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Scandal Is Only The Beginning. . . Charlotte Fallon let her guarded virtue fall once--and she's paid dearly for it ever since. She swore she'd never succumb to men's desires again. But even a village spinster's life miles from temptation can't save her from a sister with no shame whatsoever. Or a heart that longs for more, whatever the cost. . . Sir Michael Bayard found more Scandal Is Only The Beginning. . . Charlotte Fallon let her guarded virtue fall once--and she's paid dearly for it ever since. She swore she'd never succumb to men's desires again. But even a village spinster's life miles from temptation can't save her from a sister with no shame whatsoever. Or a heart that longs for more, whatever the cost. . . Sir Michael Bayard found more than he expected in his bed when he finally joined his new mistress. He'd fantasized about her dewy skin and luscious curves, assured her understanding that what passed between them was mere dalliance. But he didn't expect the innocence and heat of her response in his arms. Nor her surprisingly sharp tongue once she was out of them. . . A few days of abandon cannot undo the hard-learned lessons of a lifetime. Nor can an honest passion burn away the restraints of society's judgments. Unless, of course, one believes in nonsense like true love. . .


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Scandal Is Only The Beginning. . . Charlotte Fallon let her guarded virtue fall once--and she's paid dearly for it ever since. She swore she'd never succumb to men's desires again. But even a village spinster's life miles from temptation can't save her from a sister with no shame whatsoever. Or a heart that longs for more, whatever the cost. . . Sir Michael Bayard found more Scandal Is Only The Beginning. . . Charlotte Fallon let her guarded virtue fall once--and she's paid dearly for it ever since. She swore she'd never succumb to men's desires again. But even a village spinster's life miles from temptation can't save her from a sister with no shame whatsoever. Or a heart that longs for more, whatever the cost. . . Sir Michael Bayard found more than he expected in his bed when he finally joined his new mistress. He'd fantasized about her dewy skin and luscious curves, assured her understanding that what passed between them was mere dalliance. But he didn't expect the innocence and heat of her response in his arms. Nor her surprisingly sharp tongue once she was out of them. . . A few days of abandon cannot undo the hard-learned lessons of a lifetime. Nor can an honest passion burn away the restraints of society's judgments. Unless, of course, one believes in nonsense like true love. . .

30 review for Mistress by Mistake

  1. 4 out of 5

    willaful

    This book started out seeming like silly fun. Unfortunately it turned out that "silly" was its high point and it went downhill from there. The biggest drawback for me was the heroine. I honestly don't think she had one redeeming quality and I disliked virtually every instant she appeared in the book. She manages to be simultaneously wishy-washy and ridiculously stubborn, she's dishonest (especially with herself) and she doesn't even come through when the hero is in trouble, being too busy with se This book started out seeming like silly fun. Unfortunately it turned out that "silly" was its high point and it went downhill from there. The biggest drawback for me was the heroine. I honestly don't think she had one redeeming quality and I disliked virtually every instant she appeared in the book. She manages to be simultaneously wishy-washy and ridiculously stubborn, she's dishonest (especially with herself) and she doesn't even come through when the hero is in trouble, being too busy with self-pity. The hero was not much more appealing, except for having an interesting backstory, so I got a bit intrigued during the sections when the heroine was absent. But then that story went in an odd and very icky direction. I've seen reviewers say this should be classified as erotica. I can see the point, because there are certainly a lot of sex scenes and they're described more crudely than in a mainstream romance. For the first section of the book, the hero and heroine do basically nothing but fight and f*ck, to use their own words. But somehow, the sex scenes didn't seem all that... erotic, to me. Perhaps it's partially the writing; I don't know if the term already existed, but if I had to come up with a word to describe this style, it would be "shallow point of view." I never felt truly in the character's heads and the author even breaks the "fourth wall" (or the literary equivalent thereof) at least once. Add in a bunch of anachronisms and no strong sense of time and place, and you have a contender for worst historical of the year. Is it Georgian? Regency? Victorian? The Renaissance Faire? I wish I could find something nice to say to temper this review. But the best I've got is, at first it seemed like silly fun.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    I admit to being skeptical about this one due to the really bad reviews on here, but it was a free download on my Kindle so I gave it a shot. It started out well, totally hooked me in the story, even though the plot was a tad bit hokie. Charlotte Fallon's courtesan sister, Deborah, convinces her to be the one to tell her protector, Sir Michael a/k/a Bay that she's running off to get married. Charlotte seems to be a sucker for her sister and can't seem to say the word no. So she stays, gets drunk I admit to being skeptical about this one due to the really bad reviews on here, but it was a free download on my Kindle so I gave it a shot. It started out well, totally hooked me in the story, even though the plot was a tad bit hokie. Charlotte Fallon's courtesan sister, Deborah, convinces her to be the one to tell her protector, Sir Michael a/k/a Bay that she's running off to get married. Charlotte seems to be a sucker for her sister and can't seem to say the word no. So she stays, gets drunk and wakes up with Bay in her bed. I can believe that could have happened due to the alcohol, but she then proceeds to continue sleeping with him even though she keeps screaming that she's a reputable woman. The story still was enjoyable to me because of the witty banter between Charlotte & Bay - a lot of sarcastic comments between them (and I am a sucker for that sort of dialogue). The story started to lose me when Bay's ex-wife, Anne Whitley enters the scene. That woman was just plain nutso. What she does to Bay (a couple of times in the book) just disgusted me. After she is caught, her punishment left a bad taste in my mouth as well. I just didn't enjoy that particular part of the story at all. It almost felt like the author was trying to fill the pages with something and came up with this. Then there was the ending - so abrupt! No epilogue either (the story really could have used an epilogue). This was the first book in the series and maybe the author gives an update on Charlotte & Bay in the next book, who knows. I will probably eventually read the 2nd book, but only if it is deeply discounted or free. So, still a decent, quick read, but definitely grab it while it's free (if you have a Kindle) or get it from your library.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beverley Kendall

    I don't know how to express how truly wonderful this book is. The hero, Bay and the heroine Charlotte are fantastic! I loved their interaction, the plot, even the crazy stalking female had me on pins and needles so I COULD NOT put down the book. I don't normally buy trades because of price. This one I intend to get a physical book and the ebook. I'm not a patient person, so I'm moping over the fact I have to wait for the next book in the series. And the series is about these women ("mistresses") I don't know how to express how truly wonderful this book is. The hero, Bay and the heroine Charlotte are fantastic! I loved their interaction, the plot, even the crazy stalking female had me on pins and needles so I COULD NOT put down the book. I don't normally buy trades because of price. This one I intend to get a physical book and the ebook. I'm not a patient person, so I'm moping over the fact I have to wait for the next book in the series. And the series is about these women ("mistresses") who live on Jane Street, the most prestigious address for mistresses in London. I'm told their are four books. I want them all NOW. This is a FABULOUS debut! It hit all the right spots with me. I'm looking forward to anything Maggie Robinson puts out in the future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ridley

    When the hero and heroine hook up early and muse to themselves about how they feel like they've come "home"/"want something more"/"feel the wall around his/her heart start to crumble" it means only one thing. Incoming external conflict. I admit it; I only read half the book, but the twitches started early. By the fourth twitch, I continued the movement and exited to my library. Maybe it got better, but I doubt it. The premise was solid - Charlotte Fallon's unscrupulous sister accepted Sir Michael B When the hero and heroine hook up early and muse to themselves about how they feel like they've come "home"/"want something more"/"feel the wall around his/her heart start to crumble" it means only one thing. Incoming external conflict. I admit it; I only read half the book, but the twitches started early. By the fourth twitch, I continued the movement and exited to my library. Maybe it got better, but I doubt it. The premise was solid - Charlotte Fallon's unscrupulous sister accepted Sir Michael Bayard's protection and a house on prestigious Jane Street, then ran off with his money and a family heirloom necklace, leaving Charlotte in her stead. Sir Michael, upset over the necklace, then tells Charlotte she's his until that necklace comes back. That's plot enough, really. Did we also need a scheming ex-wife, kidnapping and a cast of merry mistresses? The "Janes" added nothing to the plot beyond shameless sequel seeding. His kidnapping did nothing but delay the HEA via external conflict. I'll give it two stars because the writing was pretty good. She just can't plot for beans.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Birdy

    3 ½ stars. I find it really hard to rate this book mainly because I got it for free on Kindle. If I paid for it, I’ll give it a 2 stars because I would want my money back (not worst $9), but since it was free, I guilt myself into giving it a 3 ½ stars. Pros: It was an addictive, entertaining, trashy story Cons: Hero was not charming, Heroine was kind of stupid and annoying, and they were not likable. They had no chemistry except for when they’re in bed; the sex were not steamy, it’s all about qua 3 ½ stars. I find it really hard to rate this book mainly because I got it for free on Kindle. If I paid for it, I’ll give it a 2 stars because I would want my money back (not worst $9), but since it was free, I guilt myself into giving it a 3 ½ stars. Pros: It was an addictive, entertaining, trashy story Cons: Hero was not charming, Heroine was kind of stupid and annoying, and they were not likable. They had no chemistry except for when they’re in bed; the sex were not steamy, it’s all about quantity not quality (the story begins with sex and end with sex, and sex, sex all in between, which is not a con, just making a point). Also, the story was a bit long. I would categorize this as an erotica rather than a historical romance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book really didn't hit any of my enjoyment buttons. I bought it because one of my friends raved about it. Unfortunately for both of us it didn't hit me the same way it hit her. The book opens with Charlotte talking to her sister, Deborah, in a house on Jane street owned by Sir Michael Xavier Bayard. Michael recently set up Deborah in the house as his mistress, but before he can consummate the relationship he's called away because of a death in the family. While he's gone Deborah decides she' This book really didn't hit any of my enjoyment buttons. I bought it because one of my friends raved about it. Unfortunately for both of us it didn't hit me the same way it hit her. The book opens with Charlotte talking to her sister, Deborah, in a house on Jane street owned by Sir Michael Xavier Bayard. Michael recently set up Deborah in the house as his mistress, but before he can consummate the relationship he's called away because of a death in the family. While he's gone Deborah decides she's getting married and wants Charlotte to talk to Michael in person and explain it to him. ***Begin Spoilers*** I really don't understand why Deborah wanted someone there to explain things in person. That made no sense. What was even more illogical was the fact that Charlotte agreed to it. I was surprised that when Charlotte found out that Deborah stole the necklace she wasn't more angry with her. Her sister set her up to take the brunt of Michael's anger! Even if Deborah didn't know that Michael would be crazy enough to keep Charlotte prisoner she still knew he'd be out for blood. I felt bad about Michael's past with his ex-wife-but-not-really-because-she-was-already-married. She wasn't the nicest person though. Even before she went psycho she toyed with Michael's affections and kept him dangling after her. I wish Michael would have had enough strength to break it off with her completely further in the past. Nothing was really made of the fact that Michael was raped twice in this book. It disturbed me badly, but it really didn't seem have much impact on Michael or Charlotte. That really surprised me. How could it not even have bothered them a little? Also, there were some uncomfortable moments for me in regard to the consent aspect of Charlotte and Michael's sexual relationship. It kind of creeped me out at first. Also, Charlotte never seemed bother by one aspect that really bothered me: He wanted her sister but now he'll sleep with Charlotte because she's there, but he only wanted both of them because they look like his ex-wife. ***End SPOILERS*** Also, was this book Erotica? It didn't say so anywhere in the description, but it seemed to center around sex rather than the relationship. I thought it was supposed to be a Romance, but after reading it I think my assumption was wrong. To me the sex wasn't really sexy. There was a lot of page time spent on it but it seemed kind of mechanical and forced. I did think the writing style was pretty nice though. I also really enjoyed the time spent on the friendships between the women of Jane street. I'm undecided on trying another by this author. Like I said, the style of writing was nice, but I'm just not sure if I'd be setting myself up for failure by trying again.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mandi Schreiner

    Why I read: I had heard good buzz about this book on Twitter and asked for a review. Favorite Quote: He would have made a fine ladies' maid, if he hadn't had such magnificent masculine equipage. Thirty year old Charlotte Fallon has a lonely but content life in her small village of Little Hyssop. She has her own cottage and some stray cats and spends her time tatting lace. Her sister Deborah on the other hand lives a very different life. Deborah is a courtesan, recently set up as the mistress of Si Why I read: I had heard good buzz about this book on Twitter and asked for a review. Favorite Quote: He would have made a fine ladies' maid, if he hadn't had such magnificent masculine equipage. Thirty year old Charlotte Fallon has a lonely but content life in her small village of Little Hyssop. She has her own cottage and some stray cats and spends her time tatting lace. Her sister Deborah on the other hand lives a very different life. Deborah is a courtesan, recently set up as the mistress of Sir Michael Xavier Bayard on Jane street, where the mistresses are affectionately called “The Janes.” Bay gets called away to his ill grandmother’s side before they can officially consummate their arrangement. While he is gone, Deborah gets a marriage offer, and can’t resist. She also can’t resist stealing a ruby necklace that had once belonged to Bay’s beloved grandmother. Bay had previously loaned the necklace to Deborah, as a gift for her to wear until he could come back to town. Deborah begs Charlotte to come to Jane Street to relay the news of her engagement to Bay. Charlotte, not having a lot of backbone when it comes to her sister reluctantly agrees. Later that night, after imbibing in way too much alcohol, Charlotte falls into a deep sleep. Bay happens to arrive home that night to see who he thinks is Deborah in his bed – both sisters happen to have dark long hair and quite a buxom chest. As Bay enjoys himself that night, Charlotte awakes the next morning startled to realize her x-rated dream actually happened. Bay is shocked to see Charlotte instead of his mistress and once he realizes his necklace is gone, he assumes the sisters planned this scheme together. He decides to keep Charlotte at his house until the necklace is found – and by keep, I mean tied naked to the bed. Charlotte is mortified to be kept on Jane street – although not a virgin, she has had very limited sexual experiences. She may relent to him in bed, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to escape, and cause bodily harm to her captor. As these two fight, bicker, and make dirty love, their feelings start to take a turn. Just when things get really steamy, Bay’s ex-wife shows up, not so well in the head, and not so happy to see him with another woman. I very much enjoyed Mistress by Mistake , even though it took a couple of chapters to fall in love with the hero and heroine. I honestly was a bit shocked at Bay’s behavior at first. He is very upset his grandmother’s necklace is gone, along with his mistress. But tying up Charlotte and doing sexual things to her – when I wasn’t a hundred percent sure she approved, made me feel a bit squirmy. But that feeling quickly leaves as the very feisty Charlotte soon admits she can’t get enough of Bay. Charlotte is a heroine that cracks me up as she never stops fighting being held captive. She tries to runaway with some of his artwork, only to be sadly dragged back to his place, which then has Bay even more incensed that she tries to steal from him too. Then she tries to whack him on the head with a candlestick and plans a slow poisonous death for him among other things. Bay looks at this supposedly prim and proper woman, who wears a stocking cap, and wonders what in the world possesses him to keep her. Maggie Robinson does a nice job mixing humor into this romance story and I found myself laughing throughout their story. Their romance is very steamy and surprised me by its erotic nature. It is very naughty for a historical romance and I loved their lustful relationship. Bay’s ex-wife comes on the scene and makes for a pretty good villain. She kind of gives Bay a dose of his own medicine and it makes for a nice twist. There are also lovely supporting characters. The other “Janes” bond together, since they are usually left to their own devices during the day. They develop a sisterly camaraderie and they help each other with their man troubles. The next two books in this series feature two more courtesans and I can’t wait to get their stories! Mistress by Mistake has a hero and heroine that start out very feisty and build up to a very sweet and touching romance. A really fun, steamy story to read. I definitely recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    No one tells a story quite like Maggie Robinson (aka Margaret Rowe). Her involving, exquisitely erotic romances are filled with perfectly imperfect people who behave badly. That's all right--after you spend some time with her characters, you wouldn't want them to behave any other way! "Mistress by Mistake" is the first book in the "Courtesan Court" series, and it introduces us to the ladies of Jane Street. These ladies, known as "The Janes" are not merely beautiful women. They are the mistresses No one tells a story quite like Maggie Robinson (aka Margaret Rowe). Her involving, exquisitely erotic romances are filled with perfectly imperfect people who behave badly. That's all right--after you spend some time with her characters, you wouldn't want them to behave any other way! "Mistress by Mistake" is the first book in the "Courtesan Court" series, and it introduces us to the ladies of Jane Street. These ladies, known as "The Janes" are not merely beautiful women. They are the mistresses and courtesans of the some of the most wealthy and powerful men of elite society. Each woman is unique, not only in her loveliness, but in the circumstances which brought her to Courtesan Court. In "Mistress by Mistake", Charlotte Fallon is sent by her sister to a house on Jane Street on a mission to break her sister's newly formed "arrangement" (before it actually begins) with the sinfully seductive Sir Michael Xavier Bayard. While waiting for Bay's arrival, Charlotte fortifies herself with some liquid courage and soon falls into a deep sleep filled with wicked, wanton dreams. With the light of day comes the realization that her dream lover is none other than Bay himself, who is also quite disconcerted to find that Charlotte is not the woman he was expecting to find in his bed. When he discovers that a valuable necklace is missing, he believes that the sisters worked together to set him up and play him for a fool. He decides to punish Charlotte by keeping her as a prisoner. His sensual torment becomes addictive for them both, and the seemingly prim and proper Charlotte stuns Bay with the depth of her hidden passions. Further complicating matters is the arrival of Bay's malicious, mentally disturbed former wife, with whom he was obsessed for many years. Charlotte and Bay have a bodaciously bawdy, boisterously bickering relationship in which they are more than each other's equal. The women of Jane Street have a common bond which unites them in friendship, and we learn just enough of each of their stories to make us look forward to reading the future entries in this entertainingly naughty series!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    2.5* Two stars on goodreads means it was "OK." So this book was better than OK, but not quite to the "I liked it" stage for me. The story is basically absurd and convoluted. I did come to enjoy the two main characters, Charlotte and Bay, which is why it didn't get a worse rating than 2.5*. The near virginal, prim miss who becomes an impassioned, multi-orgasmic lover when the hero touches her was too unbelievable to make anything else in the story work. I don't read many historical romances, beca 2.5* Two stars on goodreads means it was "OK." So this book was better than OK, but not quite to the "I liked it" stage for me. The story is basically absurd and convoluted. I did come to enjoy the two main characters, Charlotte and Bay, which is why it didn't get a worse rating than 2.5*. The near virginal, prim miss who becomes an impassioned, multi-orgasmic lover when the hero touches her was too unbelievable to make anything else in the story work. I don't read many historical romances, because after Austen and Heyer, they all seem rather anachronistic. This book could have been set anywhere for that matter. The author throws in a few period wardrobe items and terms, and voila! an historical novel. If you like lots of sex and don't require a believable story, then this might work.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Charlotte regrets the mistake she made when she was younger and has been happy living a sheltered spinsters life in a small village ever since. Her sister Deborah couldn't be more different and is one of London's most renowned courtesans. When Deborah contacts her saying she's in trouble Charlotte is quick to rush to her aid. Deborah has recently become the mistress of Sir Michael Bayard (Bay) but has been offered marriage by someone else and needs to leave. Bay has been called away and Deborah Charlotte regrets the mistake she made when she was younger and has been happy living a sheltered spinsters life in a small village ever since. Her sister Deborah couldn't be more different and is one of London's most renowned courtesans. When Deborah contacts her saying she's in trouble Charlotte is quick to rush to her aid. Deborah has recently become the mistress of Sir Michael Bayard (Bay) but has been offered marriage by someone else and needs to leave. Bay has been called away and Deborah wants Charlotte to speak to him when he returns and explain why she has gone. Reluctantly Charlotte agrees to help but things become complicated when Bay returns in the middle of the night and finds Charlotte in Deborah's bed. As the sisters can pass for twins he makes an easy mistake thinking Charlotte is his mistress. Charlotte is horrified in the morning when it turns out that her x-rated dream the night before was in fact reality and Bay is in her bed. She is shocked at her own behaviour and wants to leave immediately but Bay is not happy to find his mistress gone along with some priceless family jewelery. He thinks Charlotte is in league with her sister, helping her steal from him, and refuses to let her go home. I don't want to give away any more of the story but watch out for fireworks between a Charlotte & Bay and a whole heap of trouble caused by his nightmare of an ex-wife. It's been a while since I read a good historical romance and the blurb sounded similar to quite a few books I've read in the past but I was absolutely blown away by Mistress by Mistake. The story wasn't at all predictable and I quickly fell in lust with the handsome Bay. I think this is probably the steamiest historical romance I've ever read & I really enjoyed the passion between fiesty Charlotte & sexy Bay - I'm surprised the pages didn't spontaniously combust in places! Charlotte is sassy and determined and won't take the threats Bay makes lightly, sparks will definitely fly when she attempts to get away from him. She acts like a prim school teacher outside the bedroom but has a very passionate and sensual side that Bay finds impossible to resist. Bay on the other hand is a brilliant alpha male determined to enjoy his time with Charlotte and teach her to embrace the passionate side of her nature. Their characters balance each other out well and I loved the way their relationship developed. Bay's ex-wife makes a terrifying villian causing a few horrific and heart-in-mouth moments where I could hardly bear to continue reading but there were also many laugh out loud moments which helped restore the balance. Mistress by Mistake had me gripped from the first page and I can't wait to get my hands on future books in the series. I can't recommend this enough to historical romance fans who are looking for a story that will have them swinging between laughing out loud, fanning themselves (did I mention how HOT this book was?) and gripping the edge of their seats. If this is Maggie's debut I can't wait to see what else she's got up her sleeve!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I liked it. It was cute and fluffy and fun. The H/h were likeable enough - I feel like he was a little better developed than she was, though only slightly. The premise was fun--I am a sucker for mistaken identity stories. I am a little torn by how I feel about this one, however. While I wouldn't want a story to be blatantly predictable, I just can't help but feel like this one went in so many different directions that distracted from the main premise. Though I would not consider this a lengthy b I liked it. It was cute and fluffy and fun. The H/h were likeable enough - I feel like he was a little better developed than she was, though only slightly. The premise was fun--I am a sucker for mistaken identity stories. I am a little torn by how I feel about this one, however. While I wouldn't want a story to be blatantly predictable, I just can't help but feel like this one went in so many different directions that distracted from the main premise. Though I would not consider this a lengthy book by any means, it felt like it was two books crammed into one and took longer to read because it felt laborous at times. When the book deflected from the central storyline I found myself losing interest and putting it down. Then forcing myself to wade through it when I picked it back up. Once it got back to Bay and Charlie's story then my interest picked back up. I don't know what it was about this one. Plenty of other books I've read in this genre have done exactly the same thing to introduce future character arcs for further books in their series, etc. The extra characters and details in this one IMO just dragged this book down though. To me it felt simultaneously like it was both missing something and just had too much going on. (like this review) I still enjoyed it though and am pleased with the overall reading experience. (view spoiler)[Sidenote: What is the deal with all the bath-taking scenes in all the kindle "romance" freebies I've been reading?! I swear this is like the 3rd or 4th one I've read where the heroin indulges in a bath just about every other chapter and then sits and combs her hair. It's like a thing now. I'm just saying. (hide spoiler)]

  12. 4 out of 5

    La La

    This book really wasn't that great. It was a story that started out promising and just went downhill from there. The heroine comes down to London because of an urgent note from her courtesan sister and is asked by said sister to let her new protector down easy for her since she has decided to marry and can't stay to tell him herself. The heroine falls asleep and wakes up making love to the hero. Not bad, I can get with that. What annoyed me was the fact that the heroine was just annoying. She wa This book really wasn't that great. It was a story that started out promising and just went downhill from there. The heroine comes down to London because of an urgent note from her courtesan sister and is asked by said sister to let her new protector down easy for her since she has decided to marry and can't stay to tell him herself. The heroine falls asleep and wakes up making love to the hero. Not bad, I can get with that. What annoyed me was the fact that the heroine was just annoying. She was shrewish, spineless and selfish. When the hero, who I really liked, needed saving all she kept thinking about was how she wanted to go home and how he didn't want her but her sister. Mind you, at this point she has decided that she has fallen in love with the hero so you would think she would jump at the chance to save him. But no, she had to be bullied into helping save him from the clutches of another woman who kidnapped because she wanted to have his baby. As i read the story sometimes I felt like I was reading about someone's 80 year old grandmother instead of a young woman. When author described some of the heroine's mannerism or thoughts it made me think of my boyfriends 83 year old mother. It made me wonder at the age of the author. The next book is suppose to be about Luarette, a woman we meet briefly in this book, and to be honest I'm not all that enthused. From the small cameo she made in this book she already came across as another spineless, victimized heroine. I rather read Caroline's story, but I already feel like the author will find some way to muck her up, too. I would only read this author again if I could get her books for free.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marcella

    This book surprised me. I didn't think I was going to like it. It had a rough start in the beginning. I'm not sure if it was the author getting her bearings or not. The story is about Charlotte, a woman who goes to London at the request of her sister, Deborah, a courtesan. Deb decides to get married and asks Charlotte to stay and inform Bay, the man who has employed her at a very high price as a courtesan, that she is getting married. When Bay arrives at his home, he is anxious to ravish Deb, who This book surprised me. I didn't think I was going to like it. It had a rough start in the beginning. I'm not sure if it was the author getting her bearings or not. The story is about Charlotte, a woman who goes to London at the request of her sister, Deborah, a courtesan. Deb decides to get married and asks Charlotte to stay and inform Bay, the man who has employed her at a very high price as a courtesan, that she is getting married. When Bay arrives at his home, he is anxious to ravish Deb, who happens to be the most sought after courtesan. When he arrives, however, he is greeted by Charlotte who tells him of Deb's plan. Bay, of course is unhappy with this news and decides to have Charlotte pay for her sister's treachery by her taking Deb's place. Although she is reluctant, she gives in to Bay instead of going to jail. I won't give anymore of the story away but I will say this...I loved their relationship. It was a love-hate relationship but as they got to know each other they realized they wanted things from life they hadn't thought of before. Those are the kind of love stories I enjoy. However, on that note, there is one part of this book I did not care for. I didn't care for Charlotte and Bay's first encounter with each other. I found it to be incredibly unrealistic. You will know what I'm talking about when you read it. That is why I gave the book 4 stars instead of five. Overall I truly loved this book. The more I read the more I found myself enjoying it. It is well worth the time to read this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Magda

    Overall, I enjoyed the book although there were some things that disturbed me. 1-Conveniently not telling Charlie she was not "obligated" to fulfill her sister's contract. 2-The torture & rape of one of the main characters with no repercussions to the villain. 3-The villain was allowed to have her own happily ever after. Although I found Bay rather annoying in the beginning, I felt he became charming towards the end. I know the book is completely improbable, but that's why I read. Wavered between Overall, I enjoyed the book although there were some things that disturbed me. 1-Conveniently not telling Charlie she was not "obligated" to fulfill her sister's contract. 2-The torture & rape of one of the main characters with no repercussions to the villain. 3-The villain was allowed to have her own happily ever after. Although I found Bay rather annoying in the beginning, I felt he became charming towards the end. I know the book is completely improbable, but that's why I read. Wavered between 2.5 to 3 stars for me but kept me interested after the first half.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    I almost stopped reading it because it was just sex and no substance. The storyline finally started and it was ok, but not a book that would make me want to see the author's other works.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This was one of those books that is a totally fluffy diversion. The characters are fun, especially Charlotte who doesn't bother to reign in her temper on the best of days, and the plot is just full of ridiculous amounts of sexy silliness. I mean that in a good way. Although the initial plot borders on implausible (much-sought after mistress cons her older, repressed sister into taking her place in her soon-to-be lover's bed so she can run off and get married), the roller coaster of emotions that This was one of those books that is a totally fluffy diversion. The characters are fun, especially Charlotte who doesn't bother to reign in her temper on the best of days, and the plot is just full of ridiculous amounts of sexy silliness. I mean that in a good way. Although the initial plot borders on implausible (much-sought after mistress cons her older, repressed sister into taking her place in her soon-to-be lover's bed so she can run off and get married), the roller coaster of emotions that Charlotte experiences when she's with Bay has a ring of truth. Charlotte gave her innocence to the man she was planning on marrying, the man she thought she loved until he dropped her like a hot potato and left her disgraced. With a sister who is a professional courtesan and her own past as a guide, she's aware of what transpires between a man and a woman. Add to that the fact that she's lonely and has resigned herself to her boring life in a small town and then toss her into the bed of a man who is renowned for his way with the ladies and you end up with a woman who decides to throw caution to the wind and enjoy herself. Complaining about it the entire time. Overall, I enjoyed the book although I did think the resolution with Anne was almost too easy. After everything she'd done, I wanted her to get something a little more gruesome than everything she ultimately wanted. However, I can overlook that and just enjoy the book and Charlotte's violent tendencies. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  17. 5 out of 5

    Noelle

    3 1/2 * I would call this a light romantica only because of the use of modern terms for body parts (cock, clit ect.) and there is some light bondage. Charlotte or Charlie as she's called (h) is called by her younger sister Deborah to help her out of a tight spot. Deb had agreed to be Bay's(H) mistress and after he set her up in a house on Jane street (a notorious street where mistress' are kept) she decides to get married to someone else. Deb wants Charlie to stay at the house and explain it to Ba 3 1/2 * I would call this a light romantica only because of the use of modern terms for body parts (cock, clit ect.) and there is some light bondage. Charlotte or Charlie as she's called (h) is called by her younger sister Deborah to help her out of a tight spot. Deb had agreed to be Bay's(H) mistress and after he set her up in a house on Jane street (a notorious street where mistress' are kept) she decides to get married to someone else. Deb wants Charlie to stay at the house and explain it to Bay when he returns from his grandmothers. Charlie plans to leave the next day and just leave a note to explain why Deborah wasn't there and she falls asleep in Deb's bed. Bay can't wait to get to his house on Jane street and finally get a chance to sleep with his new mistress. After tending to his late grandmothers estate he's very tired when he climbs into be with who he thinks is Deb. He's tired but he has to have her, he's waited long enough. Even though Charlie tries to fight him and tell him who she really is, her treacherous body betrays her (she's no innocent virgin)and she gives into Bays love making. In the morning she tells him who she is, it turns out that Deb took a necklace that belongs to Bay's grandmother and so he blackmails Charlie into staying as his mistress until he can get the necklace back. I thought that the plot was a good one but every time I thought that I was going to finally feel some emotion for these charcters it would just fall flat. That's why I only gave it 3 1/2 *

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shawna Hansen

    Mistress by Mistake was a fun book to read. Although the plot was a comedy of errors in many ways, there were glimpses into some serious aspects of life at the time -- the treatment of women, the severe punishment for thievery and the vast gaps between the classes. I liked how the heroine accepted some of her regrets in life and also had an understanding and forgiving heart to those in her family and life who had really betrayed her. She managed to survive and actually build a life for herself a Mistress by Mistake was a fun book to read. Although the plot was a comedy of errors in many ways, there were glimpses into some serious aspects of life at the time -- the treatment of women, the severe punishment for thievery and the vast gaps between the classes. I liked how the heroine accepted some of her regrets in life and also had an understanding and forgiving heart to those in her family and life who had really betrayed her. She managed to survive and actually build a life for herself and then when she was once again betrayed by a love one, she accepted her plight and tried to work her way out of it. Literally! The heroine was honest with herself and her wants in life, although she did some afraid at some points that she would be denied what she really wanted (can hardly blame her!) This was a fun book to read and I look forward to reading it again someday! It's not often that a romance novel is actually funny (in a good way!), but I really enjoyed every page of "Mistress by Mistake." I had to re-read the first couple of chapters because of how it all starts out. Then it slowly sinks in... OMG... now that is what I call a dream! Too funny! The whole tit for tat and constant bickering about the lacy caps just makes me laugh out loud. This is a hot, steamy and hilarious read AND packed with action. Enjoy!

  19. 4 out of 5

    A

    Not really my jam. (view spoiler)[ There are a few descriptions of sexual assault and just generally a large pile of consent issues for several characters. These were not, imo, handled in a particularly sensitive way. While others may have found the book's approach fine, if this is a trigger, I would recommend steering clear. (hide spoiler)] I found parts very uncomfortable, but perhaps it is more enjoyable for someone else. I will still probably try some of the author's other books though, to Not really my jam. (view spoiler)[ There are a few descriptions of sexual assault and just generally a large pile of consent issues for several characters. These were not, imo, handled in a particularly sensitive way. While others may have found the book's approach fine, if this is a trigger, I would recommend steering clear. (hide spoiler)] I found parts very uncomfortable, but perhaps it is more enjoyable for someone else. I will still probably try some of the author's other books though, to see if there is one that fits better. I did enjoy the small snapshots of the heroine's activities re: flowers and lace-making. Also the descriptions of some of the rooms added an dash of humor.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    This book started out with a good premise, kind of funny even, and I was enjoying it...then something went wrong. I didn’t like some facts about both the H/H. He was just a little too obsessed about her sister (who was supposed to be his mistress) and she was a little too dishonest. And I didn’t get it for free on Kindle…I paid for it with my hard earned cash. But I will probably try this author again. Really 2.5 stars.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Did not finish. If it's going to be trashy and poorly written, it should at least be entertaining.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    Over sex lead couple I finished this story against my inclination because I read Mistress by Marriage, there's nothing but sex not enough substance.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mephala

    Once again I seem to go against the popular (?) opinion. Looking at the top reviews, Mistress by Mistake seems not to be that good. I disagree. I loved this book. But I realized it might be due to me being starved for fun, smooth, racy and sensual story. My mood was right I guess. And if you go into reading this one with that mind set - that it's an uncomplicated whirlwind romance that makes one tingly all over - than it's a marvelous treat. Yes, the plot might be a bit silly and over the to Once again I seem to go against the popular (?) opinion. Looking at the top reviews, Mistress by Mistake seems not to be that good. I disagree. I loved this book. But I realized it might be due to me being starved for fun, smooth, racy and sensual story. My mood was right I guess. And if you go into reading this one with that mind set - that it's an uncomplicated whirlwind romance that makes one tingly all over - than it's a marvelous treat. Yes, the plot might be a bit silly and over the top, and there was very little of any build up to the sex scenes, but there was a nice chemistry between the main couple. Even if - due to the plot - it was mostly contained within the bedroom. Moreover, both Charlie and Bay were likeable characters, if a little underdeveloped. Worth to note is, I was pleasantly surprised when somewhere around 1/3 of the book I realized that heroine was a curvy/plus size! Mistress by Mistake is an easy and light, hot story. Maggie Robinson's prose is smooth and such a joy to read, even if there were some moments where the language was really modern. Did they even use phrases like "check someone out" in Regency England? Hmm. Either way, strong 4/5 stars and a recommended book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laine

    Charlotte the main female character in this erotic romance hardly merits the description "heroine" as she's nothing of the kind. The initial sex with her sister's keeper, half asleep, thinking it's a dream is the biggest self-delusion ever. If she were as prudish as she dresses, she'd be out of bed screaming her head off. Between repeated bouts of over the top love making, she is insistent on dressing like an old maid in drab grey gowns and frumpy cap as though that proves her claim of virtue. B Charlotte the main female character in this erotic romance hardly merits the description "heroine" as she's nothing of the kind. The initial sex with her sister's keeper, half asleep, thinking it's a dream is the biggest self-delusion ever. If she were as prudish as she dresses, she'd be out of bed screaming her head off. Between repeated bouts of over the top love making, she is insistent on dressing like an old maid in drab grey gowns and frumpy cap as though that proves her claim of virtue. But the deal breaker for me is that she's unintelligent and boring. There's no witty banter on her part to match her lover Bay. She's a dummkopf about art and a thief like her sister when she tries to pawn a painting for get away money for much less than it's worth. When her lover of convenience Bay is kidnapped and manages through ingenuity to send her a note that his kidnapper will review, he puts in 4 giant clues (including that he's "tied up") but Charlotte misses all of them preferring to wallow in self-pity and have tea with her neighboring courtesans, delaying his rescue another day until she finally delivers the note to his valet as instructed. That worthy gentleman figures it out immediately and rightly calls Charlotte a "slowtop" the kiss of death for a heroine as far as I'm concerned. Just like the chunkier Barbie doll is described as "curvy" so is chubby Charlotte, not one of my favorite pairings with a devastatingly handsome and fit lover. In real life there are attractive men who prefer cushiony women but they are a minority in our culture and it doesn't come across as romantic or erotic but a kind of fetish - maybe they're fixated on their first sexual experience with a plump woman at an age when any size will do as long as they have the requisite parts. What on earth does Bay see in her besides a good lay? You can imagine him bored to tears with his slowtop wife in a few years.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nightwitch

    This was an entertaining book, although I think its biggest problem actually was the romance part. It seemed like a fun, light look at the life of a courtesan in Regency London, really, but the authorial necessity of forcing the hero and heroine into True Love just added ridiculous whining (from the characters) and unnecessary plot complications. I enjoyed the book but I didn't really believe that the characters were in love... and the last part of the book, which seemed essentially to be the Pa This was an entertaining book, although I think its biggest problem actually was the romance part. It seemed like a fun, light look at the life of a courtesan in Regency London, really, but the authorial necessity of forcing the hero and heroine into True Love just added ridiculous whining (from the characters) and unnecessary plot complications. I enjoyed the book but I didn't really believe that the characters were in love... and the last part of the book, which seemed essentially to be the Part Where The Author Proves To Us That The Characters Are In Love, felt tacked-on.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kati

    ***Review originally posted at Romancing Rakes*** Well, the second read through of this book was more satisfying than the first. There were things I remembered and things I missed. Of course I knew who the crazy was but even on the second read through, I still cringed at the way she acted. Charlotte "Charlie" Fallon has rushed to London, afraid that her baby sister has taken ill. Wrong. Her sister Deborah, the most sought after courtesan in all of London, has decided to run away with the third son ***Review originally posted at Romancing Rakes*** Well, the second read through of this book was more satisfying than the first. There were things I remembered and things I missed. Of course I knew who the crazy was but even on the second read through, I still cringed at the way she acted. Charlotte "Charlie" Fallon has rushed to London, afraid that her baby sister has taken ill. Wrong. Her sister Deborah, the most sought after courtesan in all of London, has decided to run away with the third son of an earl, and intends to have Charlotte take her place as new mistress to one, Sir Michael Xavier Bayard. Of course Charlotte, ever the proper lady, decides to straighten everything out with Bay the morning after Deborah runs off. Cue in the sinfully delicious Sir Michel Xavier Bayard. He arrives in the dead of night, after spending a month away being with his grandmother before she passes and making funeral arrangements. Bay can no longer wait to take Deborah so, upon his arrival at the Jane Street house, he crawls into bed with her. She's not what he expected. Well, duh! It's Charlotte, not Deb. But he doesn't know that. Charlotte wakes up to Bay trying to make love to her and screams. Well, you would too if a stranger was sucking on your nipples and you're somewhat aroused by it. Charlotte tries to explain to Bay what happened and how she came to be in his bed. Turns out, Deborah stole a necklace that belonged to Bay's deceased grandmother. Until the necklace is returned, Charlotte must take Deborah's place as Bay's mistress. Eep! And the story gets crazy. Charlotte is physically attracted to Bay. I mean, who wouldn't be? He's got magic fingers, lips, [insert body part here-- yes, even THAT body part]. They carry on a very steamy relationship while trying to deny their attraction. Pfft. We know how well that will turn out. Bay has a man looking for Deborah, he's got a fantastic sexual relationship with Charlotte, then his crazy ex-wife blows into town and all hell breaks loose. She's a total looney. Apparently she was married to some other man who they thought dead, then he comes back so that makes her marriage to Bay null. Got that so far? Bay is still semi-head over heels in love with her which turns him into a drinking fool. Sheesh! Men! Now the ex-wife wants to get back together and have a baby with him. Then Charlotte and Bay fight, she turns into a watering pot, she destroys property (okay, those cherub figurines are pretty ugly and quite creepy), and in the middle of it all, Bay gets kidnapped. I fell in love with both Charlotte and Bay the second time around. There were scenes I'd forgotten about and scenes forever imprinted in my memory. FAVORITE QUOTE: "He hoped she would not be too tiresome. Even if she was the most skilled harlot he'd ever fucked, it would a dead bore if she lectured him afterward." OVERALL: I must say that Ms. Robinson writes like her hero, Bay. It is pure poetry, meant to seduce, titillate, excite and ensnare the reader from the first chapter until the last. I'd forgotten how hot Maggie Robinson can be, just ask my Kindle. The creaking was audible as I gripped it tightly, my heart racing, my toes curling as I sighed from the sexual chemistry between Bay and Charlotte. It's almost like a soap opera, complete with mistaken identity, kidnapping, crazy ex-wife, expert lover hero, self conscious heroine, and a floozy of a sister who ends up being content with someone you didn't expect. Oh, and a few plot twists. Ms. Robinson, I'll be putting the rest of the series on The List. ***Kindle free reads on 10/31/2010***

  27. 4 out of 5

    The UHQ Nasanta

    1.5 - 2.5 stars This book disappointed on several accounts, not least of which was that I was expecting a historical romance but ended up with historical erotica. I am by no means prudish when it comes to my reading tastes but I was in the mood for a nice, historical romance, something I had not been in the mood for for a while, and to end up with historical erotica was a bit shocking and dismaying. I had not read such in several weeks and the cruder language and frequency of graphic sex scenes t 1.5 - 2.5 stars This book disappointed on several accounts, not least of which was that I was expecting a historical romance but ended up with historical erotica. I am by no means prudish when it comes to my reading tastes but I was in the mood for a nice, historical romance, something I had not been in the mood for for a while, and to end up with historical erotica was a bit shocking and dismaying. I had not read such in several weeks and the cruder language and frequency of graphic sex scenes turned me off. I got this book for free, which is a relief since I would have been disappointed to have paid for it. Given that due to Hurricane Irene, I had no electricity, I figured taking down yet another book from my huge TBR pile would be the thing. Within the first couple of chapters, I thought that there was a lot of info dumping going on, and a lot of narration to describe the characters, their history, and their thoughts. I was not impressed since it caused the story to start off slowly. The premise of the book was somewhat over the top and silly, and the constant popping up of obstacles to the eventual HEA was exasperating and lengthened the story unnecessarily. While the grammar was solid and the book was fortunately free of egregious misspellings and typos (for an e-book), the language was alternately flowery and crude, such as in Bay's letters to Deborah, and didn't seem "period". While spinster, lonely and boring Charlotte Fallon might have considered them romantic, I did not. The frequency of the sex scenes and the crude terms to describe them was not a plus for me. I couldn't really relate to any of the characters, and didn't feel involved with them. Bay's letters to Deborah did not give me an initial, good impression of Bay; he seemed gullible and hardly a hero type. Charlotte was annoying. As another reviewer noted, she was dishonest especially with herself - and that annoyed me a lot, particularly in the first half of the book. While she kept on going on about being a respectable woman, she all too readily fell into bed with Bay, which lowered my opinion of her since she talked the talk but didn't walk the walk. What I did enjoy about this book was the banter between Charlotte and Bay, and the interactions. While initially my impression of Bay wasn't favorable, in retrospect, I appreciate the fact that he did not seem like a typical romance hero. He gets shoved on to his arse a couple of times by Charlotte, gets kidnapped and worse by his ex-wife (and later saved by Charlotte - yay!), and completely flubs his marriage proposal a la Mr. Darcy. I appreciate how unlike a traditional romance, certain events occur (to Bay) that would not normally occur - although, the author did tend to gloss over the severity of the issue. I also appreciate the fact that the heroine is not a perfect, everyone-loves-her type. And Lady Christie's story intrigued me. While I thought the book itself might have normally rated 2 - 2.5 stars from me, I myself felt my enjoyment level was only 1.5 stars. I ended up with 2 stars anyway because the latter half of the book was a slight improvement over the first half due to what seemed to be a progression in the romance department. NB: I do not recommend this book to anyone for whom rape of any form is a very sensitive trigger button.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christine Seybolt

    I think MISTRESS BY MISTAKE was one of those books that find you at the right time. It was just by chance… or mistake…that I found MISTRESS BY MISTAKE under a pile of books that I placed next to my overcrowded bookshelf and forgot all about it. Then there it was on the day that I was looking for a book that would light a spark and send me into another world for a few short hours. The premise of the book is that the strong willed protagonist Charlotte comes to confront the hero about her flighty I think MISTRESS BY MISTAKE was one of those books that find you at the right time. It was just by chance… or mistake…that I found MISTRESS BY MISTAKE under a pile of books that I placed next to my overcrowded bookshelf and forgot all about it. Then there it was on the day that I was looking for a book that would light a spark and send me into another world for a few short hours. The premise of the book is that the strong willed protagonist Charlotte comes to confront the hero about her flighty sister who he has paid a king’s ransom in clothing and setting her up in an opulent house in the Courtesan Courts only to find out her sister has taken off to marry a protector she has fallen madly in love with; leaving Charlotte to face a very, very angry benefactor. The premise of the story sold me and had me enthralled from the moment I opened the book. MISTRESS BY MISTAKE is the start of all those fascinating characters that readers come to love, Conover and Laurette (MISTRESS BY MIDNIGHT) and Caroline and Edward (MISTRESS BY MARRIAGE). Each of these stories stands alone on their own merit. Put them together and it is like a warm ooey-gooey brown Sunday topped off with hot fudge, whipped cream with a cherry on top. Pure decadence at its best with a well crafted cast that adds creditability to Ms. Robinson’s superbly written story. I am a fanatic when it comes to a brilliant constructed story that gives me characters that I engage with from the moment I read the back of the book. MISTRESS BY MISTAKE took me into a scintillatingly sinful world that I felt like I was cheating myself when I read the very last word. MISTRESS BY MISTAKE is not a light read but has a deep foundation of finding out what your worth, not letting someone dominate your spirit and never ever surrender. Charlotte Fallon will surprise readers because this spinster has more than a few wicked surprises to put that rogue Michael Bayard in his place. I love, love, love when a bad boy come tumbling down hard and fast when he finds the one woman he cannot live without. The fight to win Charlottes heart had me smiling and rooting for Charlotte to teach this bad boy a very good lesson. The world of a mistress is not what it is cracked up to be , that is, unless you find someone like Michael Baynard and teaches and tempts you until you are willing to sacrifice your heart, body and soul. God bless Charlotte, she really held out for as long as she could but then cupid popped in, took aim and she was a goner. Take some time to enjoy the plush world of the Courtesan Court and its rich and intelligent residence who give their protectors a run for their money.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Another o.k. read. I seem to be reading 3* o.k. reads just lately!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jo (My House of Books)

    I wasn't certain what to expect with Mistress by Mistake: debut author; trade paperback release (which is always a toss-up with a debut author because what if the book is terrible?) Once I started reading, however, I wondered what I'd been so worried about. This historical has it all: humor, hot sex, endearing characters and yes, a little bit of crazy. Let's start first with Charlotte "Charlie" Fallon, an on-the-shelf spinster from Little Hyssop who gardens, tats, and feeds feral cats. When her s I wasn't certain what to expect with Mistress by Mistake: debut author; trade paperback release (which is always a toss-up with a debut author because what if the book is terrible?) Once I started reading, however, I wondered what I'd been so worried about. This historical has it all: humor, hot sex, endearing characters and yes, a little bit of crazy. Let's start first with Charlotte "Charlie" Fallon, an on-the-shelf spinster from Little Hyssop who gardens, tats, and feeds feral cats. When her sister, Deborah, a courtesan, requests her to immediately come to London because the situation is a matter of life-and-death, Charlie does it. As she soon discovers, the situation is not so serious, and Deborah floats away to Kent, leaving Charlie to explain the truth of what's happened to Sir Michael Xavier Baynard, who is expected to return soon. Imagine Charlie's surprise when she wakes from the most vivid dream to find Sir Michael's mouth around her breast. And what is there to say about Bay? He's not even spoken to Charlie, but he cannot help thinking: By God, she was making him lose his mind. The touch and taste of her was inebriating, clouding his judgment. One didn't keep a mistress for domesticity. One kept a mistress for sin, the darker the better. And if he knew anything about Deborah Fallon, she would complain loud and long caring for anything that was not her own luscious self. A baby? Preposterous. What begins as an agreement between he and Charlie -- he cannot trust her completely yet for reasons I won't go into -- soon blooms into something more. Perhaps Bay is simply looking to change his lifestyle yet again. The little bit of crazy is Bay's past come back to haunt him and, as a result, Charlie. Despite that sinister plot thread, there is a lot of humor within Mistress by Mistake, thanks in part to Bay. He delights in teasing Charlie, in riling her up, and does so by making fun of her spinster caps, calling Little Hyssop a myriad of incorrect names (Little Turnip, Little Muckup), calling her out on her sexual proclivities (which she most often verbally disagrees with). Though Charlie has her moments too: He would have made a fine ladies' maid, if he hadn't had such magnificent masculine equipage. Two days on Jane Street and she was a confirmed slut. There must be something in the air. Thank you so much, Ms. Robinson, for such wonderfully splendid characters. I'm looking forward to reading about the other Janes in upcoming books.

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