Series: Masters of Love #1
Published by Self-Published on 04/30/2017
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.
In one major way, the unexpectedness was great. The plot was completely original and fresh and was unlike anything else I’ve read before. I liked Max. In the beginning he was very shrouded in mystery so I was hungry for every tiny morsel Eden could uncover about him. Who is Mister Romance? What does he do? Where is he? Why does he do this? How did he even start doing it? So many unanswered questions is what really hooked me.
But on the other side of the Unexpected Coin is basically… everything else. I don’t know who I expected Max to be, but he wasn’t it. Eden didn’t always behave in ways that I expected her to, and I was pretty surprised when the “I love you”s started flying. They made sense with the progression of the story, but I didn’t feel it at all. I never really emotionally connected with any of the characters, so it was a bit like watching the story play out inside of a snow globe. I was completely removed from the story, there was no warmth, and I was just peering through the glass. Admittedly, sometimes my eye was pressed rightuptotheglass because I couldn’t get enough.
I’m having a difficult time putting my feelings into words. None of the characters really behaved or said what I expected them to. A lot of times I think I was being told how people felt instead of shown, and perhaps that was a big factor. As a whole, the story is rather unbelievable. It’s so grandiose, it was sort of like experiencing someone’s day dreams. I think that’s one of the wonderful things about fiction, and romance in particular, is that everything is allowed to be dreamy, right? So I don’t really know if this is something to hold against it or not.
I know after all of that it doesn’t seem like I enjoyed the book, but I really did. It was entertaining as hell. It had Rayven’s signature sense of humor all throughout which I loved. It was sexy and fun and I definitely recommend it.