E L James’ new book, The Mister, has received some pretty bad reviews (Picture: Getty)If Fifty Shades Of Grey author Erika James was feeling nervous about the release of her new book, The Mister, then she might want to stay off the internet for a while.
The author, known by her pen name E L James, has stepped away from the Fifty Shades universe but it doesn’t seem like The Mister will go down quite as well if the first reviews are anything to go by!
According to Penguin, the story is ‘a contemporary romance set in London, Cornwall and Eastern Europe that introduces readers to the privileged and aristocratic young Englishman Maxim Trevelyan and the mysterious, talented and beautiful Alessia Demachi, who’s recently arrived in London owning little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.’
At the time of the novel’s announcement in January, Erika added: ‘Maxim and Alessia have led me on a fascinating journey and I hope that my readers will be swept away by their thrilling and sensual tale, just as I was while writing, and that, like me, they fall in love with them.’
However, Entertainment Weekly’s Dana Schwartz failed to be swept away by any part of the book.
Her review begins with the statement that The Mister is ‘unoriginal and dull from the syntax up’.
Dana also claims that the book ‘deals with the trauma of sex trafficking with the delicacy of a freight train’.
She then goes on to claim that the sex scenes ‘are rife with lukewarm recycled clichés and vagueness (“She tastes of warmth and grace and sweet seduction”)’.
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While the i newspaper’s Kat Brown gave the book a mere two stars in her review.
‘Filled with the same tropes and terrible lines – the first page alone features so much word repetition it reminds you of Little Britain’s Dame Sally Markham trying to up her word count’, she wrote. ‘You will laugh a lot during this book, and not in a good way.’
But she does praise Erika’s attempt to deal with some serious matters, as she added: ‘James has obviously worked hard on creating a story that, interestingly, has a lot to say about sexual consent and women’s rights.’
Kat claims ‘EL James does a valiant job of playing up the importance of contraception and consent, and (clearly taking on board feedback from Fifty Shades) the dangers of abusive relationships.’
But she concludes that the book is like ‘a hydration spray – will sell a gazillion copies, but at least it does it with good messages at the heart of it.’
Time will tell what the readers make of the book.
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