In a nutshell (aka Goodreads description):
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.
My review (aka Diana’s review):
HOLY SMOKES. THIS BOOK.
Leisa Rayven has been at the top of my favorite authors ever since I read her Starcrossed series and after reading Mister Romance, I don’t think she’s even leaving her spot. If anything, she’s probably going to keep escalating until she’s at the very top. UGH, she’s so amazing.
Eden is the first cynical female character I’ve ever loved from the beginning of a book. I’m usually not a fan of characters like her—people who don’t believe in love and who go around sleeping with mediocre people when they deserve much better and refuse profusely to let love into their lives, bla bla—and I think the reason this time Leisa nailed it with her character is because even though Eden truly didn’t believe in love, when it finally came to the real deal, she didn’t take forever to let Max inside her heart. And thank goodness because I hate it when characters refuse and take FOREVER to accept they’re in love.
And don’t even get me started with Max. I’m swooning just thinking about him.
He’s the biggest mystery in the history of mysteries. He’s always playing pretend, he never lets his clients know the real Max. And at the same time, every single character he plays gives you tiny glimpses at his person. He’s actually every single character he plays in one intelligent, gentlemanly, hunkalicious, noble man.
Leisa absolutely kicked it out of the park with Max, she wrote my dream book boyfriend. Right now, he’s my favorite male character EVER.
Can someone make some magic and make him a real human being for me? I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get over “Mister Romance”.
I fell in love with the way Leisa planned out the climax and falling action—well, actually everything but those are my favorite scenes—of the story. Never in my life could I imagine how everything would go down. I’m not going to get into that deeply because I don’t want to spoiler anything but I need to say that Max will surprise you constantly, just when you think you know what’s going to happen, he will turn your world upside down and be the most amazing book boyfriend. You need to read it so you understand what I’m talking about.
Mister Romance is one of the best slow burn romances out there. I just about died from the sexual tension between Max and Eden. And the angst, oh dear, the ANGST.
This story will have you swooning all the way until the end and the sexiness will have your heart beating like a freaking hammer.
I can’t wait for more of the Masters of Love series and I’m sure you’ll feel the same way after reading this first book.
I recommend this book to everyone who is a hopeless romantic and also recommend it to people who aren’t believers because “romance rules and anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is fooling themselves.”
6/5 flowers ✿
Only to Leisa Rayven for writing such amazing stories.