Friday, June 2, 2017

Review: The Mistaken Billionaire (Muse #2) by Lexxie Couper

The Mistaken Billionaire by Lexxie Couper

The Mistaken Billionaire (Muse #2) by Lexxie Couper
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The Mistaken Billionaire by Lexxie Couper blurb

Lexxie Couper has taken the mistaken identity trope and turned it on its head. There are so many surprises and plot twists in this story that it will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next.

Let me be honest here, the mistaken identity / deception trope is one my of least favorites, right next to the revenge trope, both of which Ms Couper has flung at me and I've tentatively decided to read because ... well, it's Lexxie Couper and she has a tendency of subverting a trope in such a way that even someone like me will enjoy it. And enjoy it I did.

I already loved Thomas from reading The Stubborn Billionaire. I loved his easy-going ways and his smart ass comments, but I also loved that he was a genuinely nice guy who cared about his friend (you'll have to read Stubborn to find out what I mean!). I loved Thomas even more here and my heart hurt for him when he hurt. It's really hard to talk about Thomas without talking about Mila because both of their lives and their pasts are so intertwined.
Thomas and Mila have a history even though Thomas doesn't know it, and I hurt for him every time he didn't know who Mila was and what was going to happen to him. Even at the end, when there are broad brush strokes painting him a certain way, I was on his side because I knew what he suffered. It made me happy when Mila's impression of him was drastically changed and he wasn't the villain she thought him to be.

"That word again. That vulnerability. She swallowed, her throat thick. Thomas St. Clair, bastard, selfish billionaire author was not meant to be vulnerable. He was meant to be, well, a selfish, rich bastard."

I knew what Mila suffered too but I was much less sympathetic towards her. She had many opportunities to come clean to Thomas and deal with the consequences but she never did. She got caught up in the moment. She got caught up in Thomas. But at the same time she was too proud, too ambitious, too rigid, too unforgiving. I get she was hurt in the past but she also comes across as kind of petty and mean to me at the same time, plus she is holding onto the deception for whatever her reasons.

"... my heart is an untrustworthy piece of shit.” “Oh, sis.” Josie came around to the armchair and squeezed in beside her, wrapping her in a tight hug. “Your heart is far from that. You just don’t tend to listen to it that often, so focused as you are, on working and getting the job done better than anyone else. You’ve always listened to your head, and sometimes your head doesn’t know what’s best for you."

I have a really, really hard time with deception of any sort in stories and it's never okay to me but Ms Couper set it up brilliantly and continued to reveal different aspects of both Thomas and Mila's past and intertwining them into the present in seamlessly. You really didn't know where one started and the other ended.

Both Thomas and Mila had things they needed to learn about themselves and they both had some growing up to do but I hated that Thomas suffered for it. And mean person that I am, I didn't think Mila suffered enough. I felt very little sympathy for her.
Congratulations Ms Couper. I think you've outdone yourself. You've taken one of my most hated tropes and made me fall in love with your characters with the twists, turns and surprises you put into the plot of the story.

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6 comments:

  1. What a fabulous review and I really need to read this one and the first one off to one click if I haven't already :)

    Have Fun
    Helen

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    1. They are both excellent. I hope you enjoy them. Lexxie is a great writer.

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  2. Popping in from the get social event added you to my following little.Happy Reading !

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  3. I had too many books to read last month so I passed on this one for review but I'm going to pick it up soon.

    Stopping by for #getsocial17

    For What It's Worth

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    1. I love Lexxie's books. This was a great read. Thanks for stopping by.

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