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Message from a Mistress

(Mistress #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,152 ratings  ·  109 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 27, 2010 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
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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
Apr 16, 2011 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
Aug 26, 2015 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 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
Jul 14, 2011 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
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
May 23, 2011 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 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Message from a Mistress was my first read from author Niobia Bryant. I must say, that I was a little disappointed. I am not a fan of cliffhangers, and this one ends with a huge one.

Basically, this is the story of three couples and their widowed friend, Jessa Bell. The three husbands (Eric, Kingston, and Jackson) are on a fishing trip for the day when all three wives (Jamie, Renee, and Aria) receive a text from Jessa advising them that she has been having an illicit affair with one of their husb
Mar 21, 2011 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
Oct 04, 2011 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
Jun 09, 2010 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
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 24, 2013 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.
Jun 21, 2010 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 :(
Dec 10, 2011 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....
Jan 19, 2013 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.
This book was a definite page turner!! Non-stop drama. I love this book. Can't wait for the sequel!!
Apr 24, 2010 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!!!!!!
May 30, 2011 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!
Judy Jacobs
Aug 10, 2011 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!!!
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.
Apr 09, 2010 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.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so incredibly good. The characters were phenomenal and relatable as heck. The word and scene building took my breath away.

The chemistry and passion was heated, I could feel it leap from the page. It’s also a page turner to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Do all you can to get this book, it is worth ALL of your time.
Jasmine Williams
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked this one! This is the 4th book and second series I’ve read by Niobia Bryant (the first were the Friends & Sins series, which had 3 novels). It kept me entertained, kept me guessing and gave a great cliff hanger at the end! I can’t wait to start the next book! I’m so eager to find out who’s who!
Ty Monee
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book it was worth the purchase, I've waited all day with these characters to see who husband wasn't coming home.
Doris Johnson
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was good, but it was sooooo slow-paced. Ugh. I hate books like this. They take so long to read.
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Three Women and a Mistress

Three friends, three husbands, one mistress. Jaime, Renee and Aria never knew what was in store for them. The day started out as normal as any other day. The three friends set aside a girls’ day at the spa while their husbands went on a fishing trip. Relaxation, gossip, good times and laughter is what the trio was looking forward to until…they all received the same text message from their fourth friend, Jessa, conveniently missing in action. “Tonight he comes home to m
Lord' Williams
Mar 24, 2014 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 is the award winning and national bestselling author of more than forty works of romance and commercial mainstream fiction. Twice she has won RT Magazine's Best African-American/Multicultural Romance Award, "Kiss the Ring"--written under the pseudonym Meesha Mink--was listed as one of the Library Journal's Best Books, and her books have appeared in Ebony, Essence, The New York Post, ...more

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