The Master's Mistress by Carole Mortimer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What I liked about this book:
*The hero Rogan is American and he is ex-military. He is not a billionaire businessman (so bored with them). He is a man of action (and elusively mysterious). And he has long hair. He's very sexy!
*The heroine Elizabeth is has a doctorate in history and is a professor. She is a bibliophile who likes to snuggle up with a steamy vampire romance in bed to wind down at night. She is an older virgin, and is not a twit about it (who loses her knickers just because the hero looks at her).
*I liked the development of their relationship. It's almost adversarial, but with a good back and forth and lots of banter. It reminds me of the 80s-90s Harlequin American Romances (especially Anne Stuart's) where each day in the book is another opportunity to explore the chemistry between the characters. While this book is strongly sensual (surprisingly so), there is an intellectual connection between both characters. They have a maturity and they act like adults in their interactions, even though they often trade insults when they aren't trading kisses.
*This is a fast-moving, well-flowing book, a real pleasure to read.
There is nothing I didn't like about this book except it ended!:
I'd love to read more books with this feel and dynamic. This is why I often reach for the older Harlequins because I love that banter and back and forth, more than the hero buying stuff for the heroine and constantly trying to seduce and conquer the heroine in bed. In this case, their chemistry was a mutual thing, and Rogan was as much a victim to it as Elizabeth was.
A definite pleasure to read!
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