BOOK REVIEW ~ MANWHORE BY KATY EVANS

BOOK REVIEW ~ MANWHORE BY KATY EVANS

Is it possible to expose Chicago’s hottest player—without getting played?
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?

I’ve had my highs and lows with this author’s Real series, so with this book being the first in a brand new series I was curious to see her take on a catchy, yet predictable premise. While I wasn’t really sure about it for the first part of the book, by the end I was reeled in and officially hooked – it’s safe to say I did like this one after all! It’s steamy, it’s a tad bit scandalous, and even though it has its faults, it’s one of those books the more I read, the more the appeal of the story shined through. I’m sure longtime fans of this author will find another winner with this one and for those that aren’t quite sold on it yet, if you’re looking for a steamy book to escape into, this one’s a solid pick!
The story starts off with the heroine Rachel agonizing over her job and wondering if she’ll get cut, but instead, her boss offers her a once in a life time opportunity that could push her and the magazine into the limelight: write a piece on the enigmatic billionaire Malcolm Saint, and expose every little juicy detail about him there is. It’s a job that requires her to bend rules and compromise morals, but Rachel is willing to do anything if it means she’ll get to stay on board with the magazine. Plus, she’s under the impression that exposing Malcolm can’t be all that bad as he has everything anyone could ever want. Men envy him, women want him.
But boy, she couldn’t be further from the truth! After getting an in with Malcolm and spending some time with him, she finds out that behind his public image is a lonely, thoughtful man. And throughout the entire course of her assignment her determination to research and reveal everything about him wavers, and she’s constantly in turmoil over what to do.
While there was no insta-love, lust and attraction played a huge role in the beginning of Malcolm and Rachel’s relationship, so much that I honestly didn’t feel the deeper emotional connection. Even now that I’ve finished the book, I just couldn’t see how and when Rachel fell in love with him. Throughout the story I was praying that I’d get a couple of chapters in Malcolm’s POV because I desperately needed to hear his thoughts in a few crucial scenes but never got them, which made me feel an even bigger disconnect with these characters. I liked them individually but as a couple? Not really. But the way I see it, I think this book is more like an introductory read to the series, setting the scene and preparing books 2 and 3 that I’m sure will leave a more memorable impression on me.
The writing was solid yet I did have a few issues with it. Words like murmur and mumble were used way too many times I wondered if these characters whispered their way through the book. Also I wasn’t a fan of Rachel’s constant blushing (I lost count after the 20th blush used in the book) and her stubbornness grated on my nerves. These things were noticeable enough, and seriously did frustrate me, but I’m glad I pushed through to the final quarter of the book because this ending part was a solid 5 star read for me and what got me hooked onto the story.
From the very beginning it’s obvious that a relationship based on deception wasn’t going to end well and sure enough, things did blow up. However, this part of the plot progressed in a very believable, dramatic manner and had me really feeling for Rachel even though everything bad that did happen was a consequence of her choices.
I’m not even going to bother sugarcoating the ending for you – it ends with a big cliffhanger but you know what? I knew that and read it anyways and ended up loving the cliffy. Given everything Malcolm and Rachel had going on at that time, they needed a break. I needed a break. Plus, it ends on such a high note that the sequel promises to deliver a satisfying read full of healing and second chances, something that I’m eagerly looking forward to reading.
Manwhore is the first book in this series and isn’t a standalone. There’s a cliffhanger and the story will continue on with Manwhore +1.
P.S. I seriously wish there are chapters in Malcolm’s POV in the next book. I like heroes that have a coat of mystery around them but not much is learned about him here through Rachel’s eyes…
An advanced copy was provided by Gallery Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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