Review: Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

Wednesday, January 11

My rating:
2 Stars…

I bet this was a goodie when it was first published - but by the time I read it, it was all a bit SATC meets PLL and I didn't understand how that list was even an issue.


What would make the perfect man?

That's the deliciously racy topic that Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends are pondering one night at their favorite after-hours hot spot: Mr. Perfect. Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted -- or will just muscular do? As their conversation hears up, they concoct a tongue-in-cheek checklist that becomes an overnight sensation, spreading like wildfire at work and sizzling along e-mail lines. But what began as a joke among friends turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered....Turning to her neighbor, an unpredictable police detective, for help, Jaine must unmask a killer to save her friends -- and herself. Now, knowing whom to trust and whom to love is a matter of survival -- as the dream of Mr. Perfect becomes a chilling nightmare.


What I loved:

Linda Howard does great chemistry. I was really into the romance part of this story, and I loved the banter between our 2 leads.

Sam was everything you'd want in a hero - heroic, brave, intimidating, smart, protective. Yum. Loved him.

I enjoyed the friendship between the girls.

The writing itself was impeccable, and the story flowed nicely. Obv, because Linda Howard.

What I didn’t love:

I didn't get it. The list wasn't even shocking. I see more shocking things posted on FB and they get about 4 likes before they disappear into the interwebs to die along with Nek Minute and Thong Song. Like, even in 2003 when this book came out, that list wouldn't have been controversial. I just spent so much time thinking how is this even a thing?

You could tell who was going to die, and who wasn't. And - not to toot my own horn here...


Ok, maybe to toot it a little bit, but - I knew who the psycho was. I watch Criminal Minds, I know how shit goes down with those crazy Bates Motel types.


Great chemistry, great humour, but I got really bored with the plot itself, and I was bored with The List straight away.
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