Published by Everafter Romance on April 8th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Personal Copy
A new standalone from New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward.
I met Bianca in an elevator.
She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck. The beautiful, raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.
She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags”—her afternoon appointment.
Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type—snobby, over educated, silver- spooned men who didn't appreciate the simple things in life.
So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t—a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn't want it to end.
I began dating her as “Jay”—all the while letting her interview the real me over email.
I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot.
I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.
I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.
And she was falling for two men. Only, both men were me. And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.
Nothing could have prepared me for that day.
And I certainly wasn't prepared for what came after.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.
My first book hangover for the year…. Oh how I’ve missed this feeling!
Mister Money Bags had the potential to be extremely cliched and worn story. I expected a romance novel where 95% of the story is “How to I balance being two completely different people to a woman I fell in love with?” with the last 5% being the heroine instantly forgiving him. Instead, Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward take us on a sweet, funny, and thought-provoking journey and ask the reader two simple questions “When is acceptable to lie?” and “How do you move forward?”
Mister Money Bags is the story of Bianca George and Dexter Truitt, who find themselves trapped in a malfunctioning elevator. Bianca is a writer on her way to interview the CEO of a multi-million dollar finance company and already has a strong prejudice against the owner…. who just happens to be Dexter. Dexter is immediately attracted to Bianca and in a moment of panic, invents an alter-ego “Jay” and asks her on a date after having his secretary cancel the interview so Bianca doesn’t discover that Jay and Dexter are the same person, Bianca begins dating “Jay”, but starts for fall for the real Dexter as she is now forced to conduct her original interview via email. (Still following me here? I gave up with grown-up sentence structures.)
I was addicted to this book after devouring the first 1/3 and finally told my droopy eyed self to put the book down about midnight because I would enjoy it infinitely more with a fresh set of eyes and a fresh libido.
Here is what I especially loved:
- Dexter, our Unexpected Hero: Bianca struck me as your stock, stereotypical romance heroine. Ultra successful in her own right, strong, sweet, and confident. No surprises with her. The big surprise is Dexter – this novel is told from a dual point of view and the character that emerged was far from expected. He’s not the typical Alpha male; instead, his confident demeanor is off-balanced by an awkward, pervy sense of humor that had me swooning every other chapter. Dexter/Jay is the real gem of this novel. …. I need about five more epilogs from Dexter’s POV than what Keeland and Ward gave me.
- Lovable Secondary Characters: Specifically, Jalani and Bandit the Greyhound. Jalani is an African immigrant instructing Dexter in the fine art of whittling as Jay was apparently a master craftsman. The two strike up an unlikely friendship and some of my favorite scenes were the two of them swapping life advice over wooden giraffes. Dexter also rescued Bandit they Greyhound from the shelter where Bianca volunteered part time. Bandit became the epitome of “man’s best friend” and I immensely enjoyed Dexter’s ‘therapy’ sessions with his new BFF.
- The Major Plot Twist: Full disclosure, the Dexter/Jay issue is resolved about half-way through the book and is quickly followed by a plot twist so unexpected that it actually makes sense. Your first thought may be that the book has jumped the shark, but before you do anything too rash (like resign the book to DNF status), take a deep breath…. laugh…. and keep reading. I promise that the end is worth the ride.