BOOK REVIEW: Manwhore by Katy Evans

ManwhoreMANWHORE (Manwhore #1)
by Katy Evans
Publisher: Gallery
Publication Date: 24th March 2015
Format: Paperback (368 pages)
Source: Own Copy

 

This is the story I’ve been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I’m the one discovering him…or if he’s uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin? (Goodreads)

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With the on-going trend for super-rich, mega powerful alpha males, it is becoming much more difficult to find a book that has its own voice. While Manwhore does manage to stand out from the crowd it was far from a perfect read, which is a shame because it has so much going for it.

One huge positive was the actual plot of the book, which really did seem different from what is currently on the market. It was nice mixture of 13 going on 30 (journalist is trying to save a failing magazine), How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days (journalist goes out with a guy in order to get the story for her magazine) and Never Been Kissed (heroine tries to win back the guy she loves with a grand gesture)

The plot of the book did hit a number of the usual beats of this type of novel, with the double crossing of an acquaintance getting the scoop on Rachel’s story and the way in which she tries to apologies to Saint, but I still really enjoyed the book despite its misgivings.

Evans really does come out the gate with all guns blazing and watching the delicate dance that Saint and Rachel partake in before Rachel falls for Saint in a big way, really is entertaining. You could see all the moves that Saint was making in order to chip away at her defenses. With each new move, he seemed to be contradicting the image constructed around him as being a Manwhore, with a new woman every other weekend. He really does seem the perfect book boyfriend and I found myself really falling for him, until around page 230. While Saint is hanging with his friends and Rachel, he does something that made me want to throw the book across the room. All the plus points were almost obliterated by this one action and it was almost a deal breaker. It seemed that no amount of hot, steamy, sexy seduction didn’t look to make me root for him.
Thankfully, Saint was redeemed near the end of the book and I actually felt sorry for him. I was left wondering why he had asked Rachel to return to his office after her charade was exposed.

As for Rachel, for me she wasn’t as annoying as some of the other female characters in other books in the same genre, but I did find myself growing more and more annoyed with her. Firstly, it was the fact that she seemed to be listening too much to her friend Gina and her opinion that all men can’t be trusted. This was despite the fact Saint did not act the way in which they had expected. Whether this was out of some deep loyalty, I don’t know but it really began to bug me that she didn’t seem to be able to think for herself.

The other thing that seemed to bug me about Rachel was how she kept saying to herself that this was just a fling and that there was no future for them as a couple. Whether this was due to the fact that Rachel knew that the truth would end up coming out or the fact that Saint’s reputation means that she thinks there will be a time limit, I’m not sure. Every few pages, she would seem to repeat this over again.

I did end up feeling for Rachel, especially when it seemed that she was on the cusp of getting her Happy Ever After, only for it to be cruelly snatched away. Yet, I knew with the little left in the book, there would be no happy ever after and that there would be a sequel to it.

VERDICT:
Reading Manwhore was a bit of mixed bag, for it started off really strong only to flatten. Just as my interest began to wane, Evan’s managed to smack me across the face to pay attention and left me wanting more with that fantastic cliff-hanger. Evans really knows how to take her readers on a heck of a ride, only to leave us wanting more. So much so, as soon as I finished this book I had to order Manwhore+1.

This really is a great a read for anyone who loaves a great rom-com with a really saucy read.
4 star

 

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MANWHORE SERIES IN ORDER
1 Manwhore
2 Manwhore +1
2.5 Ms Manwhore

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