The Mister by E.L. James – Review by Krimson Rogue

The Mister is the latest book to come from author E.L. James, the writer behind the mega-popular Fifty Shades Of Grey series. In her latest piece of sex-filled literature, E.L. James continues to explore “damaged relationships” in the “sexiest way possible”. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

London, 2019. 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 all 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, possessing 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? Can Maxim protect her from the malevolence 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, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.

So instead of a rich Seattle tech billionaire, the male lead in The Mister is a British aristocrat, and the object of his desires is his maid.

But is The Mister any good? Well, according to our favorite book reviewer Krimson Rogue (who is totally not among the target audience for this novel), the answer to that is: No. In fact, according to Krimson, The Mister commits the most cardinal of literature sins…

It’s boring.

If you’d like to know all of the details about The Mister and its measure of quality, be sure to check out the entire video Krimson made dissecting the book. But if you’re pressed for time, here are some highlights from Krimson’s review…

“This is awful.”

“I try to resist using the word “boring” to describe things, because it doesn’t tell you much, but that is the best word I can come up with for this. This is ASTONISHINGLY boring. This is everything you do not want to do in a story.”

“There are entire passages – entire chapters – that just go on repeating the same things in slightly tweaked ways. That, in and of itself, would be boring, except it gets so DUMB and repetitive. Like, after a while, how many times do you need to hear that the female main character in this had a tragic backstory… with no detail?”

“Now I was so bored that I sat down at one point and tried to power through as much as I could, and in the span of about an hour and a half, I went through about 6 pages. Because I was so unengaged, I was so unattached to the characters, I was so out-of-my-mind bored that I could not read more than a paragraph without needing to revert to some YouTube video just to get my brain re-engaged. That is this book in a nutshell. Nothing happens, for the longest time.”

“There is some potential here. There are some elements in the plot that I think could function to make a good story. Here’s the core problem, though – this is about 150 pages of story spread out over 500 pages. The amount of filler and just strethcing things… the unnecessary characters that go into this… there are people who get entire backstories and are immediately dropped by the end of the chapter!”

“The pacing of this book is like watching a snail try to make his way through a lake of syrup after getting injected by a half-lethal dose of tranquilizers.”

As you can see, Krimson Rogue is not a fan of The Mister. If you’d like to know all the details of the review, be sure to check out the full video and be sure to subscribe to Krimson’s YouTube channel for more great book reviews!

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