E L James’ The Mister firmly establishes the author’s captivating story-telling capabilities. The 50 shades trilogy created waves, of course, irrespective of the tacky names like mummy porn and all that. I am not a die-hard fan of the series and still believe that books 2 & 3 were unnecessary but Christian Grey and Ana are my favorite characters and the intense love story between them was simply mind-blowing. The Mister is leaps and bounds different from the fifty shades and readers going in expecting a similar storyline are definitely gonna be disappointed.
The first few pages show the reader the flamboyant playboy that Maxim is, it was kind of like he has affairs with anything that has legs scenario which did feel unnecessary to the plot that follows. I did love how the author redeems his qualities and brings about a complete turnaround for the character though. The storyline that touches on the subject of human trafficking was painful but the author sketches a brilliant character arc for its heroine Alessia. The trauma that she endures is deftly handled but I loved how feisty she is, refusing to give up or cower in spite of the circumstances she ends up in.
The chemistry between the leads is sizzling hot, the sensuous energy leaping off the pages and this is something that the author excels at as seen in the Fifty shades series. The problems begin with the details that the author has incorporated into the story, there is a number of repetitive scenes, and there are parts where the scene is typically what I would call totally filmy or way too cheesy for my liking, for example, Alessia behaving like a small child seeing the sea for the first time and Caroline’s behavior in the story, I mean I am failing to see the whole point of that tangle in the plot.
Well, The Mister works in small doses and 100 pages less to bring about the HEA would have worked wonders too.
The passionate new romance from E L James, author of the phenomenal #1 bestselling Fifty Shades Trilogy
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.
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