Largely slammed by book critics, EL James’ erotic Fifty Shades of Grey book trilogy was a global success nonetheless. Beginning life as Twilight fan fiction, the combined novels, including their spin-offs, has seen the author sell over 125 million books worldwide. Now the 55-year-old Brit has written a new novel called The Mister, which will be released on April 16. James calls the book a “passionate romance” and a “Cinderella story for the twenty-first century.”

Publishers Penguin write: “The Mister is a contemporary romance set in London, Cornwall and Eastern Europe that introduces readers to the privileged and aristocratic young Englishman Maxim Trevelyan and the mysterious, talented and beautiful Alessia Demachi, who’s recently arrived in London owning little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.”

James teases: “Maxim and Alessia have led me on a fascinating journey and I hope that my readers will be swept away by their thrilling and sensual tale, just as I was while writing, and that, like me, they fall in love with them.”

Meanwhile, the author’s editor stated that The Mister is “a unique and very special novel – passionate, romantic and full of suspense.”


Speaking on Maxim inheriting his family’s title after tragedy strikes, the editor added: “It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.

“But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.

“Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name.”

Last year James revealed there was “chemistry” between Fifty Shades movie trilogy stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Ahead of Fifty Shades Free’s release, James said: “What I love about Dakota and Jamie is how they’ve become such good friends and they’ve worked so well together.

“You can see that in Freed because it’s the last thing we’ve done and the chemistry between them is off the charts.”

The Mister is published on April 16.



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