Title – Mister Romance
Author – Leisa Rayven
Publication Date – April 30, 2017
Series – Masters of Love #1
Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be, for a price.
As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is a drop-dead gorgeous escort who makes romantic fantasies come to life. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York’s socialites can’t get enough. Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he’s careful to keep his real identity a secret.
Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance from a lovestruck client, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes.
Desperate to protect his anonymity and his clients, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn’t fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies.
Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist his fake romance personas, but when the real Max admits he’s falling for her, she has to decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story.
After how hard I fell for the characters in Leisa Rayven’s debut novel, I wasn’t sure that anything she wrote could rival those feelings. However, it’s safe to say that Rayven can anticipate readers’ needs with the best of them because Mister Romance blew me out of the water. The hero made me swoon hardcore and love all the pieces that made him who he was; the heroine was feisty and cynical and made for such a wonderful change of pace. The premise of the story was incredibly unique and everything came together in the most perfect of ways.
“We’ve all been hurt. We’re all broken in places. But romance gives us a way to forget about that for a while and believe that fairytales can come true.”
I loved that the heroine, Eden, was the character who was so anti-romance. In most novels, the formula tends to be the other way around or while the female can be somewhat jaded, it’s never quite to the degree that Eden was. As someone who came from a broken family that left its own share of scars, there was a quality to the cynicism and musings of the heroine that I could relate to. I understood her feelings and deeply-rooted skepticism of the notions of love. Furthermore, there was something extraordinary about Max that readers are sure to swoon and fall for. The way that he could boost a woman’s confidence and self-esteem and the manner in which he showed a woman her worth was invaluable. It warmed my heart to the core, especially in one particular scene where the women were discussing what he did for them. Then when it came to Eden, he thought of everything and knew her better than she did herself at times. While he may have been acting, I could see the pieces of his true self that shone through each scenario and he ended up becoming the most perfect book boyfriend.
“You’re so starved of romance in your life, you’re like an emotional skeleton. I intend to put some meant back on your bones. Make you believe in something other than a bleak apocalypse.”
Mister Romance is unlike any of the other books in the romance genre that I have read. Honestly, I think in some ways that every man and woman who has had their heart broken could relate to the entire premise of feeling good and regaining a boost of confidence from the opposite sex. I can’t say enough good things about Leisa Rayven’s writing, and this book is just further proof that she can conquer it all. Whether you’re in the mood for heartfelt or funny, Mister Romance knocks it out of the park. I have no doubt that readers everywhere will fall for the witty banter which turns into the ultimate romance between Max and Eden!
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