If you’re looking for another mindless, sex-crazed fantasy from the mommy-porn mogul who brought you Fifty Shades of Grey, you may be looking in the wrong place. E.L. James is back in the romance game with The Mister, a 512-page romantic romp through Great Britain that promises, apparently, to be better than the last.
The Mister tells the story of a present-day, uber-horny British aristocrat named Maxim Trevelyan. Forced for the first time in his privileged life to assume responsibility (of his family’s business ventures), Maxim is immediately thrown off guard by the close company of one Alessia Demachi, his maid — and a woman we expect must be a two-dimensional, walking pair of breasts with a secret past that only matters when she is not in bed with Maxim.
The Telegraph guarantees a steamy read with sexual innuendo embedded in every line, as well as a protagonist who can be involuntarily thrust into dissociative sexual fantasies with little to no prompting. But, in an interview with USA Today, James contests that The Mister makes more productive strides towards social awareness than its predecessors did, even if the designated damsel is helplessly drawn to a suave man of significant means.
James apparently wrote The Mister with consent “at the forefront of [her] mind,” and centers the novel around a sexual relationship that, under the sheets, at least, is equal and consensual. James acknowledged in multiple interviews that, while Fifty Shades’ Anastasia lacks in depth and personality, Alessia shines in The Mister — as a virtuoso and victim of the refugee crisis.
Whether or not The Mister resonates with thirsty readers as well as the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (and affiliated films and companion novels)did, James is determined to push her writing into the current conversation, because “romance” shouldn’t have to be an insult to literature, and it certainly shouldn’t be excluded from global conversations and discussions of current events.
Not sure if you want to read The Mister yet? Cosmopolitan offers an exclusive excerpt from the book here.
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