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A Review of The Mister by E.L. James


This a book review of The Mister by E.L. James. It is a modern Cinderella story in a way with conflict that is based on relevant and important social issues and problems on human trafficking. I focus on the good things because I know that in a romantic story, positivity and happy endings are the usual readers’ takeaway. Read on to find out the best things about the Mister by E.L. James.


Goodreads Blurb of The Mister

The passionate new romance from E L James, author of the phenomenal #1 bestselling Fifty Shades Trilogy


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.


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The Mister and Fifty Shades Connection

I read The Mister by E.L. James maybe a few days after it was released. But, I didn’t have a book blog yet at that time so I did not bother creating a review for it. After more than a year, I have now my blog and here I will be writing my review of The Mister by E.L. James, the same author who created the most famous Fifty Shades series. I’ll be honest that the Fifty Shades series was one of the reasons why I returned to reading romance stories again. So, you can say that I am one of those who actually waited for this book to be released.


Before writing this review, I reread the story to refresh my mind because from what my memory serves me, I can only remember a few bits about the details. Before writing this review, I also visited Goodreads for other reviews, I don’t know what to say about all the hate/mean comments about this book but everybody is entitled to his/her opinion and I understand that. I actually had some laugh reading some of those mean comments especially those referring to particular lines in the book. But, as a romance reader, I would like to dwell on the good side of things. So, here is my take on this book.


The Mister and The Cleaning Lady

The Mister by E.L. James tells the story of Maxim and Alessia. Maxim is handsome, aristocratic, and wealthy. He just inherited the noble title from his family proceeding to the death of his brother. Alessia Demachi, on the other hand, is from Albania and was a victim of human trafficking. She was able to escape such a grim fortune without damage to her womanly honor and ended up working as Maxim’s daily cleaner. The problem however was that the traffickers were after her and she was staying in the UK as an illegal immigrant. To mislead the men who were after Alessia, Maxim brought her to Cornwall. From there, Alessia and Maxim became intimate and they realized that they love each other and so their love story begins. I don’t want to give out much details about the story so as not to ruin your reading experience.


The chase for Alessia continued even up to Cornwall but her chasers were apprehended by the police.


When she thought that she was already safely back in London, she was spotted by her betrothed and brought her back to Albania. The events that happened next are I think the most exciting part of the book.


My Take on The Mister by E.L. James

I actually don’t like how this book started; from the first line up to the third lay of Maxim. He was truly a disgusting manwhore in my opinion at the start of the story and I honestly understood why many decided not to finish this book in this respect.


However, I like Maxim’s artistic side of being a composer and photographer. As for Alessia, she is a musical genius. She can remember the music from memory and I think this makes her exceptional. 


If you are looking for steamy scenes, then this book has a lot of those.


Overall and Final Thoughts on The Mister by E.L. James

I find the plot exciting and unique in a way because of the Albanian origins of Alessia. For me, it is something new. It makes me search more about the prominent features of Albanian women. Also, human trafficking is a serious issue, and featuring about it in a book can hopefully make a difference in preventing it. Although in some ways, it is similar to Fifty Shades for following a modern Cinderella theme, this book is far from it. As I’ve already mentioned, my favorite part of the book is the last part where the confrontation among Maxim, Alessia, her betrothed and Alessia’s parents occurred. I must say I did not like how this book started but the ending made me want for more. I can already see how Maxim’s mother and his best friend who is also his brother’s widow to make Alessia’s life difficult in the next installment of this series. With this, I give this book my 4-star rating.


The Mister Movie


Recently, E.L. James made an announcement that a movie version of The Mister is in the works. Such adaptation is I believe proper for the story’s theme.


The Mister 2


Also, E.L. James is looking into writing the sequel of The Mister after she will finish with the Freed. So, this sequel may take a while before it can be released based on the author’s timeline.


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Book Title: The Mister
Author: E.L. James
Publication Date: April 16, 2019
Print Length: 512 pages (Paperback)
My Rating: 4-star
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2 thoughts on “A Review of The Mister by E.L. James”

  1. I feel the same about the beginning of the book, I have to admit that I skipped most of the manwhore parts. But the rest of the book makes up for it big time, enough to make me one of the biggest fans. Considering how I didn’t even want to read this book when it was released… But now I have read it multiple times and can’t wait for book 2 and of course the movie, I genuinely hope it will do the book justice. And I agree, I think the the two women will complicate things in the next book.

    1. Thank you for your comment. 🙂 I’m happy you enjoy reading The Mister. I’m looking forward to the sequel of this book because the ending left me with many hunches. This book will surely make a good movie with its touch of suspense and I can already imagine Alessia, a true Albanian beauty playing the piano. 🙂

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