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REVIEW: Friday Night Mistress by Jan Colley

Dear Ms. Colley:

book reviewI’ve been meaning to write you for some time to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. In fact, I thought I had written you a letter until I did a search for it the other day and realized how delinquent I had been.  

Jordan Lake has a secret lover, Nick Thorne; one she meets every friday night.   The two act as if their weekly meetings are purely physical but they both secretly worry that the other is tiring of the situation and the relationship.   They both long for something more but are afraid to broach the issue for fear that even the Friday night meetings will come to an end.   Their fear and uncertainty of each other’s true feelings make every move subject to deep introspection and often erroneous assumptions.  

Jordan and Nick are Juliet and Romeo.   Their families have been fueding for at least a generation and the last fracas has resulted in Nick’s father suing Jordan’s for libel and slander in a highly embarassing and explosive trial.   By day, Jordan and Nick cannot appear together nor show each other the slightest sign of affection or the press attention would be overwhelming not to mention the implications it might have for the trial.

Nick’s brothers think it would be clever if Nick seduced the Lake daughter. She’s hot, after all, and it shouldn’t be much of a hardship.   This seeds an idea in Nick’s head that maybe he can have more than just Friday night.

"Does it bother you," he asked roughly, "this secret of ours? This thing between us?"

Jordan was past reason. She wanted much more of "this thing" between them, and she wanted it now. She stared at him, pushing back into his body, squeezing her thighs together to trap him.

With an effort almost too much to bear, she forced her mouth to open, to speak. "I know the score, Nick," she told him tightly. "I’m playing the game."

Sex.

Simple. Sensational. Secret.

It was what she wanted. What she lived for. Her Friday afternoon delight

Nick begins to change his behavior; giving Jordan jewelry; pushing to see her more often; coming to her home. Jordan becomes confused with each deviation from their previous agreement. Particularly when Nick begins to show signs of jealousy which Jordan had never seen before:

"I didn’t realize that giving me a gift branded me as your exclusive property."

"It doesn’t, but your Friday afternoons are mine, not bloody Jason Cook’s."

As they begin to see each other outside of the bedroom, Jordan and Nick both realize that they don’t know much about each other.   But each new kernel of knowledge about the others insecurity, their generosity and spirit fuels the physical attraction and deepens the emotional attachment.  

Nick toes that careful line between uber alpha male and asshole. When he is assholic, it is generally because he is jealous or feels threatened. Although at one point in the story he is super hurtful toward Jordan and he probably doesn’t govel enough to make up for it.

Jordan has her own issues. Jordan’s public persona is one of a frivolous heiress with many affairs. She’s done little to tamp this down, preferring to play into the publicity rather than try to turn her image around. It’s no wonder that people assume certain things about her and it’s a little disingenuous of her to be hurt when others don’t look past the image she’s cultivated.   She could have been more assertive, but she does   tell Nick off when he needs a verbal slap in the face.

There are so many standard tropes in Friday Night Mistress: the interfering parents, the big betrayal, the misunderstanding, and even a secret baby. Despite that, or maybe even because of it, I totally enjoyed the love story of Jordan and Nick and their attempts to navigate the once solely physical attraction as it deepened into something more meaningful. B

Best regards,

Jane

  This book can be purchased in mass market from an independent bookstore or ebook format from the Sony Store and other etailers.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

7 Comments

  1. Julie M
    May 09, 2009 @ 15:57:50

    This sounds good and I’m interested in it. One thing that would be helpful in these reviews/letters to the authors would be when the book came/comes out. Perhaps I missed it but a couple of times there’s been reviews for these Harlequin/Silhouette/category books (I personally call them “snacks” because I find them fast reads) they sound great and I want to read them but then I can’t find them at the store. So I’m not sure if you read a review copy or if the books been out awhile. My local UBS has significantly reduced their section of Harlequin/Silhouettes so I really have to look sometimes for an older series book. Knowing the month it came out (particularly if its been out awhile) really helps. But I’m all for supporting an author and getting it new if I can.

    Anyhoo – If you think of it – it would be great to see either the number or the date a book came out (y’know the stuff on the spine) in a review.

    Thanks!

    Opps a re-read of the review shows me that “This book can be purchase in mass market blah blah blah…” but I still think a series number and date would help for finding it…

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  2. Diane/Anonym2857
    May 09, 2009 @ 16:54:00

    Julie,

    I just looked it up, and it’s SD#1932 from March, 2009. It has most likely been pulled from the stores by now, and might be hard to find except from Harlequin online or a used book store.

    Diane :o)
    putting it on my UBS shopping list

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  3. Julie M
    May 09, 2009 @ 19:38:00

    Thanks so much. I had to laugh when you said you looked it up – it never occurred to me to look it up online! Hmmm…. I’m red-faced now…

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  4. Diane/Anonym2857
    May 09, 2009 @ 20:36:37

    Well I’m sure it COULD be looked up online, but I actually looked it up in my Byron database while putting it on my shopping list. Just a few mouse clicks that I was already doing anyway. Sloth that I am, I don’t know that I would have bothered to look online either, so don’t fret about it much! LOL

    Diane ;o)

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  5. Jayne
    May 10, 2009 @ 04:49:29

    You can always go the the eharlequin website and check for the publishing date there.

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  6. ldb
    May 12, 2009 @ 14:19:00

    Also if you don’t normal get things online eharlequin is still a good place to shop, they will bill you so you don’t have to send any information over the internet and they give you 4 dollars off the first purchas so that covers the shipping. Plus until Thursday they have a 30% coupon for everything you buy.

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  7. Jan Colley
    Jul 16, 2009 @ 23:06:52

    Thanks, Jane, for a positive review, always nice to read.

    If Julie M would like to email me ([email protected]) with her snail mail addy, I would be pleased to shout her a copy.

    My next book, His Vienna Christmas Bride, concerns Nick’s brother, Adam and his p.a. Jasmine, and will be out in October.

    Regards
    Jan

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