Exclusive Excerpt: E.L. James Introduces You to 'The Mister'

Posted by Hayley on March 21, 2019
So long, Christian Grey—there's a new sexy millionaire in town. E.L. James, author of the erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, is back with another tantalizing love story. Set in London, The Mister follows modern-day aristocrat Maxim Trevelyan as he struggles with his desire for Alessia Demachi, a musician haunted by the past. Get a sneak peek before The Mister hits bookshelves on April 16. Add it to your Want to Read shelf here.


Who the hell is this timid creature standing in my hallway? I’m completely bemused. Have I seen her before? An image from a forgotten dream develops like a Polaroid in my memory, an angel in blue hovering at my bedside. But that was days ago. Could it have been her? And now she’s here, rooted to the hallway floor, her impish face pale, her eyes downcast. Her knuckles grow whiter as she clasps the broom handle tighter and tighter, as if it’s anchoring her to the Earth. The headscarf conceals her hair, and an oversize, old-fashioned nylon housecoat swamps her small frame. She looks totally out of place.


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“Who are you?” I ask again, but in a softer tone, not wanting to alarm her. Wide eyes, the color of a fine espresso and framed by the longest lashes I’ve ever seen, look up at me, then back at the floor.

Shit!

One peek from her dark, fathomless eyes and I’m . . . unsettled. She’s at least a head shorter than me, perhaps five feet five to my six feet two. Her features are delicate: high cheekbones, an upturned nose, clear fair skin, and pale lips. It’s obvious that she’s cleaning. But why her? Why here? Has she replaced my old daily?

“Where’s Krystyna?” I ask, growing a little frustrated at her silence. Perhaps she’s Krystyna’s daughter—or granddaughter.

She continues to stare at the floor, her brow furrowed.

Look at me, I will her. I want to reach forward and tilt her chin up, but as if she reads my mind, she raises her head. Her eyes meet mine, and her tongue darts out, and nervously she licks her upper lip. My whole body tightens in a hot, heavy rush as desire hits me like a demolition ball.

Fuck a duck!

I narrow my eyes as annoyance swiftly follows my desire. What the hell is wrong with me? Why does a woman I’ve never met have such an effect on me? It’s irritating. Beneath fine arched brows, her eyes grow wider, and she takes a step back, fumbling with the broom so that it falls from her hands and clatters onto the floor. She bends with easy, economic grace to pick it up, and when she’s standing once more, she fixates on the handle, a slow flush staining her cheeks as she mumbles something unintelligible.

Bloody hell! Am I intimidating the poor girl?

I don’t mean to.

I’m annoyed at myself. Not her.

Or maybe it’s another reason.

“Perhaps you don’t understand me,” I say, more to myself, and I run a hand through my hair as I bring my body to heel. Krystyna’s mastery of English extended to the words “yes” and “here,” which often meant lots of gesticulating on my part when I needed her to undertake tasks that went beyond her usual cleaning routine. This girl is probably Polish, too.

“I am cleaner, Mister,” she whispers, her eyes still downcast and her eyelashes fanned out above her luminous cheeks.

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“Where’s Krystyna?”

“She has returned to Poland.”

“When?”

“Since last week.”

This is news. Why the hell did I not know this? I liked Krystyna. She’d cleaned for me for three years and knew all my dirty little secrets. And I never got to say good-bye. Maybe it’s temporary.

“Is she coming back?” I ask.

The lines in the girl’s forehead deepen, but she says nothing, though her eyes flick to my bare feet. For some unknown reason, this makes me feel self-conscious. Placing both hands on my hips, I step backward as my bewilderment grows. “How long have you been here?”

She responds in a breathless, barely audible voice. “In England?”

“Look at me, please,” I ask. Why is she so reluctant to look up?

Her slim fingers tighten around the broom again, as if she might brandish it as a weapon, then she swallows and raises her head, regarding me with large, liquid brown eyes. Eyes I could drown in. My mouth dries as my body comes to attention again.

Fuck!

“I have been in England since three weeks.” Her voice is clearer and stronger, with an accent I don’t recognize, and as she speaks, she pushes her small chin toward me in defiance. Her lips are now rosy, her bottom lip plumper than her top, and she licks the upper one again.

Hell!

I’m aroused once more. I take another step away from her. “Three weeks?” I mumble, baffled by my reaction to her.

Why is this happening to me?

What is it about her?

She’s fucking exquisite, the still, small voice roars in my head.

Yes. For a woman dressed in a nylon housecoat, she’s hot.

Concentrate.

She hasn’t answered my question. “No. I meant how long have you been here in my flat.”

Where does this girl come from? I rack my brain. Mrs. Blake had organized Krystyna through some contact she had. But Krystyna’s replacement remains silent.

“You speak English?” I ask, willing her to speak. “What’s your name?”

She frowns, looking at me like I’m an idiot. “Yes. I speak English. My name is Alessia Demachi. I have been in your apartment since ten o’clock this morning.”

Wow. She really does speak English.

“Right. Well. How do you do, Alessia Demachi. My name is . . .”

What should I say?

Trevethick?

Trevelyan?

“Maxim.”



Excerpted selection of The Mister by E.L. James. Copyright © 2019 by E.L. James.

E.L. James' The Mister is on sale April 16. Add it to your Want to Read shelf here.



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message 1: by Caryne (new)

Caryne Pierce I'm intrigued! I can't wait to read this one!! I love E.L. James' books!!


message 2: by Celeste (new)

Celeste I. Any wait to get my hands on this one!


message 3: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn King Can't wait to read this book.


message 4: by Erin (new)

Erin I'm on the fence with this one. The blurb piquéd my interest but the excerpt didn't really do anything for me.


message 5: by Mary (new)

Mary Smith Wow!! Could this outdo Fifty Shades?? Look forward to this Mister.


message 6: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Carpenter I'm on the fence as well. We shall see.


message 7: by Isabel (new)

Isabel Rivera Sound interesting,but will see 👀👁👁if captives 👍like the 🌎🌎book famous:::: Could opens up Pandora 📦📦📦📦.


message 8: by MommaBear (new)

MommaBear What about Freed from Christian's POV? Where's that? Not that I've read those re-issues, because after the 50 trilogy I was amazed at what gets published, but it's the point...


message 9: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Thorpe I'm on the fence and this excerpt didn't really help me. Maybe I'm over the whole "master/servant" thing...


message 10: by Namegrace (new)

Namegrace Beecher I’m also intrigued. We will see


message 11: by Erin (new)

Erin Nihcki wrote: "What about Freed from Christian's POV? Where's that? Not that I've read those re-issues, because after the 50 trilogy I was amazed at what gets published, but it's the point..."


It's been out for a while. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


message 12: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Smith Maxim came off sounding immature, whiny and lacking confidence. Nothing at all like Christian Grey's bold, self confident, know what he wants and goes after it persona. I know it's just a short excerpt, but the writing didn't seem up to par, either. As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. And I'm not impressed. I won't be in a hurry to buy this book, if at all, and will prefer to wait for reviews.


message 13: by Ajla (new)

Ajla Ohran Wow! Never read 50 shades of gray so I've got nothing to make a comparison with, but the grammar in this one sure is atrocious and even a 15 year old could write something better. Like, we've got no plot, only some guy stuck in his own head who gets aroused from looking at a random girl's face. Not to mention that they're literally just standing there, no plot or conversation whatsoever, just this guy thinking some random shit and jumping from topic to topic with no relation in between.
I'm sure this will be a hit, because apparently people like reading bullshit. I don't care really, go and waste your money and time. I just had to comment on the grammar.


message 14: by Ajla (new)

Ajla Ohran Also, I the style of writing reminds me of something written in a Victorian era, like she tries to make him all posh and cool a d aristocratic, but then she goes and writes things like 'shit' and '
I’m aroused once more' or 'fuck a duck', 'bloody hell' etc etc.
Don't get me wrong. I love reading smut, not even going to pretend otherwise. I just have a problem with things like this actually being considered good when its subpar to some works on the internet I've seen written by fanfiction writers, who are widely thought of as the worst of the worst often (even though some of them are quite good).


message 15: by Chloe (new)

Chloe "fuck a duck"
"wow. she really does speak English"
"Why does a woman I’ve never met have such an effect on me? It’s irritating"
"(..)raises her head, regarding me with large, liquid brown eyes. Eyes I could drown in."

Is this REALLY the level of writing we're accepting these days? A literal 12 year-old could write better than this. This is the trope of every male writer out there. 50 shades was shit, and it was still way better than this.
Next we'll be hearing about her full breasts, 'engorged like melons' or like ' a mother who has no child left to suckle them', or her oh-so-simple, yet entirely attractive clothing. Or how she has no idea how pretty she is.
This comes across like some saviour bullshit; A re-hashing of the Colin Firth & Lúcia Moniz's storyline in Love Actually.
Thank you, NEXT


message 16: by Paula (new)

Paula González Excellent!!
I can't wait!!..


message 17: by DW4 (new)

DW4 Erin wrote: "Nihcki wrote: "What about Freed from Christian's POV? Where's that? Not that I've read those re-issues, because after the 50 trilogy I was amazed at what gets published, but it's the point..."


It..."


Erin wrote: "Nihcki wrote: "What about Freed from Christian's POV? Where's that? Not that I've read those re-issues, because after the 50 trilogy I was amazed at what gets published, but it's the point..."


It..."


The first two books in Christian's POV are released, but Freed isn't, that link is to the first book.


Christine D. Sanchez I can’t wait to read this I loved the Fifty Shades Series I read all 3 books two times! E.L. James is supered...


Vanessa Silva Martins Super excited for this new book 🤩


message 20: by Jay (new)

Jay Meh.
I was looking forward to this book, but the excerpt just killed it for me. Also, I'm an audio girl, and the narrator for Fifty was atrocious, so if I decide to buy this book, I hope they pick someone way more qualified.


message 21: by Ann (new)

Ann Ajla wrote: "Wow! Never read 50 shades of gray so I've got nothing to make a comparison with, but the grammar in this one sure is atrocious and even a 15 year old could write something better. Like, we've got n..."

Love this post. Excellent description!


message 22: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Rosenblat Manson This looks really intriguing. Curious about Maxim's surname...a connection to Grace Trevelyan-Grey? We'll find out soon enough. I can hardly wait!


message 23: by Gail (new)

Gail Moore I’m intrigued but not running to preorder... I’ll wait for readers reviews.


message 24: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Meyer Can’t wait!!


message 25: by Kirstin (new)

Kirstin Erin wrote: "I'm on the fence with this one. The blurb piquéd my interest but the excerpt didn't really do anything for me."

I agree.


message 26: by Neen (new)

Neen Something is off bout this book😔


message 27: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Mittlestadt Will be very difficult to top Christian Gray! Would love Freed from Christian's viewpoint.


message 28: by Stella (new)

Stella Gutierrez Preordered already from Barns and Noble back in February and can hardly wait to read this new 📖💕🤗


message 29: by Jess☺️ (new)

Jess☺️ Read the fifty shades of grey series (all 5 books) might as well keep going with the new book maybe series 😉


message 30: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Nihcki wrote: "What about Freed from Christian's POV? Where's that? Not that I've read those re-issues, because after the 50 trilogy I was amazed at what gets published, but it's the point..."

Then why you here. If you don’t like no one is forcing you to read. May other worse things get published than FICTION.


message 31: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Chloe wrote: ""fuck a duck"
"wow. she really does speak English"
"Why does a woman I’ve never met have such an effect on me? It’s irritating"
"(..)raises her head, regarding me with large, liquid brown eyes. Ey..."

The go write and stop criticizing.. let’s see how you do.


Clumsy With Words Hahaha “fuck a duck” is going to be my code for a 0-star reviews from now on. How in the world are people excited by this? I don’t mind erotic books, but this is a joke.


message 33: by Isolette (new)

Isolette Chaves I’m so excited I can’t wait . what adventure you going to take me next Erika 😄


message 34: by Ree (new)

Ree White ... the sneak peek didn’t set me on fire. Withholding opinion until the book arrives.


message 35: by Mary (new)

Mary Stover Oooh, this sounds interesting. I might not put this down at all.


message 36: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Erin wrote: "Nihcki wrote: "What about Freed from Christian's POV? Where's that? Not that I've read those re-issues, because after the 50 trilogy I was amazed at what gets published, but it's the point..."


It..."


Erin wrote: "Nihcki wrote: "What about Freed from Christian's POV? Where's that? Not that I've read those re-issues, because after the 50 trilogy I was amazed at what gets published, but it's the point..."


It..."


Erin, only Grey and Darker are only out Christians POV. We are patiently and anxiously awaiting Freed from Christians POV.


message 37: by Cécile (new)

Cécile Rischmann Whatever we may say about E.L James and her novels, the fact remains that she flew right to the top. I read all her books and think she does have a way of getting across in simple straightforward language. She seems to have found a need and is filling it:)


message 38: by L.T. (new)

L.T. Marshall I have this book on pre-order already but have to admit, this excerpt isn't doing it for me. I shall await the book and see.


message 39: by Lori (new)

Lori Martinson cyples Wondering why Maxims last name couldn’t have been more original? That was the last name of Christians mother. Maybe she was hoping we wouldn’t notice? Disappointed that 50 Shades Freed from Christians POV has not come out. Loved all 5 books there and would love the 6th!!


message 40: by Raymond (new)

Raymond I'm also intrigued


message 41: by Lucy (new)

Lucy From the blurb, I could take it or leave it with this one. I'll wait and see what the reviews are before ordering this book. Although the 50 Shades book series was entertaining, I think it was a poor representation of the BDSM lifestyle. Hopefully this book will do the BDSM lifestyle some justice.


message 42: by Susan (new)

Susan Dubin Sarah Risenblatt Manson when I saw his surname I thought the same thing. Does Christian have relatives in England?


message 43: by Dora (last edited Mar 23, 2019 02:55PM) (new)

Dora Harvey I am intrigued—to see if this is just as good as Gray books. Can’t wait to read!


message 44: by Jeppy (new)

Jeppy Derudar


message 45: by Jeppy (new)

Jeppy Derudar i reserved my copy already in the bookshop nearby❤


message 46: by Janice (new)

Janice I don't know...sounds like the same formula as 50 Shades...vulnerable, waifish young girl...successful, wealthy, sophisticated and experienced male...he will take this untried innocent and move her out of her cinders to train, love and cherish her, and after a lot of angst (and maybe another book, or two), a HEA...uuum, still reads like another kind of "shades." But...I could be wrong. To be continued, I guess.


message 47: by MommaBear (new)

MommaBear Erin wrote: "Nihcki wrote: "What about Freed from Christian's POV? Where's that? Not that I've read those re-issues, because after the 50 trilogy I was amazed at what gets published, but it's the point..."


It..."



That's Christian's POV of book 1, 50 Shades of Grey, and his POV of 50 Shades Darker is out too. But his POV of the 3rd book, 50 Shades Freed, hasn't been published yet.


message 48: by Carol (new)

Carol Coles Would also like 50 shades freed from christians pov


message 49: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Prepo Well, that was as interesting as watching the grass grow...

Also, I read a few pages of Gray (from Christian's PoV) and this is exactly the same. From the mesmerizing eyes that make him go hard to the bite of the lip to the cringe worthy phrases like "fuck a duck".

Thank you, next


message 50: by Erin (new)

Erin My bad on the Christian POV - I was under the impression it was one book for all. Sorry! I didn't attempt to read them (though I did love the original 3).


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