ARC Review: Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

Title: Mister Moneybags
Author: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: April 10, 2017


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.


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ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Bianca George worked at a financial magazine. As a journalist, her latest assignment was to interview the elusive Dexter Truitt who she dubbed as Mister Moneybags. What supposed to be a straight forward interview became complicated when it turned out he was not what she expected.

Dexter (Dex) Truitt grew up with a silver spoon. As the heir of a successful venture capital firm, he was determined to make a difference as soon as he took over the company. But a move to be more in the public eye became a battle of private identities in order to win the woman of his desire.

I usually avoid books with wealthy characters because they tend to be stereotyped. But when I read the blurb, it definitely intrigued me with the promise of something different.

My hole I had dug for myself had just bottomed out, and I had no idea how I was going to get out of it unscathed.

Dex was not your typical successful businessman. He was humble and relatable. I love the things he did to win Bianca’s heart. It was funny and somewhat sweet.

“I’ve been trying to slow down since the day I met you. I seem to only have one speed when it comes to you, Georgy Girl.”

At first, Bianca appeared to be a judgmental bitch. But I like how she owned her mistakes and willing to compromise.

The story started really well. I love the way they met and what he did on the fly. And I love all the funny innuendos. I really enjoyed the first half of the book.

However, the second half kind of lost its steam. When the second roadblock of their relationship happened, the outcome was predictable, so whatever happened in between felt a little dragged on. I also wish for more sexiness.

“There is never a reason to hide the truth about anything. The truth shall set you free. Ever hear that?”

My favorite part of the book involved the two secondary characters – Bandit and Jelani. I like how those two added heart to the story.

This lying thing was really beginning to come naturally now. It wasn’t unlike criminal behavior—starting out with petty crimes— one day you’re whacking a gumball machine on its side to make a plastic container filled with a broken ring pop out, and before you know it, you’re robbing a bank at gunpoint.

Mister Moneybags is an amusing story of a couple overcoming secrets and lies that riddled their relationship. It would appeal to readers looking for a lighthearted story.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.



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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twelve languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.


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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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