Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Self Published on 4/8/17
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I met Bianca in an elevator.
She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck.
The beautiful raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.
She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags”―her afternoon appointment.
Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type―snobby, over educated, silver-spooned men who didn't appreciate the simple things in life.
So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t―a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn't want it to end.
I began dating her as “Jay”―all the while letting her interview the real me over email.
I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot.
I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.
I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.
And she was falling for two men.
Only, both men were me.
And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.
Nothing could have prepared me for that day. And I certainly wasn't prepared for what came after.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.
This is a must read, sexy, intense, heart stopping, slow burn romance. I could NOT put down. I absolutely LOVE the way Vi and Penelope tell a story. It’s downright addicting. I think Mister Moneybags is another hit for romance fans! I seriously can’t recommended it enough. So so so good.
4.5 “OMG. LOVE.” Stars.
Vi and Penelope are what I consider the dream team author duo. Separately their books kick bookish ass, but together it’s like magical unicorns are uniting while eating cotton candy and dancing in glitter gloss–it’s freaking epic. It’s almost as if they can do no wrong and I must admit that I am obsessed with their stories. When Mister Moneybags landed on my kindle I wanted to throw a full fledged party. I was that excited. So obviously, I started right away, diving in to see what angsty, romantic goodness they had conjured up this time and I’m glad to say they did not disappoint (not that I thought they would)!
Mister Moneybags is an angsty, wicked, delicious slow burn romance that had me on the edge of my seat. The twists and turns are crazy, so insane you never see them coming. I’m telling you, I was left gasping at what was in this book. I had NO IDEA that that (omg!) was coming at me. I almost died. DEAD. MY HEART STOPPED ** hahahahahaha–OK, I’m being dramatic! Again! :p **
Also, the swoon and romance in this is so real (shiver worthy real) and the feels are heart stopping and intense. My chest actually ached for these characters and I could not get enough of their story! It was downright unputdownable!
Dex and Bianca meet in an elevator, and while that’s not an original concept, these authors put their 100% original stamp on the encounter. With witty dialogue you are sucked in as the elevator gets stuck, the lights go out, and a hilarious conversation ensues. One thing that Vi and Penelope excel in is dialogue that’s sharp and smart while being funny and sweet at the same time. I absolutely LOVE that about this novel. Throughout there are moment of brilliance in the dialogue. You’re either smiling, swooning, or feeling the achy feels in your chest as you read some of the conversations. Our first impressions of Dex and Bianca are perfect, endearing, charming, and immediately I found this couple absolutely captivating.
Charmed, I also felt enticed by the premise. Dex lies to Bianca about who he is right from the start. She ends up thinking she’s talking to a man named Jay Reed in that elevator, but instead she’s meeting Mister Moneybags himself, Dex Truitt, who is also the man she’s supposed to be interviewing.
The story that unfolds from that point was really awesome. It felt easy and swoony, with angst that kept me in it. I was addicted to knowing how Dex was going to untangle himself from the wicked situation he found himself in. I thought at that point, I knew where this story was going. However, I was WRONG.
SO SO SO SO SO SO SO WRONG!
If you think you are going to get a typical romance with Mister Moneybags, think again. The twist in this novel is JAW DROPPING. I was absolutely FLOORED by it! I didn’t see it coming. Not even a little. I felt like this specific twist is what sets this book a part from many others.
It’s a little painful, a lot cruel, and utterly forbidden. I couldn’t look away. And it ate at me in the best, most magical way. It made this novel feel downright MEMORABLE. I will never forget a moment of it. From start to the finish it was intoxicating.
I really do think that Vi and Penelope have something super special together. Their writing flows seamlessly. I can’t tell where Vi began and Penelope ended. Seriously. You have no idea who wrote what! The chapters, the words, the everything is all so fluid. I am IN LOVE with this novel, with these characters, and obviously with these authors. And I can absolutely say without a shadow of a doubt that they have another HIT on their hands. I don’t know how they continue to bring fresh, fun, romantic, original and well written story lines, but I am in it to read EVERY SINGLE BOOK they put out (together and separately) as so many of my favs come from these two authors!
Once again, I’ll say BRAVO! This is another MUST READ romance that will blow you away!
I sighed audibly. Are we even moving? It was seriously the slowest elevator I’d ever taken. Frustrated, and maybe a bit anxious to get the interview over with, I took another shot at the elevator panel. Again, pressing the button repeatedly, I groaned, “Come on. I’m already freakin’ late.”
I breathed a sigh of relief when the car seemed to finally pick up speed. But then, it jolted to an abrupt stop, and the elevator went pitch black.
“Well now you’ve gone and broken the damn thing,” a deep voice said from behind me. Startled, I jumped and bobbled my cell phone in the dark, which resulted in it falling. From the sound of it smashing against the floor, I knew it had broken.
“Shit! Look what you made me do.” I bent over and patted the floor, but I couldn’t find it. “Can you at least give me some light so I can find my phone?”
“It would be my pleasure.”
“Thank you,” I huffed.
“If I had a cell phone on me.”
“Are you kidding? You don’t have a cell phone on you? Who walks around without their cell phone?”
“Maybe you should try it. If you weren’t so obsessed with yours, we wouldn’t be in this predicament.”
I stood, and my hands went to my hips. “How so?”
“Well, you were so busy typing away on your phone, you didn’t even notice another passenger was in the car with you.”
“Had you seen me, you wouldn’t have jumped hearing my voice and broken your phone. Then we would have had light, and you would be able to see that elevator panel well enough to push that button another twenty or thirty times. I’m sure that would’ve helped.”
I felt the man moving around behind me.
“What are you doing?”
When he answered, his voice came from a different place. It was to my left and beneath me. “I’m on the floor looking for your cell phone.”
It really was pitch dark. I couldn’t see a thing, but I felt the air move, and I knew he must have stood back up.
“Put your hand out.”
“You’re going to put my phone in it, right?”
“No, I’ve taken down my pants and I’m going to stick my dick in it. Christ, you’re really a bitch, aren’t you?”
Thinking he couldn’t see me, I smiled at his sarcasm and put out my hand. “Just give me my phone.”
Wow. My little ball player was quite the fox.
I’d only seen her from the back before the lights went out. Now, I was staring into her beautiful, big brown eyes, feeling like this elevator mishap wasn’t such a bad thing after all.
She cleared her throat. “The lights came back, but we’re still stuck.”
I clicked on some of the buttons. “Seems that way. But this is a step in the right direction. I bet this thing will be moving in no time.”
And by this thing moving, I do not mean my dick, although I could have sworn I felt it twitch when she just licked her beautiful full lips.
Do that again.
She is beautiful.
My eyes travelled down the length of her body then back up again, loving how the small buttons on her conservative blouse formed a path up to her delicate neck. I wouldn’t have minded sucking on that skin.
Maybe I could entice her to play hooky with me.
“Where are you headed once we get out of here?” I asked.
“The thirty-fourth floor,” she said.
What is she doing going up to my floor?
I know she doesn’t work for me. I would have remembered that face, those eyes.
“What kind of business you have going on up there?”
“I actually have the pleasure of interviewing Mister Moneybags himself.”
My stomach sank.
This didn’t bode well for me.
I swallowed then cocked my head to the side and played dumb. “Who?”
“The elusive Dexter Truitt. He’s the CEO of Montague Enterprises. They occupy the entire top floor.”
Trying to seem like I was not seriously about to lose my shit, I asked, “Why do you call him Mister Moneybags?”
“I just picture him to be this crabby, money-hungry asshole, I guess. Sounds like a fitting name. Of course, I don’t actually know him.”
“Why do you think that way about him, then?”
“I have my reasons.”
About the Author
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in fourteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list fifteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.
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