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.
Charmingly fun, appealingly sexy and addictive. I couldn’t peel myself away from this story and just when I thought I had it all figured out the authors throw a curveball I never saw coming.
Successful businessman Dexter Truitt didn’t want to repeat the sins of his father and was focused on making a difference with his company, partially achieving this by hiding himself from the media. When he decided to “come out” and grant an interview, he never thought the journalist in charge of this article would confuse him for the messenger guy while stuck in an elevator.
“Why do you call him Mister Moneybags?”
“I picture him to be this crabby, money-hungry asshole, I guess. Sounds like a fitting name. “
It’s during this brief time that Bianca George from the Finance Times reveals how much she hates arrogant men like “Mister Moneybags”, her intended subject. Wanting to spend more time with her without the prejudice that his name and position carried with her, he flat out lies leading her to believe he’s regular old Jay, while going through with the interview via online chats at the same time.
He never expected the chemistry to be so good nor the connection he forms with her both as Jay and Dex. He certainly didn’t expect his feelings towards her to snowball together with the mess he was creating trying to pass a two men. How can he ever convince a woman with trust issues who detests liars even more than pretentiousness, to give him a chance once the reveals his secret? What will happen when Bianca reveals the reason behind her desire to interview the elusive Dexter Truitt?
I enjoyed this book so very much. I had only read books by Vi Keeland, never by both her and Penelope Ward, but I’m adding definitely them to my list. I got hooked right from the start by their lively and funny exchange and then I couldn’t put it down because I was smiling and relishing their complicated romance while trying to figure out how they’d overcome the truth.
The story reminded me of the movie “You’ve got Mail” with Tom Hank and Meg Ryan. I loved the flirty yet intimate text exchanged between Dex and Bianca as much as banter and chemistry between her and Jay. Of course, they were the same man! But just when I thought I had it all worked out, this amazing writing duo threw a gigantic curveball I never saw coming. Together with a great plot, the pace is perfect (I gobbled it up in a single sitting) and the characters are very appealing.
Dex in particular is the kind of book boyfriend I love. A little flawed but with so much depth and substance that you can’t help but fall completely for. He has a sexy dirty mouth, is completely adorable while trying to figure out how to get out of the mess he created –I have three words for you: dog walker and whittling–, and utterly sweet and swoon worthy when given the chance. I like getting to know layered characters but mostly I like it when I get invested in their story as it takes me on a journey where I can see them grow.
“There’s a first. Not sure a woman’s ever called me sweet before.”
“That’s the thing with you, Dex. On the outside, you appear to be something very different than what I keep catching glimpses of on the inside.”
There’s so much about the book that stands to be shared and I would love to, but I think you’d get bored with my account instead of the actual thing. So I’ll just wrap up.
Mister Moneybags is a standalone contemporary romance co-written by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. It’s funny, sweet, sexy and heartwarming. A must read for romance lovers. It’s told from both points of view with a happy ending.
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twelve languages. She resides 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. She’s a fifteen-time New York Times bestseller of twelve novels.
Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.