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Mistress by Mistake (Courtesan Court #1)

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Scandal Is Only The Beginning. . .

Charlotte Fallon let her guarded virtue fall once--and she's paid dearly for it ever since. She swore she'd never succumb to men's desires again. But even a village spinster's life miles from temptation can't save her from a sister with no shame whatsoever. Or a heart that longs for more, whatever the cost. . .

Sir Michael Bayard found more
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ebook, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2010)
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willaful
May 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Sally Mackenzie
This book started out seeming like silly fun. Unfortunately it turned out that "silly" was its high point and it went downhill from there.

The biggest drawback for me was the heroine. I honestly don't think she had one redeeming quality and I disliked virtually every instant she appeared in the book. She manages to be simultaneously wishy-washy and ridiculously stubborn, she's dishonest (especially with herself) and she doesn't even come through when the hero is in trouble, being too busy with se
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Beverley Kendall
I don't know how to express how truly wonderful this book is. The hero, Bay and the heroine Charlotte are fantastic!

I loved their interaction, the plot, even the crazy stalking female had me on pins and needles so I COULD NOT put down the book.

I don't normally buy trades because of price. This one I intend to get a physical book and the ebook.

I'm not a patient person, so I'm moping over the fact I have to wait for the next book in the series. And the series is about these women ("mistresses")
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Colleen
I admit to being skeptical about this one due to the really bad reviews on here, but it was a free download on my Kindle so I gave it a shot.

It started out well, totally hooked me in the story, even though the plot was a tad bit hokie. Charlotte Fallon's courtesan sister, Deborah, convinces her to be the one to tell her protector, Sir Michael a/k/a Bay that she's running off to get married. Charlotte seems to be a sucker for her sister and can't seem to say the word no. So she stays, gets drunk
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Ridley
When the hero and heroine hook up early and muse to themselves about how they feel like they've come "home"/"want something more"/"feel the wall around his/her heart start to crumble" it means only one thing.

Incoming external conflict.

I admit it; I only read half the book, but the twitches started early. By the fourth twitch, I continued the movement and exited to my library. Maybe it got better, but I doubt it.

The premise was solid - Charlotte Fallon's unscrupulous sister accepted Sir Michael B
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Birdy
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, 2010-reads
3 stars.

I find it really hard to rate this book mainly because I got it for free on Kindle. If I paid for it, I’ll give it a 2 stars because I would want my money back (not worst $9), but since it was free, I guilt myself into giving it a 3 stars.

Pros: It was an addictive, entertaining, trashy story
Cons: Hero was not charming, Heroine was kind of stupid and annoying, and they were not likable. They had no chemistry except for when they’re in bed; the sex were not steamy, it’s all about quanti
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Mandi Schreiner
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why I read: I had heard good buzz about this book on Twitter and asked for a review.

Favorite Quote: He would have made a fine ladies' maid, if he hadn't had such magnificent masculine equipage.

Thirty year old Charlotte Fallon has a lonely but content life in her small village of Little Hyssop. She has her own cottage and some stray cats and spends her time tatting lace. Her sister Deborah on the other hand lives a very different life. Deborah is a courtesan, recently set up as the mistress of Si
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Catherine
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Sarah
Charlotte regrets the mistake she made when she was younger and has been happy living a sheltered spinsters life in a small village ever since. Her sister Deborah couldn't be more different and is one of London's most renowned courtesans. When Deborah contacts her saying she's in trouble Charlotte is quick to rush to her aid. Deborah has recently become the mistress of Sir Michael Bayard (Bay) but has been offered marriage by someone else and needs to leave. Bay has been called away and Deborah ...more
Rachel
I liked it. It was cute and fluffy and fun. The H/h were likeable enough - I feel like he was a little better developed than she was, though only slightly. The premise was fun--I am a sucker for mistaken identity stories.

I am a little torn by how I feel about this one, however.

While I wouldn't want a story to be blatantly predictable, I just can't help but feel like this one went in so many different directions that distracted from the main premise. Though I would not consider this a lengthy b
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Marcella
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me. I didn't think I was going to like it. It had a rough start in the beginning. I'm not sure if it was the author getting her bearings or not.

The story is about Charlotte, a woman who goes to London at the request of her sister, Deborah, a courtesan. Deb decides to get married and asks Charlotte to stay and inform Bay, the man who has employed her at a very high price as a courtesan, that she is getting married.

When Bay arrives at his home, he is anxious to ravish Deb, who
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La La
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book really wasn't that great. It was a story that started out promising and just went downhill from there.

The heroine comes down to London because of an urgent note from her courtesan sister and is asked by said sister to let her new protector down easy for her since she has decided to marry and can't stay to tell him herself. The heroine falls asleep and wakes up making love to the hero. Not bad, I can get with that. What annoyed me was the fact that the heroine was just annoying. She wa
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Kelly
This was one of those books that is a totally fluffy diversion. The characters are fun, especially Charlotte who doesn't bother to reign in her temper on the best of days, and the plot is just full of ridiculous amounts of sexy silliness. I mean that in a good way.

Although the initial plot borders on implausible (much-sought after mistress cons her older, repressed sister into taking her place in her soon-to-be lover's bed so she can run off and get married), the roller coaster of emotions that
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Noelle
3 1/2 *

I would call this a light romantica only because of the use of modern terms for body parts (cock, clit ect.) and there is some light bondage.

Charlotte or Charlie as she's called (h) is called by her younger sister Deborah to help her out of a tight spot. Deb had agreed to be Bay's(H) mistress and after he set her up in a house on Jane street (a notorious street where mistress' are kept) she decides to get married to someone else. Deb wants Charlie to stay at the house and explain it to Ba
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Shawna Hansen
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mistress by Mistake was a fun book to read. Although the plot was a comedy of errors in many ways, there were glimpses into some serious aspects of life at the time -- the treatment of women, the severe punishment for thievery and the vast gaps between the classes. I liked how the heroine accepted some of her regrets in life and also had an understanding and forgiving heart to those in her family and life who had really betrayed her. She managed to survive and actually build a life for herself a ...more
Carrie
2.5* Two stars on goodreads means it was "OK." So this book was better than OK, but not quite to the "I liked it" stage for me. The story is basically absurd and convoluted. I did come to enjoy the two main characters, Charlotte and Bay, which is why it didn't get a worse rating than 2.5*. The near virginal, prim miss who becomes an impassioned, multi-orgasmic lover when the hero touches her was too unbelievable to make anything else in the story work. I don't read many historical romances, beca ...more
Magda
Overall, I enjoyed the book although there were some things that disturbed me.
1-Conveniently not telling Charlie she was not "obligated" to fulfill her sister's contract.
2-The torture & rape of one of the main characters with no repercussions to the villain.
3-The villain was allowed to have her own happily ever after.

Although I found Bay rather annoying in the beginning, I felt he became charming towards the end.
I know the book is completely improbable, but that's why I read.
Wavered betw
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Lisa Kay
This book started out with a good premise, kind of funny even, and I was enjoying it...then something went wrong. I didn’t like some facts about both the H/H. He was just a little too obsessed about her sister (who was supposed to be his mistress) and she was a little too dishonest. And I didn’t get it for free on Kindle…I paid for it with my hard earned cash. But I will probably try this author again. Really 2.5 stars.
Lelyana
Jun 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pengumuman.. :

Buku gak akan aku buat review nya karena jelek, hero nya lelaki lemah, mau aaja di iket sama mantan bini dantetep ereksi dan mau colok2an sama manntan bininya, sementara udah jatuh cinta sm heroine nya.....so, aku ga suka lelaki lemah,dan heroine bodoh...dari pada darah tinggi kumat, ibuknya udah aku delete ya, no review.... (ini reveiew juga ternyata) lol
Elaine
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I almost stopped reading it because it was just sex and no substance. The storyline finally started and it was ok, but not a book that would make me want to see the author's other works.
Nightwitch
This was an entertaining book, although I think its biggest problem actually was the romance part. It seemed like a fun, light look at the life of a courtesan in Regency London, really, but the authorial necessity of forcing the hero and heroine into True Love just added ridiculous whining (from the characters) and unnecessary plot complications. I enjoyed the book but I didn't really believe that the characters were in love... and the last part of the book, which seemed essentially to be the Pa ...more
Kati
***Review originally posted at Romancing Rakes***

Well, the second read through of this book was more satisfying than the first. There were things I remembered and things I missed. Of course I knew who the crazy was but even on the second read through, I still cringed at the way she acted.

Charlotte "Charlie" Fallon has rushed to London, afraid that her baby sister has taken ill. Wrong. Her sister Deborah, the most sought after courtesan in all of London, has decided to run away with the third son
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The UHQ Nasanta
1.5 - 2.5 stars

This book disappointed on several accounts, not least of which was that I was expecting a historical romance but ended up with historical erotica. I am by no means prudish when it comes to my reading tastes but I was in the mood for a nice, historical romance, something I had not been in the mood for for a while, and to end up with historical erotica was a bit shocking and dismaying. I had not read such in several weeks and the cruder language and frequency of graphic sex scenes t
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Christine Seybolt
I think MISTRESS BY MISTAKE was one of those books that find you at the right time. It was just by chance… or mistake…that I found MISTRESS BY MISTAKE under a pile of books that I placed next to my overcrowded bookshelf and forgot all about it. Then there it was on the day that I was looking for a book that would light a spark and send me into another world for a few short hours. The premise of the book is that the strong willed protagonist Charlotte comes to confront the hero about her flighty ...more
Elaine
Another o.k. read. I seem to be reading 3* o.k. reads just lately!
Anaiz
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
3.5 Stars. This book starts quickly, Charlotte or Charlie is with her sister Deborah in Bayard's home. Deborah is Bayard's mistress and has decided to run off and get married (while taking everything Bayard bought for her of course). Charlie is to wait for Bayard's return and break the news to him. She has done this before and is weary of the situation so she decides to have a drink and ends up falling asleep in Deborah's bed. She wakes up to find that Bayard has returned and has confused her wi ...more
Jo (My House of Books)
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I wasn't certain what to expect with Mistress by Mistake: debut author; trade paperback release (which is always a toss-up with a debut author because what if the book is terrible?) Once I started reading, however, I wondered what I'd been so worried about.

This historical has it all: humor, hot sex, endearing characters and yes, a little bit of crazy.

Let's start first with Charlotte "Charlie" Fallon, an on-the-shelf spinster from Little Hyssop who gardens, tats, and feeds feral cats. When her s
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Michelle K
Free Kindle Charlotte Fallon and Sir Michael Bayard's story.

I don't mean to mean but I didn't care for the writing structure. Maybe it was just my formatting on Kindle I don't know. Usually when there is a break in time, there is a literal space or a chapter change. I was constantly confused when one moment the character was thinking something and then the very next line, she/he is doing exactly what they were just thinking. For instance, one moment she was thinking about cutting out and steali
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Virginia Campbell
No one tells a story quite like Maggie Robinson (aka Margaret Rowe). Her involving, exquisitely erotic romances are filled with perfectly imperfect people who behave badly. That's all right--after you spend some time with her characters, you wouldn't want them to behave any other way! "Mistress by Mistake" is the first book in the "Courtesan Court" series, and it introduces us to the ladies of Jane Street. These ladies, known as "The Janes" are not merely beautiful women. They are the mistresses ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
First I'd like to say that this perhaps more is a spicy historical romance, cos these two do spend a lot of time in bed, or in other places.

In this story Charlotte is left behind by her courtesan sister. The sister was supposed to be Sir Michael Bayard's new mistress but she got married and left Charlotte to explain. Bay comes home and finds a woman in his bed, and cos of some missing jewels she stays in his house.

Ok, first I must say that I liked her writing, and the story was good, and sure a
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Aimeslee
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
Once I got past most of the graphic sex (which is mostly in the first third of the book and I suppose is necessary to the story), I loved this book cuz the story rocks. Kept me interested to the last page. The characters are very well-written, quite dimensional. They stick with you, haunt you actually. Which was fortunate, because it took me a while to finish (due to my life, not the book's fault). I was literally able to pick up where I left off with no re-reads, due to the memorable story line ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 22, 2015 11:13AM  
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Maggie Robinson is a former teacher, library clerk and mother of four who woke up in the middle of the night, absolutely compelled to create the perfect man and use as many adverbs as possible doing so. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives with her not-quite perfect husband in Maine, where the cold winters are ideal for staying inside and writing hot historical romances.

She also writes erotic his
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