Monday, July 7, 2008

Review – Mr. Perfect



Title: Mr. Perfect
Author: Linda Howard
Publishing Date: 2000
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: A-
Sensuality: Hot


Jaine Bright and three of her female friends brainstorm a list of what requirements the “perfect” man would have to have over their routine dinner after work on Friday. By Monday morning the list is circling their work. The list ends up causing quite a stir and the ladies find themselves not only on local news but national news as well. Things take a turn for the worst when one of them is murdered and the rest are in danger for their lives. Janie’s next door neighbor Sam, is a cop who comes to her rescue.

In the beginning of the book Jaine thinks Sam is a drug dealer or a drunk. Sam works all odd hours and is scruffy looking. Jaine thinks the worst of him. When her neighbor informs her that he is a cop, needless to say Jaine is shocked.

So much of what I love about this book is the witty repartee between Sam and Jaine. Jaine’s mouth is left uncensored whenever Sam is around and those two can really go at it. They both are very evenly matched and it is so much fun to read. Jaine has what I like to call, “a large personality.” She tries to tone down this with everybody, but with Sam, he likes it and she can just be herself. That is what makes Sam perfect in my eyes. I loved Sam and Jaine and wanted more. Mr. Perfect is one of Howard’s best. I don’t think I have done this book justice with this review. It really is a great book; one that just flies by when you are reading it. Here is an exchange between Sam and Jaine that I posted earlier to give you an example of the fantastic dialog between these two.

I have just one small complaint. What I didn’t enjoy was the parts that were in the villain’s point of view. I realize they may have been necessary to the suspense part of the story but I don’t like reading them. Whenever I do a reread, I usually skip them.

16 comments:

Ana said...

oooo just got this from the library! Want to read right now!

Shannon said...

I did a reread of it last week in preparation of my book club deadline. (You should come over and discuss it with us on the 15th!)

I absolutely adore this book. There are few books that, upon finishing the last page, I want to immediately start over and read again. I think part of my love of this book is the fact that I relate to Jaine so much. She may be the heroine I am most similar to. Am I a smartass? Why do you ask? ;) Sam is the perfect man to me. Now if I could just find one like him...

Dev said...

I absolutely love this story! This was my first LH ever, and it won me over as an instant fan. I've read quite a few of her backlist since then, but this one remains my favorite.

Rowena said...

I LOVE THIS BOOK! Sam was such a great hero and Jaine was a fantastic heroine. Together they were just the funniest thing and their book was so entertaining.

Jill D. said...

Ana, I hope you enjoy it! It's a really quick read.

Shannon, I will absolutely join you on the 15th. Count me in!

Dev, How is it I am just now checking out your blog? I really like it and I will definitely be stopping by often.

Katie(babs) said...

Hot love between neighbors. YUM.

Kristie (J) said...

I'll be there on the 15th as I adore this one too! There's so much about Sam and Jaine to love isn't there?

nath said...

I thought this book was good, but it wasn't my favorite book by this author, strangely enough. I loved Sam and Jaine together, what I found annoying in this book is the repercussion of the list they made for fun. Although the POV of the villain was annoying, I did thing it was an interesting villain.

Kris said...

I just finished re-reading this one. I still loved it. I agree with you about loving the chemistry and repartee between Sam and Jaine, i love to watch that. Great book. Glad you liked it so much.

Christine said...

I just borrowed this from the library early this week. Thanks to your "name that excerpt" game and Shannon's upcoming book club. I'm going to read it over the weekend. :D

Jill D. said...

Nath, At least the villian had a reason for his insanity, instead of just being evil for the sake of evil.

Christine, Looks like you and Ana will have to join Shannon on the 15th. I am glad that so many people enjoyed this game. I think I will have to do it again sometime :)

Carolyn Jean said...

Oh no! I forgot to order this for Shannon's book club!!! And it looks really good!!

Jill D. said...

Carolyn Jean, You could try and see if your library has it. They should, it's a pretty well known book. You still have time. It is a very easy read, no longer than a day tops.

Seneca said...

I have this in my TBR! I need to read it very soon.

Jill D. said...

Seneca, You are in for a real treat!

Shannon said...

Hey gals, head on over to my blog for the Mr. Perfect book club discussion. You know you want to squee over Sam with me!