Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mister money bags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward.
I struggled with the beginning of this book. There were so many themes going on, I didn't know which one was going to stick around for the long haul. From lying, cheating, baby mama drama, DNA tests, to the cool dude who whittled-it just felt like everything and anything was thrown in for entertainment sake. For the first 50% I was like, WTF am I reading? The weird scene in the elevator and the lies right from the get-go was an initial turn off for me. I persisted with it however, because I always have high hopes for these two. Through putting the book down and then picking is back up over the last five days, I managed to finish and almost got the ending I wanted.
I had hoped that where the book ended up, wasn't going to happen. Convoluted? Yes, but I had this nagging feeling in the back of my mind that the trope was going to go "there" and I was really hoping it wasn't. Nonetheless it did and I continued. Keeland and Ward have written some epic stuff together, but Unfortunately, this just wasn't on the mark for me. It felt a little disjointed and almost as if two people wrote it?! Can you believe it?!
Unlike his father Dex Sr. who used to love the spotlight, Dex Jr. is someone who likes to keep himself out of it. Millionaire by trade, the younger Dex doesn't like the public eye knowing too much about himself. It can be bad for business! But when a hot shot reported from the Financial Times is granted a one-on-one with the elusive Dexter Tuitt, he decides it's time to come clean about himself and let the public in-on his terms and his terms only. His goal in life is to be nothing like his father, but as the saying goes, "the apple doesn't fall from the tree."
Bianca George has nailed the interview of a lifetime. Though her motives in wanting to get all the gossip on this man may not be genuine, she cannot help but want to know everything about him Dex Jr. Regardless of how she obtains the info. Dexter Tuitt is all anyone talks about in the business world, but nobody knows anything personal about him. Given her experience, Bianca is the best bet to draw any and all thrilling information from Dex and she will stop at nothing to get it. Bianca is smart and gorgeous and falling for her is nothing short of easy-however, Dex doesn't initially let her know who he is when they meet in an elevator. He "pretends" to be someone he's not and thus begins the string of lies.
Initially I had thought this was a cool concept, and despite the fact that two people did write this book, the flow worked well at times and eventually the thrill I initially had, came back and the story picked up for the second half. I did have some issues with what did happen, but that didn't take away from the fab writing in any way. As I mentioned before, it did feel a little disjointed at times but then at other times it came together. This was a constant struggle for me but I got through it in the end and all in all I liked the book. I really enjoyed the epilogue, it was my favourite part. The coming together of everyone's lives was wonderful to see. At certain times I was unsure of how it was all going to turn out, so the end was a pleasant surprise.
Dex and Bianca had an interesting relationship. Through lies, scandal, fears and paternity tests, I was unsure where these two could end up. They seemed doomed from day one. But they worked at it. Hard. Their attraction and unyielding love was a force to be reckoned with. And even when I thought, "that's it, it's never going to work", they proved me wrong and persevered. I was in awe of them as a couple and was so happy with where they ended up. I honestly really liked Dex in the end. He owned up to his mistakes and worked hard to not repeat them and Bianca's ability to forgive him for his transgressions really showcased how sometimes it's okay to give someone you love a second chance.
I cannot imagine how difficult it can be when two brilliant minds come together to collectively write a book. I give major kudos to both Keeland and Ward for their effort.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed by Jess for joandisalovebooks blog
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