Release Review: Mister Romance: Leisa Rayven

Mister Romance (Masters of Love #1)
Leisa Rayven
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Release date April 30, 2017

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.


Eden Tate needs a big story or else risks losing her job as a web reporter. When she catches wind of the existence of "Mister Romance" she thinks he may just be the answer. He is supposedly an exclusive escort for the rich and famous who provides them with their romantic fantasies, and she is determined to do an expose and blow the story wide open. But as she and her friend start digging, they have no idea who they are up against.

M.R. (Max) has managed to keep himself an elusive mystery for a reason. He is intelligent, skilled, observant, and analytical. He will not be easy to get to or convince. He's a chameleon, a mystery, and a fantasy. You never know what he will do or who he might be.  His whole point is that he is providing a service by giving these women romantic inspiration. Eden is cynical, sarcastic, tenacious, and does not believe in romance or relationships. She is too stubborn and scared to admit she might actually want that or that she has feelings.  She has trust issues and never wants a man to make her feel weak. So she focuses on sexual release and not a connection.

But when he makes a deal with her that she can't refuse, who will the ultimate winner be? It's a cynic vs. romantic. Sex vs romance. Love vs. lust.

Max seems like he can be anything to anyone. It is hard to tell if anything is real or just pretend. He seems too good to be true in some ways, but his secrets from his past also add doubt.  Once feelings are involved will he be strong enough to weaken her defenses and allow her to give him a real chance? And can he juggle real vs. fake romance?

This is a battle of trust, love, and romance trying to win over cynicism, fear, and closed hearts.

I will be honest and say I was not sure about the premise and some of the way things occurred early in the book. I was not sure if I was going to truly warm up to his job with the role playing and various characters enough to buy him being the male romantic lead. But as we got to really see him more vulnerable, I did really like his personality and understood where he was coming from. And I enjoyed her spunk and spirit. And together they had great banter and chemistry and really challenged each other. So those aspects made it more fun, sexy, and drew me in more. I ended up liking Max and Eden. But I was not sure how they would be able to manage their lives and find a way towards a HEA. If one of their careers was saved, it seemed that the other would be ruined. There were plenty of challenges, angst, fears, and drama involved in their ever evolving relationship.

I enjoyed the side characters of  Nannabeth, Asha, Toby, and Dyson. They brought more depth, humor, a sense of family. I am hoping we see some of them again. Leisa Rayven has a way of bringing flawed characters to life and making you root for them, and she manged it again. This was unique, fun, feisty, romantic, sexy, sweet, and swoony.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review

Leisa Rayven 
Writing has always been a passion for Leisa, and even though she originally intended to be an actress, it wasn't long into her time at drama school that she began writing plays.

Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that's because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm.

Since then, she's honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured throughout Australia.

These days, playwriting has given way to fiction writing, and she is now the proud mother of numerous book babies, including BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET, and WICKED HEART. (Macmillan New York)

Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three judgmental cats, and a kangaroo named Howard. (*NB: Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.*)


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