Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
There is one guarantee when reading a Max Monroe rom-com. It is a standing guarantee in almost every one of their books: you WILL belly laugh or laugh so hard that your drink of choice will spray forth from your nose or mouth. And it’s true. It is also very true of their latest release, The Billionaire’s Forbidden Little Sister. While reading this lovely tome, I decided that a list was in order. What are all the reasons that The Billionaire’s Forbidden Little Sister is worth your time, money, and general health, so here goes:
*The Billionaire Book Club is still in session, and it comes with Thatch and a gavel, a silent Quince who may or may not be real at some point, and more Thatch and Cap tomfoolery.
*A Bruce Willis sighting…no, not THAT Bruce Willis. The one who owns a flower shop in Chelsea.
*A new cast of characters who rival Thatch and Cap in their zaniness: Grandpa Merl who has a penchant for inappropriate Facebook posts and Brogan aka Bro, Theo’s older brother. First, we had Thatch, the master of eccentricity and inappropriateness. Then, we gained Caplin Hawkins. Now, Max Monroe has created Brogan, replete with a piratical eye patch, some well-placed bubbles, and a bathing robe or velour tracksuit as his fashion choices. He finds his place nicely in the realm of over-the-top Max Monroe characters.
*Compassionate Cap. It brings a tear (and maybe a few more) to your eyes.
*All the words. Max Monroe are craftswomen of wit. Seriously. From quoting UB-40 lyrics in their introductory note to phrases like this one: “…but I’m starting to wish someone would put this drunken baby in the [freaking] corner” or “It’s like Mary Poppins’s bag of theft back there” with regards to Lena’s friend, Pippa. Each word and phrase is a comedic pearl or a keen moment of wisdom. Kline Brooks still offers his wise counsel in all things love, Thatch and Cap are still arguing over the ownership of the book club, and Wes is still trying to worm his way out of it. Max Monroe’s words bring life to their stories. I’m always amazed at their ability to intertwine comedy with romance in a seamless way. It’s some of the wittiest writing I’ve read in romance, and The Billionaire’s Forbidden Little Sister is no different.
*Theo and Lena. As your hero and heroine, these two are sweet. Theo, Mr. Serious, needs fun in his life. He has been an “all work and very little play” guy. Lena is working to add more structure and focus to her life. In Maybe’s story, she plays the part of wise friend, and that still exists in this one as she instructs Theo in the ways of balance. Their personal strengths transform the other’s life, and it suggests that the best of couples balance each other. I found their coupling sweet and passionate.
*Finally, this book is so pro-woman. Honestly, this is a common trait for a Max Monroe book. Even though the titles of the book suggest these books focus on men, that isn’t entirely the case. What we find are men who empower women, who advocate for their success and equality. This is most clear in TBFLS when Theo espouses his belief in Lena. He has no interest in detracting from her career journey. Instead, he’s most interested in providing her support. This is a message repeated often in this story. The contrast to this message is Lena’s mother, Vicky. Interestingly enough, she is the most villainous character in this book. Max Monroe are suggesting here that we should listen to the wisdom of Theo about the empowerment of women over the staid out-dated musings of the meanest person of the story. From this reader, I loved this pro-woman message. It’s timely and necessary, even in these times.
When you open a Max Monroe book, you open a veritable treasure of humor, passion, romance, and seriousness. You get a little bit of everything. The characters are loveable, the stories tickle your funny bone, and their endings make you sigh with contentment. The Billionaire’s Forbidden Little Sister is no different. It’s another notch on the bedpost of Max Monroe’s success as two of the funniest writers in romance.
In love and romance,