Joint Review of Manwhore by Katy Evans

Posted April 17, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Joint Review of Manwhore by Katy EvansManwhore by Katy Evans
Series: Manwhore #1
Narrator: Grace Grant
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 03-24-15
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
Source: Publisher
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three-stars
three-half-flames

Is it possible to expose Chicago’s hottest player—without getting played?

This is the story I've been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I'm the one discovering him...or if he's uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?

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The Characters

Jennifer:

Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint – (really 4 names?!) is a rich, playboy, businessman. Uber sexy of course, stand-offish and a manwhore. There’s nothing special about Saint that makes him stand out from other guys in this romance troupe.

Rachel Livingston – magazine reporter assigned to get to know Saint for an exposé article. But there’s not much article writing or time at Rachel’s job. I thought if Rachel is a virgin I’m going to stop listening. She’s not but she’s very close. Why can’t we get a girl that’s just as experienced as the guy? Double standard?

Jonetta:

Malcolm – I agree, Jennifer. Without his POV, he comes across (through Rachel’s eyes) as pretty ordinary but with a lot of money and vapid fans.

Rachel – I wondered for a time, too, whether she was a virgin or not. We get mixed messages…no experience with men but she’s obviously had some with somebody because she wasn’t inexperienced when it came to sex. And, the fate of an entire magazine resting on her inexperienced shoulders? Lost me from the start.

The Romance

Jennifer: I don’t really feel like there was much of a romance between Rachel and Saint. More of a lust. That may change in the next novel. But at least Malcolm didn’t come off at a big stalker like most the guys in these kinds of novels.

Jonetta: What romance? Saint only notices her because she doesn’t fawn over him like his other girl fans do but she still hero worships him. I couldn’t figure out what kept him attracted to her other than physical and she didn’t want anything from him. Maybe that was enough for him but not for me to buy in.

The Plot

Jennifer: A Rise and Repeat plot… rich, sexy and whorish guy. Inexperienced, naïve chick. But something that was different (for me) was the angle at why they met.  Manwhore reminded me of a dirty and not as fun version of the 2003 movie, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I would have enjoyed more if see saw Rachel with her friends and work more or at all really. I’m a little bored with romances where the woman is swallowed up by the guy’s life. I want a balance.

Jonetta: I thought it had an excellent premise, just not executed well because of the weak romance. There weren’t enough compromising situations to create tension (work interfering with the relationship). And, I began to lose respect for Rachel when it became clear her ethics were compromised. Too little too late and I had no one else to like. His friends came across like sleazy frat boys and her friend, Gina, came across like a seriously scorned young woman. I did kind of like her friend Wynn but she wasn’t given much page time.

The Cliffhanger

Jennifer: You’ve got to be fucking kidding me! The last 40 minutes of the audio was the best part. FINALLY getting interesting and then that… that… that… cliffhanger.

Jonetta: Grrrr….I had no idea this would be a serial when I grabbed the book, let alone have a cliffhanger. So, I’m annoyed. There wasn’t a need for one, especially since there wasn’t this great romance. Neither acknowledged their relationship was anything more than “casual” so why put the readers through this kind of ending?

Will you continue?

Jennifer:  Yes but only because of that cliffhanger. I really hope the sequel is more interesting and we get some of Saint’s POV. If not, I may not finish it.

Jonetta: Yes *she says grudgingly*. I’ve come this far but I may only read until the cliffhanger is resolved.

Grace Grant’s narration

Jennifer: I love Grace’s work on the Beautiful Bastard series and she’s the reason I requested Manwhore on audio. I wasn’t even going to read it but when I saw Grace was the narrator I knew I had to give it a try. Grace Grant is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators. But there were parts that even Grace couldn’t keep my attention. I think what would have made it better if we got some scenes from Saints’ POV.

Jonetta: I had a different experience but it might be because I didn’t think Rachel was well developed and it was reinforced by the narration. I also didn’t like her version of Saint…he sounded…well, dull minded.

 

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
two-half-stars
Writing
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

 


 

About Katy Evans

Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
two-half-stars
Writing
three-stars
Overall: three-stars
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Jennifer

Owner/Blogger at The Book Nympho
I coexist with my husband of 15 years, our 11-year-old son and two chilled cats in the Deep South.

After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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6 responses to “Joint Review of Manwhore by Katy Evans

  1. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, maybe b/c my expectations were very low. I Understand about the romance, I’ve definitely OD…For now. I finding myself looking at other genres more and more.
    Sorry this didn’t work for you guys, everyone LOVED Hero, and that didn’t work for me, so I know how it goes 🙂
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  2. I have this one on audio too. I was actually planning to start it before Beautiful Secret, but now I’m skeptical. Like you, I only requested for Grace Grant. The premises sounded interesting, but I wasn’t a fan of the Real series so I wasn’t sure if I was even going to read this one at first. Great review.
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  3. Patti (@lovesfabromance)

    Oh no! I loved this book! I loved the slow build and how their relationship grew and changed. The cliffhanger was unexpected though – I thought it might be a trilogy with Saint, Tahoe, and (I forgot the third friend’s name). Actually, I liked it so much I bought the audiobook.

    Sorry this didn’t work out for you guys 🙁