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My Fair Mistress

(Mistress Trilogy #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,688 ratings  ·  84 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
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Beanbag Love
Nov 08, 2009 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 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
℘ųŋყą [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
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Jul 02, 2011 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
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
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
leído en Marzo 2012

Me gustó mucho!!

Amante Honrada


El financiero de Londres Rafe Pendragon tiene reputación de cruel; y, la exótica belleza, Julianna Hawthorne, está decidida a zanjar la deuda que su hermano tiene con él. Cautivada por el magnífico aspecto varonil de Rafe, debilitada por su embriagadora mezcla de peligro y sensualidad, Julianna audazmente está de acuerdo con los escandalosos términos de Rafe: seis meses como su amante. Cuando los intensos ojos verdes de Rafe perforan su
Zeee  (I Heart Romance & YA)
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This is perhaps one of my favorite books by Tracy Anne Warren. In fact, I believe this was the first book that I have read from her and she has become one of my auto-buy authors ever since. I have probably read this book about 5 times and I just love it. It's like every time I read it, I get sucked into the romance between Rafe and Julianna.
The way Miss Warren weaves in romance, love, and lust in the book is believable in a sense that as a re
I liked that Julianna was legit his mistress at first and wasn't a ~kinda/sorta~ situation.
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
Carrie Olguin
Jan 25, 2013 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 17, 2011 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
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
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, romance-histo
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
Mar 27, 2016 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
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ale že aká dobrá chuťovečka. Po prvýkrát som prišla do kontaktu s pani Warren a musím priznať, že som milo prekvapená. Veľmi na mňa zapôsobila. Najmä svojim spôsobom podania príbehu. Krásne sa rozpisovala, krásne opisovala - tak ako to mám rada a tak ako mi to vie presne pohladiť dušu.

Naviac úvodná scéna bola do-ko-na-lá. A to najmä z toho dôvodu, že hneď človeka vtiahla do deja a naviac ho z neho nechcela pustiť. Veľmi dlho veru trvalo, kým som z knihy po prvýkrát odtrhla oči. Zvedavosť ma pohá
Tina Griffith
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Loved it !!
Aug 07, 2011 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!
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I'll start by saying I did enjoy this book. I'm not often a fan of being put inside the villain's POV, which this book did a handful of times. Not a lot but enough to give me the goosies because he was a major creep with a ego problem. Ick!

The book blurb pretty much gives you what you need to understand the story, and how it's laid out as it progresses. The book is much longer than I anticipated when I began, I'll admit. And although it covers a good span of time from beginning to end about a ye
Juliana Reis
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A narrativa é bem detalhada e bem envolvente com elementos característicos dos romances de época. Só o fim que deixa um pouco a desejar pela quebra de ritmo entre os personagens e os acontecimentos, mas não prejudica a história de forma geral. Recomendo, é uma boa diversão conhecer os personagens, que por sua vez são cativantes.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, historical
I had a love-hate relationship with this book.
First, I love how Ms Warren writes.
The characters had great potential but Rafe and Julianna could have been so much more.
The first half of the book was only sex and I was told they had some conversation.
The second half was the "old-school" big misunderstanding that could have been cleared up with a conversation.
Synergy Quest
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pleasure

I was thumbing through my local library's digital offerings when I stumbled across this gem. It has heat, heart and a villain worthy of all the retribution you can imagine. It's a great read with a satisfying HEA.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
The fırst part is boring with sex after sex scenes
Paola Garcia
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spice-level-hot
I really enjoyed this book. I love the chemistry between Rafe and Julianna.
Yazar yine bütün toplarını serinin ilk hikayesine bolca yerleştirmiş.

Bir historicalde genelde kötüler sadece o anda yaptıkları kötülüklerle kalıyorlar. Fakat St. George tam da kendisine yaraşır kötülerden biriydi.Geçmişinde yaptıkları pislikleri okuyunca ondan tiksinmemek mümkün değil. Ayrıca hikayede onun da kendi bakış açısından düşüncelerini ve planlarını görmek güzeldi.

Julianna ve Rafe'in hikayesi de oldukça güzel yazılmıştı. İlişkilerinin hiçbir kısmı atlanmadan baştan sona çok güzel ak
Zeee  (I Heart Romance & YA)
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Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it


OUR HERO is the illegitimate son of an aristocrat and half brother to the villian if this story. Due to his illegitimacy, he has done a lot of things growing up just to survive and has finally made himself a financial success and big wig in the financial world of London. When a woman comes knocking on his door to pay her brother's debts,
Jul 19, 2012 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
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 10, 2015 07:54AM  
  • Stripped Bare (Joker's Wild, #3)
  • Ask Adam (Tanner Siblings, #2)
  • When Marrying a Scoundrel (Victorian Soap Opera, #2)
  • A Little Harmless Obsession (Harmless, #3)
  • Something Reckless (Albright Sisters, #2)
  • Tempting the Bride (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #3)
  • Worth the Risk (Worth It, #2)
  • How to Abduct a Highland Lord (MacLean Curse, #1)
  • The Unexpected Bride
  • In the End (Timing is Everything, #2.5)
  • Mistress of the Night
  • Lady Be Bad (Merry Widows, #3)
  • Her Every Pleasure (Spice Trilogy #3)
  • Tempt Me Tonight
  • Promise Me Tonight (Weston #1)
  • To Bed a Beauty (Courtship Wars #2)
  • The Perfect Stranger (The Merridew Sisters, #3)
  • Lady Sophia's Lover (Bow Street Runners, #2)
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 Nat ...more

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Mistress Trilogy (3 books)
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  • His Favorite Mistress (Mistress Trilogy, #3)