Mistress For A Weekend (Harlequin Presents) (英語) マスマーケット – 2006/9/1
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Nora Lang needs the most dangerous man she can find!
Enter tycoon Blake MacLeod. He normally prefers sophisticated blondes that don't require too much of his brainpower. But Nora's a challenge the perfect opportunity for a little light relief. Until she acquires some important information that he can't risk being leaked.
Now Blake has to make sure Nora doesn't leave his sight—he'll make love to her for a whole weekend!
Blake and Nora are a wonderful couple, and their romance is steamy but sweet. She's a geeky, clumsy IT nerd - emotionally fragile after finding her boyfriend cheating with her roommate, but ballsy enough to splurge on designer shoes and go in search of a man to get the foul taste out of her mouth. She's endearing and no pushover, and she's not above using her clumsiness to put the moves on the hero.
He's the usual HP millionaire alpha male, but he's refreshingly non-jerky and non-too-arrogant. It's funny how his family are all union activists who look down on his capitalist ways. He's never cruel or abusive to Nora, even after she flees and leaves him high and dry, or even when he suspects her of setting him up and being an industrial spy. He's honest about his feelings too, but he's a strong and determined man don't get me wrong. He's not above "kidnapping" our heroine to suit his purposes.
The writing is of very high quality, with an endearing use of Britishisms like "lift" in place of "elevator". Someone needs to tell the author though that disorientated is not a word - the word is disoriented. The first 50 pages are 1 long verbal foreplay leading up to the first sexual encounter. It's a testimony to the writer's skill that it never drags or bores. The sex scenes are hot and steamy, although the staircase scene challenged my notions of plausibility and comfort :-)
In short, if you've always thought that the HP line contains only verbally abusive jerks and powerless TSTL heroines, then Mistress for a Weekend will totally change your opinion, as it did mine. And now I'm off to find more good reads!
My thoughts: My mom actually bought this book online even though I told her I had a million HP novels to choose from first. Well, I'm glad she bought it because this was a totally cute book! As mentioned in previous reviews I normally don't read new HP novels but this book was fast paced, cute and enjoyable. I can definitely re-read this book again. The previous reviewers already stated that this book is two thumbs up and I can second that emotion!