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[(My Fair Mistress)] [by: Tracy Anne Warren] Paperback – 7 Dec 2007

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc. (7 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034549539X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345495396
  • ASIN: B001ZTF41K
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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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 his mistress. As Rafe's intense green eyes pierce her body and set it afire, Julianna can only imagine what emotions his kiss may unleash. Surrendering to the pleasures of seduction and carnal delight, Rafe never anticipated that love would be the cost of his bargain. When he realizes that a vindictive enemy may harm Julianna should their clandestine liaison be exposed, Rafe must choose between loving her and protecting her. To save his fair mistress, Rafe must risk what he has already lost: his heart.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DDGwacott on 10 Dec. 2009
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I know Tracy Anne Warren isn't 'new' in the sense that she has other books published... but she's new to me and I'm so happy to have found her.

This book is just right if you like your historical romances set in a Regency setting with a fair balance of character development, plot and sensuality but aren't too fussed about the historical depth... or, in very small doses the odd Americanisms ("quit", "fall" being the two words I noted, that's all).

I thought that the premise of a lady offering herself as a mistress to someone to cancel a brothers debt would be a little too unbelievable, but it actually isn't. When you consider that status and the need to keep up social appearance is paramount, especially when the family are right at the point of bringing the youngest sibling 'out' and with no funds let alone an estate if the gambling brother's vowels are called in by the lender, then the trade seems possible. Add to that the fact that the lead pairing are clearly attractive and attracted to each other and anyway Julianna, the heroine, is actually a widow and not a maiden, then the recipe for a hot romance is all there.

TAW is a good storyteller. The underlying plot of bastard son and self made man Rafe (the hero of the tale) battling against the evil legitimate son is well written. The story introduces (very briefly) two supporting characters who have their own books following this one His Favourite Mistress The Accidental Mistress. I'm certainly going to order the next two books.

If you enjoy books by authors like Madeline Hunter, Lisa Kleypas, Jo Beverley and Liz Carlyle, then you'll enjoy this one.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By loves to read on 20 Feb. 2009
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This was my frist read of a warren book. Since read this i have gone on to buy the other ones she has written. So this book is the 1st in the Mistress series. Julianne and Luicas . It is a well writtten book that has a good plot and story lines . The Main charaters are well liked and belivable. The 2 other book in this triolgy go on to look at the 2 other males in this book. If you go for this book you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By UrbanDane on 28 May 2008
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Except in bits towards the end... But a great read indeed. Loved the romance between the characters as well as the characters.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
sensual romance, trite and flawed plot...3 stars 5 Nov. 2007
By avines - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
if you're a seasoned veteran of romance novel reading, then you've read this plot a hundred times.

lady julianna hawthorne is a beautiful widow forced to desperate actions because of her gambling younger brother. she approaches financier rafe pendragon in an attempt to gain extra time for her brother to come up with money in order to pay off the debt owed to him. pendragon says no and instead asks her to be his mistress to pay off the debt(hoping she'll leave in outrage). however, he underestimates her desperation. she says yes. they agree to meet once a week for the next six months.

what follows is alot of sensual encounters (taking place primarily in the convenient house tucked away on a secluded street). almost immediately they begin an affair. because julianna was previously married to a cold and heartless man (haven't we heard that one before), she has no idea the act of lovemaking could be so rewarding and physically satisfactory. rafe has never found such sexual bliss with anyone prior to julianna. they're slowly falling for each other.

meanwhile, julianna has a younger sister currently experiencing her first season. the sister is being pursued by a bad guy who just so happens to be rafe's mortal enemy. julianna's brother is also on the cusp of becoming a chronic gambler.

what the author gets right:

the chemistry between hero and heroine is explosive and the intimate scenes are rendered with just the right balance of emotional engagement and physical description. they never feel clinical and i was easily pulled into each moment.

what the author struggles with:

the triteness of the plot. it isn't so much the bit regarding the heroine being forced into being the hero's mistress. i've seen that done plenty of times and with good writing and other unexpected elements, this can be pulled off in a way where it won't feel rote. however, in this case, the author pulls out every overused device romance readers have cringed at over the years, i.e. the heroine who thinks she's barren because she was married x number of years and didn't conceive (so of course there's no need for them to take precautionary measures to prevent pregnancy). then there's the 'noble sacrifice' which means instant misunderstanding because no one bothers to communicate the whys behind the actions which in turn guarantees someone being placed in peril unnecessarily. finally, the villian is so heinous he's almost a caricature.

in addition, the dialogue between hero and heroine is rather limited to the affair and the situation regarding the villian. the relationship doesn't experience much growth outside of the bedroom, which made it hard for me to believe in the love match.

i was hopeful this story wouldn't prove to be so predictable, but that wasn't the case. while it did start off rather promising and i enjoyed the intimate encounters and found the hero to be especially charismatic and confident regarding sexual matters, the writing couldn't distract me from the fact that this story is unremarkable and, while not a bad book overall, just doesn't bring anything new or exciting to the table.

i'd recommend it for new readers of romance who have yet to encounter this storyline before...or readers who like alot of sensual encounters in their romances with little care for much else.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not Bad, but Not Especially Good Either 11 Nov. 2007
By Corrine - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit, I have never read Ms. Warren's "Trap" series, so when I picked this book up I had no idea what to expect. As it stands now, I can't foresee ever picking up the "Trap" series.

Lady Julianna Hawthorne is thinking only of saving her rakehell brother from financial ruin when she visits Rafe Pendragon, financier. After all, she doesn't want her sister forced into the same situation she herself had faced, saving the family by making a financially-prudent marriage match. When jewels and paintings can't cover the debt to the Dragon, however, Rafe offers her another deal: six months as his mistress. Rafe has his own demons to deal with, and in order to protect her, he drives her away. But in an amazing twist that a blind man could see coming, the widowed Lady Hawthorne - thought to be barren - is carrying his child. However, a threat still looms: Rafe's half-brother, Burton St. George, Viscount Middleton, is hell-bent on destroying any happiness Rafe makes for himself with apparently no motive at all except that their father favored the illegitimate Rafe over his legitimate heir. We are led to believe that he also has some level of madness, but his crimes seem far too premeditated for that.

The first half of this book is extremely lackluster, but I perservered in order to get my full $6.99 out of the experience. The last half is slightly more interesting, only because it is amazingly frustrating to find that some authors still think constant misunderstandings between the two protagonists is an intriguing conflit. I'm sorry, it isn't. If either Rafe or Julianna had just flat out asked the other what was going on, the book could have been cut in half. The villain, St. George, is not very well fleshed out, and the conflict and resolution was like a house of cards, all of it falling, but not really into the right order. Lackluster and a little disheartening from an author I've heard so many good things about.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Every typical plot device in the world, but an okay story 6 Dec. 2008
By J. Myrna RottenRomance - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Warren has used nearly every over-used plot device in the romance genre for this book: The "misunderstanding", the "woman who thinks she's barren because her husband had kids before", the "troubled hero because of a loss in his past", the "barter of body to repay debt", the "very evil villain who did horrible things to another person to hurt the hero", the "break up to spare feelings which actually hurts things more", the "TSTL heroine who assumes that there's no reason for the restrictions her husband gives", the "heroine who is sexually innocent because her previous husband wasn't good in bed and called her frigid". I could go on and on, really.

Why 3 stars then? Well, if you've seen some of the awful books I've read recently, you'd understand why I would feel guilty giving it the same rating as some of those whoppers. I will say that I personally think it deserves about a 2 1/2, but a three is more accurate.

As is my typical style, I choose not to rehash the plot. It's always covered numerous times by other reviewers and sources.

As is also my style, I have to quote something from the book that stands out to me. Mainly that, while I don't mind having a character give birth in a book, there are times when LESS description is better.

"He felt her entire body shake as she forced the baby from her body in a slick rush of agony."

Well then. That doesn't sound pleasant! Look, I've got 2 kids. I birthed them both naturally, sans any meds. I understand the process of childbirth. But we really could have done without some of the descriptive text.

The sex scenes were average. Not overly hot, but didn't include any horrifying descriptions of oddly-colored genitalia or crying vulvas. The characters appeared to have a genuine affection for eachother, although that was more stated than made self-evident. The relationship between St. George and Maris was, as much of the other plot devices in the book, a bit over-used, but not horribly so. The whole "secret past" with Pamela is something I think I've read in 5 different books in the last year alone, but I can accept it, I suppose.

I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this book or author to anyone (I think I've read 2 others of her books, so clearly I don't dislike her in general), but I wouldn't try to dissuade someone from reading it. It's just important that you go into it knowing that you'll see a lot of repetition, and no fresh/new ideas.

Also, since this is something that drives me crazy with other books, and contributed to this receiving 3 stars instead of 2, the editing was fairly well done. That's always nice to see!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Read! 22 Mar. 2013
By Zeee @ I Heart Romance - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
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 reader, you would think that this kind of situation would really happen in reality. I love how both characters grow in this story - most especially Julianna. She starts off as a very proper, sort of insecure widow and becomes this independent and strong woman. Although there is still a bit of damsel in distress in her, it is not as pronounced as other heroines I have read. Her ultimate devastation when Rafe leaves her is typically a reaction and again very believable. I can feel her anguish and to be honest, I always shed a tear when I get to this part no matter how many times I read it.

When they are forced to marry, I love how Miss Warren wrote in Julianna's initial reaction. Julianna tries to show indifference to Rafe. Of course, she still loves him but she does show how hurt she is from what he did.

I also love the hero, Rafe. Personally, I love reading about "rags to riches" heroes and Rafe is one of them. Rafe is also mentioned in other books (and I think other series) as one of the financiers that the gentlemen trust and use. He starts of an uncaring, self-centered rogue. Later in the story, you see him develop into a hero worthy of Julianna's love. I love how Ms. Warren wrote in his back story, how we the readers are slowly introduced to why Rafe is as uncaring as he is and we get to understand the reason why he left Julianna.

All in all this is a very enjoyable read that I love to read again (and I have been re-reading it). Perhaps when I have a chance, I would get a print copy of this book and perhaps have it signed by Miss Warren.

Originally posted on my blog I Heart Romance
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Historical Romance Story 25 Aug. 2008
By Nancy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This was my first time reading Warren's work, and I have to say she is a new favorite author of mine. This novel is everything I expect out of a historical romance. Good solid characters, a variety of emotions, lots of passion and of course a happy ending. Could not put the book down. I will definitely be seeking out her other books. I wish her much success with her career as an author.
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