Masters of Love Book One
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.
Mister Romance has a unique, fresh feeling to it with an utterly charming hero that women hire to make their romantic fantasies come to life. With an engaging hero and a very cynical heroine, Rayven pens a fun romance with an unhurried climb to an explosive romance. One that is more than any fantasy could conjure.
With a skill for always writing such magnetic heroes, Rayven’s take on Max was unlike anything else. He should be cheesy and speaking used one-liners or lame come-on’s with his kind of profession, but he’s far from any of that. He oozes sex appeal without his mouth opening and it’s something about the way he comes to life on the pages that draws a reader into him. And it’s only a man like that, that can possibly get under the skin of a non-believer like Eden. Her hardhearted, walled-off heart is a minefield of epic proportions, but his finesse when it came to her was beautiful and inspiring. It’s easy to write a character like Eden and turn readers off, but she was incredibly likable even when the reader couldn’t understand her responses at the moment. Their connection was hard-hitting and threw both characters into dark waters, but I so enjoyed the way they charted those unknown depths together, even if unwillingly at times.
Eden was tenacious in her search for a story, but she was no match for a man who inspires love on a daily basis. With humor, banter, and sexiness, Mister Romance is easily a must-read story. If ever there was a hero to swoon over, it’s Max. Rayven, as always, writes with ease two very complex and non-complementary characters that, somehow, burrow under those differences and find a connection worth fighting for. I loved it, found myself smiling and laughing throughout, and am greatly looking forward to where the rest of the series will take us.
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
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.*)