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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This time the heroine is a courtesan's daughter who wants the unthinkable: to get married The daughter of an exquisite London courtesan, beautiful and blunt Gabrielle La Coeur is determined to make a different life for herself -- staid, respectable Pierce St.
James is an openly libertine viscount, who intends to stay single and free of the hypocrisy of Victorian society. For Gabrielle, there is only one way out of the life her mother has planned for her -- she must become the virginal "mistress" of London's most notorious rake. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Perfect Mistress Mistress, 2. Apr 04, Briana rated it really liked it Shelves: favorite , historical-romance , made-me-laugh , humor , my-reviews. For Gabrielle Le Coeur, Victorian society isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially if your mother is a notorious courtesan, and you are the illegitimate daughter of a duke. Much to Gabrielle's chagrin her mother is schooling her in the ways of a courtesan when all she wants is a better life with one partner.
James, the earl of Sandbourne, is a jaded rake who needs help to bring evidence against a corrupt government official. He promises to help her find a suitable husband if she wi For Gabrielle Le Coeur, Victorian society isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially if your mother is a notorious courtesan, and you are the illegitimate daughter of a duke. He promises to help her find a suitable husband if she will help him gather evidence.
Their plan is seriously derailed by their attraction for one another. I found this book highly entertaining and unpredictable as well as being very well written. It was also extremely witty and made me laugh, a lot. Doesn't hurt that it also had good lemons.
Jan 06, Elaine rated it it was amazing. Loved this book! Several laugh out loud moments. Great dialogue. Apr 07, Shirlene added it. Gabrielle Augustine LeCoeur was 19 and had spent the last 12 years in France being educated.
She had been back home with her mother, Rosalind LeCoeur, for 3 months. Her mother was trying to set her up as mistress to a Count whom Gabrielle detested. She and her mother argued when Gabrielle told her that she had no interest in becoming a mistress as had the last four generations of women in her family. Rosalind was shocked to find that Gabrielle wanted to become someone's wife. Gabrielle stormed o Gabrielle Augustine LeCoeur was 19 and had spent the last 12 years in France being educated.
Gabrielle stormed out of the room and then out of her house. She was not going to become the mistress of the old Count who spit when he spoke. Gabby had run out into the dark without a cloak and it was beginning to storm. She was picked up by William Gladstone who took her to his home and gave her hot chocolate and biscuits. He then lectured her on the perils of her lifestyle of prostitution. She tried explain to him what her mother had in mind for her future. His wife appeared and Gabby took the opportunity to escape from his house.
She was then picked up again and forcefully put into another carriage. This time by Pierce St. James, the 6th earl of Sandbourne. He was demanding answers regarding what she had done with William. Pierce was looking for a political scandal involving Gladstone due to widespread gossip that he entertained prostitutes. He told Gabby that William was the prime minister of Britain. Gabby found that hard to believe and just wanted to go home. Pierce took her to a place called, Le Cile, the french name for 'heaven' instead.
Pierce began to seduce Gabby but she turned the tables on him by asking for her own proposition. She told Pierce that she had no 'juices' and wasn't interested in love or passion.
She wanted him to pretend to be her lover so that her mother would leave her alone. Pierce agreed on the promise that she would see Gladstone again and tell her what happened between the two of them while they were together.
He asked for a kiss to seal the deal and was surprised that she didn't respond to his kiss and wiped off her lips afterward. Pierce allowed her to leave with the promise that he would come to her home the next evening to meet her mother. Pierce set his mind then to prove to Gabby that she wasn't as immune to passion as she thought she was. She told him that he wouldn't regret helping her and he told himself that he wouldn't but that she might. Gabby returned home hoping that her story of becoming a mistress to the earl of Sandbourne would persuade her mother to leave off her trying to set up Gabby as the count's mistress.
Rosalind had heard of the Pierce's reputation and wasn't so easily put off. Pierce came by the next evening and was surprised to find that Gabby had told the truth about her home situation.
He met Rosalind and was surprised to find out who she was and to realize that he had met the famous love-child of Rosalind and her lover, a duke. He found himself questioned about his finances, his personal tastes and his amorous reputation. He was asked what his attraction to Gabrielle was and he was honest in saying that he didn't know.
She made him think and laugh and he was intrigued by her. Rosalind appeared satisfied by his answers. Pierce saw Gabby after the questioning and they were closely watched by Rosalind and 3 other mistress friends who were to judge the authenticity of their relationship.
He was invited by the next day and they had planned on riding in the park. Pierce was surprised to find himself taken to Gabby's rooms and being told that they were not allowed to be seen in public together. The challenge was in what to do with their time. Pierce recognized that they were still being watched so he put wax in the door's keyhole and Gabby played the piano.
She chose Pop Goes the Weasel and other bar tunes. Pierce sang along amused by her choice. They then had tea with Gabby's mom and her friends before he left. He went home to find his mother had arrived. She was determined that Pierce find himself a wife and produce an heir. Pierce left her alone and went for a ride. He could have gone to find a female companion but found that he couldn't get Gabrielle out of his mind.
He continued to come by each day to see Gabby. He brought flowers and was disappointed to see her toss them aside.
Gabrielle LeCoeur, the illegitimate daughter of a duke and a celebrated courtesan, needs a nominal lover; the jaded, libertine earl of Sandbourne, Pierce St. James, needs help gathering evidence Betina Krahn lives in Florida. She has two sons, Nathan and Zebulun, and a feisty salt-and-pepper schnauzer. With a degree in biology and a graduate degree in counseling, she has worked in teaching, personnel management, and mental health.
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