Sunday 30 April 2017

★★ MISTER ROMANCE ★ Leisa Rayven ★★

© Bianca Janeane

• 30 April 2017
• Masters of Love #1
• 451 pages
5 Stars

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.
Don’t miss this sizzling new standalone from the internationally best selling author of Bad Romeo, Broken Juliet, and Wicked Heart.

Eden is working in her dream job as a journalist. Only it's not her dream job writing stupid click-bait articles for her idiot boss. She wants to write important things!
Her boss is this close to firing her, when something her sister Asha said sparks an idea.
There's supposedly a guy in NYC working as some kind of escort, swindling the social elite out of their 'hard-earned' money. People call him Mister Romance, because he fulfills romantic fantasies. And Eden wants to write about this guy! How can one single guy have all of Manhattan go crazy about him, without even offering sex???? And how can she get close to him, when one has to fill out a 12-page questionaire and pay 5k for one date????
But of course our Mister Romance is already a few steps ahead of Eden..... ☺☺☺  


After reading the blurb, I was sooo beyond happy that this wasn't one of those clichéd stories about a journalist writing an exposé article about our hero. You know the ones I mean? She'll write a mean article and keeps it all a secret and then he finds out, they fight and break up and bla bla bla. Nope! It was done sooo much better here. Max knows right from the start who Eden is. She didn't tell him, of course, she wanted to do it all in secret, but not with our Max! ☺☺☺ LOL! I just loved that.

I basically loved every little thing about this book.
Eden is your typical cynical, non-romantic girl. She only has one-night stands. Doesn't believe in, aka, is scared of love and marriage. The total opposite of her adorable little sister Asha! I hope we'll get to hear her story too one day!
And Max.

He's so mysterious and interesting and sweet and kind and hot and ...
We don't really know if he's the most talented actor in the world, or if he's a bit of a schizophrenic, multi-personality-disorder-sufferer. But we love him. He knows his business! The man is worth every cent those ladies pay him - and they don't even get any sex!!!!
I fell in love with all sides of Max. I want to live in a ménage â Max fantasy world! ☺

Of course there's a lot of mystery surrounding our darling Max.
Where did he come from? What about his family? What about his past? Did he go to college to learn a real job? How did he get started as an elite escort? Is everything he does legal?
So many questions. And so many hopes for our adorable Eden .... we hope all through the book that she'll get her happily ever after with Max. Even though she doesn't believe in such things. But Max is  showing her what could be.

Just perfect!

MISTER ROMANCE was the most amazing & beautiful & funny & heartwarming lovestory! I don't have any words to describe why it's worth reading ... just .... run to your nearest amazon for your own Mister Romance - you won't regret it!

If I had to name some tiny little things that bothered me? Maybe the overuse of the word AS. People who know me, or rather, know my Sawyer Bennett reviews, know that I have a huge AS problem. With Sawyer it's those AS's that could and should be exchanged by a since or a because. With Leisa it's the AS that could and should be exchanged for a while or when or a differently built sentence. In Leisa's case, she uses it because she's from Australia. And I don't really know why I hate that word so much. I don't hate it in its normal use like ... AS GOOD AS IT GETS. But as soon as an author uses it in other scenarios, I start to hate. And I'm sorry for that. I hate myself for it too. Because I have no idea why I hate it so much. But I do. It will NOT bother any other reader, just me, so please forget what I just said. You won't even notice it! Well, maybe you will now, but usually I'm the only weird person who does.
Another thing... I missed the sexiness a bit. I don't know why, but I expected something sexier. We have this mega-sparkage and romance all through the book - and I loved that. But the real sexiness is missing a bit. Which doesn't make the book bad in any way - I still LOOOVED it. Just thought I should mention it!

Now I can't wait for the second book in this amazing series!!!!!

ARC received for an honest review

Woohoo a new book from Leisa Rayven, let me at it!

Mister Romance could so easily have been one of those cliche books where the lovelies fight over the story then fall in love.  But this is different.  Mister Romance, the sexy as sin Max Riley, goes along with the exposé story... with some conditions.

He is a man of mystery, you never know who he is going to be.

Enter Eden, the non-romantic, cynical journalist who is like a dog with a bone, needing to know all about the man who has the rich ladies of Manhattan all atwitter.

I freaking love everything about Max - no matter who he is.  There is just something about the guy that you can't help falling for.

This book was just amazing.  I coudn't put it down, I just had to know what shenanigans would ensue next.

I adored our lovelies, their flaws made them all the more loveable.

You'll laugh. You'll cry.  You'll swoon.

Get to your nearest book seller and buy Mister Romance - you won't be disappointed.


If you haven't read Leisa's #BadRomeo
series yet - DO IT NOW!!!!!

Book #1

Book #2

Book #3

Book #3.5

Writing has always been a passion for Leisa, and even though she originally intended to be an actress, it wasn’t long into her time at drama school that she began writing plays.
Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that’s because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm.
Since then, she’s honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured throughout Australia.
These days, playwriting has given way to fiction writing, and Leisa’s debut novel, BAD ROMEO, was published through Macmillan New York in December 2014. The sequel, BROKEN JULIET was released in April 2015, and the final book in Leisa’s Starcrossed series, WICKED HEART, will hit bookstores and kindles on May 3rd, 2016.
The Starcrossed series has gained hordes of passionate fans all over the world, and the books have now been translated into eight foreign languages. Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet have also featured on international best seller lists in Brazil and Germany.
Leisa Rayven lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three cats, and a kangaroo named Howard.
(Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.)

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