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Mr. Masters

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He is powerful, older and my boss, a lethal combination.
Job satisfaction has taken on a whole new meaning.

When I lied on my resume, I didn’t expect it to matter.
I mean any child would love me; I was born to be a nanny.
I applied for a position working for a woman, or so I thought.
But Julian Masters is definitely all man…the kind you dream of licking chocolate from.

The first day was bad.
The kids were the spawn of the devil and I spied through a window and caught him doing something obscene…. and equally fascinating.

The second day was worse, he caught me snooping in his bathroom cabinet in my skimpy pyjamas and all hell broke loose.

On the third day, I ran over him in a golf cart.

And by day four I had decided that I wanted that chocolate…all of it.
Melted….on me.

But intelligent, widowed Judges don’t fall for ditzy nannies.
Or do they?

445 pages, Kindle Edition

First published May 27, 2018

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T.L. Swan

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I'm a Psychology student, wife and mother of three based in beautiful Sydney Australia. I work for the Australian Schizophrenia Fellowship.I have always wanted to write, but life had got in the way. I was always too busy, too tired, too unsure of my talent. Last year I finally woke up took the plunge and I am eternally grateful that I did. I am now happily addicted to my writing and love bringing the sexy stories from my head to life with my beautiful characters.

My aim is to write tender, steamy, romantic love stories that stay with you long after you close the book.



Love and friendship

Tee xx



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1,794 reviews27.8k followers
March 18, 2019
5 Smut Scale Stars

I don't know what rocks I end up living under sometimes...

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...but thank God I can always count on my GR friends to drag me out from under them.

People have been recommending this author to me for a while and I have even had this book on my kindle for weeks now. I legit have no excuse for not picking this up sooner.

Although maybe had I done so, I wouldn't have loved it as much. I've been in somewhat of an all around slump lately...no new-to-me books have been really striking my fancy and - outside of Harry Potter and my faithful Eve & Roarke - I have basically been sticking to re-reads. So maybe the timing would have been wrong. All us bookworms know that reading, like anything, has cyclical periods of highs and lows.

But anyway, I digress.

The timing was 100% for me on this one.

This book was utterly delicious.

DELICIOUS, I tell you.

It had SO many things that I love:

-Age gap
-Marriage of convenience type situation
-Alpha-hole male lead
-Excellent chemistry

And my absolute favorite thing...

GROVELING.

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So scrumptious.

Not even a dead ex and a manic pixie dream girl lead female could ruin this one for me.

So excited to annihilate T.L. Swan's entire backlog.

More than I have already, that is. Not gonna lie, I already devoured Mr. Spencer right after finishing this last night. Was up til 4am reading it, in fact.

No self control
No shame.
NO regrets.

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1,530 reviews1,343 followers
June 8, 2021
This is a risky book to read but if you ask me, its hotness is a good enough reason to give it a chance...

Let me make my warnings first before we talk about the book in detail...

FOREWORD - Warnings & clarifications:

1. There is a 13 years of age difference between the heroine (26) and the hero (39). His wife is dead and he has two children. She has never married.

On paper, they are not a good match. He is a man who doesn’t want to get married and have children again and he is right, not many men would in his shoes. And she is a woman at the beginning of her life and she wants to get married and have children. She is also right, most women in her shoes would.

As I said, no one is wrong for wanting or not wanting these things; both are right when looked at from their own perspective and situation. The thing is they are just not a good match. They need to want to be with each other so much that they would be willing to do some sacrifices.

That’s why, I normally do not read about couples with such age difference but I was somehow drawn to this book. I am happy that I gave it a chance, though.

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2. This book is not for the readers who hate man-whore heroes and arrogant jerks. Before he met the heroine, he had friends with benefits and at the same time, he used high-class prostitutes whenever he wanted. So if this is one of your pet peeves, don’t ever start the book, he will infuriate you.

I had no problems with his “friends with benefits” but I hated that he used prostitutes.

Also, the hero talks freely with his two close (male) friends about women in their lives and they tell each other about their sex life in an open and sometimes vulgar way and it might disturb some readers, just saying it here...

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3. If you think Mr Masters is a man who is still mourning after his beloved dead wife and doesn’t want to love and lose another woman again, then you ARE WRONG.

His story IS DIFFERENT.

Do NOT assume the expected because when he reveals why he is the way he is, it makes total sense and I liked that it was not a cliché reason but a different one. Good plot twist, and as I said, don’t assume!

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4. As for cheating, my warning is that there is a close call. When she leaves him, he feels desperate and he goes to one of his prostitutes. However, as she starts to touch his d*ck to give him a blow job, he can’t take it, feels disgusted and he stops her immediately.

Cheating or not? – well, your call - however you take it…

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Now, if you get past the above issues and are ready for the book, let me give you some more ideas about it and don’t worry, it will be a spoiler-free review.

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The plot & the characters

Brielle, our heroine, had a disastrous relationship with a man with mental problems and she is now trying to move on and trying to enjoy life again. She comes to London from Australia to live an adventure. She will work as a nanny for a year.

Julian Masters is a widow with two children. He is a judge and he is super rich. He has two close friends but except for them, he is a closed off man. He even doesn’t show much affection to his children. He cares about them but he doesn’t show love or affection.

In his private life, he doesn’t do relationships. When women fall in love with him, he immediately leaves them. He prefers to have friends with benefits but he is not loyal to them because at the same time, he goes to high-class prostitutes. The reasons about why he leads a life like this are revealed in the second half of the book.

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When Julian picks Brielle up at the airport, Brielle is surprised because she thought Julian was a woman. From the very first moment they meet, sparks fly between them.

At first, Brielle makes a fool of herself, acts like an irresponsible teenager than a nanny and if I were the father, I would definitely kick her out of my house! I really disliked her at the beginning. But later, she changed and became this sweet and caring girl and I tried to explain her weirdness at the beginning with jet-lag and her shock at meeting Julian, the handsome judge, while expecting an old lady.

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As for Julian, he is hard to like at the beginning. He is an arrogant heartless jerk. The more the story evolves and the more we get glimpses of how heart-broken he is, the more I started to like him.

My relationship with Mr. Julian Masters were like this all through the book: I wanted to smack him, strangle him or kick his rich and arrogant ass but then, I wanted to hug him, kiss him better and say everything will be OK in the end. He is such a complex character.

I hated that I loved him but I couldn’t help loving him in the end.

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Brielle & Julian try to ignore their attraction for a short while but they cannot resist the sizzling hot chemistry between them for long and they start a “friends with benefits” arrangement.



I liked the children and the grandparents very much. They all loved Brielle. Julian’s mother even gave her advice about how to treat Julian so that she can win his heart.

Julian and Brielle kept their sexual relationship out of the house and met at a hotel once a week. Julian sends her an e-mail and tells her when, where and what to wear.

Julian Masters Requests the company of Bree Johnston

Occasion: Situation inspection.
Date: 28th May
Time: 8pm
Place: Scarfes Bar, Rosewood London
Dress code: Slutty

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Julian Masters
Requests the company of Bree Johnston

Occasion: Situation inspection.
Date: 31st May
Time: 7 PM
Place: Room 612, Rosewood London
Dress code: Bondage




The intimate scenes between Brielle & Julian are off the charts hot and they are written in a tastefully naughty way.

The book, especially Mr Masters, might make you say, “Christian Gray who???



Julian wants to keep their affair as a secret for a long while and they tell no one about it. They just meet at a hotel.

However, towards the end, they cannot keep their hands off each other at the house and Julian starts to come to her room after the children sleep. Having said that, I was shocked, though, when they did sexual things under the blanket a few times while they were watching TV with the children – that was gross in my opinion!!!

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Mr Julian Masters is a dominant, hot and handsome man and although he is emotionally unavailable, sexually, he is a burning fire. This is one of those books that depend heavily on sex. However, it doesn't take away from the story as their undeniable attraction and sexual compatibility is the basis of their relationship.

However, Brielle is not only a sexy woman for Julian. In time, he learns to have fun with her. She is care-free and crazy. Julian’s impenetrable walls get a small crack every time he is with Brielle and finally, this Australian nanny brings sunshine, fun and happiness to the whole family, including Mr Masters, the ice-berg 😊

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Ending:

There is a HEA, although I believe it was too easy and too cheesy.

Now that I have finished reading the book and am writing a reivew about it, I slowly realize that this is one of those books that makes you love it while reading it but when you are telling about it, it makes you wonder why or how you liked it. Weird, huh?

Julian is definitely not a hero I would put in my favorite book boyfriends list. Brielle is not my type of heroine, either. They have both their own flaws. However, despite all the things that would make this book “far from an ideal love story”, if you can accept that it is “their story with the good and the bad in it”, then you may still enjoy the ride as much as I did because “what a ride it is! (pun intended)” 😊

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Writing:

- It is a long book with 400 pages.

- It is written in dual point of view (Thank God or otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to like Julian).

- It makes you feel. Although there is too much sex in it, it is all tastefully written.

- There are some formatting issues & editing mistakes.

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Recommendation:

Recommended whenever you need to read a "very very hot book" (if you can get past the issues in the Foreword, of course.)



I reiterate - this is hotness overdose... but tasteful, which is hard to find...

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QUOTES from the book

“Do you like your women wholesome and pure, or dirty and slutty?”
He sips his scotch and the air swirls between us. “I like the first to act like the latter… but only for me.”

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“What are you doing?” God, she’s blind drunk. I can hear it in her voice.
“Well…” She pauses. “Can you please put Julian on the phone, Mr. Masters?”
“Miss Brielle, it’s 4:00 a.m. and I’m not in the mood for your games. What do you want?”
“I’ve told you. I need to speak to Julian, my housemate, and not Mr. Masters, my boss.”
I lie back and inhale sharply. “Why do you need Julian?”
“Because I only have nineteen days left to prove that I’m a good nanny and I really don’t want to wake Mr. Masters up.” She hesitates. “I want to speak to Julian, please.”
“Miss Brielle, enough of the games.”
“Please,” she begs. “Put Julian on the phone.”
I roll my eyes and exhale heavily. “Speaking.”

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"Hey, Masters, what's up?" He holds a beer out for me too as he sits down.
“Not much.” I sip my beer. “My new nanny started.”
“What’s she like?” Seb asks.
“Fucking hot,” I sigh.
The boys both exchange a look and smile before they turn their attention back to me. “Seriously?” Spence asks. “How hot?”
"Like, I'm fucking hard in my pants every single time she's in the room hot," I answer dryly.
“Have you shagged her?” Spence asks.
I wince as I sip my beer. “You don’t shag the nanny, Spence.”
“Why not?” He shrugs, raising his brows.” I would.”

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She starts to dance freely, not trying to be cool at all, and her hips move to the rhythm as she turns to look in the fridge. With her back to me, my eyes stay firmly on her ass as it sways to the beat.

The song continues and she really gets into it, picking up her glass and giggling as she dances. She spills her drink down her forearm, and then she puts her arm up and slowly licks it off.

Jesus Christ. How much seduction can a man take before he fucks his nanny on his kitchen floor?

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He’s gone back out. I flop onto the bed and swipe the angry tears away from my eyes.

His words ring through my head. "This isn’t a relationship."

No shit, Sherlock. This isn’t a relationship, this is a train wreck.

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“The mere thought of sleeping with such an arrogant pig turns my stomach now. Don’t you dare call me that again. My name is Miss Brielle to you, and I am just the nanny. Stay the hell away!”

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“Why are you acting like this, Julian?” she whispers.
“Because I can’t stand the thought of someone else touching you.”
“Why?”
“Because you belong to fucking me,” I admit, losing control.

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“Julian.” I glance over at her. “Drive it like you stole it.”
I drop the clutch, hitting high speed in first gear, and I glance over to her. “Then, I’m going to f*ck you like I hate you.”

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The physical feelings I’m having…
The emotional…
I feel so much closer to him than I should.
I whimper, “Jules.”
“I know, baby.”

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He holds me close, his kiss aggressive. ... “Fuck,” he moans. “Fucking hell. This is so….” His voice is unrecognizable, and I smile to myself. I love him like this. “I knew you would be amazing.” He hits me hard. “I knew you would blow my fucking mind.” He starts to lose control and really lets me have it.

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“Quite the Jekyll and Hyde, aren’t you?”
He smirks. “I could say the same about you.”
I act offended. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I was born to be a sweet nanny.”
He smiles, his hand finding that spot between my legs, “You were born to f*ck. This beautiful body of yours is built for sin.”

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I need to go to the bathroom, but I am not getting up because then I’ll have to let her go. I kiss her forehead and close my eyes. Having her in my arms is as close to Heaven as I’ve ever been.


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* Reread it as of June, 2021 and still enjoyed it as much :)

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1,163 reviews4,066 followers
August 4, 2020
2.5 Stars



I changed my rating so many times while reading this book I can't tell which way is up or down anymore. It was mostly a downhill trend and I believe we reached a critical stage when it's better to write down my thoughts and impressions as soon as possible before I attach one tiny star onto this review.

I absolutely loved the kids. And I absoultely LOVED the heroine's interaction with the kids.

The heroine was awesome. And hilarious. When she didn't come near the hero. When she didn't turn into an immature fifteen-year-old.

I even liked the hero. Kinda. When he wasn't near the heroine. When he didn't turn into a cheap, horny, immature bastard.

Every time these two were together, my urge to barf was uncontainable.



Their sexual tension felt forced, their playfull interaction cheap and shallow. It looked like they both suffered from a split personality disorder. Everything felt unbelievable.

Don't listen to me. I'm in the minority.
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737 reviews1,326 followers
January 24, 2022
5 Don't Let This End Stars ⭐

~Second read, first review.~

I imagine many readers would be divided over this story. You'll spend half the book wanting to punch Mr Masters in the dick and the rest tearing your panties off. But surely that's a good reaction isn't it?!

“Do you like your women wholesome and pure, or dirty and slutty?”

He sips his scotch and the air swirls between us. “I like the first to act like the latter… but only for me.”


It's no secret that this author follows a writing formula. So there's the gazillionaire older man that requires a personality adjustment, the gorgeous successful woman who fucks like a pro, panty melting sex and a whole lot of drama that always needs to be resolved.

Mr Masters was no different just better. Our heroine Brielle had a backbone that I really loved, Julian Masters was forced to eat humble pie regularly and his children were a complete highlight. And there were a few sucker punch moments that left you reeling.

So in a nutshell Brielle had accepted a nanny position in London. Granted she may have bluffed her way into the role but frankly she's a total success. Too bad that her boss has a hard time acknowledging it.

Judge Julian Masters is a widower struggling with the whole single parenting gig. Nannies seem to be leaving quicker than they're staying. He needs Brielle to work out and initially his reservations aren't unfounded. Yet the fact he wants to bed her is a mindfuck especially as it's mutual.

“I’m not here to romance you, Bree, I’m here to take my pleasure from your body.” He leans forward and takes my face in his hands. “And I’m going to fuck you so damn good, no man will ever compare.”

This book shoves you out of your comfort zone. It's essentially an age gap workplace romance with benefits between a damaged, arrogant hero and a young woman that radiates optimism. Quite the disparity. It could all work if Julian doesn't sabotage them. Plus it's perfectly kinky!
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1,482 reviews3,486 followers
May 13, 2021
2.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: I'm kinda torn about this one tbh. I struggled with the H being a cold-hearted jerk a lot of the time and never fully understanding where his issues with love really stemmed from, they had a huge conflict that was resolved way too easily and unbelievably (to me at least), and there were some editing issues in the beginning especially that bugged (like " being in the wrong place in the sentence/paragraph), and there were also some things that felt like they were thrown in for the sake of more drama but never really addressed properly again . But on the other hand, I was also emotionally invested enough to cry. I also found their chemistry pretty darn hot -- so, there were those positives I guess... BUT overall (and especially after writing out this review and seeing all my negatives), I felt like this was a little bit less than "just okay" 3 stars making my rating 2.5 stars.

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Brielle and Julian's story. Brielle is arriving in London for a 12 month work visa working as a nanny, and she is shocked when she finds out that Julian is actually a male and not the female she thought he was. Sparks fly instantly and she soon is begging for her job when disaster ensues for the first few days on the job. After Julian agrees to a second chance and some dancing around each other, they can no longer deny their strong attraction to one another. Julian is damaged from his past so he makes it clear that he is not interested in any type of relationship except friends with benefits, and Brielle reluctantly agrees. There is some baggage they have to work through, some kid drama, some hot sexy times...and they get a HEA ending.

POV: This alternated between Brielle and Julian's POV.

Overall Pace of Story: Alright. I never skimmed, but it did feel slow in some places and rushed in others.

Instalove: No, they take a while to develop stronger feelings.

H rating: 2 stars. Julian. I struggled with him. He was cold and I felt like he was only focused on the sex with the h and then he flipped the switch and was mushy sweet with her. And how he was with his friends -- I felt like he was a douche.

h rating: 4 stars. Brielle. I liked her. I appreciated how she stood up for those things she believed in, and how she didn't hide the fact that the H messed up and hurt her.

Sadness level: Low/moderate. I teared up a few times, but I never needed any tissues.

Push/Pull:Yes

Heat level: Hot. They have some hot tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story.

Descriptive sex: Yes

OW/OM drama: Yes

Sex scene with OW or OM: No

Cheating: Not technically

Separation: Yes

Possible Triggers: Yes

Closure: This had a pretty good epilogue with a few jump ahead glimpses into their future. I would call this a HEA ending .

Safety: This one is probably either Safe with exception or Not Safe for most safety gang readers depending on personal preferences.
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281 reviews595 followers
September 22, 2021
Reread 9/22/21

I absolutely love this book by T. L. Swan. I could read it all the time.

The writing is superb and the chemistry between Brielle and Julien are off the scales hot. Brielle is the nanny and she has no experience so she has to navigate dealing with a surly teen and an alpha-hole boss.

I love, love, love Julien. All the sexy feels with him. Grumpy and curt but has deep wounds and the interaction with his best friends is priceless.

I highly recommend it. It is the first book in a series.
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470 reviews16.3k followers
May 9, 2022
This book was going to receive a good 4 stars until the last 15%.
First I want to say I loved Bree. She was fun and different but not in the “I am not like other girls” way but really just a very optimistic person.
Now we have the kids who we’re both realistic and acted how so thought kids their age would act and I really like how we had a bit of representation with Willow.
Then there’s the grandparents who were also fun but not enough in the book.
BUT THEN THERE IS JULIAN AND HELL NO.
First of all I understand why he didn’t want another relationship but he was rude and disrespectful throughout the entire book and in the end when they break up before ever even making their relationship public he is a complete also and there is no groveling whatsoever.
Bree was such a strong girl throughout the book but then boom, she completely changes character.

Spoiler now:
When they break up, he goes to his old “therapist” which is actually just a place where he used to have sex. So he goes there with the intent of having sex while they were broken up. Okay no cheating right? But then he stops it before it can go to far because he regrets it. Good I liked it.
BUT THEN HE ALL OF THE SUDDEN PROPOSES TO BREE AND SHE JUST SAYS YES????
So out of character. And then when she asked if he was with anybody he just blatantly lies and says no.
Yeah he didn’t sleep with anybody but I feel like all that should have been mentioned.

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3,972 reviews433 followers
July 12, 2019
1 ⭐- Ugh! Didn't like it or triggers or pet peeve!
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He is an asshole and treats our heroine like a whore. She has shit instead of brain and acts like a doormat.
They deserve each other.

“Now, if it isn’t too much trouble, Miss Brielle… do your job and go look after my children. If you are uninterested in performing the position you applied for, go find something else, because I can assure you that the position of being a hooker, on your back, in my bed is unavailable.” My eyes fill with tears.

“Twenty-five.” "That's a perfect age. She's old enough to know how to fuck, loose enough to fuck hard, but tight enough to drive you wild."

“No girlfriend. No wife. What do you have?” I ask. His dark eyes hold mine. “Friends with benefits.”

“I’m not here to romance you, Bree, I’m here to take my pleasure from your body.” He leans forward and takes my face in his hands. “And I’m going to fuck you so damn good, no man will ever compare.”

I glance at my watch. It’s 10:30 p.m. We literally just fucked for two hours and now the date is over. He takes my hand and leads me out of the room, back into the elevator and down to the parking lot.

“They are picking on her, and you didn’t even bother to ask for her side of the story. You just believed them without question. What kind of a father does that to his daughter?”

Don’t mistake this for anything other than what it is, Brell. What we have is a friendship with a few orgasms on the side. Nothing more, nothing less. In his words… we have an arrangement.

“Fuck,” he whispers. “What?” “One of my work colleagues is here.” “So?” I frown. “I don’t want them to fucking know about you.”

The entrees come out, but he still doesn’t return to the table. He and the woman are the only two standing by the bar now, and it’s apparent that he’s avoiding sitting down beside me. Okay, now I’m getting pissed.

“Miss Brielle.” He gestures to me. “This is Anna, a work colleague of mine.”

Why did he bring me? I feel so stupid. He says something, and Anna bursts out laughing. The lady opposite me gives me a sad smile.

“I don’t know how you usually treat women, Julian, but let me tell you this… you will never again get the fucking chance to make me feel like you did tonight. ” “How did I make you feel?” he growls. “Like a cheap slut you are taking home to fuck when the night is over.”

He narrows his eyes. “You don’t get to tell me what to do. This isn’t a relationship.”

“Just talk to me, Julian. Tell me what you want.”

“I want a woman who isn’t needy.” I sneer.

“Or… you could hook up with Mr. Masters, who has already fallen in love with his soul mate and lost her. He’s a widow and you will always come second to her no matter what. His house, his job, his children… and you’re left to fit in somewhere around them.”

“You can’t fix Julian, no matter what you do. You can’t turn back time for him. He’s already been there and done that with somebody else.”

“Why are you acting like this, Julian?” she whispers. “Because I can’t stand the thought of someone else touching you.” “Why?” “Because you belong to fucking me,” I admit, losing control.

“How long have you used prostitutes?” “From the age of twenty-four up until the day you walked into my house.”

“And the other women you dated?” I frown. “I continued seeing prostitutes while I was seeing them.”

“When I told you I have never been in love before…. I lied.” He swallows the lump in his throat. I stare into his big brown eyes. “Because I’m in love with you,” he whispers.

“What?” I frown as I look around. “My parents are here.” “So?” “So… we can’t be on a fucking date,” he whispers, dragging me to the back of the restaurant. “They’re going to have to find out about us eventually.” I frown. “No, they’re not,” he whispers angrily, pulling me toward the exit.

“I don’t want anyone to know about us.” He starts the car.

“I don’t want us to be a thing.”

“So, that’s it? As far as you’re concerned we’re just going to keep going on like this?” “Like what?” he snaps. “Sneaking around.” “And what’s wrong with that?”

His looks at me like I’ve gone completely mad. “I’m not marrying again. No way in hell am I ever getting married again, Brielle. Get that shit out of your head right fucking now.”

“I am happy with you, but what about my needs? I’m twenty-six. I’ve never been married and I want my own children.”

My mind goes to Alina. Is this what she dealt with? The silent treatment? While he fucked prostitutes on the side.

He’s pulled away from me without any regret.

“I can’t give you what you want,” he confesses sadly. “I wish I could. I just can’t.” “Yes, you can,” I whisper. “You just don’t want to.” His jaw clenches. “You’re right. I don’t.”

My eyes hold his. “Keep living with Alina’s ghost and go back to your prostitutes. You’re safe there.”

They were never really mine. They were borrowed… From Alina.

Half an hour later, I arrive at Madison’s, my therapist. I always leave here relaxed. I don’t have to talk. I don’t have to think. I don’t have to feel. I walk through the front doors on autopilot.

“Would you like your normal room, sir?”

“Hello,” the feminine voice behind me says.

She kneels in front of me and begins to unfasten my belt. I swallow the lump in my throat. She kisses my thigh. “You like that?” she whispers. I stay silent. Her hand reaches for my cock and she strokes it three times, I clench my jaw.

He has never forgotten Alina. I know he says he never loved her, but on some level he did. She gave him his two greatest gifts and he will be forever grateful that she went through with those pregnancies.
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3,285 reviews429 followers
March 18, 2019
This book ticked so many boxes for me and it proved to be an addictive read. I was still reading this at 2am this morning when I finally fell asleep.

Brielle turned out to be a refreshing delight although I’ll admit at one point I felt it could have gone either way. Willow and Sammy were great. Julian blowing hot and cold had me going hot and cold on him. But ultimately this was a book I couldn’t put down. It completely won me over and I’m moving straight onto Mr. Spencer next.

Julian is

‘My man is tall, dark and handsome. He oozes power, money, and enough sexual energy to light up a universe.’

He’s also lonely, unhappy and lives with the guilt of his wife’s death. It’s hard to imagine living with the pressure he’s put on himself.

So I really enjoyed this book but...

I’m a picky bitch. I know I am you don’t have to tell me and trust me I wish I wasn’t. So the author is obviously not British. And as such she can’t be expected to know all the little things that make up Britain. Little things niggled at me throughout the book but it was no big deal. But the Republican comment however just seemed stupid. There’s no Republican Party in the U.K. It’s minor, incredibly minor I know but it’s obvious and should have been picked up. If not by the author then by the editor or beta readers.

"If you come out and said to me, ‘Dad, I'm a Republican now', I would tell you that you're too young to make that decision.....”
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2,124 reviews273 followers
August 1, 2018
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It’s almost hypnotic, right? The way it just explodes into a giant mess that could become a complete and utter tragedy, but you can’t stop watching it. I mean, it seems to end well, but you just know folks are going to have a whole mess of problems after the dust settles, right? That, in a nutshell, is this book.

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The Good
I saw that this was recommended by some GR friends, it was on Kindle Unlimited and on the surface I was into the tropes - older, single, stern dad hires younger nanny (I love me some big age gap romances), a bit of isolation, some funny setups. So I was all ready for my road trip onto Rom Com Road, a stretch of highway I am very familiar with in Romancelandia.

This book suffers from a split personality - it couldn’t decide whether to be an erotic romance or a single parent rom com. Now I’m going to talk about the stuff I didn’t like later on, but there are moments when the story is enjoyable, especially somewhere in the first quarter to halfway mark or so.

The best scenes in the story are when Brielle is bonding with the kids and Julian veers more grumpy hero territory, which is vastly different from an alphahole. But anyhoodle, had the character’s emotional journeys been stronger, I could have seen this working, even with the alphahole. There are a handful of scenes that I thought were well done and could have made sense...in another book.

The Bad

So, that first 20%? Let’s just say, I was expecting Rom Com Road, but unexpectedly, my journey actually took me to Alphahole Lane, a special subdivision of Romancelandia that I don’t cruise by very often and ….I’m not gonna lie, it had me like

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It starts off with Julian visiting some hookers, so I knew I was in trouble, but I held on. I mean, it’d been a long time since I’ve read an alphahole book, but usually I can find something to enjoy, especially when you get to see the hero let go of the jackassery and embrace the love. Well, this kind of happens but there’s no buildup. The turns in the plot are sharp and it’s very dependent on big emotional swings that didn’t work for me.

The men, in particular the hero and his friends, are the worst. Mr. Masters is a judge who rarely works and is mostly just hot with the emotional maturity of a 12 year old. His conversations with his friends are bad. They try for that locker room banter vibe for authenticity but it’s just a big pile of misogyny. I have no interest in seeing his friends find their HEA.

Brielle has her own fair share of issues, so it’s not all heaped on the alphahole. She’s the typical cipher heroine you’ll see in alphahole romances, where her personality tends to be inconsistent and fluctuate to suit the particular scene. Her moods and observations change greatly from a few paragraphs to the next. At one moment, she’s acting as if he’s the most amazing man to ever amaze and then the next, he’s broken a-hole. There's no transition. The inconsistencies really hurt the narrative, but there was alot of sex, so there’s that.

Oh and FYI, he’s broken, she’s broken, they’re all broken. He’s hot, she’s hot, this is so hot. He loses control, she loses control, everything loses control. If I read those phrases once, I read them a shedload.

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I will say at least I did finish it, even if there were significant lulls, and discordant scenes. As it was, I wasn’t sure what to feel, other than determined to finish it and see if it got better.

It didn’t.


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1.5 (?) stars because I did finish it
I know there are folks who love this, and love the WTFery inherent in alphahole romances. That’s cool, whatever floats your boat. If the book had stuck to the humor in the blurb, I might have enjoyed it, even with the jackassery. But sadly, there was way too much of that and not enough of the rom com vibe, so it didn’t work for me.

In conclusion, if you love trainwrecks with an alphahole hero and lots o’ sex and not a whole lot of sense, you may enjoy this. But I couldn’t recommend it and I’m not sure it was worth the three days I spent reading it.


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1,591 reviews310 followers
July 3, 2020
Whew! I almost did a re-read.....







Spoilers ahead, 1.5* for the h and the kids


I struggled through the book so I'm not going to struggle through this review

h is 26 ,H is 39
She's his new nanny over in London from Australia for a year to work

She was immature at times, inappropriate at others. She said some words in front of the kids that I definitely didn't approve of but 🤷. She was a total idiot when it came to the gigantic asshole that was Mr Masters because she continuously forgave him over and over again. He went to ridiculous lengths to hide their arrangement turned relationship until the bitter end. She finally got some sense and left him then when he came back to her she was willing to compromise on everything that she'd initially left him for??? I was absolutely gobsmacked! Even with all her faults I liked her and adored her with the children, the way she stood up for the teenaged daughter made me like her even more.

Mr Masters
😂 I'm laughing because I feel a Keaton rant coming on

Anyways Mr Masters oh how I hate thee,let me count the ways 😂

So this guy, a mega rich judge got his wife pregnant accidentally but he did the "right" thing and marred her but he didn't love her and so they weren't really"together". He didn't keep a mistress, nope he hired multiple high end prostitutes to give him what he wasn't getting at home. Then he got drunk and had sex with his wife and baby 2 came along but when his wife falls in love with him he tells her he wants a divorce because he couldn't do it anymore. She then kills herself

He feels guilty but life goes on, he continues with his prostitutes and also has OW who as soon as they fall in love with him he ends it
*Side note- as a romance reader I've met many heroes who thought themselves broken and incapable of love ......but see there was always a backstory that caused it.....this guy??? I have no idea what his deal was

Nevertheless moving on

So it's been five years since the wife dies and in comes his sexy young nanny,Sparks fly, they try to hide it but eventually give in....they agree to an arrangement where he emails her and she meets him at a hotel for sex. He of course doesn't do commitment

We also see him break it off with one of his previous women who of course made the mistake of falling in love with him. They didn't have goodbye sex but he kisses her

So him and the h are hooking up, he discusses everything with his two buddies like they're teenagers. They speak about women in such a crude way I actually couldn't believe that this man was supposed to be a 39 year old judge....he acted more like a horny 18 year old and his buddies definitely weren't better


So anyway these two are going at it, Mr Masters has a high sex drive and a big dick and works the h out, in fact he was so hot for his nanny that on a night when they were watching movies with the kids he spread a blanket over them and fingered her right there!!!! I mean his daughter is a teenager!!!! That's beyond beyond!!!. We get pages of everyday life, interspersed with their kinky sex and some drama from the teen daughter. Then they finally confess their love.....I mean this was after numerous times when this man was an asshole but I rolled with it.....so we're at I love you, I love you too right? And they go out together and he sees his parents and is upset! Why? He doesn't want them to see him with the h.....now this wasn't the first time he attempted to hide her away like she was a $2 crack whore(no offense to crack whores intended) but man I figured they were in love now right? He had to expect that they'd come out as a couple??? Nope so not the case.....the thing that gets me is I can't understand this man's reasoning.... I mean a 39 year old judge people and he was a wishy washy petulant idiot!!!!!!!Come on!!!!!!

Anyway they have other issues because he doesn't want more kids or to marry again and she wants that so they separate after some drama and he eventually goes to his prostitutes and almost gets a bj but can't go through with it.
* Side note- he had confessed to the h he had used prostitutes while married to his wife but never confessed he had tried being with one during their separation, considering we know she had wondered if he'd ever do that to her too I felt it was unfair that he didn't even mention he was aroused and within a teeny tiny breath away of getting a bj



The thing is it's not the safety issues that actually bother me, it's the fact that I love single parent romances and I was looking forward to seeing him interacting with his kids but this guy sucked as a father!!!! I mean big time!!!!!! Wtf? The nanny supported his child better than he did and that to me was unforgivable! He was a horny, whiny, inconsiderate,arrogant, self-centered and cowardly excuse for a man......he wasn't a man he was a manicou and doesn't deserve the title of romance book hero!

Also the sexy times sucked!!! Sexy??? Where????


This absolutely did not work for me, I actually think this is the first time the safety issues in a book were secondary to why I hated the H!

All in all this didn't work for me but given the high reviews it may just work for you who knows 🤷
October 8, 2022
Pretty woman/Sexy Man!



The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💚🖤💙❤️💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: ☹️😳🥺☺️🥰

The Hero: Mr. Julian Masters - He is a judge and lost his wife and mother to his two children five years ago. He is desolate and barely surviving and feels like he is dying inside. He goes to his “therapist” and checks in under the name Mr. Smith and asks for two girls (Hannah and Belinda) before going to the exclusive penthouse where he has them help him relax.

The heroine: Brielle - She gets a job as a nanny for a judge and arrives in London on the day she is to start her job. She is running from a destructive past which involved her being in love with a cheater. She and her friend Emerson are both on a year long working vacation. She thinks she is working for a female judge with two well behaved children.

The Story: Brielle is surprised that Julian Masters turns out to be a man and a very wealthy one at that. His home is a mansion with the feel of a castle. She feels that she is in over her head, as she not only can’t live up to her resume as a nanny, but she doesn’t know how to behave in polite society.

Brielle’s first few days don’t go well at all. From spying Mr. Masters being anything but boss like, to forgetting to wake the children and running late from the start. She also gets caught in her nightgown sniffing his after shave in his personal bathroom when he returns home after leaving for work to grab a forgotten cell phone.

This book is told in dual points of view in dual narration. The narration is done by Sofia Lette and Shane East. They both do a great job. Shane has a cultured British accent which is perfect for the wealthy judge and Sofia Lette has a terrific Australian accent which matches Brielle perfectly. I love the fact that Brielle is a strong character, funny and gets in to the craziest situations. She is an extremely likable character.

I usually don’t like age-gap romances but these two had a ton of chemistry from the start and though early on it seemed that Brielle was just out of high school and taking a gap year or something like that, we find later on that she is actually an Engineer in Australia, and is 25 years old. There is still more than a 10 year gap, but it isn’t quite as bad as I originally thought.

The story was very good, extremely steamy and the romance was very good. I love how T.L. Swan is so good at writing great romance, her stories are about relationships, and you really get invested in the characters and the romance between them.

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440 reviews163 followers
September 17, 2020
Okay, you will HATE this hero in the beginning, which is usual for this author.

She gave us another deeply conflicted man, Julian, who never learned how to love; and a young cheerful woman, Bree, who decided to reinvent herself in another country. The chemistry was over the charts, but equally high was the angst level.
The back and forth was frustrating, yet somehow I tolerated it, because they were two complicated and messy characters, just like real life is. People are not perfect, they mess up and hurt each other, but they also change and forgive - and that's the beauty of character development, when an author makes it all believable.
So yeah, it was good.

Some parts felt too convenient, some did not make much sense, and I'm not the first one to say how badly this author needs an editor (not even a good one, any will do at this point), because mamma mia, it wasn't even funny at times. But I guess I'm also a big hypocrite, because with Ms. Swan, I almost ignore all that, her characters grow on me somehow.
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1,890 reviews395 followers
June 15, 2018
Struggled connect with either character and although I love a good arseholian hero, this one just didn't work for me. 😒

I'm totally in the minority but hey ho, can't win 'em all.
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1,679 reviews107 followers
June 10, 2018
5 PLUS Seriously HAWT Stars!!!!!!

Wow, wow, wow, I am in LOVE and LUST with Brielle and Julian.... (sighs)..... I absolutely DEVOURED this story, I mean on the edge of my seat, completely oblivious to the world around me, devoured this story!!!! I was HOOKED from the start and experienced the most wonderful and yet angsty emotions throughout, talk about a roller coaster ride!

This was my first read by this author and I was entranced. The writing was brilliant, flowed beautifully and seamlessly throughout! The relationship development was superb, it was SUPER HOT and EROTIC, it was emotional, it was sweet and tender and yet volatile and painful at times. The added characters such as the kids and his parents just made my heart melt!!!!!

ALl I can say is that this book blew me away completely in the very best way possible. OH and the sex......holy hell, I mean five alarm fire scenes!!!!!!!!!

GREAT read, congrats T.L. Swan, I am now hooked :) This book had EVERYTHING I love in my romance novels!!!!!!!
Shelved as 'f-ck-no'
July 27, 2019
Who in the right mind would think this shit is romantic?
A cheater asshole hero who cheats on his wife, on the OW with the heroine, a hero who’s an asshole to the heroine and treats her like his dirty little secret and his whore? A hero who has sex with prostitutes.
I feel like if I read this book I will get a std. 🤮🤢
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578 reviews36 followers
September 3, 2021
Re read two year later the brothel thing and the lack of empathy and dialogue make me downgrade of 2 stars

He is my new book boyfriend
Yes a good well written angsts romance
Too many lukewarm enthusiasm books recently
I loved loved this story
5 well deserved stars
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365 reviews152 followers
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August 27, 2020
The plot was good but I didn't like the authors writing style. Sometimes it felt really sloppy. There is a scene where they had some kinda sexual act in the room with children, they were watching a movie and whatever they did it was under the blanket so the children didn't see it but it was weird and I just didn't like it.
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2,351 reviews403 followers
March 7, 2019
Schizophrenic book. FSOG meets Mary Poppins.

This is Mary Poppins Nanny SWAT Team meets Gideon Cross/Beautiful Bastard etc and all the other Nanny (Secretary)/ Billionaire books. I know, barf.

The Old, Regurgitated and Not So Good:
1. Julian, the hero, is your Grade A dominant, emotionally shutdown jackass because of his wife’s death.

2. He has a really big…bank account among other things.

3. He’s emotionally distant with his children.

4. He has emotionless sexual transactions because…See #1.

5. The H and h enter into a no-strings relationship/friends with benefits/ etc because they are sooooo attracted to each other and the sex scenes begin.

6. Terrible cover. It should show the sassy heroine because it's ALL about the heroine.

The New and Fresh:
Bree says fie to his bossy ways.

I get in the front and slam the door hard.

He opens my door. “Don’t slam my car door!” he yells.

I open it and slam it again… harder.


2. The H’s daughter is getting bullied. Turn the other cheek is not a concept the h embraces.

“I will do nothing of the sort.” I point to the mother. “But I’ll tell you what I will do. If your evil daughter comes near Willow again, I will have her charged by the police for harassment and assault.”

The mother gasps, and the other parents all stop to listen to what’s going on. “Why, that’s ridiculous,” she cries.

I turn to the blonde bully. “Go near Willow again, sweetie, I dare you.” I sneer. Her eyes widen in fear.

“Miss Brielle!” Mr. Masters snaps.

“Who the hell is this?” the mother asks snootily.

“I’m your worst nightmare. Now get a leash on your girl before I involve the police.”


3. The h embraces the craziness of life.

I look over and see a man in a navy polo shirt who kind of looks like him. He’s taking a shot with his club. “Shit, is that him, Will?”

She sits up and narrows her eyes as she studies the man in the distance.

“Look out!” Sammy yells from the back seat. I snap my attention back to the path to see Mr. Masters standing directly in front of the cart. I swerve, trying my best to avoid him, but it’s too late, and I hit him full force, running him over. The cart bounces twice as he goes under the wheel. I screech to a stop.

Holy. Fucking. Hell.


4. She has a spine and knows how to articulate her unhappiness with his asshole ways when he takes her to a dinner event, ignores her by talking to another woman, and, worse, pretends he's giving the nanny a thrill by taking her out.

“What are you doing?” he asks.

“Packing my stuff.” His eyes roam over the underwear on the bed.

“You have a date tonight?”

“Yes.” I continue looking through my drawers.

“Where did you meet him?”

“None of your business. Get out.”

He exhales heavily. “Can we talk about last night, please?”

“No.” I bend and begin to look through my shoes in the bottom of my walk in wardrobe.

“I didn’t want anyone to know that we were together.”

I throw my high heels onto the bed with force. “We’re not together.”

“She’s just a girl that I work with,” he adds.

“I don’t care who she is. This isn’t about her.”

He puts his hands on his hips. “What is it about then?”

My eyes rise up to him. “You can’t be that fucking stupid.”

“Try me.”

“This is about you and your inability to communicate.”

“I communicate,” he hits back, outraged. “I communicate very well.”


5. And, shockarma, his parents are nice and think she's just the kind of girl to help the H get a grip.

“Why don’t you go and ask one of the desperate, dateless soccer mums to go dancing.” I pretend to watch the game. “Or Strawberry Shortcake. She’s always up for a good time.”

He narrows his eyes, knowing exactly who I mean.

“Who’s Strawberry Shortcake?” his mother whispers under her breath.

“Julian’s rude work friend.”

“She’s not rude. It was a business meeting,” he defends.

“She’s more than just the nanny,” I offer sarcastically.

Julian fakes a smile.

“I’m lost,” his mother whispers, thinking only I can hear.

“Who’s stupid?”

“He is,” I reply. His father smiles at the field, entertained by our conversation.

“Oh, because putting the jerseys in the dryer is so intelligent.” Julian sneers.

I glare at him and squeeze his mother's arm. "I'm sorry, but in Australia, we can put our jerseys in the dryer. I'm not used to these United Kingdom inferior products… or men."

His father chuckles again as he looks at his phone. “Oh, I see. Strawberry Shortcake is a doll from the eighties with red hair.” He holds the phone out to show us. Julian rolls his eyes, and I bite my lip to hide my smile. Has his father really being googling Strawberry Shortcake all this time?


Judgment:
I guess it's no secret that characters and books that make me laugh get more of a pass than angsty and manipulative tearjerkers or angsty and sexually driven dom fests. The heroine is a 5 star mouthy, irreverent game-changer that’s saddled with a been there, done that emotionally crippled billionaire. Unlike all the other heroines that fall to the sway of a rich, older man, Bree is seriously unimpressed with the hero’s wealth or his wealthy status and all the baggage it brings. Desperate housewives and yummy mummy stalkers are nothing to this girl. I loved her. That said, the book is all over the place in whether it wants to be another FSOG knockoff with tons of sex or a great story about a bright woman that comes in helps a family heal.
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1,292 reviews219 followers
November 19, 2019
5 stars.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This author really intrigues me with her writing and while this story isn't necessarily a safe read for some readers and probably a few of my goodreads friends.
I didn't mind either the push or pull that went on here between both the MC's.
The heroes inability to commit (or even know what it was that he really wanted) and his frequent f*ck ups pared off nicely with all the GROVELING that followed after. ❤
Mr. Masters you are seriously messed up!!!

The dysfunctional family dynamics and the honest relationship that Brielle shared with Julian's children was captivating reading in itself.
I loved how she stood up for Willow and Sammy. She defended and protected them...she was their champion. It was so sweet and touching. This heroine was totally fierce as well as being caring and kind. I really adored Bree (my favorite scene in this book is 36% in, it is a doozy!!!!).

Obviously the chemistry between Julian and Bree was off the charts and the SEX scenes seriously rocked.....SMOKIN HOT!!!! (role play included!!!)
That is definitely Ms. Swan's forte.

My second book by T.L. Swan and my favorite one so far. Will so..... be reading a lot more books by this author.
"My aim is to write tender, steamy, romantic love stories that stay with you long after you close the book." The author's own words and she seriously nailed it here!!!


****Just upped my review from 4+++ stars to 5 as I keep thinking about this book and l really think it deserves them.
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327 reviews147 followers
July 24, 2019
Meh.
That's how I feel about this read... Meh.
It was really very up and down for me.
I generally steer clear of books involving a deceased spouse, single parents, age gaps between the main characters, and... yep, especially kids. (Love my kiddos to pieces, but I don't really like to be confronted with kids when I'm reading to escape!)

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But, this book was recommended and I thought I'd give it a go.
At certain points, I was loving it and couldn't put it down.
Then, it would just fall flat and I found myself bored.

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I struggled with Julian's really very sudden change in attitude toward the idea of love.
It was quite unbelievable... I'm not saying that fiction isn't allowed to be unbelievable, so don't jump my jock about that. But, it was super sudden and kind of out of left field.
Brielle was great... when she wasn't being an absolute ditz. I liked her fun outlook on life and her connection with the kids. But, when she slid into ditz mode... ugh.

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I also didn't care for the way the author would frequently put in lines like "What could this mean?" or "What is this feeling I'm having?" or "What did he mean by that?"

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I'm not an idiot... I can read subtext. Particularly when it's blatantly obvious what "this could mean" or what "this feeling is" or what "he meant by that"... I'm good, thanks. This isn't a murder mystery and I don't need your help picking up the clues... Or do I?

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Obviously, I'm in the minority with my "it was ok" 2-star rating considering it's overall rating here on goodreads. Give it a go... maybe you'll find yourself in the 5-star club!
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Author 10 books349 followers
June 1, 2020
Let's start with the technical problems. This writer has a horrid editor, I can't say how many times she would say one thing and then something different on the very next page. From something as trivial as making tea and changing it to coffee. Or as big as what day it is, even the blog didn't match with the storyline.

As for the actual story I will say that I enjoyed Brielle and her interactions with the children. She was a bright ray of sunshine in a dreary world. I also enjoyed Julian's interaction with his daughter when she came out, saying she was too young for labels but when she did fall in love, he would accept them whether they were a man or a woman.

And while Brell and Willow's relationship was a highlight, I didn't buy their relationship making a 180 in such a short period of time. Really, it could've been a major part of the storyline, to watch their relationship grow and change. Rather for them to call each other bitches and the next day Brell is the first person that Will has smiled at in years.

For me the biggest problem with Mr Masters, is Mr Fucking Masters. He was a grade A twat for the majority of this book. Honestly, I've read bully romances where the guy was an angel compared to this asshole. If I wanted to imagine a guy treating a girl like crap, I'd call one of my exes.

Overall a 2.5, I'm honesty shocked I made it through the whole thing.
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752 reviews157 followers
August 25, 2021
𝟮.𝟱 — 𝗘𝗫𝗛𝗔𝗨𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗔𝗦 𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗟 — 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀
ꜱᴏ, ɪ ᴡᴀꜱ ᴀᴄᴛᴜᴀʟʟʏ ɢᴏɴɴᴀ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇ ᴀ ᴡʜᴏʟᴇ ᴀꜱꜱ ʀᴀɴᴛ. ɪɴᴅᴇᴇᴅ, ɪ ᴡᴀꜱ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ᴛʜᴀɴ ʜᴀʟꜰᴡᴀʏ ᴅᴏɴᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜɪꜱ ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ, ʙᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇɴ… ʟɪꜰᴇ ʜᴀᴘᴘᴇɴᴇᴅ. ꜰ-ᴜ-ɴ.

ᴄᴜᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʀᴇꜱᴇɴᴛ. ɪᴛ ʜᴀꜱ ɴᴏᴡ ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴀ ᴡʜᴏʟᴇ ʜᴏᴛ ᴍɪɴᴜᴛᴇ ꜱɪɴᴄᴇ ɪ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʀᴇᴀᴅ ᴛʜɪꜱ ᴏɴᴇ. ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʙʜ, ɪ ᴄᴀɴɴᴏᴛ ʙᴇ ʙᴏᴛʜᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜɪꜱ ᴘᴏɪɴᴛ.

ꜱᴏ ɪɴꜱᴛᴇᴀᴅ, ᴇɴᴊᴏʏ ᴍʏ ꜱɪɴᴄᴇʀᴇ ʟᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ ᴛᴏ ᴊᴜʟɪᴀɴ… ɪᴛ ᴡᴀꜱ ᴘᴇɴɴᴇᴅ ꜰʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ.


𝗗𝗘𝗔𝗥 𝗝𝗨𝗟𝗜𝗔𝗡 𝗠𝗔𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗦,

𝒾 𝒶𝒷𝓈𝑜𝓁𝓊𝓉𝑒𝓁𝓎 𝓁𝑜𝒶𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓎𝑜𝓊.

I hate you so, so, so, soooo much. And I don't throw the word hate around lightly.

Your sob story - while admittedly sob worthy - barely bought you any goodwill (from me at least). Because, you know what? You were absolutely spineless. I mean, come on, you couldn't even stand up to soccer moms.

𝗦-𝗼-𝗖-𝗰-𝗘-𝗿𝗠-𝗢-𝗺-𝗦

Not only that, but you were extremely wishy-washy, a ginormous asshole for no fucking reason, honestly straight up stupid, and generally nasty.

I'm being completely sincere when I say — it honestly scares me that you are a literal Judge.

Personally, I have concluded that you have the emotional and cognitive depth of a goldfish.

𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗦𝗢 👏 𝗠𝗨𝗖𝗛 👏 𝗕𝗘𝗧𝗧𝗘𝗥 👏 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝘀𝘀.

Sincerely,
— 𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 ♥
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403 reviews78 followers
May 14, 2021
DNF at 49%....I can't do it anymore. This was all wrong for me and I tried to give it a chance, I really did but couldn't connect.

The whole dynamic with Brielle & Julian didn't work. He was a douche. He sucked with his kids, he wasn't even present in their lives and honestly the sex scenes with him were cringy, not at all sexy. Especially that first time, he got what he wanted and then he was done and sent her packing 2hrs later. The whole seen was super weird!! The least they could've done was spent the night in the room. Instead he treats her like a prostitute. And he lives in this huge castle like mansion, you can't tell me they couldn't just have sex in the house??

The story was choppy, Brielle was a mess, a little too hot & cold for me and I just didn't see this story developing.
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1,208 reviews200 followers
May 31, 2018
4,5. Já falei que amo essa autora? Pra mim, os livros dela tem um magnestismo que é impossível largar a leitura ate acabar. Prende sua atenção desde o início.
Esse livro foi lindo. Bem escrito, com partes emocionantes e sinceramente acho que vale a pena ter um livro para cada um dos personagens que apareceram na história.
Uma história de amor linda!
Amei!!!!!
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162 reviews132 followers
May 7, 2022
1 star
This book is cringey. as. fuck.
I’m surprised to realize that I had the patience to read the whole book.The girl was the most dumbest and embarrassing character I’ve ever read who also had the audacity to show superficiality in certain moments.So the half star is for cutie pie Samuel and the other half for the love interests’ sex.
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1,093 reviews733 followers
October 18, 2020
MF
This one left me with mixed feelings.
It was very entertaining. I loved the kids and Brielle. However, there were times that Brielle did my head in! The judge's friends too. What a bunch of immature blokes!
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