Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland,Penelope Ward
Dexter Truitt is Mr. Moneybags.
At least that’s how Bianca George refers to him while she’s talking with her fellow elevator passenger stranded between floors. She’s late for an interview she’s conducting with him.
Truitt is known as much known for his elusive, reclusive nature as he is for his ability to making money. His phot has never been revealed to the public. This interview, in fact, is the first he’s given.
Because she entered the elevator, head down, totally absorbed in keying in the final details of the interview, Bianco never looks up to see that someone else was already in the elevator.
It was only after it was dark in the car, that the presence of another person shocked her. Still she spoke frankly and disparagingly about Truitt to her fellow passenger. And if you haven’t guessed yet, her fellow stranded passenger is Truitt.
Of course, nothing would have changed had she been able to his face, since she had no idea what he looked like. But Dex is intrigued by this young and once the lights return quite beautiful woman.
He had just returned from the gym so he wasn’t in his typical “Mr. Moneybags” attire. He talks her into a meeting later after her interview. He creates a persona of Jay Reed right there on the spot, the owner of a small courier company.
Dex, hurriedly cancels his meeting with Bianca, so Jay his alter ego could take her out.
It takes practically no time at all for Dex, as Jay, to fall for this woman he continues his charade. As Dex he’s agreed to grant the interview through a series of instant messages. It’s he he cleverly finds out as much about her past as she’s learning about him.
Bianca finds herself falling not only for Jay, but for Dex as well. And to make matters worse, Dex finds himself jealous of Jay who gets to enjoy Bianca’s company. Yes, at this point he’s also beginning to doubt his sanity.
The one looming aspect he learns about her is that she can’t abide a man who lies.
Oops! His – or Jay’s – relationship may be headed for trouble. There’s probably no bigger lie than posing as someone you’re not.
And that’s only the beginning of this love story with more than a few complications.
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward have created a novel with more folds than an origami crane making it a “page turner” from the first chapter to the end.
As you watch Bianca, Dex – and Jay – unfold one portion of the love story only to be faced with another.
Mr. Moneybags is humorous, tender, sweet and at times sorrowful. And when you believe the couple has been through it all, one final obstacle towers in front of them – one that may end it all.
Keeland and Ward have not only created likeable primary characters, but warm and engaging secondary characters as well. You’ll especially fall in love with Jelani, a Kenyan whittler. Yes, a person who whittles beautiful figures out of wood. The road that led Jay/Dex to him is funny, but more than that Jelani becomes a fount of impartial romantic and philosophical advice.
Once you enter the world of Dex and Bianca, you’ll mourn when it time to leave.
This book is not only worth reading, but worth reading over and over again. After all, there are many folds to lose yourself in.