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.