Temporary Mistress by Susan Johnson
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The Tattler - April 1802 It wouldn't surprise you, gentle readers, to learn that Dermott Ramsay, the earl of Bathurst and favorite of all ladies, married or otherwise, has a new paramour. What may surprise you is her name. For she is none other than Isabella Leslie!  The same beauty of the sizable inheritance who prefers not the ton but books, maps, and the family shipping business.  You may wonder how a picture of innocence ended up in the arms of a libertine. Truth to tell, Isabella had to flee from her scheming relatives in the rain-soaked night and seek refuge in London's most infamous brothel. There, with the help of the madam, she devised an unorthodox plan to escape a dreaded marriage bed. She would simply have to become unmarriageable--even if it meant public ruin. And who better to utterly ruin her in a mere week than a handsome rake famous for seductive skills?  But gossip has it that Dermott may be developing a tendre for his temporary mistress. It makes for the most delicious speculation, does it not? For if it indeed is the case, what will happen when their week of pleasure is over? We urge you, dear readers, to do as we do--follow the affair closely, and with every hope that it will turn into this Season's most delicious scandal.

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About Susan Johnson

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Susan Johnson was shortlisted for the 1991 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for her novel "Flying Lessons", shortlisted for the 1994 National Book Council's Banjo Award for the novel "A Big Life" and shortlisted for the National Biography Award 2000 for her memoir "A Better Woman". Her other books include "Hungry Ghosts", "Messages from Chaos", "Womenlovesex" (editor and contributor) and "Life in Seven Mistakes". "The Broken Book" was shortlisted for the 2005 Nita B Kibble Award; the Best Fiction Book section of the Queensland Premier's Literary Award; the Westfield/Waverley Library Literary Award, and the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal Award for an Outstanding Australian Literary Work.
Published December 15, 2009 by Bantam. 370 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Temporary Mistress has plenty of profanity, both in the love scenes and the remainder of the book, and there are the usual number of naughty Susan Johnson trademark scenes, such as the one where Isabella watches Dermott receive oral sex from another woman.

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