Saturday, March 29, 2008

His Favorite Mistress, by Tracy Anne Warren

You may have noticed that I don't use images that often in my blog. I figure most of my readers are handy enough to find links to the books I talk about on their own.

In this case though, the cover is important, because I wouldn't have read the book otherwise, despite the famous admonition about judging and covers and so forth.

Actually, I didn't judge this book by its cover, my three-year-old, Nadia, did. She often comes with me on my weekend jaunt to the library & UBS, and last time we went, she picked this one out for me. "I think you should read this one, Mama, it looks like a good one." I haven't read this author before, but that's the beauty of the used book store -- you can try new things without an $8 investment. So, I shrugged and indulged my girl. "What do you like about this one, honey?" I asked. "The picture," she said, indicating the gilt flourishes around the keyhole-shaped portrait.

Works for me.

And actually, it did. Solid characters & some great love scenes elevate His Favorite Mistress above a somewhat uninspired plot. I enjoyed Gabriella's rags-to-riches story and the hunky duke of Wyvern is a perfectly satisfactory alpha hero. I give it a solid B+.

Thanks, Nadia!

1 comment:

Darren Daz Cox said...

I think you need a totally unique rating scale like 4 out of 5 foil letters or 2.7 hankies and a fresh set of underwear.

I always trust the wisdom of the youngest people - they seem to be more in tune with the truth!


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