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Subject: Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard--read it?
Date Posted: 8/3/2009 8:48 PM ET
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My daughter got this book by accident at the library and started reading it.  She's 1/4 through and wants to finish it, but it's an adult romance so I'm concerned (she's 13). 

Can someone who read it tell me how much sensuality is in it?

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 8:58 PM ET
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IMO, it's too adult for the average 13 year old. Not just the sex  -- and Linda Howard is pretty blunt -- but the themes.  Some pretty twisted stuff in that one.

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 9:05 PM ET
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I don't have a 13 year old but I don't think Mr. Perfect would be appropriate. Mr. Perfect has some violence. Two of the main characters get murdered. I don't know how to describe the sensuality but Mr. Perfect is somewhere more than Jayne Ann Krentz books but less than Lora Leigh. The sensuality is somewhat explicit. I would say that it is typical Linda Howard if you have read any of her other books. Also you should probably we aware that the killer is a surprise and the reason might be hard for a 13 year old to understand. If you don't mind me spoiling the ending I can tell you what happens.
Date Posted: 8/3/2009 9:26 PM ET
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Is the killer Corin?  She said she'd like to know since she's not going to finish reading it.

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 9:26 PM ET
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left a reponse in cmt - read pages 206, 278-279 gives you and idea and you can judge.  I personally  wouldn't let a 13 year old read it.  I just picked up a book that I don't think I should be reading LOL- you can't tell by the titles as I have learned.  good luck



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Date Posted: 8/3/2009 9:53 PM ET
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I agree its a little too much for a 13 yr old but I must confess that back when I started reading at around 10 or so I was never censored by my parents on what I read. I think my mom felt relieved that she didn't have to explain the facts of life to me. This was back in the 1970s and the authors weren't quite so explicit but none the less....

I actually applaud u for asking. I have a myself daughter now (she's only 9 and doesn't care to read much) and I want to know what she is reading :)

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 9:57 PM ET
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*SPOILERS* Corin/Leah is the killer. She was sexually, physically, and mentally abused as a child by her mother. Her mother wanted a boy so had Corin pretend that she was a boy and it worked until Corin had her first period. Until then no one not even school officials knew that Corin was female. Leah spent time in a mental institution to be more female in appearance and attitude. Leah's mother used to say Leah was her perfect man which is what set Leah off in the book was the four ladies having a Mr. Perfect list. I do like the book because the banter between Sam and Janie is great despite some dark points of the book but it is definitely an adult book.
Date Posted: 8/3/2009 11:33 PM ET
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Thanks Arica!  She didn't see that coming!

Now she's happy that she knows who did it.

BTW, my daughter says to tell you she likes your Twilight icon.