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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Who Wants to Be the Millionaire's Mistress? by Peggy Hunter

Who Wants to Be the Millionaire's Mistress? by Peggy Hunter
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (112 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

Maxwell Barton realized he’d bitten off a lot more than he could chew when he signed on with the reality game show, Who Wants To Be the Millionaire’s Mistress? But one look at Lacey Masters and he knew what he wanted.

Lacey had an agenda of her own, one that didn’t include Max. She’d signed on to be a contestant on the popular game show for the money. The very last thing she wanted was to be Maxwell’s mistress. So when he chose her, she intended to make his life hell. Unfortunately, she hadn’t expected to come alive in his arms…

Who said reality television isn’t true to life? I loved this story that is a unique blend of The Dating Game and The Bachelor. Who Wants to Be the Millionaire’s Mistress? is something that I believe could really happen and be an actual television show. Stranger things have happen in real life. Take the case of the millionaire that was hit hard by the economic downturn and had a contest to decide which four of his five mistresses to give up. But I do like the idea of competing to be with someone, after all, that is what everyone does one way or another in life.

Lacey Masters is a petite woman with long auburn hair. I get the impression that Lacey is beautiful looking as she was the mistress of one millionaire and came on the game show to earn money when he split up with her. Lacey has no intention of winning the contest and is honest to a fault. I loved when Max asked her why she was bouncing around on the set and she answered, “My panties are wedged between my butt checks.” Her honest and witty comments kept me in stitches through the entire story. I also loved how the press twisted everything that Lacey said. I could not stop laughing at times.

Maxwell Barton is the perfect man. Tall, dark hair, great teeth and loaded. He seemed to be a nice person but he also played people. I think he knew all along that Lacey was his rival Zachery Billings, ex-mistress. He had Lacey investigated and knew she had nothing and used it to his advantage. It is that quality that makes him a fantastic businessman but sometimes made me wonder if he was a little too hard. When Max told Lacey that her friend was not really a friend but did not explain, it made me mad at him as I thought he was prodding Lacey.

There were a lot of minor characters who all helped the story along. Bruce, Maxwell’s chauffeur, was a riot. I loved him when he was in the bar with Lacey and Rachael. Zachary Billings was a pretty well fleshed out character. I felt that I knew his motives when he went head to head with Max. I would like to read more about Zachary and Rachael, Lacey’s best friend in the future.

I found Who Wants to Be the Millionaire’s Mistress? a humorous, contemporary story that is a must read, not only for reality television junkies but also for those of us who loved the old Dating Game television show.

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