When I was young we used to go and visit my grandmother. If it coincided with a visit from my cousins it used to be great fun. On dark wet winter days not so much. My grandmother was an avid reader though and one wall of her bedroom had books stacked from floor to ceiling. All Mills & Boon books. Now this was thirty years ago so they weren’t as salacious as they are today but I’d spend my visits curled up in an armchair reading Nanna’s romances! I mention this only because reading The Mister reminded me so much of those days.
Maxim is a Lord. Reluctantly and recently, following the death of his older brother Kit. He has had no real purpose in his life and spends his time working as a photographer and as a club DJ. There is a steady stream of women through his riverside Chelsea apartment. He rarely sees anyone twice.
Alessia has just arrived from Albania with little more than the clothes on her back. Staying with Magda, a family friend, she has secured a number of cleaning jobs. One of her favourite is the apartment in Chelsea. It has a magnificent piano and if she finishes her cleaning early she loves to be able to play for a short time before she leaves. Her boss is a bit of a slob and she hates disposing of the evidence of his nightly conquests but it is a good job.
Now, dear reader, can you guess what happens next? I bet you can! The plot has a certain familiarity to it. It is what reminded me of my teenage M&B reading habits. Rich titled man meets very poor girl and sparks fly. Poor girl changes rich guys life etc etc. That said it is quite an entertaining read. It has a pretty slow start but as the plot starts to build there is incentive to keep reading. The Mister isnt going to set the world alight but you’ll see it on an awful lot of sun loungers this summer!
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.