Monday, March 23, 2015

[Early Review] ~ Manwhore by Katy Evans

Release Date:  March 24, 2015
Publisher:  Gallery Books
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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 was a Katy Evans virgin until I read Manwhore.  I know, right?  How is that even possible??  I've had Real on my Kindle forever, but I just haven't had the time to read it.  If Manwhore  is any indication of Evans' writing, then I will happily devour anything that this talented author writes.

Manwhore blew me away.  It is fresh, sexy and deep - definitely not a fluff read.  This book has intense, intricate writing that kept my emotions high throughout the entire book.  It is a romance that gave me a lot to think about, and a new favorite book boyfriend!  

"People look at me like I can get them the moon, but you look at me like I already did.  Like all I need to do is exist and you would be happy."

I was immediately invested in the story that begins with the premise of the MC Rachel being given an opportunity to further her career and save the magazine that she works at.  All she has to do is get close enough to 27-year-old billionaire playboy Malcolm Saint in order to write a juicy expose about his life.  All of Chicago is enamored with its business savvy son, who seems to have the Midas Touch. His employees adore him and are all very loyal to him.   He has a reputation of being a hard partier - he likes 2, 3, and 4 women at a time.  He throws decadent parties and has never been linked to a woman for more than four dates.  He is the ultimate womanizer, drawing them in with his power, control, money and strikingly good looks.  There's one thing you need to understand about Malcolm.  Although he could be considered a raging douche bag, he's not.  The women that throw themselves at him all want something from him.  They are all using him, so in turn, he uses them back.  It's all mutually beneficial.  

"I'm not endearing to people, Miss Livingston.  I'd say people respond to me on four levels and four levels only:  they want to pray to me, be me, do me, or kill me."

Rachael grew up with daddy issues - her father was a victim of community violence when she was just two months old.  She has never had a real relationship with a man, and doesn't consider herself lacking.  She works at a small publication called Edge, which is about to fold.  She takes care of her mother who is battling a chronic illness.  Her whole world has been her mother, and two best friends Gina and Wynne, not believing that she needs a man.  Since she grew up without affection from any man, she doesn't know quite how to behave when she's around them.  Her best friend, Gina, suffered major heart break, so Rachael is a bit jaded when it comes to men.  She is perfectly happy furthering her career, and will do anything to save the magazine that she loves so much.  Rachael takes the story offer from her boss and immediately engages herself in Malcolm's world, posing as a reporter wanting to write a story on his newest venture.  

I feel like he's a hurricane and I'm the lake, calm on the outside, holding a thousand and one secrets within.

I'm not going to spoil this amazing relationship for you, but know that there is drama.  There is angst.  There is heartache.  And it ends on a cliff.  The main conflict in this story comes down to Rachael following her heart and allowing herself to have a relationship with Malcolm vs. writing her expose, which might further her career and save her company.  Taking a chance vs. a broken heart.  This sounds pretty cut and dry, right?  It's not.  There are so many layers to this story.  I want to strangle Rachael, but I know where she's coming from.  I want to slap Malcolm for not being more forward with what he wants, but I can't be.  

We're playing this game, kissing, stopping...I can see by the curl of his lip that he's enjoying it.  But I'm not.  I'm pained with desire, panting as I fight the urge to rub up against him like a cat, tug his shirt off his chest.  I want to eat him up alive, so hard and so fast, I have to fold my fingers into my palms to keep from doing just that.

Rachael battles myriad emotions - the fear of losing her job which is her very identity;  the anxiety of betraying a man who has shown her real love; feelings of loyalty towards her magazine and her family and friends; overwhelming happiness when she is with Malcolm.  Rachael is terrified that Malcolm will tire of her and drop her like he has every other woman in his life.  Malcolm goes way out of his way to do things to please Rachael.  Selfless things.  Heart warming things.  Although Malcolm's actions speak louder than his words, he makes comments about his refusal to make promises that hurt Rachael.  He has a bad reputation, so why would Rachael think that she could change him?  Her insecurities drive this book and are almost too much until we see why Malcolm behaves the way he does.  He has his own demons that he deals with in his own way.  Although Katy begins as the investigative reporter, it is her true self that is peeled away and revealed by Malcolm.

Truth, loyalty - there's something that lasts.

I absolutely adored this book.  I can't fan girl enough about it.  Malcolm is amazing.  I haven't added any new characters to my book boyfriend harem in a very long time, but Malcolm Saint is my newest man. I seriously can't get enough of him.  I suffered a horrendous book hangover after reading Manwhore and have done enough analyzing to write a college level class on this book.  I am so sad to report that we must all wait until July 2015 for book 2, but I know Katy Evans won't let us down.  

Sadness is so disempowering.  Anger, on the other hand, demands action and empowerment.  

If you are a fan of alpha billionaire romances, then you MUST read this book.  If you are sick and tired of rich playboys, you still need to read this book.  It is different.  The writing is excellent and the story moved so quickly that it never gave me one page of boredom.  The characters in this book really stand out in my opinion.  They are very layered and the circumstances surrounding their decisions are intense.  They are well-rounded and believeable.  I honestly can't say enough about my love for this story.  Well done, Katy!  


Danielle Romero said...

So glad to hear you loved it. I almost read this but I've been in a romance slump lately. I may have to go back and reconsider after reading your review. Thanks so much

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