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.
First of all, I want to warn you for any swear words that WILL be in this review. This is your first and only warning! I went into this book with some hopes. Did I hope and pray that E.L. James got somewhat better at writing? Yes. Did I hope that maybe she got a better editor? Yes. Did I hope that she didn’t write about another privileged a**hole who tries to act like an alpha male? Yes. Well here we are and I got none of my hopes. They were squashed. Several times.
So let me start out with Alessia. Oh, Alessia. I actually really liked her. She is the main reason I didn’t give this book one star, because I really wanted to. This sweet and innocent girl ran away from home looking for a new life on her own, so she didn’t have to marry who her father chose for her. I really sympathized with Alessia. I wanted her to move on in her new life and really make it. She is sweet, kind, compassionate and everything too good for a dick like Maxim. This girl is very put off by men, coming from her home life and the life that a new husband would promise her, you could understand why she is skittish and nervous around men.
Maxim. Where do I start with this f**ker? Clearly, if he can sleep with his brother’s widowed wife he is capable of anything terrible. I cannot see how, if this book will be more than one book, which I am sure it will; just how will their relationship last with his inability to keep his d**k in his pants. I got a huge creepy vibe from Maxim. He kept saying that Alessia looked very put off by him, yet he was still like “ehh it’s alright, I am still going to lust over her anyways and I get her to do what I want at some point.” Like what??? No, no, no, that’s not cute. It’s creepy as hell. I cannot take Maxim’s repulsive thoughts. They’re so agitating. One second he’s like “I can’t hear her scream again, she needs to be with me” but then a second later he’s also saying “I would like to make her scream in another way.” Who says stuff like that? If y’all could see my face while reading this book. I think I’ve rolled my eyes about 500 times.
Here is my favorite quote from this book: *Cue me rolling my eyes*
Maxim talking about Alessia being a virgin: “Breaking in a virgin is a big responsibility. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. Might as well be me.”
Now listen, am I up for a book with an alpha male and a poor little virgin who is waiting for the right bad boy to come along and sweep her off her feet? YES, sign me the hell up! The problem I have with E.L. James is her inability to write these kinds of stories. Like you can do it, Honey, please sit down and have someone else do it for you. I 100% think that this book is even worse than FSOG. And the main reason for that is because Maxim is f**king CREEPY! Just thinking about him right now is giving me the chills. And I am not talking good chills. Thankfully I didn’t purchase this book. My local library had it available on audio. I am so glad I didn’t waste any money on this ⭐️⭐️ read.
I am sorry if I sound like such an asshole in this review. I just clearly have a lot of feelings about this book.
About the Author:
E.L. James is an incurable romantic and a self-confessed fangirl. After twenty-five years of working in television, she decided to pursue a childhood dream and write stories that readers could take to their hearts. The result was the controversial and sensuous romance Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. In 2015, she published the #1 bestseller Grey, the story of Fifty Shades of Grey from the perspective of Christian Grey, and in 2017, the chart-topping Darker, the second part of the Fifty Shades story from Christian’s point of view. Her books have been published in fifty languages and have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.
E.L. James has been recognized as one of Time magazine’s “Most Influential People in the World” and Publishers Weekly’s “Person of the Year.” Fifty Shades of Greystayed on The New York Times Best Seller List for 133 consecutive weeks. Fifty Shades Freed won the Goodreads Choice Award (2012), and Fifty Shades of Greywas selected as one of the 100 Great Reads, as voted by readers, in PBS’s The Great American Read (2018). Darker has been long-listed for the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award.
She coproduced for Universal Studios the Fifty Shades movies, which made more than a billion dollars at the box office. The third installment, Fifty Shades Freed,won the People’s Choice Award for Drama in 2018.
E.L. James is blessed with two wonderful sons and lives with her husband, the novelist and screenwriter Niall Leonard, and their West Highland terriers in the leafy suburbs of West London.