My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Accidental Mistress was a nice Sunday afternoon read. I love settling down with a Harlequin Presents on the weekend, because they are quick, hopefully satisfying reads. In this case, I was about 90% satisfied.
I am a big fan of this author because she writes great heroes and heroines. Her heroines are nice, normal, and likable. They are attractive in a real world kind of way, but the hero seems crazy about them (I love besotted heroes). They are women you'd want to be friends with in real life. I definitely felt that way about Emily.
Usually, I am seriously crazy about Susan Napier's heroes. They are big, handsome (in a manly way), hard working and down to earth, and have a normal quotient that is higher than the typical HP hero. They are guys you'd want to crush on in real life, and would love to be pursuing you. In this case, I didn't go as gaga over Ethan as I usually do over her heroes. Not that he was bad. He wasn't. I just never really got a fix on him. I think the problem was that there was a prominent storyline about Emily's parents and her relationship with Ethan's uncle by marriage. My personal opinion is that it was too much to put in this story and have the romance stay focused. I guess I'm used to SN putting the romance as the forefront, and it was weird that it had to share time with Emily's family issues.
I think I was kind of disappointed with how things wrapped up.
Here is the passage where this happens:
"I mean that I love you, Ms. West." she thought she heard him say.
Her loving laughter echoed in the warm cavern of his mouth. "That's Quest, not West."
He fell down with her onto the white couch and lay her against his heart. "What say we clear up that potential confusion for once and for all?"
"And how do you propose to do that?" She invited huskily, linking her arms around his neck.
His eyes gleamed with wicked humour. "Why by proposing, or course...that we get rid of that pesky and divisive Q!"
It was goofy but cute.
Anyway, this was a good book, but not great by this very reliable author. All the same, a nice past-time on a lazy Sunday afternoon. By the way, the title is very inaccurate!
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