Sunday, April 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.

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

I need more than 5 stars. 11 or 12, maybe that would be enough. Possibly not though. It was really good, there were parts where I cheered, parts where my heart leapt, and places where my heart broke for the characters. One scene in particular, and a comment about the light in parallel to what is happening stuck with me. No spoilers, but it was so good.

Admittedly, Leisa Rayven is a favorite of mine, and every book has been a 5 star rating for me, so when I heard about this one, I wanted to read it before I knew what it was about. And, then there was a blurb, and I really wanted to read it.

But as it has been a little while since there was a new Leisa Rayven novel, what I forgot is how much fun her books are to read. They are well written, the dialog and the pacing are perfect. They are funny at times, but the humor really comes from the fact that her writing is so strong, the characters are human beings and the observations they make are amusing, as you know them as people.

There is a unique pleasure in reading a really good, well written book that is unlike anything else. This pleasure was definitely there for me with this one. I didn't want to put it down, and I didn't want it to end.


OMG Max.

Max is absolute perfection. And, at the same time he is flawed. You fall in love with him, in all of his forms, in all of characters. And, you see why he would succeed as "Mister Romance" because he is the guy who makes it work, who listens, who draws you in until you are seduced by him and by what he says. You believe him, because one of his real talents is truthful flattery. He finds the things about you that he admires, that he respects, that make you who you are, and that is what he focuses on. I love that he is a better person than he thinks he is.

Eden is also wonderful, and I love her strength, her willingness to get things done, to stand up against those who she thinks are being unfair, while staying true to herself and valuing those who are close to her. I love how willing she is to accept Max, to see him for who he is, and to see beyond the things that are driving him to be the person he is, and the reason for what he is doing.

Leisa Rayven has a special talent with the "I KNEW it" moments, and there is a good one in this, although she had me doubting for a second what I was positive I had put together. Well done, author. She also writes emotion, angst, passion and joy in such a way that it feels like it is coming off the page and wrapping you in the story.

A good book is a pleasure to read.

A great book is one that you think about when you put it down. It's one where you find yourself thinking about the characters when you have to pause in your reading.

An amazing book is one that keeps you up at night, that makes you ignore that you work in the morning, because you just can't put it down.

I was awake until 3am with Max and Eden. It was amazing.

I am sorry it is over, and I can't wait until the next one. I have an "All time favorites" book list, and the ones on this list are those that I am not going to forget, that I will read again, and that will stay with me. This one is on that list. There are fewer than 30 books on it.

I recommend this book.

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