The #1 New York Times bestseller—a thrilling new romance from E L James, author of the phenomenal bestselling Fifty Shades Trilogy.
London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. 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 noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.
But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past. Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? Can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he’s been hiding secrets of his own?
From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The author of the Fifty Shades series hooks us again with The Mister, another tale of sensual adventure. Handsome playboy Maxim has never concerned himself with money or monogamy. So it’s a double shock when he inherits the burdensome responsibilities of his family’s noble title—and falls in love with Alessia, a fiercely intelligent young maid at his new estate. Fans all over the world already consider E L James a brilliant master of erotic fantasy; her lush descriptions of Maxim and Alessia’s searing sexual tension and blossoming emotions show an equally enticing romantic flair.
In this uneven tale of love and passion, James (the Fifty Shades series) crafts the contemporary equivalent of a Regency romance: a privileged English rake seduces the hired help, whose innocence reforms his wicked ways. Maxim Trevelyan, the newly minted Earl of Trevethick following his older brother's untimely death, prefers to lose himself in meaningless flings and his musical pursuits. But when he meets his new house cleaner, Alessia Demachi, an undocumented Albanian immigrant on the run from human traffickers, Maxim is surprised to feel protective of her. As he shelters her at one of his family's estates, the two succumb to mutual attraction, falling headfirst into a relationship that proves to be a sexual awakening for the virginal Alessia. When her enemies finally track her down, Alessia and Maxim must rise to the challenge to secure a happy future. The story's plausibility is undermined by the unbalanced power dynamic between the protagonists, Alessia's portrayal as a chess and music prodigy who's oddly oblivious of modern society, Maxim's initial sulky unlikability, and the depiction of Albania as hopelessly behind the times. Readers will cheer the occasional moments when Alessia claims her own agency, but there's little else to recommend this middling erotic romance.
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This book was pretty entertaining especially in the first half of it. I found myself comparing it to 50 shades unfortunately many times and it didn’t quite grab my attention quite as much.
It’s no 50 shades... but it’s still good
I liked it! To be honest I like that it had a totally different theme and story than 50 shades. Maxim is actually a good guy without any twisted baggage. It was a sweet story and I didn’t put it down til the end.
The relationship between Maxim and Alessia is so cute, and special. Really enjoyed their story, and I can’t wait for a sequel!