Review: Mr. Mysterious by J.A. Huss

Mr. Mysterious
J.A. Huss
(The Mister Series, #4)
Publication date: October 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance

Paxton Vance isn’t as cryptic as he thinks. That broody nature and tough-guy exterior aren’t fooling me one bit.

I know everything about him. I listen in on his most personal phone calls. I read his mail before he does. I even know what his mother got him for Christmas last year.

You’re the man of my dreams, Paxton Vance. You just don’t know it yet.

But don’t worry, I’ll remind you. I’m here to give you everything you need, before you know you need it.

So don’t get defensive because I take a challenge seriously. You have to open up to someone, and that someone is me.

Besides, you can’t stay Mr. Mysterious forever. Why play the game if you never want to win?

The Mister Series

Mr. Perfect

Mr. Romantic

Mr. Corporate

Mr. Mysterious

Mr. Match (Final Book Releases 12-7-16)

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆ review by Jules:

I’m completely hooked on J.A. Huss’ Mister Series, and with a moniker like Mr. Mysterious, I couldn’t help but be curious about this particular Mister. In book four of the Mister Series of standalone novels, readers get Paxton Vance’s story in addition to advancement in the overall series story arc.

While students at Brown University, the now infamous Misters were falsely accused of rape. The charges were dropped when the accuser was found dead; of course, that situation only made the general public question their involvement more! Their fixer had them keep quiet and scatter. These five former classmates have loosely remained friends over the past ten years, and now they need each other more than ever. Three of the five have found their “Mrs.” while in the process of thwarting a new attempt to bring them down. The mystery continues as Mr. Mysterious’ past comes back to haunt him.

At the end of book three, Mr. Corporate, Ms. Huss throws out a very subtle hint at the holder of Mr. Mysterious’ affections. It is none other than Cinderella Shrike. Cindy has been obsessed with the Misters, especially Mysterious, since her brother Oliver (AKA Mr. Match) came home to break the news of the rape accusation to their parents. Cindy is smart as a whip, wicked with a weapon, and pin-up-girl sexy (just like her mom, Veronica “Bombshell” Vaughn Shrike). She is also creatively determined to worm her way into Paxton Vance’s life.

“…you’re one tough b@#ch, Cinderella.”

 Paxton Vance, AKA Mr. Mysterious, is every bit as unpredictable and dangerous as you imagine. He is also just as vulnerable and insecure as every other Mister readers have met so far. The ten year old scandal will not die, and they continue to live under a shadow of doubt.

“Such a contradiction between the man on the outside I’ve come to know and the one I stalked all these years.”

I especially enjoyed the story structure of Mr. Mysterious. The story starts with an inebriated Paxton explaining himself, but during that explanation of the past, the story is told not solely from Paxton’s POV. It is told in dual POV by both Cindy and Paxton; I loved the insight into both characters. The dual POV narration continues when the story moves to the present.

I love J.A. Huss’ writing. The red herrings. The big twists and reveals. Most of all, I appreciate the convoluted, complex plots that she dreams up and weaves together like it is a simple “knit one, purl one” pattern. When an author makes writing a complicated story look like child’s play, you know she is a prima ballerina of authors. J. A. Huss is a dancer who leaves you with the impression that her work of art was effortless.

“Look out for the people who look out for you. Because in the end, they’re the only ones who matter.”

Whether you’re in it for the Misters or their “Mrs.”, you’ll love the romance, loyalty and intrigue layered into each book of this series.

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆ review by Jeannie:

Mr. Mysterious is the latest addition to JA Huss’ set of stand alones “The Misters”. I thought I’d have to abandon my candy theme with Mr. Mysterious, but I figured it out – Paxton Vance is licorice twizzlers – yummy and twisty and part of a pack. And I LOVE Twizzlers.
To recap, each of The Misters were brought together when they were implicated in a notorious criminal investigation that left their college plans in tatters and place them under perpetual. cloud of suspicion. Mr. Mysterious’ role in that fateful night is finally disclosed, and suddenly things become a lot more complicated.

Paxton is – well, we’re not quite sure – part mercenary, part detective, all fixer. The illegitimate child of a Hollywood scion and Kentucky blueblood, Pax really wants to be an enigma and does his level best to keep everyone at arm’s length. But he’s met his match in Cinderella Shrike, Spencer and Ronnie’s wayward baby girl. Cindy’s a self taught private eye who’s harbored a ten year crush on Mysterious which is fueling her stalker tendencies when their story opens. She will not be denied, and has a tendency to narrate her life out loud. She is every bit her mother’s daughter with more than a dash of her brilliant, bad ass daddy thrown in for good measure – don’t let the ridiculous name fool you. She’s a Shrike dammit.

Their “office romance” is pretty hilarious, and is told, partially in flashback, by a drunken Pax, when he realizes, to his horror, he’s been sleeping with his best (only?) friend’s baby sister. Despite his protests, the Southern gentleman in Paxton falls hard for the fairy tale princess- especially when she sheds her borrowed, black- haired, surf punk persona. She forces light and laughter into his melancholy existence, along with an ongoing film noirish, detective-client role play that’s more than a bit of kinky fun. The Pax exposed by Baby Bomb is the nothing like the James 2.0 so many Huss fans were expecting. He’s a southern Prince Charming who loves his mother and deserves the princess – even if he doesn’t think so.

Make no mistake. This is no rom com. Remember when I promised that The Misters would set our house on fire? Forget about the fire extinguishers and call 911 – it’s gonna be a five alarm blaze!!!!!! The real mystery – the who and why of the frame job of our five Misters – refuses to stay in the past, and we get to spend time with all the Misters. The threats escalate, secrets are revealed and the danger grows exponentially. It’s a classic Huss E-ticket ride. Would you expect any less with the Shrike version of a disney princess involved? My love for this series grows with every installment. I will be so sorry to see it end, but I’m so excited for The Misters to take back their lives – once and for all.

How many days until December 7th and Mister Match?

 

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COMING UP NEXT – MR. MATCH!

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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 http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJAHuss), Twitter (@jahuss), and her blog, New Adult Addiction (www.jahuss.com).  Join her newsletter list (http://eepurl.com/JVhAr)

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