Manwhore+1 by Katy Evans
Genre: contemporary romance
Billionaire playboy? Check.
Ruthless businessman? Check.
Absolutely sinful? Check.
Malcolm Saint was an assignment. A story. A beautiful, difficult man I was supposed to uncover for a racy exposé.
I intended to reveal him, his secrets, his lifestyle—not let him reveal me. But my head was overtaken by my heart and suddenly nothing could stop me from falling. I fell for him, and I fell hard.
Malcolm Saint is absolute Sin, and I’ve become a hopeless Sinner.
Now that the assignment is over, Saint wants something from me–something unexpected–and I want this wicked playboy’s heart. But how can I prove to the man who trusts no one that I’m worthy of becoming his plus one?
Following the much hyped Manwhore ending (can I hear the collective groan from that cliffhanger – well played Evans… well played), we are back with a very broken hearted Lucy. Not only has she lost the man she loves and opened up too but she’s lost her spark for life. I could feel her depression through the pages and found it stifling. To me, that’s the sign of a good author to be able to make me feel what the characters feel. Trudging through the days, Lucy’s lost her spark – this is the part that resonated with me. I know all too well what it’s like to have your soul crushed by writing stories that just do not ignite your passion. That was the reason why I stopped being a journalist. There’s only so many pothole (or in Lucy’s case a ‘what to wear on a first date’) articles you can write before you want to jam your pen and notepad in the bin.
I felt sick on her behalf when she walked into M4. I had conjured a large number of scenarios of what would happen when she came face to face with him and I have to say – what happened – was not one of my suspicions. I think my heart was beating in sync with Lucy’s as she approached Malcolm’s office. I honestly thought – ‘this is not going to happen’ … there is no way that he will forgive her.
Evans’ masterfully writes the pain these two are clearly enduring with such precision, my heart ached along with them even if they hadn’t been able to say that they loved each other. Lucy and Sin are in the awkward place of being totally in love but what’s that worth without trust? It was painful for me to read – the heartache from Saint is pained. He’s so hurt from her actions but how can you love someone that hurt you so badly? That’s the part I was struggling with of how Katy was going to write around that. How can he believe her again?
What I love about Saint is that despite her methods might not have been kosher, he does believe her. She never lied about her feelings for him, she omitted what she was doing but if she had the chance to do it over, she would have done it right without her hand being forced. I truly don’t think she planned on falling in love with him. He believes that she loves him and he does something that he never does. He gives her another chance. Remember, he called dibs first! I love how Katy weaves trust to be a huge motivator in her stories. It was prevalent in the Real series and it rings true for this one.
It was delicious torture when he kept her close. He resisted but he couldn’t let her go. I was frustrated, I was sad for Lucy, I was in love, I was willing for them to get back together and was hoping against all hope that they would get the happy ever after that they deserve. Lucy is a loveable character, she’s learnt from her mistakes and won’t be anyone’s pawn ever again.
There was one part that I did have a snide chuckle about, her outfit for when she meets up with him. Her leggings and ugg boots haha – classic Aussie bogan attire. I was yelling at the paperback ‘this is MALCOLM SAINT! You don’t wear that within a 10km radius of him!’
Like always, I will clear my schedule for anything that Ms Evans writes, she could make a story about potholes shine for me.
So now starts the painful wait for Ms Manwhore, October 5 is just simply too far away.
I was given a copy of this book thanks to Simon & Schuster but I have also purchased my own copy.