Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard


After working all week in a male dominated environment, Jaine Bright and a few female coworkers used Friday nights to commiserate. The night they discovered Jaine’s inconsiderate neighbor was police, they also created a wish list for a perfect man. By Monday the list and gist of the battle of the sexes was in the irreverent and unsanctioned company newsletter.

Some women laughed, some men didn’t and some people were offended like prudish and proper Leah who couldn’t waste her time condemning the foursome for their loose morals or Corin, whose mother stressed perfection daily from her pores. Jaine and her friends thought the list was funny but were embarrassed someone would find out they created the list when it made TV and internet news.

Playing to the notoriety hoping to make the attention die quickly brings mixed results for the quartet. Among the flowers and brickbats from friends, family, strangers and the media as a whole, lingers a real threat. Though Jaine discovered affection for her serious eye candy policeman neighbor, Sam Donovan, others got tragic brickbats in the form of murder.

Despite the silly premise, multiple possibilities for murderer and murdered, Jaine and Sam’s fast paced romance and a fairly good amount of suspense, this easy to read outing never felt overfull. The first half of the read was all silliness and the tone of the second was distinctly different the halves meshed well and didn’t affect the pacing or ruin this reader’s enjoyment.
Rating: 4.5stars

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