“It hurts praying for something you don’t want.”
Well I think I might just die from a book hangover, or a cliffhanger hangover or whatever you want to call it. But I need Manwhore +1—like YESTERDAY! This book hooked me from the very beginning. I don’t always like books about billionaire playboys, but this one completely stole the show. There is so much good stuff going on in this story and Malcolm Saint is just everything, and I mean EVERYTHING you would want in a book boyfriend. I will be on serious pins and needles until book 2 comes out. Like, I’m already having anxiety over it. And anyone that knows me knows that I can handle cliffhangers pretty well. NOT THIS TIME. I almost cried when I realized that the end was actually THE END (for now).
Rachel Livingston is a 23 year old writer for a failing magazine called Edge. She is also a bit of an activist, which I love! She desperately needs to prove her worth to her boss, so she decides to take on this story working as an undercover investigator for the magazine. Her Job: To expose Malcolm Saint. This is where it gets interesting. You see, Malcolm doesn’t have too many secrets. His billionaire lifestyle has pretty much been the center of his life since he was a kid. His women, his cars, his work, his yacht, his shenanigans have all been made public. And Rachel has to find a way to dig deeper and expose a side of him that nobody has ever seen.
“Lie. Little white lies.”
Malcolm is well aware that Rachel is “press” when he decides to take an appointment with her. He just has no clue the depth of her actual target job. When these two first meet it isn’t instant chemistry at all. I mean, Malcolm is instantly hot and Rachel is obviously bothered but in no way is this insta-love. Rachel is obviously quite taken with Malcolm but every time she gets a new interview she manages to flub it up.
“A challenge is something you stop wanting once you acquire it. I can’t know if you’re a challenge yet until I make you mine.”
This goes on for a bit –Rachel messing up. But it soon becomes clear that Malcolm is just as interested in her as she is in him. The only difference is that Rachel is driving the smooth road of denial, and Malcolm Saint is just as cool as a cucumber—always seeming just-so in how he operates. Constantly secure in who he is and what he wants. And his vulnerable side was quite surprising to me. He comes off as this cold business man while at the same time swooning the hell out of everything around him, including me! Malcolm Saint is something special for sure, he is full of sex, wealth, power, dread, hot passion and teddy bear all rolled into one. The perfect book boyfriend.
“I’m not endearing to people, Miss Livingston. I’d say people respond to me on four levels and four levels only: they want to pray me, be me, do me, or kill me.”
This story is told in Rachel’s POV, but from her perspective and Malcolm’s words I am dying to know what is going on in his head and I hope in Manwhore +1, that we get some Malcolm Saint POV. I will be praying to the book gods and Katy of course. I’ve read all of Katy’s books and this one is WAY different than anything I’ve ever read of hers. It still has the great quality of writing you’d expect, but there is a new flare to it in this book. It’s super sexy with a great wittiness and playfulness that I didn’t expect, especially from a billionaire dude. There are some cool side characters that I really liked as well--Tahoe and Callan who are Saint’s friends seemed kind of douchey but I just loved the way they gave Saint a hard time, and also seemed to take a liking to Rachel. Then we have Gina and Wynn—Rachel’s friends and to be honest Gina pissed me off a lot for about half of the book, I understand being over protective about Rachel but sheesh let the girl get laid! Gina turned it around a bit towards the end, and I ended up really liking her, and Wynn was just one of those super sweet friends.
Overall I really loved this book!! Oh my god I almost forgot about the sexy times. Let’s just say that it was smoking-hot-on-fire-sizzling-chemistry. And it wasn’t overnight chemistry. That is probably one of my favorite things about this book. It was a gradual slow burn that keeps you on the edge just waiting to fall and right when you think it’s going to happen, BAM another chapter! There’s truly a great angst factor to this story. And hell yes I would recommend this book, it has everything you need in a hot romance novel and more!
“I’m not the guy anyone comes to for comfort, Rachel. But I like that you came to me.”