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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.
“Sex is for the body; romance is for the soul”
And, it’s those exact differing ideas that Mister Romance, Max Riley, attempts to prove to the cynical Eden Tate because as much as other women have deemed this fictitious character as a romantic savior, Eden sees him as nothing more than a mythical man – one who uses women and capitalizes on their loneliness in order to con them out of an absurd amount of money.
Leisa Rayven portrays Eden Tate as a closed-off woman – one firmly against the concept of romance and one who uses sex as nothing more than a release because she doesn’t believe in happily ever afters or romantic fairy tales. It’s clear there are reasons behind Eden’s stanch attitude when it comes to love and marriage, but readers aren’t privy to that information until Rayven feels we should know, which makes Eden’s feelings for Max and the internal musings of how he makes her feel that much more intriguing.
Kieran, Caleb, Max…it’s hard to decide which one of Mister Romance’s characters I would choose to be wooed by, but what’s easy to figure out is that all of the roles that Max plays define him in some way…are part of what makes him who he is and sheds light on his reasons for playing these parts as he does.
The way Leisa Rayven builds and paces the plot to reveal key ideas about Max and Eden’s backstories as well as truths that the hero and heroine must face allow those moments to have the desired impact on not only the characters but the readers as well, which further connects us to Max and Eden because understanding who they are and why they live the lives they do provides us with much needed insight and makes it easier to give them both a bit of a break when they force themselves to not give into the feelings they so clearly have for one another.
Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven epitomizes what I LOVE about romance stories. Its unique story line and fantastically complex characters will have readers both smitten with Max Riley and Eden Tate and sympathizing with their reasons for playing their respective roles as a “professional” romantic and a cynical anti-love single woman. And, as readers experience the many “characters” that Max plays and witnesses his charms breakdown Eden’s walls and allow her heart to be more than an organ that keeps her alive, we understand exactly who Max and Eden are and why Max forced Eden out on “dates” to prove to her exactly what his Mister Romance character does for women.
5 Poison Apples