Series: Cocky Bastard #4
Published by Everafter Romance on April 8th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
A new standalone from New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward.
I met Bianca in an elevator.She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck.The beautiful, raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags”—her afternoon appointment.Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type—snobby, over educated, silver- spooned men who didn't appreciate the simple things in life.So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t—a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn't want it to end.I began dating her as “Jay”—all the while letting her interview the real me over email.I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot. I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.And she was falling for two men. Only, both men were me. And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.Nothing could have prepared me for that day. And I certainly wasn't prepared for what came after.All good things must come to an end, right?Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.
I don’t know if it just so happens to be the mood that I’m in or what, but I feel like this review is going to sound a lot more critical than I mean for it to. I need to start by saying that I didn’t hate this book! I actually found it enjoyable and I breezed through it rather quickly. What I will point out however is why Mister Moneybags just couldn’t get to a 5 star rating from me.
I love this author duo a lot. Like, a lot, a lot. I’ve read each book in this series, and in my personal opinion, they’ve gotten better and better with each release. With this being said, I was ECSTATIC for the release of Mister Moneybags. These books flow so well and are seamlessly written with interesting and dynamic plots.
Starting off in the first chapter, you get exactly what you’d expect from these authors. Cute and fun, a flirty first encounter to leave the reader (and characters) wanting more. It’s a great and charming way to bring a reader into the book and it works well. Beyond this initial encounter, I found myself struggling with these characters a bit. I really didn’t connect with them at all. Instead of these characters becoming like friends to me that I wanted to prevail, they were more like acquaintances that you may pass on the street. It may be fun to see their story play out, but ultimately I won’t think of them again except perhaps a fleeting memory. They just didn’t jump out and grab me, force me to like them. They just… were.
Every woman wants to fall in love with the hero. Isn’t that part of the reason why we read romance? Except I had a really hard time liking Dex off the bat. Or I guess that’s inaccurate. I liked him initially, but then that quickly changed. I will however say that I liked him a lot more in the second half to last third. At this point, he finally won me over. Bianca, I never really cared about one way or the other. She didn’t stand out to me or become dynamic in any way, shape or form. This was a fun read for an escape (which sometimes is all you need!) but I seem to be enjoying books more that have a stronger emotional intensity. So there you have it, it’s my fault that I didn’t like this book as much as everyone else. 😉
“Take a chance on me, Georgy Girl. Take a chance.”
I love how the blurb ends with something along the lines of ‘our end isn’t one that you’ll see coming’ because holy moly, I did NOT see it coming! That was certainly a twist that I haven’t seen before, which is saying something. However, from this same standpoint, the twist was then the only thing that could possibly be focused on. I felt like this book was distinctly broken up into two parts. Part one: when there was both Jay and Dex, and Part two: the big twist for the last 30%ish? I don’t actually remember when about the twist came in. But during these two parts, there was absolutely nothing else going on. P1: Dex’s dialogue was all about how awful he felt for lying to her. Bianca was talking about how she hated liars, guys in suits, and thinking of how much she enjoyed Dex and wondering where Jay always was. P2: OMG I can’t love you because of this. Let’s ignore it and be together. I don’t know. *End scene* that’s literally it. For the rest of the book. Sure, I liked the emotion a lot more here but I felt like the relationship wasn’t even developing at this point, it was just a gimmick of the twist. Speaking of which, I found the outcome to be extremely predictable based on earlier info. I think the hero was trying really hard to be swoony and I think a lot of readers will agree with that statement, but I found it to be too much when I didn’t believe their relationship in the first place.
“I was pissed. Which led me to make up my own stage of healing—step 3B, I decided to call it. It was my favorite, and I couldn’t wait to embrace it. Revenge.”
I don’t like using the term instalove, but I sort of want to here. I didn’t get enough of these two developing their relationship with all of the lies in the Dex/Jay fiasco. Sure, Bianca was learning about both guys but I just didn’t feel the relationships developing any further until it was straightened out. By this point, it was too far gone and they seemed to go from 0-100 without me even noticing. It was mentioned how often they were talking, but I would’ve liked to actually see more conversations or defining moments.
So all in all, while it sounds like I didn’t like this book, I actually did. I just found it perhaps a little average. Or at least more so than its counterparts. Playboy Pilot was one of my top reads of 2016 so my bar was set extremely high and that could in fact be where I have faltered. Just look at the fact that everyone else around is giving this 4 and 5 star glowing reviews. Just like the others, it comes complete with fun banter and an unmistakably distinct twist, all while being amazingly well written. That should be enough to sway you. 🙂
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.