Review: The Mister by E. L. James

Review: The Mister by E. L. JamesThe Mister Series: +++
Published by Vintage, Random House LLC on April 16, 2019
Genres: Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon, Purchased
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This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to sexual content & adult theme. Abuse, violence & attempted rape.
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3.5
REVIEW: The Mister is the latest book by E. L. James. Surprisingly enough,  I enjoyed reading The Mister more than I thought I would.  While the subject matter is dark and unforgiven, James managed to write a lite and romantic story that seems out of a fairy tale.

Alessia, is a twenty-something young woman who finds herself in London working as a maid after having escape human traffickers.  Alessa left her home in Albania, in an attempt to run from a tradition that was not what she would’ve chosen for herself. Unable to make decisions for herself, she is practically forced into marrying whatever man her father has chosen for her. But in an attempt to get away from it all, she ends up in the hands of human traffickers. But as luck have it, Alessia was able to escape, leaving behind what she knows would’ve been her end and the end of her dreams to one day become a pianist.

Maxim has recently lost his older brother under circumstances that aren’t yet clear, but for appearances purposes, he died in a motorcycle accident. Maxim is a playboy who has no time for responsibilities, but after his brother’s death, everything falls on him. As the new Earl of Trevethick, Maxim must handle all the matters of money and properties, and to make matters worse, he also has to handle his sister in law who he has been having sex with since his brother died.

Maxim gives all the vibes of being a selfish bastard, and while that is accurate one get to see a side of him that isn’t out in the open for everyone to see. While his mistakes make him wonder and consider the consequences, it isn’t until he meets Alessa that things start to change.

The story isn’t overly dramatic, the angst starts as quickly as it ends. Each of the characters goes through a rough patch that sets the foundation to finding on each other the peace and rhythm they both need. As trouble finds Alessa again, Maxim can’t see any other way but to jump to Alessa’s rescue finding himself in the path of criminals.
The story isn’t as complicated as I thought it would be, considering the subject matter. In fact, it is lighter than her previous work and it is a welcome change.

The Mister is romantic, it is lite and overly sexy. Maxim & Alessia share fantastic chemistry, a love for music & a deep love for each other. They are both expressive and emotional, they both have secrets they wish to hide from one another. But they soon share the realization that keeping the truth hidden does more harm than good.

The Mister follows a common trope found in many contemproary romance, a damsel in distress in need of saving. This is a reason I don’t give it a higher rating, I want to see heroines that even though they struggle to find firm ground, they are very much in charge without necessarily depending on a man to save them.  If you are looking for a story that isn’t heavy on angst but that delivers very sexy and erotic scenes then look no further, The Mister is it.

Do I recommend this book? YES
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