By Nana Malone
This is the second book in a series of standalone stories with interconnected characters.
You’ve heard the rumors...
Yes, they’re all true. The women…the bank account…the really big…
Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m just saying, there’s a reason some call me Mr. Big. But none of it will matter to her. I’ve known her since we were kids. And she’s just as off limits now as she was then.
She’s my best friend’s little sister and when he asked me to give her the grand tour, he did not mean of my bedroom.
So Mr. Big has to stay under wraps… One problem, she’s the only woman I’ve ever truly loved. But with the secret I’m keeping, she’ll never love me back.
Emma Welsh is the last of her family to leave the nest. She moves from a sleepy little coastal town to the big city. Not only that but her photography degree is not as sensible as the business degree her parents would prefer.
Zack Andrews hasn’t had the best life. His mother died and childbirth and his father resented him for it. As soon as he finish secondary school he left the small town and moved to London to make his way in the world. Now he is a successful and diversified businessman, with secrets.
Emma and Zack grew up together. Zack was best friends with Emma’s two brothers, and as the little sister she tagged along. Now that Emma is moving to London her brother Steven has asked Zack to keep an eye on Emma. When the two spend time together they quickly realize there may be something between them. Can they be together despite their past and Zack’s secrets, in this forbidden love story?
Mr. Big is a great story. It’s not over the top and is a good representation of the genre if you or aren't into the extremes. There is a sprinkle of angst, a little bit of sweet, a little bit of sexy. It's a very safe story, no trigger warnings required in this forbidden friends to lovers story.
There are a few things I struggled with. The 3rd person multiple point of view took some getting use to. I expected a first person point of view since that was how the blurb was written. I also found that there were technical errors and some inconsistencies that could have been addressed during the beta reading.
Kristen’s Book Review:
This is the perfect book if you are new to (or don't prefer) INTENSE alphas.
This book is well written and based in London. I loved the local dialect and slang put into it (it's on every page!) but not so much that you can't follow along with what is being said.
There were a few inconsistencies in text. And I would have liked to see more flow through the whole story. Examples, Zach’s dad emotional abuse gets lost until the end of the book. And Emma seems to not be in school… ever.
We follow young Emma as she branches out of her parents house and into uni, or college, and braves the harsh realities of being a struggling student.
When, in walks childhood friend, Zach Andrews, aka Mr. Big. Right off the bat you experience his alphas ways, however, with dual POV, you gain a soft spot for the young lad and it calms that dominate trait a bit.
There was a bit too much back and forth angst for me in the middle of the book. However, with our first love scene solidifying their relationship a bit more Nana does redeem the story back and makes me love this couple.
The two characters bring a meaningful message to the reader; loving each other through all the imperfections, is the most beautiful thing.
So with that, I'll leave you with a quote from our man and let you enjoy their story.
“But I am the man that loves you more than he loves anything in this world,” he said in her ear, his voice full of emotion. “I’m not perfect in any sort of way, but I can provide for you, ensure that you never want for anything in your entire life. I can love you for the rest of my days and beyond.” His breath shuddered in her ear. “I don’t deserve you, Ems, but I sure as hell am not going to lose you.”
Why did we choose this book:
We found Malone through an Instagram post for black authors in romance and added her to the TBR. When we saw that she had a new release we jumped at the opportunity to read it.
Who should read this book:
This is a great book for someone who is slowly wading into the romance genre pool. If you are new to the genre or are not interested in going whole hog right away this is a great book for you. Think of this as your training wheels.
About the Author:
USA Today Best Seller, Nana Malone's love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she "borrowed" from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She's been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, in the meantime Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.