Series: Manwhore #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Billionaire playboy? Check.
Ruthless businessman? Check.
Absolutely sinful? Check.
Malcolm Saint was an assignment. A story. A beautiful, difficult man I was supposed to uncover for a racy exposé.
I intended to reveal him, his secrets, his lifestyle—not let him reveal me. But my head was overtaken by my heart and suddenly nothing could stop me from falling. I fell for him, and I fell hard.
Malcolm Saint is absolute Sin, and I've become a hopeless Sinner.
Now that the assignment is over, Saint wants something from me--something unexpected--and I want this wicked playboy's heart. But how can I prove to the man who trusts no one that I’m worthy of becoming his plus one?
Malcolm Saint. Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. I love this man.
If you’ve seen my (crazy)video review then you know that I fucking LOVED Manwhore. It’s been the surprise release of the year for me. I was intrigued by the story but I assumed I knew what it was about because of the title, and was thoroughly taught a lesson when I read the book: to stop judging books because of stupid shit. It became one of my favorites of the year because of the palpable chemistry between the characters and the ridiculous swoonworthyness (word??) of the hero. And, I loved it even though it ended in a cliffy! You can imagine how stoked I was during the days leading up to Manwhore + 1.
I always ask myself one general question when I read a follow-up book that I’ve been anticipating: was it worth the wait? This one? Kind of. Manwhore + 1 didn’t consume me as much as the first book did, but I still finished this one feeling pretty satisfied.
I was excited to read this one because, after the way Manwhore ended, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen between Malcolm and Rachel. I was ready to be tortured; I was ready for the angst and the self-hair-pulling, but that’s not what I got. This book was fluffier than I expected, but I enjoyed it for what it was: a sweet romance. I really shouldn’t be surprised because I had a similar feeling when I finished Manwhore. The story and the hero were gentler than you’d assume given the premise.
Manwhore + 1 began with Rachel living and feeling the repercussions of her betrayal of Saint, and I got to immediately see the dynamic between the seemingly untouchable billionaire and the girl who fell in love with him. Rachel was desperate to set things right with Saint, and I was gagging for a showdown.
“I have never been so aware of how deep he’d let me in until I stood before him today, completely cast out of what had become my own personal paradise.”
Well, I’ll just say that there wasn’t much of a showdown. There was tension and some slight discomfort when these two met, but their split wasn’t gut wrenching. I’m looking at that positively. There wasn’t any stupid angst here. Whenever a contentious issue came up, I’d get nervous, but then Malcolm and Rachel dealt with it. What am I trying to say here? Oh yeah, these characters were mature, which I found refreshing.
“But you didn’t know me at all, Rachel. You thought I deserved for you to play me? You saw me like everyone did and all that time I was standing there being real with you.”
I absolutely loved reading about their interactions and seeing them maneuver their somewhat complicated romance. This book was both sweet and hot, and I loved the combination. There were moments when it had almost a YA feel; moments when they’d just kiss endlessly and I’d get that sappy, clown smile on my face. Then there were moments when I’d melt from the heat; it was totally combustible. I couldn’t get enough.
“The look in your eyes. What are you afraid of?” he asks…”The world.” He grins down at me, so tall and powerful. “Relax,” he says. “The world’s in my pocket.”
Manwhore + 1 had a lot to live up to because I fell hard for these characters (except the best friend; she sucked) in Manwhore. Although I’m not gushing about this one as much as I gushed previously, I still loved how Saint and Rachel’s love story evolved. If you love heroes that you can have sweet dreams about, then you’ll love Malcolm ‘Sin’ Saint. This duology is one of my favorites of the year and I’m looking forward to when I revisit them again.