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October 4, 2008

Review: Mistaken Mistress by Tessa Radley

Filed under: Review — Tags: , , , , , , — jjmachshev @ 4:35 pm
Mistaken Mistress by Tessa Radley

After a grueling day of reading and reviewing, I was happy to pick up “Mistaken Mistress,” a Silhouette Desire category romance by Tessa Radley. This story is part of her ‘Saxon Brides’ trilogy about a family of winemakers in New Zealand. This first book sets the stage and introduces the family.

A sexy vintner and a wine journalist–sound like a good match? Well, it probably would be, if it wasn’t for the fact that she trashed both the winery and his reputation a few years ago in her widely read wine column. Add in the fact that he thinks she was his recently deceased brother’s mistress and you don’t exactly have a match made in heaven.

This story was a quick escape to the wilds of New Zealand. Never having been there (unfortunately for me), I was caught up in the author’s descriptions of its wine-making region. It was easy to imagine the greenery and hills. The bits of history regarding wine making there were interesting as well and deftly threaded through the story.

I was a bit disappointed with the plot execution. Parents afraid to tell an adult child who in no way resembled either ‘parent’ that he was adopted was rather difficult to swallow. As was their unwillingness to divulge the story to their other children even after the adoptee’s death. As this formed the basis for the plot, my inability to believe it marred my reading enjoyment for the whole book.

On the plus side, the romance was well done and the deepening friendship and sexual attraction was gradual without losing any of the heat. Speaking of heat, I would probably rate this at PG-13 since the majority of sexual interaction involves only heavy petting with one episode of delicately phrased ‘culmination’. I myself especially enjoyed the sexy scene by the waterfall! Tessa Radley’s “Mistaken Mistress” is a pleasant and quick escape, but only if you can set aside believability.

Until next time…


Reviewed by Julie


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