Review: Mr. Corporate by J.A. Huss

Mr. Corporate
J.A. Huss
(Mister #3)
Publication date: August 17th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Weston Conrad is the best headhunter in the business. That handsome smile goes a long way towards convincing most people to trust him with their future.

I’m not most people. I’m his direct competition. And it doesn’t hurt to be just the kind of woman he’s been looking for.

I’m gonna flash you these legs, Weston Conrad.

I’m gonna wear low-cut shirts and micro-mini skirts.

I’m gonna dazzle you with wit and conversation and kiss those lips like they’re exactly what I’ve been waiting for.

So don’t hate me when you figure out my secret.

You understand, right? You’re Mr. Corporate and this is just business.

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆ from Jules

Mr. Corporate is another of the infamous, illustrious Misters in J.A. Huss’ Mister series of stand-alone novels. Each book features one of these incredibly intriguing men! Mr. Corporate sounds like a straightforward guy. He comes from a good family. He went to the best schools. His clothes and cars make his wealth obvious. He appears to have come out of the Misters’ scandal unscathed because he has it all. He has everything except the one thing he really wants—the girl he met a couple days before the Misters became infamous for a crime they didn’t commit.

Victoria is a hot Latina with killer curves and a prickly personality. She can turn on the charm when she needs to land a deal, but her hackles rise every time some guy tries to insinuate that she’s just a girl who should know her place. She has learned to keep a wide berth from men and their controlling ways. The one person who knows what she’s hiding behind all that prickliness is Weston Conrad, otherwise known as Mr. Corporate.

Weston Conrad is my favorite of the Misters so far. He is witholding a lot of information from his friends, so my opinion might change. For now, he is golden. He is a good-looking, self-made man. He is a considerate lover. He is sentimental and thoughtful. When he’s not arguing with Victoria, he is confessing the sweetest, most tender emotions imaginable. He has some pretty handy survival skills too. He is a pretty dreamy guy to get stuck with on a deserted island.

Told in dual point-of-view, we get a little bit of the past and the current suspense from both Victoria and Weston. We also get a lot of brick walls from both characters that hide a lot of secrets. The sexual tension and professional competition between Victoria and Weston are palpable. Both gorgeous, both successful, and both desperately trying to hide their damaged side and their harrowing pasts from the world and each other. The best part of this story is their messy, on-off love story. They love to hate each other or hate to love one another—it just depends on the circumstances. You can’t contain that level of passion without risk of combustion. That is the passion of destiny and soul mates.

Mr. Mysterious plays a bigger role in this current book. Ms. Huss alludes to the extent of his connections and money, and she puts his character is in question. At times I questioned his loyalty to the group. Paxton Vance’s crazy, over-the-top reputation is balanced with a little regret, a little self-questioning, and a little fear. His story is next up in the series.

Unlike Mr. Perfect and Mr. Romantic, there are more questions than answers in Mr. Corporate. There are a few reveals, but mostly there is supposition as to who was behind the Misters’ initial set up, the current attacks, and why the were and are being targeted. I’d like more answers, but I think I’ll have to wait for the final book in the series (Mr. Match) before I get any more of them! Meanwhile, I’m going to enjoy the thrill of this suspenseful mystery. Each of the Mister books so far has had a different tone, and Mr. Corporate is all about secrets.

☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆ from Jeanie

Mr. Corporate is the latest addition to JA Huss’ set of stand alones “The Misters”. Mr. Perfect was Pop Rocks – sweet and fizzy and a lot of fun in bed (those urban legends are true). Mr. Romantic was that decadent chocolate truffle – dark and rich but you can’t be sure that you’ll actually like it until you actually bite into it. Mr. Corporate is your favorite childhood candy that takes you back to a safe happy time. For me that’s candied cherry sours. A tart, hard shell with a sweet soft center. 

To recap, each of The Misters is the story of a man finding love in the aftermath of a high profile criminal investigation that left five college friends under a cloud of suspicion. Mr. Corporate, Weston Conrad, is seemingly the least affected by that night ten years ago, because he has an alibi. An alibi the other Misters were never aware of.

Weston is a corporate headhunter at the pinnacle of his field, closing multi- million dollars contracts and wheeling and dealing because he loves the thrill of the game. Victoria Arias is his direct competitor. Just as skilled but on the brink of losing it all because of mistakes connected with a real estate deal she made. But this is JA Huss so nothing is as it seems. Victoria was Weston’s alibi that long ago night – and his soul mate. Only she fought their destiny at every turn – sometimes physically – and now they’re six years out from the mother of ugly break ups. And in direct competition for the same $7 million contract – one that will save Victoria from losing it all. A fact that is one of many secrets each of them has kept from the other

Then things take a turn – don’t they always in JA Huss’ universe? Sex on a beach has never been this complicated. Deserted islands straight out of an episode of “Lost”. Helicopters. Hurricanes. Mercenaries. And let’s not forget that sketchy charter pilot, Vlad. The course of true love never runs smooth – a massive understatement in this case.

Weston is the ultimate alpha business man – except when it comes to Victoria. He is an unabashed, dyed in the wool romantic – even swoonier that Spencer Shrike, which is saying a lot. Victoria, the object of his affection, is a fighter with a cartload of baggage, who will physically and verbally lash out to hide her vulnerability. For me, Victoria’s treatment of Weston sometimes made it hard to root for them, she was that cruel to him. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and Weston’s unceasing optimism, commitment and COURTSHIP of her made me fall in love with their love. Theirs is one of the most “capital R” romantic couplings created by Ms. Huss to date. They were this close to edging out Spencer and his Bombshell. If you’re craving romance, Mr. Corporate with satisfy your hunger. I LOVE THEIR JOURNEY.

On other fronts, the Misters have pretty much lost the battle on keeping a lid on their past and things are really starting to bubble over. The underlying mystery has become so hot I’m losing sleep trying to figure out all the moving parts. I’ll be counting the day until we get to spend more time with Paxton Vance. Mr. Mysterious, and getting some answers to my questions. In the meantime, I’m going to lose myself in love and romance Weston Conrad style. How can a girl can say no to soul mates? {Sigh}

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COMING UP NEXT – MR. MYSTERIOUS!

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Author Bio:

JA Huss is the USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorJAHuss), Twitter (@jahuss), and her blog, New Adult Addiction (www.jahuss.com).

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