The Missus by EL James

Posted July 7, 2023 by Debbie in Book Reviews, New Release / 0 Comments

3.5 Stars 

The Missus 

by EL James


Alessia regards her husband through heavy-lidded eyes.

You’ll have to fight for him. Her mother’s words from their call this morning ring through her head. And fight, she will. Using every available weapon she has.

She loves him. She knows this. She wants him.

And she wants him to want her.

What happens once the glass slipper fits…?

Maxim Trevelyan, reluctant Earl of Trevethick, has pursued the woman he loves to the wilds of Albania. Having fought for and won her, he now has to wed her, at the sharp end of a shotgun.

But can a reformed rake like Maxim ever make a good husband — or will his own notorious reputation and the scandalous secrets of his aristocratic family destroy his newfound happiness?

Alessia Demachi has defied and outwitted kidnappers and traffickers, and won the heart of the man she loves, but can she make this marriage work? Confronted by Maxim’s lurid past, his forbidding family, and the looks and whispers of London’s elite, will she ever be seen as Maxim’s countess — or will she always be his former cleaner?

From the majestic mountains of Albania, through the rural idyll of the English countryside, to the shady glamour of contemporary London, The Missus is a spellbinding journey of love, longing, acceptance, and redemption.


~ My Thoughts ~


The Missus picks up right where The Mister left off. I did a reread of The Mister prior to diving into the Missus and I am glad I did.

I loved the complexity of the emotions that all the characters exhibited throughout the entire story. It truly showcased who these characters are making it much easier to love, like, trust and distrust each character.

Maxim, well I fell deeper into his grip with the turn of each page His love, sexual desire, distrust, hate and confusion played out beautifully and it was so easy to forget he is fictional.

Alessia once again charmed me and had me curious at the same time. You could see the substantial growth within her as the story progressed and I really enjoyed that.

Caroline. This character had me wanting to write the author and beg for the characters truth. Caroline evoked so many emotions, she was like a roller coaster ride that was out of control. I liked her, I loathed her. I trusted her, I didn’t trust her. My mind played ring around the what the hell is the character up to through most of the story. Caroline, well in my opinion, she’s a story within herself.

The Missus was a fast, fun, read sprinkled with a bit of suspense and more than a little bit of sensuality. While the story seemed to go full circle, I have a feeling that there just be a bit more that the author may share in the future.

If you love a good romance with a twist you should pick up a copy of The Mister if you haven’t read it and follow it up with The Missus. I highly recommend reading this as a duet. I know I’m glad I did.

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