Mister Romance (Masters of Love #1) by Leisa Rayven
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.
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Mr. Romance was so much fun to read! I loved every second of this story.
Eden is a cynic. She doesn't believe in love and happily ever after. She feels sorry for all those fools who think they are in love. I mean why do that? It is just going to end in heartbreak. So why bother? She thinks she is happy being alone and having one night stands with guys she doesn't even like. Jerks who aren't even that good in bed. But that is all she wants and all she will ever want. She doesn't want to be indoctrinated into the cult of love. That is only for suckers.
Max makes his living by making your romantic fantasies come true. Sans sex. He will be there and give you what you need emotionally and he is very good at it. When Eden finds out about this guy, Mr. Romance as the women who use him call him, she knows she needs to find out more. This could be her big break to finally get the journalist gig she wants. If only she can find out more about Max and how he uses women, takes advantage of them for his own sick reasons. Or so she thinks.
Now I didn't like Eden. She is so judgmental and mean for no reason. She thinks these ladies that would use Max's services are desperate and he is preying on them. She...I don't really know why she hated what he does so much. Why she cares. It is not like the women don't know what they are getting into. So what if they want to play make believe once and a while? I didn't like her so right from the beginning I wanted her taken down. I wanted Max to show her what she was missing and that love isn't necessarily bad. That what he does helps these women. That all of her negative judgmental views are not true.
When Max finds out Eden wants to write a story about him he makes her a bet. Three dates. If he can make her feel for him then she won't write her story and ruin his and his clients' lives. If not then she can write what she wants. These two. I loved them. I absolutely loved Max to pieces. He was amazing! How he dealt with Eden? Oh, I loved it. She definitely needed to be taken down a few notches and he was the guy to do it. She is stubborn, she lies to herself constantly, but Max calls her out on it. He doesn't let her get away with her coping mechanisms that make her think one way when he can see she feels different. He wasn't mean about it, he can just see her. See what she is all about and I loved him. So so much.
I loved every minute if this story. For as much as I didn't like Eden and she frustrated me, I still loved reading her. It was odd as I was super happy at the end, but I still don't know that I like her. Even after everything happens. She is still not my favorite, but I loved her story. It is odd as normally if there is a character I don't particularly enjoy I will be happy for the one I like, happy that they are happy with whomever, but think they could have done better. But not with Mr. Romance. No, with this story I was so happy for the both of them even though I might not have liked both of them. Strange. I don't know how the author managed that, but I am so glad she did. This story was so much fun to read. I loved it!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2