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The #1 New York Times bestseller—a thrilling and seductive Cinderella love story from E L James, author of the phenomenal bestselling Fifty Shades Trilogy.
Clasping her plait at the base of her neck, I tug lightly, bringing her lips up to mine. "Alessia," I breathe, and kiss her again, softly, slowly. She stills in my arms, then brings her hands up to clutch my biceps, closing her eyes as she accepts me. I deepen the kiss, my tongue teasing her lips, and she opens her mouth. She tastes of warmth and grace and sweet seduction.
London, present day. Life has always been easy for Maxim Trevelyan, the "spare" to the earldom of Trevethick. 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 title, wealth, and estates, and the responsibility that entails. It's a role he's not prepared for and one he struggles to face.
But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who's recently joined his staff. Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she's an alluring mystery, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past. As Maxim's longing for her deepens into a passion he's never experienced and dares not name, he's left to wonder just who is Alessia Demachi? And can he protect her from the malevolence that threatens her?
From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Albanian Balkans, The Mister combines the sensuality of a modern Regency romance with the danger, desire, and adventure of E L James's captivating storytelling, leaving the reader breathless to the very last page.
“The Mister follows a hot rich British nobleman…who falls for a mysterious woman with a troubled past. Honestly, Fifty Shades can step to the left.” – Cosmo.com
“With heart-racing danger and steamy desire, readers are left breathless to the very last page.” – Women’s World
"The Mister is over-the-top romantic, with … emotionally deep love scenes…The book’s belief in the infinitely transformative power of love will hit the sweet spot for readers looking to be swept away. – Booklist
"Packed with passion ... a love story full of charm, music and soul-mates ... a classic E L James combo of the sweet and erotic with the perfect ending for romantics. I think it’s her best by far!" – The Sun
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About the Author
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 Grey stayed 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 Grey was 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. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07MYLYBHP
- Publisher : Bloom Books (April 16, 2019)
- Publication date : April 16, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 8003 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 576 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,795 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2019
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Let's start with the obvious, I have rated this novel 2 stars. As of this review posting, 272 readers on Goodreads have given this novel 2 stars. 496 gave 5 stars (I shall try not to offend you too much in this review), 367 gave 4 stars, 416 gave 4 stars, and 398 gave 1 star. If that is not the most ALL OVER THE PLACE rating scale I would be surprised, I don't know of a book with readers this at odds with one another since ... well ... since E.L. James hit series released. That is, again as of this posting, 1,949 readers that loved it, hated it, DNFed, fell in the middle, or, my favorite, gave it a rating based on personal thoughts alone. I see you, I'm judging you.
I went into The Mister with high expectations, I couldn't fathom that an author with a top-selling and top-ranking series, as well as a movie deal, wouldn't have improved drastically, or at least had better editing advice, since that first release years ago. Plus, she was using PR companies that target indie readers and I loved that us little people were getting to help promote it. Thinking about that now, maybe that should have been my first clue about the novel. Then, as I was reading and updating, I saw the reviews rolling in and if you haven't read them, well they aren't all pretty. I adjusted my expectations, but I had purchased the novel and had to read it for myself. Turns out, I was absolutely wrong, this novel is worse, an author can indeed publish with a massive publishing house a novel that belongs in the trash. Now, I know you're looking at this review like, "but you gave it two stars," and I'll get to that, but in terms of writing and editing, this is terrible. We've got the alternating perspectives with only the female main character's voice in third person, but on top of that E.L. James thought that continuing the annoying inner monologue of her previous novels was absolutely necessary. It isn't, their thoughts aren't even full thoughts and typically they don't even fit the character's voice. Then there's the emphasis on important words, I could use to never see a word repeated three times again, no really never NEVER never again, and the not-so-sexy, but considered very sexy by James and her male hero, the upper lip bite. We've got panic, we've got insta-love with a bulldog mouthed "daily" (read: cleaner), and, finally, we've got absolutely zero chemistry. Ladies and gentlemen, what we've got here is a dumpster fire of a novel.
Here's the deal with the two stars. I finished the novel, actually read every single word and page in its entirety, and I didn't rip my hair out, light the book on fire, or lose my eyeballs in the back of my head. I also didn't have to read page after page of non-consensual, over-the-top sexual acts or deal with a misogynistic main character who thinks he's God's gift to mankind. We've improved some, there's even condoms and a man who asks permission, my friends. While the story isn't exactly unique and it's not written very well, I wasn't too bored to set it down and never finish it again. Part of that was wanting to know the end and, admittedly, part of it was wanting to see just how bad this novel could get. It was very slow, but about 60% of the way through the story gained some traction. It isn't boring in that there is a lot going on, it's boring in that the events occurring just mean absolutely nothing to you as a reader. There's sex, there's drugs, there's terrible parents, a girl on the run, a man who doesn't honor his family, etc, etc, etc. I found myself able to ignore the flaws, both in the writing and in the characters, and able to just enjoy the escapism of the novel. Note the use of the word escape, I've never met a character who needs to escape or requires saving so often, it was quite laughable. What the characters lack in personality and chemistry, or even common sense, E.L. James makes up for with lots of THINGS happening. Things is not a great word and I typically try to avoid it, but I don't really know how to group up the events of this novel, so things will have to do.
The Mister is the final nail in E.L. James' writing career, at least for this reader. While I loathed reading the Fifty Shades series, I quite enjoyed the movies, and I'm perfectly happy accepting that I will only watch movie adaptions of any novels by James going forward. Should Penguin or another publisher opt to give James more editing and a thesaurus, give me a shout. If you don't really mind reading an unedited novel featuring characters with little personality and no connection, then maybe this one is for you.
*I purchased this book...I could've done so much more with $9*
Result:. A good story, but horrendous editing. Almost every page dropped off the first letter of each word, or the word itself.
Also, the point of view switched constantly, to the point that I would skim the section for several paragraphs, trying to figure out who was speaking or thinking, before seriously reading it.
And, the thing I hate the most about almost any book is the failure to tie up loose ends. This book failed on that account miserably.
I would have liked, after knowing that the primary characters suspected it, to know whether another character committed suicide, or not. A lot was made of this, but there was nothing further given to the reader.
I also would have liked to know about the fates of the other trafficked women. And, the kidnappers. And what happened when Maxim had to tell his mom who he had married.
I also would have liked more discussion about his position as the “spare” who unexpectedly inherits the title of Earl.
I know that real life rarely tIes up loose ends, but in fiction you kind of expect it. In fiction, we like to see resolution. A problem is posited, then fleshed out, and then resolved.
With this author, I DID expect lots and lots and lots of graphic sex. And, of course, that was the main item served up on the menu. But, honestly, it gets real tiresome after awhile.
With FSOG, there was an actual resolvable premise and problem, and it was convincing. Over three books, the ratio of graphic sex to actual plot was OK. And, I grew to like the characters, if not love them. FSOG was a traditionally imagined love story. It was believable, and everything was resolved.
I had the distinct impression that this new book was dashed off, maybe to fulfill contractual requirements,
I did not identify with any of the characters, or develop any particular feelings for them. They were little better than cardboard cutouts.
I gave the review four stars, but I really don’t know why. I think it is because I really WANTED to empathize with these people. I certainly did with Christian and Ana.
But, unfortunately, I couldn’t make any connection with Maxim or Alessia. They were wooden.
I really can’t recommend the book, unless there is a major rewrite.
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People expecting Fifty Shades all over again will be disappointed in The Mister. And for that I’m glad. Can’t wait to read the next one... there is a next one right?