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Message from a Mistress (Mistress #1)

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  959 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
Bryant will have readers on the edge of their seats with this sexy and provocative novel about a group of women who have one thing in common--their husbands' betrayal.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Dafina
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Nardsbaby Reader
Jun 28, 2010 Nardsbaby Reader rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
Season Premiere

Four married couples share meals, laughs and outings. While they are all friends, they have limited what information has been privy to the entire group.

Unknowingly, Jamie, Renee and Aria have shared deep dark secrets with Jessa Bell. When Jessa Bell's husband, Marc, is killed in a motorcycle accident, the friendships stay exactly the same. Friends relishing in good times, none of the women worried in the least that their dirty little secrets would ever be revealed.

As the four gi
African Americans on the Move Book Club
I was excited to start reading this book because of ms Bryant's reputation as a great story teller and I wasn't disappointed with this book. I had never read a book that was taken place in one day and was so nerve wrecking with suspense and torture that I was so upset at the end. I mean the story must go on. Imagine you having four best friends. You all are different but at the end of the day you all love each other. That is until one day one of those best friends leaves a text message saying sh ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Ilene rated it it was amazing
Now I've been putting this book on hold for a while but it is good!!! Wow , I'm getting started on the second book ASAP.
Karma Jones
Mar 01, 2012 Karma Jones rated it liked it
I wrote this and posted it to my Facebook April 27th, 2010... (wayy before I discovered Goodreads)

My latest read , Message From a Mistress brings four married women together to discover that a lady that was considered a "friend" has been sleeping with one of their husbands. This "friend" decides to send a text message to all of these ladies at the same time (becasue she views this as a game), to inform them that when they get home tonight one of their husbands will be forever gone, and moved on
Apr 27, 2011 Antoinette rated it it was ok
This book was very hard to follow. I kept forgetting who was married to whom, and the switching between past and present wasn't very well done. Also, several unnecessary characters were thrown in and didn't add anything to the story. So, they could have been eliminated. I suffered through it because I was intrigued and wanted to know who the mistress' lover was. More disappointment came when I reached the end of the book without the lover being revealed. I guess it is a setup to a sequel, but I ...more
The book could have been so much better, for me it had too many flash backs and sex. You can read only so much and have to skip the parts with the sex scenes. It should have been more substance and less on the flashbacks and sex. To me the foundation of each character was not totally there for you to get a feeling to whom you feeling the worst for. The author puts you into this world and after all this drama you still don't know who was the cheater so now you have a cliff hanger to continue with ...more
Sep 01, 2011 Lashanda rated it really liked it
All I can say is whew! With a friend like Jessa Bell, who needs enemies? Jamie, Aira and Renea all have secrets they have shared with Jessa. She sent them all a very disturbing text that has them reflecting on lots of things. She didn't give any explanations and leave the ladies to figure things out on their own. The question of who is the guilty husband is not answered.

Going through the ladies individual issues will keep you wondering. The emotions are raw and jump off the page. A definite pag
May 23, 2011 Laquinsha rated it it was amazing
it was good and kinda a mess because y would yu want to go with one of yur bff husband dhat jus nasty but it was great i loved it
Mar 28, 2011 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
Recommended to Audrey by: Book club selection.
I thought this book was ok except of two things. First, all of the graphic sex scenes were not necessary. I know Zane make a lot of money selling explicit sex books but not everyone wants to read them. I would not have read this one if I had known it was that bad. Second, the ending sucked. I read the entire book waiting to see which husband was cheating and all I got was "wait until the next book to find out. Come on author, there were enough cliff hangers to carry you next book. What was the p ...more
Now I don't remember loving this book when I first read it but I loved rereading this story! It was so damn good that I had to add a star to my rating. The sex scenes were hot and the characters' drama was definitely entertaining. I still can't figure out who was cheating with Jessa but either way, each couple needs to reevaluate their relationships. Mostly, I'm rooting for Aria and Kingston. They are just so good together. Renee and Jamie need to jump ship and get some new men. I'm planning on ...more
Carmen Blalock
Aug 16, 2010 Carmen Blalock rated it it was amazing
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Jun 09, 2010 Pam rated it it was ok
I only rated this book two stars because I grow a bit tired of the dramatic stories of high society when it comes to fiction. That said, Message from a Mistress does deliver in suspense and drama, as I found myself unable to put the book down and constantly wanting to know what was going to happen next. In addition to the suspense, I also have to admit that I was impressed with how each of the characters learns something different about herself than she expected to. Definitely a decent read, and ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I bought this book about a year ago and because of recent excessive time on my hands, decided to sit down and read it. I'm sooooo glad I did. I was entertained through the whole book. Couldn't put it down. The story line and suspense level is perfect. Good stuff! The sex scenes are graphic but who doesn't like a little bit of that every now and again. I know I do. It's a romance novel, purchased and categorized in the "romance section". What do people expect??? Good job Niobia Bryant. BTW...just ...more
Mahoghani 23
Jun 01, 2014 Mahoghani 23 rated it liked it
Now this book had me turning pages...oops, going through CD's like crazy. However, the end just pissed me off. I waited until I had completed dinner and was able to sit still and listen to the misfortune of the author just leaving "who" the adulterer was.

This book is about four married friends that live in the same neighborhood; Jessa, Renee', Arisa & Jamie. All the couples hung out together until Jessa's husband dies. However, they still include her in the group until one day, the other th
Sep 25, 2015 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
fast page turner but i was highly annoyed at the fact that you still didn't find out whose husband it was that had the mistress...of course, there is a sequel...i will read sequel to find out what happened but the author had better bring out the explosives or i will be highly upset at having to buy two books for this storyline :(
Jan 28, 2013 Charmain rated it it was amazing
OMG Jessa was wrong for that bougus stunt she pulled. Shit back fired on her ass real smooth. Nobia did the damn think in this book! I like how the wives was all shook up not knowing which of their husbands was cheating with their so called bestie....Even with there own issues.Bout to start part 2 next.
Jan 24, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
This book was crazy good. Niobia has you guessing through the whole book. Not everything that looks perfect is...that is the true lesson in this book. I can't wait to read the next one. Had a hard time putting the book down. Highly recommend.
Nov 17, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
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May 19, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I don't know how she managed to make a story with all that happened in just one day. this was a page turner from beginning to end. Story ended with no clue as to who Jessa Bell was claiming to be her lover....
Jun 03, 2011 B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i think that i need to get Mistress No More and finish off this drama! What kinda friend wants her "so called" friends husband! Jessa needs a real south side #1 azz whupping!
May 27, 2011 Kellee rated it really liked it
Book started off with a BANG!!!
2nd time reading it. Still a good book, but this time around it took longer to read because I knew the ending so I wasn't as excited.
I got to disc 3 today and still just can not get into this book to the point that I don't care to know the identity of the cheating husband.
Jun 23, 2015 Princess rated it did not like it
I must say that this book was quite disappointing.

1) The book was not well-written in terms of structure and the amount of characters. Also there were way too many sex scenes that were long and unnecessary. Another thing is that the book contained way too many flash-backs, which were quite confusing at times.

2) The book ended on a cliff-hanger, which is okay at times, but this book lacked way too much to be ended on a cliff-hanger. I feel like I wasted my time reading this book because the hus
Judy Jacobs
Aug 12, 2011 Judy Jacobs rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!! Kept you guess through the whole book...Now I have to read Mistress No More to find out what happens!!!
Apr 29, 2010 Alicia rated it really liked it
Just started this book yesterday. I am on pg 166. Trying not to read it 2 fast but this book is good!!!!!!
This book was a definite page turner!! Non-stop drama. I love this book. Can't wait for the sequel!!
Oct 02, 2015 Tiffanie rated it really liked it
Renee Jamie Jessa and aria all live in the same suburb they are all best friends and married with husbands. One day as they are at the salon they all receive a message from Jessa claiming to have stolen one of their husbands and he's coming home to her tonight etc. Jessa husband passed away in a motorcycle accident. All of their husbands are on a fishing trip with no cell service so it was the longest day ever waiting for them to come home and find out who it was gonna be. Each thought the other ...more
Jun 25, 2011 toya rated it really liked it
Why I read this book:
This was the June 2014 selection for my book club. This is the first of three parts.

Content: 1/1
Fiction is not my genre of choice, but I was captivated by this story and the author’s story-telling strengths. The story was told well and I was engaged throughout the entire read. I read this book in one day because it was a great page-turner.

Delivery: 0/1
I expected bits of erotica given that the book is about a mistress. However, I was thrown off by the amounts of sexual detai
Lord' Williams
Jun 02, 2014 Lord' Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Message from a Mistress

I believe this novel by Author Niobia Bryant, was her debut novel, and she knocked it out the ball park with this work, which was cleverly written.

My version of this novel was an audiobook purchased from It was narrated by (the seductive voice of), Scoozi Cheyenne. It plays 8 hours and 44 minutes, which is about the average time 8 to 10 hours, and it's Publisher: Recorded Books.

I loved the way Author Niobia weaved this tale because the mistress within this st
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Niobia Bryant was born and raised in the Central Ward of Newark, New Jersey to Letha and Ernest. She has one brother, Caleb. She credits her mother for introducing her to books at an early age.

Bryant was educated in the Newark Public Schools system and graduated from University High School, eventually earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Science
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