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Leda Swann

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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies! 21 May 2008
By Natalie S - Published on Amazon.com
Emily Clemens is an orphan with no one to depend on but herself. Gainfully employed as a teacher at a refined finishing school, she is unable to make ends meet. Almost destitute, she makes the decision to pose for a series of scandalous photographs in order to entice a wealthy man to become her benefactor. Her photographer of choice? Eric Twyford.

Eric Twyford is instantly attracted to Emily and is thrilled to be able to photograph her. No matter that she will be undressed, Eric vows to treat her respectfully and professionally. He doesn't count on Emily's inhibitions being thrown out the window along with her clothes. With each picture that he takes, he falls further under her spell. While he is very aware of her plans, his emerging feelings can't be denied and he is unable to fight his attraction a minute longer.

Eric and Emily embark on an affair that would raise the eyebrows of every society matron in London. When their relationship hits the point of no return, Emily has a decision to make. Will she continue on her path of being a mistress or will she settle for being a wife? Because settle is what will happen if she accepts the one offer of marriage that she has received. And it wasn't from Eric.

MISTRESS pushed a lot of my buttons - but in a good way. I am captivated by the 19th century society of London and all the rules that were placed on women. Emily, while being an orphan, was expected to either become a mistress or go to a work house just because she was not a member of the peerage. The arrangement was truly unfair but completely realistic. That in turn made MISTRESS just as lifelike to me as if I was right there along side the characters. Eric wanted to be known as the consummate photographer and in a time where photography was new and sometimes unheard of and not trusted, he wanted to be known as an artist and professional. Imagine his surprise when innocent Emily walked through the door of his studio and rocked his world!

MISTRESS will charm even the most finicky of readers. I found myself as wide eyed as Emily as I read this book and could not put it down. Historical romances are a favorite genre of mine and Leda Swann has proven once again her superb ability as a historical author.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars heated historical romance 28 Mar 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Schoolteacher Emily Clemens knows that to keep her position at the exclusive girls' finishing school she must behave with decorum and never be in the middle of scandal. She needs the job, but the endless ennui and the posturing by her superior and the aristocratic parents are driving her crazy. Having no family to turn to, Emily decides to pose for racy photographs hoping she can become the mistress to some affluent rake.

However, Emily is stunned when she finds herself attracted to photographer Eric Twyford. He may not meet her criteria, but she does not care. However, when he fails to show even the slightest thaw in his icy professionalism, a despondent Emily returns to her initial plan, but wonders how she will seduce anyone with B&W photos when she failed to move Eric with her flesh. Still she turns elsewhere even as Eric cannot wait to move past this job because he needs to make love with his latest model-client.

The theme of this nineteenth century English romance of two people in love misunderstanding the motives of each other has been used frequently; however, Leda Swann refreshes the concept with the lewd photos as the matchmaker. E & E are fully developed individuals who fall deeper in love with each other with every shot he takes. Although Emily makes some asinine selections that feel out of character for her, fans will appreciate the heated historical romance between the model and the photographer.

Harriet Klausner
3.0 out of 5 stars Queenbee 21 Feb 2014
By K. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked the title , it was a quick read pretty good sex scenes..I like that era of early 19 century.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Erotic Story . . . Parts of Story I Loathed read on for reason 1 Dec 2013
By carolyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I first found Leda Swann in the anthology Parlor Games: Fallen Angel. I have purchased their short story "Parlor Games" in the book `Parlor Games:Fallen Angel' Kindle selection (visit Amazon's Leda Swann page to find just the short story download). I really liked their addition to the book. Not sure if I wanted to pay the Kindle price for Mistress I borrowed it, in Kindle format, from my public library. After reading it, I have decided the erotic/erotica and the delightful bantering between the H/h would perhaps have warranted the higher price for a Kindle book. I gave this book a 4 strictly on the previous summary of the well written story up to the last couple of chapters. Then the authors lost me on the last chapters and this is strictly my opinion but it also influenced my decision on whether or not I wanted to buy and revisit the entire story in the future or just the first three quarters of the story. I've decided I wouldn't buy this particular selection even though the first part was very good. I would have given this book a five-star-rating except that I don't want to be burdened, in the future, by the problems as those in the last chapters.
KIND OF A SPOILER ALERT: I don't do well with the antics of the H/h in the last quarter of the story and I'm not talking about the very important photograph. Yes, I would have gotten away from the man who created all of the problems with a shove into a fireplace when he was plastered, hopefully killing him, knowing that all of his family would have danced on his grave! END OF SPOILER ALERT!

My problem is that I read to escape real life situations such as the last part of the book. I love happy endings that build up to the end making the H/h both strong characters in their actions which entails (for me), planning and keeping major problems from happening even if it is down to the last second before all vows are spoken . I guess that is the romantic in me. But this was not my story to tell and it was a good story.

If real life and real life situations don't bother you then I would recommend this book. For me, it was a little depressing. The Epilogue helped the previous chapters and did make it better, except the time line; I wept at that. Of course I find myself weeping at Christmas ads with white fluffy things playing in the snow while drinking their favorite beverage, so I'm probably no judge! If real life situations in your erotic/romance novels don't bother you then consider this book a 5 Star Rating as the writing and storyline merit it.
3.0 out of 5 stars ok, but not as good as Temptation 17 May 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mistress was overall good but not as good as Temptation, which is the tale of Emily's sister Beatrice.

I enjoyed it overall but I really had a hard time understanding the character's lack of communication in regards to their true feeling's for each other which would have prevented so much, but then again there would be no plot or conflict if that were the case right? It was for sure very erotic and I liked the setting of the taboo of naughty pic's in the victorian era, so for what it was I liked it and it kept me entertained.
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