Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
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The New York Times bestselling author of REAL brings you the second book in a sexy new series… Billionaire playboy? Check.Ruthless businessman? Check. Absolutely sinful? Check. Malcolm Saint was an assignment. A story. A beautiful, difficult man I was supposed to uncover for a racy exposé. I intended to reveal him, his secrets, his lifestyle—not let him reveal me. But my head was overtaken by my heart and suddenly nothing could stop me from falling. I fell for him, and I fell hard. Malcolm Saint is absolute Sin, and I’ve become a hopeless Sinner. Now that the assignment is over, Saint wants something from me—something unexpected—and I want this wicked playboy’s heart. But how can I prove to the man who trusts no one that I’m worthy of becoming his plus one?
Manwhore +1 is the continuation of a book I absolutely adored, Manwhore. In Manwhore, we are introduced to Malcolm Saint, the handsome, billionaire playboy, and Rachel Livingston, a journalist looking to save her publication from dissolution. We are left with a cliff hanger at the end of Manwhore. Rachel published a story at the end of Manwhore that had long lasting repercussions, especially damaging to the trust she had built between her and Malcolm. At the beginning of Manwhore + 1, Rachel is still completely in love with Malcolm, and searching for a way to fix all the damage she has done.
Manwhore was one of my favorite reads this year. That's why it makes me sad to give Manwhore + 1 only three stars. This book was sexy, and had many swoon-worthy moments. Unfortunately, it just didn't have the same depth as the first book in this series. Manwhore had in-depth, intricate plot lines and examined the idea of right vs. wrong and the value of trust. Manwhore +1 did not have the same plot depth. It felt very superficial to me. The story revolved around the attempted reconciliation between Rachel and Malcolm, and Rachel's quest for independence in her work. It was a good read, but not in the category of Manwhore.
Malcolm is a fantastic male lead. Handsome, intelligent and successful, he is every woman's dream. We learn how he's been doing since the end of Manwhore, and how he has changed as a result of Rachel. Rachel is a weeping mess at the beginning of this book. She knows how she ruined her relationship with Malcolm, and wants to prove to him that she is trustworthy and that she never stopped loving him. Steamy scenes follow. Malcolm always knows what to say and where to take a girl to make her melt. Rachel falls back into her life with Malcolm, with the one exception that she has learned from her mistakes. Rachel no longer puts anything over Malcolm, and it shows the character growth she was lacking in the previous book.
There was so much more I wanted from this book. I wanted more angst! Don't get me wrong - I like my star-crossed couples together, but I always enjoy the build up. The Malcolm-Rachel relationship situation was cleared up quickly...too quickly for my tastes. I think there was supposed to be conflict between Rachel's job and Malcolm's desire to find her a new one, but I never felt like it was important to the story line. It was, I suppose, because it showed Rachel's desire for some form of independence, but it just didn't do it for me.
The Manwhore series, over all, is a great read. Katy Evans is a good writer, but I just feel like maybe she rushed the writing of this second book. Evans always creates characters that are intriguing and real (no pun intended, lol!). I would be interested in Evans continuing this story with novels focused on Rachel's and Malcolm's friends. A Gina-Tahoe story is something I would love to read! This book gives the reader closure on these characters, so I can't wait to see what Evans has planned with the upcoming novella, Ms. Manwhore.