His Mistress by Christmas by Victoria Alexander

October 5, 2011
I've been!

Yes, fellow Romanceland travelers, I finally did what I thought I'd never do - bought a Nook. It was all Victoria Alexander's fault. You see, her latest book, His Mistress by Christmas, is/was being released in two formats: hardcover and electronic book... no paperback. So, while I was meandering through Barnes and Noble grumbling about the extra $10.00 for a hardcover, what should I spot? W-e-l-l, the Nook person, positioned right at the front of the store, similar to a Walmart greeter. I wandered over and started asking questions, all the time thinking Christmas present. However, something overwhelmed me and I found myself purchasing a Nook and a few of the accessories that go with it. You know those tri-fold fake leather covers look awfully nice and one mustn't forget the plastic screen saver thing. So, I spent somewhere in the area of $300.00 dollars just to save $10.00. Somehow at the time it all made sense.

On to the book. When I first started reading His Mistress by Christmas, the story seemed to me to be dragging a bit. I of course blamed my Nookbook. And, I was troubled that there was a period of adjustment when all there used to be was a turning of the page. But after awhile, it dawned on me that it wasn't the equipment I wasn't enjoying (cause you can do all kinds of whizzy things with it, like highlight bad parts of a book). No, it wasn't the equipment, but the book. I was almost - and I hate this word - b-o-r-e-d. I struggled reading this story. The two characters of Veronica and Sebastian had all the makings of an interesting couple. However, for some reason they just fell flat. It wasn't until the middle of the story that things picked up. There is a really hysterical Christmas party, with wonderful misunderstandings and mix-ups galore. However, that part of the book was over way too fast. There were also numerous hints of secondary stories and I wanted to find out more about those characters than I did about the main couple.

I also thought that even though this is a story about mistresses and such, it was mighty short on sexual tension. So, I was rather disappointed with His Mistress by Christmas - and my first trip down Electronicland. I'm not sure this was worth the $10.00 savings.

Time/Place: Victorian England
Sensuality Rating: Bland


Tracy said...

Congratulations on you Nook! Which one did you get?

My friend gave me her "old" Kindle not long ago as she got a new one and I love it. It's hard to pull myself away to read the print books I still have on my shelves. lol

So the book sounds...well, not that interesting. Too bad as I love a good Christmas romance.

SidneyKay said...

Tracy: I got a Nook color...that way I can see my highlights in yellow or any other color I want. The Christmas party was the best part of the book, but that didn't happen till half way through.

Melanie said...

Thanks so much for the heads up on this one. You know the paperback of her last one I just couldn't finish...and I have EVERY single book she ever wrote! I love her stories, but lately her Muse is taking a nap...

Now, let's talk 'turkey' Chick!

I gave into my resistance and my hubbster got me my first Kindle (no color, boring...) BUT I just LOVE it and netGalley is my BFF now!

Of course, just this week Amazon comes up with the Fire in color and all these gadgets, so if I waited a month I could have had it!

I do still read my 'other' books though!

A book is a book is a book ;)

I'll read anything...


SidneyKay said...

Melanie: I know I'll get used to my Nook. I did accidentally let the battery run down and was unable to use it till it was charged. That was a hiccup I hadn't thought of when reading a book. With paper you just pick it up and open, there are no batteries.

By the way Melanie, you were one of the winners over at DIK (Hero/Heroine quiz) there someplace you would like your prize to be sent? Reply at

SidneyKay said...

P.S. Melanie: I've had problems with Ms. Alexander lately also...and, I have all of her books too!

Melissa said...

I once saw Miss Alexander speak and I love her writing. She is one of my romance writer heroines, but I tried for over a week to read this book and finally had to give up.