The Mister by E.L. James

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E.L. James 

Goodreads Summary:

London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.

But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.  Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? Can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he’s been hiding secrets of his own?

From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.

My Review:

Readers expecting this to be like Fifty Shades should tread carefully. It’s not that book but in a way, that was better for me. I literally abhorred Fifty Shades. It was too much sex (I’m not big into sex-filled books) and not enough story. In contrast, this book was more of a story and less sex (even though it is still there). I may be in the minority but because of that, I actually liked it more than Fifty Shades.

There were definitely some cons here. The different POV’s wasn’t the issue but I was confused as to why Alessia’s chapters were in third person. It was almost as if she wasn’t being viewed as  being important which may have been intentional as that was an issue brought up in the book as the help but that was a con for me.

For a 500 page book, you also wouldn’t think that details were skimped out on but for me, there were some conflicting or missing details. Early on in the book, I noticed that some characters were talking about things they should not have even known. I also found Maxim and Alessia’s relationship to have budded oddly quickly. I get that many romance novels have a fast budding relationship but Maxim and Alessia just felt unnatural to me. The physical attraction was strong fast but without that constant sex like in James’ previous, their emotional connection would have been greatly appreciated.

I also have to say it was a little cheesy for me in certain areas. Again, that’s a major romance cliche which may be why I steer away from romance often but in areas, I was literally cringing reading it.

If you read this with an open mind and without the comparisons, you may actually find this isn’t as bad as what others are saying.

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