Books and A Mug

  • C.J. Rodgers

The Mister by E L James

{Disclaimer: This is an adult book. Anyone that is not over the age of 18, this book is not for you!}


Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work, and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and al the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.

But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, owning little more than a dangerous and troublesome past. Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted. She’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? And can Maxim protect her from the evil that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he’s been hiding secrets of his own?

From the heart of London through wild and rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.


Maxim is grieving over the possible suicide of his older brother Kit, the Earl of Trevethick. The best way to cope is with his sister-in-law, Caroline, in the same bed.

While picking the pieces, he begins his takeover as the new Earl, and along the way, he meets his new cleaning lady or daily, Alessia in the most peculiar way.

Alessia is a woman of a few words now that she is in England escaping her issues in Albania. She was given the job as Maxim’s daily by luck as the former woman moves away.

Along this new journey as the new daily, Alessia meets Maxim in the most unprofessional way possible, naked in his bed.

Once the two finally hold a conversation however small it is, they start developing feelings, Maxim quicker than Alessia, when he finds out her secret talent of being a piano player.

It is only a week later that all the pleasantries evaporate for Alessia. Her past begins to catch up to her, with immigration knocking on every door she walks in.


I gave The Mister 2 stars on Goodreads; this was my least favorite book that I’ve read all year. And I’m going to keep as much of my frustrations with it, out of this review.

Pros of the book:

- Alessia and Maxim’s backstories. They were very well detailed, and they both had baggage that they brought to the relationship. Alessia more than Maxim.

- The thriller aspect of the story or whenever Alessia got to a situation, she couldn’t handle.

- Details about themselves, character personalities.

Cons of the book:

- Pacing. It felt like the story lingered on parts that weren’t worth lingering on. The long chapters that possibly could’ve been broken up based not the change of POV made the story harder to read.

- Tropes! Instalove tropes are one of my least favorite. They were saying “I love you” after three weeks of barely talking and one weekend spent together. Damsel in distress trope was used a lot in this story. It was pure luck that Maxim is so close each time honestly.

- Maxim’s character Arc. He is overwhelmingly perverted, and you see right through his “love” for Alessia until he finally takes a stand for her with the one person he doesn’t stand up to in ch. 27 or 28, of the 33 chapter story.

- The ending. It was ridiculously convenient, just going to leave it at that.

I do not recommend this book, and I think it could’ve been better if it was a thriller with some romance in it; Instead of being a romance/erotica. It wasn’t my cup of tea. However, I will not close my mind to any other works E L James publish. The ending of the book teases a sequel. If there is a sequel announced, then I most likely will not pick up the book because I like the book, it will be because I want to compare the two.

With that, I also want to say, form your own opinions about the book! Negative reviews should not deter you from reading a book if you do want to read a book!


C.J. Rodgers, Fantasy Adventure Awaits! 

©2018 by CJRodgersWrites.

Proudly created with