by JA Huss
When I’m looking at the camera I can practically see his face. Hear the internal arguments. Feel his desire.
Because I’m that kind of woman.
You should delete my videos, Oliver Shrike. It’s your job to keep that dating site on the up and up.
But you don’t, do you?
You watch them. You get off to them. You crave them.
Every week I make a new one with you in mind. I’ve hooked you now, Mr. Match. You’ve been in control for way too long and this is where it ends.
The Mister Series
☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆
Mr. Match is the fifth and final book in J.A. Huss’ Misters Series. While each book is supposed to be written so that they could be standalones, I do not feel that is the case with Mr. Match. It is not only Oliver Shrike’s story; it is the culmination of the series where each prior book is tied together. I love each book and “mister” in this series, but Oliver is my favorite. He is the complete package; he’s absolutely perfect. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this mister.
Oliver Shrike takes after his father, Spencer. He is seriously chiseled, good looking, and inked up. This man also has a romantic soul like Spencer Shrike, and he is fiercely devoted to and protective of the women in his life.
“I will throw everything away to keep her.” –Oliver
Ms. Huss artfully shows Oliver’s vulnerability and loneliness through a poem tattooed on his chiseled abs. Song of the Open Road reflects Oliver as trapped and yearning to be free and understood.
Katya Kalashova mysteriously reappears at a significant point in Oliver’s life. He doesn’t see the connection because he has been smitten with the young blonde from the moment he laid eyes on her. She is scarred, scared and leads a life filled with lies. She’s one of these delicious characters who are not easily pegged in the protagonist or antagonist column until the end.
The secrets of the nefarious Silver Society are laid open as Mr. Match’s story unfolds. Through the dual narration of Katya and Oliver, readers learn of the vast number of secrets each is keeping as well as the long-reaching forces influencing and controlling their lives. Huss’ masterful story telling allows her to create epic, suspenseful conspiracy thrillers that are artfully woven together. She has included many secondary characters from all the books in the series in the explosive zenith of Mr. Match. She has also included little tidbits from her Rook & Ronin series and spin-offs that will delight her long-time fans.
“Don’t look at what you lost, look at what you have left.” –Oliver
Throughout most of this book, I felt the deep sadness of the characters. The sense of dread didn’t tie me in knots as much as it made me feel some of the characters’ sense of hopelessness, but those Mrs.’ to the misters gave me hope. Behind every good mister is a great mistress (or sister) nudging him in the right direction.
Each book of this series has a unique flavor and flow, but Ms. Huss maintained the overall arc of the story going by revealing a little more with each new book. Mr. Match is a wonderfully satisfying series finale.
Guest Review from Jeannie:
When our little journey with The Misters started last spring it was just supposed to be a series of related stand alone office romances. What it turned out to be was example #462 of “never trust JA Huss when she tells you something is going to be a fun little romp”. Simple is not in Huss’ DNA. And that is a wonderful gift for her readers.
We meet the final Mister, Oliver Shrike, in Mr. Match (well, that’s not quite true; the last time we saw Ollie he was five years old and chaperoning his sister on her first “date” with Five in HEA). He’s living in that badass version of Mayberry – Fort Collins, Colorado- surrounded by family, both blood and chosen. And that’s what this story really is about – finding your team, having each other’s backs and building lives together. The Misters are five guys who had it all, are dealt the worst hands of their young, privileged lives and manage to forge friendships in the firestorm of their scandal. As each of them find love, the ghosts of the past become an ever increasing threat to their present. And it’s no different for Oliver, when the girl (and I do mean girl) who stole his heart four years ago, comes back into his life with all her baggage and everyone else’s agenda threatening to pull her under.
Oliver is his parent’s child through and through. A pure of heart, badass warrior, he has his father’s romantic artist’s soul and his mother’s fearlessness and certainty when it comes to giving away her heart. A poet – for real. But make no mistake, Oliver is not Spencer Shrike 2.0. He is his own man through and through – and is determined to fix this mess whatever it takes on his own. No Misters. No Five. Lots of Secrets.
Of course he can’t fall for a nice local gal. He gives his heart to Katya – the scarred, jailbait offspring of a Russian mob soldier and just another pawn in their underworld dealings. But Katya’s also determined to save the people that she loves – even if it takes a triple cross to do it.
The Matches are my favorite Misters couple – hands down. Despite all the mayhem and deceit swirling around them there is this dreamy, star crossed thing they have going on as the speak to each other through their art. The sex is explosive and gritty as they express their love in words and actions and decidedly erotic art. As Kat says “The heart wants what the heart wants” and their hearts want each other. Can they follow their hearts or will their missions’ force them apart again?
It feels like in every Huss review, I’m saying this is my favorite. Well, it’s the truth every time because Ms. Huss sets the bar a little higher only to clear it with ease. The Misters have everything you could want in a series – it’s a perfect mix or romance, mystery, and suspense with a quirky side of rom com and a helluva lot of hot, kinky sex of every flavor for dessert. It’s a total #onehandedoneclick.
And no, I didn’t forget – Oliver is candy conversation hearts – you’ll need to read Mr. Match to find out why.
5 blazing stars