REVIEW – MISTER MONEYBAGS by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland


A new standalone from New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward.

I met Bianca in an elevator.
She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck.
The beautiful, raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.
She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags”—her afternoon appointment.
Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type—snobby, over educated, silver- spooned men who didn’t appreciate the simple things in life.
So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t—a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn’t want it to end.
I began dating her as “Jay”—all the while letting her interview the real me over email.
I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot.
I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.
I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.
And she was falling for two men.
Only, both men were me.
And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.
Nothing could have prepared me for that day. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for what came after.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

*****Mel’s Review*****
4.5 Stars!

Dexter Truitt runs a multi-million-dollar empire that he took over from his father. Montague Enterprises is a venture capital firm. As the CEO, Dex eats, sleeps, & breathes his job. He’s extremely successful, but a very private person. He’s finally agreed to give an exclusive to a magazine & be more in the public eye. On his way to get ready for his interview he gets stuck in an elevator with a gorgeous woman that intrigues him. When she mistakes him for a delivery guy based on his appearance, he doesn’t correct her after she’d shared her thoughts about rich men. She thinks they act entitled & feel the world revolves around them.

Bianca George is on her way to interview Dexter Truitt aka “Mister Moneybags.” She works as a reporter for a business magazine called Finance Times. She’s assigned to cover the story for this multimillionaire. Her plans are derailed when she’s heading up to his office & the elevator breaks. She soon learns she’s stuck in the dark with a sexy sounding stranger. Once the lights cut back on she’s stunned by how gorgeous he is.

The chemistry between Dex & Bianca is off the charts. Dex wants to get to know her & makes a split second decision. He lies about who he is & says his name is Jay. He wants a shot with her & was afraid she’d never give him a chance if she knew who he really was. She made it clear she prefers the simple life. She doesn’t care about money or prestige & seems to hold a grudge against those who have it.

Dex decides to let Bianca interview him over email since he now can’t let her see him in person. They begin talking every night & become addicted to their time together. Bianca starts to realize how genuine a person Dex is, and Dex realizes what a huge mistake he’s made lying about his identity. Both Jay & Dex are falling for Bianca, and now Dex is worried he will lose her when she finds out the truth. He’s crazy about her but keeps digging himself a deeper hole pretending to be Jay. Will Bianca ever be able to fully trust Dex when she finds out he deceived her?

I really adored Dex! He’s a wealthy, powerful, beautiful man with a huge heart. He falls so hard for Bianca. This was such a fun, flirty read full of emotion. Just loved it!


*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 BALLSY STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Authors}

I smiled back and looked Dex in the eyes for a long while. What was staring back at me was absolutely beautiful. Not the man himself, but looking into his eyes, I saw love in its purest form. It was honest and open and willing to give me anything I wanted.



I’m convinced now, more than before, that the writing duo of Keeland and Ward is pure MAGIC!! Each time they release a new book it’s like the ultimate torture waiting to get my hands on it but, oh, how satisfied I feel when I get to the very last word!! MISTER MONEYBAGS was nothing I could have ever expected as far as the storyline went but it definitely was highly entertaining and pretty freaking amazeBALLS!

I don’t know what it is about elevators but I love it when a romance starts between two strangers who get stuck in one together!! This is how Dex and Bianca meet, and it might not have been one of the sexiest scenes I’ve ever read, but it was damn near the funniest!! Bianca is a magazine journalist on her way up to interview one of the wealthiest and most elusive business moguls in NYC. Little does she know that the man with the sexy voice who she is stuck in the elevator with but can’t see since the lights went out, is Dexter Truitt – the star of her magazine article. There is quite a bit of hysterical and pervy banter that transpires between them, but Dex also learns that Bianca is not a huge fan of his for some reason. He decides to keep his identity a secret from her and pretends to be Jay, a man who owns his own bicycle messenger service. When the lights turn back on, there is no denying the strong physical attraction they feel for each other, and soon plans for a date are made.

Dex has his secretary call off his interview with Bianca but later on, he offers her the opportunity to continue with the interview but over text only. She can ask him anything and he’ll provide her with his answers but only if he can ask her questions of his own. With each passing day, Dex is leading a double life and digging himself into a deeper hole with all the lies he has told to cover for his alter ego, Jay. Not only is he in deep, but his feelings for Bianca are intensifying and the fact that she is attracted to Jay, has him growing insanely jealous as well! He knows he has put himself in an impossible situation when he learns that Bianca has trust issues that stem from her father’s betrayal that resulted in her parents’ divorce. She’s not a big fan of lies no matter what the excuse may be.

Bianca was a sweet, sassy, and slightly neurotic Heroine. She gave as good as she got and kept Jay/Dex on his toes. She definitely made him work for her affections! Lies are eventually exposed and Bianca isn’t quick to offer forgiveness to Dex, but the man is beyond sexy, extremely charming, and utterly determined to get back in her good graces. So this is what I thought the main plot of the story was when in fact it was just a tiny piece of the story. Shocking revelations are made that could end up causing irreparable damage and keeping the couple from ever sharing a life together. This is when things got extremely angsty and Dex’s determination to be with Bianca was incredibly heartbreaking!

MISTER MONEYBAGS released a day early!! Go on and one-click!! Get ready to laugh, cry, and fall in love with Dex and his whittling skills! He definitely carved his way into my heart!

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