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The Mistress Deception

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  126 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
When Rachel offered to help Matthew Riordan undress after a party, her intentions were purely innocent. She'd been trying to avoid a scandal--instead she found herself being blackmailed

Yet Matthew oozed sex appeal; he didn't "need" to blackmail Rachel into his bed But they'd clashed over a business deal... Was Matthew planning to make Rachel his mistress simply out of reve
ebook, Harlequin Presents #2111, 192 pages
Published September 2009 by Harlequin Presents (first published March 2000)
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I don't even know how to write a real review of this, I just wanna squee. It's not like its got the best writing in the world… and there's a dumb mystery plot… and some other dumb stuff at the end… but still, this book managed to hit virtually all of my happy buttons.

Business acquaintances Matthew and Rachel are on uncomfortable terms after an incident at a party in which she was providing security. Rachel sneakily douses the aggressively intoxicated Matthew in a nearby pool and drags him off to
OMG, thank you Willaful for this rec! Really 4.5 star on plot (the mystery was obvious and the contrived, ironic part where hero had been accused of something terrible was a bit much and momentarily took me out of my happy place) but just for sheer originality, have to bump it up to 5. There is real beauty in the story, heroine's relationship with her "niece" (love that the author didn't try to create a big mystery out of something fairly obvious, and love how everyone acted so honorably and hon ...more
Susan Napier is single-handedly destroying all my prejudices against older 'contemporary' Harlequins!
Dec 22, 2011 RLA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The hero Matt receives photograph's showing himself and the heroine Rachel in what looks like a compromising position. He initially thinks they are from Rachel in an attempt to blackmail him into giving her security company a contract. He sends them back to Rachel but she thinks that he is trying to blackmail her. She was only trying to help Matt when the turned up drunk at a party, then tried to hit on her, she has no idea where the photos came from. When she and Matt confront each other they r ...more
May 17, 2012 Dinjolina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ending was faulty, and there were some points of stagger, BUT I have never had more fun with a Harlequin hero and heroine. They were completely fun, and equally crazy while their party scenes made a fan for life out of me!
Mar 01, 2015 María rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, ebook, book, read-2015
I love it!!! I mean, he was the virgin here. That was very subversive to the rules of the genre. She was 4 years older, that was rare to.
But insted the dull stories that I had read today, Susan Napier wrote a very good plot whit two strongs and pasionates characters.
I whish the plot explore more deeply her past, the rape, the adoption of er daughter and the dead of her fiance. I don't like that Frank and Nevile didnt pay their crimes but the epilog whit their son taking pictures of them is poeti
Mar 14, 2013 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
4 1/2 Stars ~ Struggling to prove herself as a valuable asset to her partner in their security company, the last thing Rachel needs is a drunken guest at the private party she's working. The handsome wealthy young man is quickly getting out of hand with his lewd comments to the female guests. The only option open to Rachel is to encourage him to leave but when that fails she deftly makes him stumble into the swimming pool. Whisking him into the pool guest house, she realizes he's more than just ...more
Este no es el típico libro de harlequin.

tiene muchas cosas a su favor, primero la protagonista no es la típica niña pobre, no es una profesional que ha luchado y tiene muchas cosas en su vida, es detective, alta y treintañera esa es Rachel.

Y, esta también un elegante hombre no treintañero, aun le faltan algunos añitos Matthew, un viudo que le faltan algo de pantalones.

No es la típica por muchas razones ella es mayor que el, ella sabe y ha sufrido varias cosas en su vida (violación por ejemplo) e
Alexis Hall
Yep, still talking about Susan Napier over at H&H.
Matthew Riordan received some photos of him drunk out of his mind and in several compromising positions with Rachel Blair. He immediately blames her for the blackmail. Eventually, they follow the usual Susan Napier plot of him yelling insults and then forcing Rachel to stay at his house. I swear, this must happen in all her books. In this one, however, as soon as they get there and have another fight, Rachel shouts him down and he immediately accepts that he's made a huge error. From there on ou ...more
Lord Rose
This book was actually rather unusual in a couple ways, and I liked it.

1. The heroine was taller than the hero. I don't think I've ever read a book with a taller heroine. Generally, even if the heroine is very tall, the hero just has to be at least a few inches taller, and usually by at least half a foot. I have read one book where they were the same height, but that's it. (She was also older, another rarity in romance novels.)

2. The hero was a virgin, which is always something I like.

3. (view s
non-virginal heroine
virgin hero
very good banter between H and h
The heroine is taller and older than the hero
the hero wears glasses
The heroine had a daugter from rape(not hero)

Normally I hate older heroine -young hero theme.But I liked the banter and the hero very much.Matt was so dreamy husband material...sigh.
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Mirella Grace
Tiga bintang ajalah. Tadinya pengen baca buku ini karena beberapa temen kasih bintang 4. Tapi tenyataaaa... Oh ooh...

Ceritanya berkisah tentaNg cewek yag lebih tua dari cowoknya... Hadeuuuuh, laNgsug dah daku illfeel... Tau kenapa, aku gak pernah suka cerita tentang pasangan yang lebih tua umur ceweknya.

Anyway anyhow... Kisahnya sebenernya bagus. Rachel 'terpaksa' membantu Matt gaNti baju setelah Matt tercebur kolam dan basah kuyup. Siapa saNgka, adegan itu malah difoto2 dan dijadikan alat pemer
Nov 15, 2014 Ardilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because it doesn't matter about ur past.
Jan 29, 2014 Prasisty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
bebrbeda dari harlequin yg lain konsepnya you must to read it!!!
Another great romance novel by Susan Napier. She is truly the master of surprising twists, her category romance novels are never boring.
My low rating is due to the problem that I could not connect to main characters. the hero, Matthew Riordan, was really not my type. (view spoiler)
Miss Adeo
Apr 25, 2014 Miss Adeo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this. It was on my to-read list for ages so I forgot the reason why I wanted to read this in the first place (view spoiler). I was soo pleasantly surprised! This was short and sweet, definitely will be a frequent re-read for me.
Cute little weekend read. Usual formula. Guaranteed Happy Ever After with little brain effort.

I did like the two main characters and a few little twists with the female lead being older and more experienced than the male. Some great bantering dialogue between the two.

Predictable, but entertaining.
This is just not one of my favorite Susan Napiers, while it puts it abouve most others in a 3 star, just not compared to her others.
I really enjoy the relationship between the H/h and the intimacy is really touching. Good read any time....
Apr 26, 2012 Tia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Argh, too many windows open on goodreads, I'm posting reviews on wrong pages. My bad. However though was just as good as many others from Susan Napier. I'm kind of on a kick with her books recently. I enjoy her as an author immensely.
Aug 02, 2011 Lingga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
mulai lanjut baca HQ lagi setelah sekian lama off nga baca >,<

Kali ini tema HQ nya seru. Ce nya tipe tinggi besar malah lebih tinggi dari co nya lho. lebih tua juga umurnya. Yang paling lucu ternyata co nya masih virgin lho ^*
Mar 24, 2012 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, romance
This was a cute little love story that started with the usual misunderstanding, although it was fairly entertaining. I enjoyed the characters, but the coincidences in their histories was a bit of a stretch.
Imelda Yulistya
Dec 23, 2010 Imelda Yulistya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
baru pertama kli ni baca yang hero-nya "virgin" dan heroine-nya lbih tua dan berpengalaman,,, bacaan yg cukup menyenangkan...
When (please Universe, when, not if) this becomes a tv movie, I will watch the hell out of this.
Sep 25, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: category-romance
He totally does want her to tie him up and whip him. Just sayin'.
Aug 28, 2010 S rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, kindle, hqn, 2-5
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Perhaps being born on Valentine’s Day was an omen that Susan Napier would become a romance writer. This New Zealand author has written over 30 Mills & Boon category romances since 1984. Napier and her husband Tony Potter met when they both worked at the Auckland Star newspaper. After they married, she left the newspaper to work for a film company where she learned the art of dialogue. After th ...more
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