ladies, married or otherwise, has a new paramour. What may surprise you is her name. For she is none other than Isabella Leslie!The same beauty of the sizable inheritance who prefers not the ton but books, maps, and the family shipping b ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 31st 2000 by Bantam
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S.J. Drum
Sep 13, 2011 S.J. Drum rated it it was ok
I hate to only give this two stars because I loved the story and the style of writing. However, there was a major conflict that was set-up but unresolved or completely forgotten. It was also unbelievable that the heroine would forgive the hero for what was repeated, blatant soul-crushing infidelity. I don't care how depressed he was, rutting with every available woman, literally in front of the virgin heroine, is inexcusable.
Nov 12, 2008 Best_beloved rated it liked it
Let me begin by saying I have a bias against Susan Johnson novels. As far as I can tell, the basic plot of all her books seems to be female lead meets male lead and they have sex and sex and sex and sex - The End. I swear the author gets paid by the orgasm, with a hefty bonus if she can work in all the sexual positions of the Kama Sutra. So, I was pleasantly surprised that Temporary Mistress actually had some plot and character development.

The book opens with the lead female, Isabella, a wealth
Aug 01, 2009 Dyanne rated it it was ok
This was my first ( and last) book by Susan Johnson. It's summery had such promise, but it barely squeezed 2 stars out of me. The only reason I won't give it one star is that I was able to finish it. I am not sure what the author's other books are like, and I am always up for some good sex scene, but the first half of the book was like a porn movie with just enough plot tossed in to make you keep reading.
I didn't really care about the hero or heroine past or present problems. The last half of th
Jan 30, 2013 *MariaA* rated it liked it
Shelves: 3stars
Although the story plot was nice but I Don't like unfaithful heroes(then it does'nt make him a hero)
Carrie Olguin
Dec 20, 2014 Carrie Olguin rated it it was ok
Erotica with a story (the hero has sex with other women after meeting the heroine, one of the lines crossed between a romance and an erotica).

There are too many logic holes for the plot to be believable. Just visiting a brothal is enough to destroy the heroine's reputation. If she needs her maidenhead "removed" she don't need to have sex with a man. Certainly the Madam of the establishment knows that!

If the heroine's relatives are as greedy as they seem to be, they won't care about her reputati
Jun 16, 2010 PurplyCookie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romantica
In 1802, Isabella Leslie inherits a fortune that her avarice uncle plans to possess. He informs his niece that she will marry his son. Instead of bowing to her relative's orders, Isabella flees and ends up in a brothel owned by Molly Crocker. The two women cut a deal that will ruin Isabella, but gain her freedom from her odious relatives.

Dermot Ramsey, Earl of Bathurst meets Isabella at the brothel and both are immediately fascinated with one another. He makes love to the virgin, but he still gr
Jun 20, 2012 penelopewanders rated it liked it
First entered this in January 2008, but I'm not sure that's when I read it- I think I read it earlier. Looking at bookcrossing I see I accidentally bought this book twice. When I read it in January 2006, this is what I wrote:

"enjoyable story... When her beloved grandfather dies and she finds herself sole heiress, the heroine literally leaps out the window to avoid being forced into a marriage with a repulsive cousin...the relatives want to keep the fortune in the family, of course)... the port i
Aug 20, 2016 Angie rated it did not like it
Such a shame. I really liked the characters but was put off by the constant conversation about having sex. The story line was not good enough to ger me to hang on so I quit half way through.
Mar 20, 2012 Ahi rated it it was amazing
Great book!! love the plot...historic footnotes or endnotes...whatever it was...nice, strong, rich, independent heroine...the male lead was egotistical-hope i spelt that right- & had baggage, that i can't really say he wanted to get pass. Greedy & selfish relatives...the only thing i didn't get was how easily the heroine went back to the selfish dude after the many times she'd gotten hurt, her first 'relationship', getting 'dropped' so many times...all because the guy couldn't come to te ...more
May 04, 2014 Spazfungus rated it did not like it
Oct 11, 2012 Charity rated it it was ok
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Feb 23, 2010 Hilari rated it did not like it
I don't know where this book came from - garage sale, from a friend, or what. I'm just glad I didn't pay for it. I read about the first 100 pages and skipped to the end. Two days later, I couldn't remember the title, characters or anything about the storyline.

Does it make sense for me to say that this historical novel seems somehow dated? Like it's from some 1980s romance formula? It's not at all fresh or new or exciting.
The characters were a bit iffy at times. There's not a lot of consistency, especially the heroine who acts strong but naive one minute, but sultry and seductive the next (or at least tried to be one). But if you like your story with a lot of sex scenes with little character development, you'll enjoy this one.
Calendar Grrl
Feb 24, 2013 Calendar Grrl rated it did not like it
This book is not really my style anymore. The relationships/romances like these are very unhealthy and it doesn't entertain me. I read this book as a "blind date" from my library. They classified it as historical romance. In that case it could use more history and more romance, and less sex and piddly revenge.
Christine Diane Paloma
It was an okay read. The beginning was very promising, but in the middle it was all about sex sex sex and it got boring pretty quickly. But yeah, I'm a sucker for historical romance novels, so I still had fun reading this.
Feb 10, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
It was okay but the hero was a jerk that wanted Isabella only when he says. He could not get over himself. He should have groveled a 100% more.
Jul 30, 2013 Kim rated it liked it
It was good to begin with but then it seemed to just repeat the same ideas again and again in the end. Meh.
Raphael Ngailut
Jul 01, 2015 Raphael Ngailut rated it did not like it
a trial, an ordeal to all senses. I could have killed myself for having picked it up..
Jan 26, 2012 Chi-Chi rated it did not like it
J'ai ri... Pas dans le bon sens du terme!
Un style aussi ampoulé, c'est terrible! ;-)
Nov 16, 2013 Jody rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Finally finished! Lots of drama but a pretty good story line. ~ brothel
Apr 08, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Another lovely jewel by one of my favourite authors. Steamy and romantic.
Nov 16, 2009 Elle rated it did not like it
Shelves: susan-johnson
This was a good story! I'm on a SJ kick at the moment love her!
Apr 15, 2012 Cassie rated it it was amazing
I love Susan Johnson's writing style.
Another great read from her.
May 11, 2013 Ana added it
Shelves: dnf
I did not finish this book. It was boring and predictable.
Jun 16, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, read-2011
Easy, likable, but most likely forgettable read.
Jan 06, 2010 Mical rated it really liked it
Any book of Ms. Johnson is HOT!
Jul 21, 2011 Lyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: RS Gaddy
Shelves: own
Awesome that it has historic footnotes!
erna marked it as to-read
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