1) Though the man from the commercial may be fictitious, the man who PLAYS him is not. The real man is lovingly referred to as Hardass Paul and is a professional fighter and former martial arts instructor of our dear female Dr. Frankenstein.
2) Sir Kendall is an international man of mystery who is convinced Alix is a minion of Hyko, Sir Kendall’s nemesis. International men of mystery are not known for their kindness or patience for their enemies.
3) Hardass Paul, compelled by the spell that brought Sir Kendall to life, is en route to Alix’s bed and breakfast.
4) Alix brought a man. To life. Using a computer…you don’t get much worse than that.
Luckily for one and all, Alix realizes how much of a mess she’s caused. The worse the situation gets, the stronger and more grounded Alix becomes. She accepts that she made a huge mistake and is ready to help Sir Kendall in this strange world. Her self-absorbed tendencies fall away with each new disaster, a fact the reader realizes far before Alix herself does.
The premise of Mr. Real by Carolyn Crane was refreshing: think Frankenstein meets Weird Science with gratuitous sex scenes. Alix didn’t create Sir Kendall; she breathed life into his two-dimensional image. It was one of the things I loved most about Mr. Real.
I was skeptical in the beginning because I couldn’t relate to Alix. Simply put, she was too much. Too frivolous, too sexual, too everything. The interactions between Alix and Sir Kendall at the beginning of the book followed along the same suit; if they were actors, I’d say they were trying too hard to emote.
Then along came Paul…once Hardass Paul entered the book for the long haul, everything clicked into place. Alix had to be too much to show how she could adapt when the situation called for it. She and Sir Kendall had to be awkward to show how well she interacted with Paul. She was still a crazy, funny, unconventional woman, but she had substance. The desire and affection Paul and Alix felt for each other was palpable and made me swoon on more than one occasion.
Even though it had a rocky beginning, I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Real. If you’re a fan of quirky sci-fi romances, do yourself a favor and check this book out!
- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480134694
- ISBN-13: 978-1480134690
Books in the Code of Shadows series in the order they should be read: