November 10, 2012

Review: Mr. Real by Carolyn Crane

Series: Code of Shadows 1
Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Release Date: October 28, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

The woman of his dreams…with the secret agent of his nightmares Alix Gordon is a woman who doesn’t take life too seriously. What’s the fun in that? So when she stumbles across occult software that can bring any computer image to life, she conjures up lots of awesome outfits and accessories. And then, on one drunken, horny night, she conjures up Sir Kendall, the sexy TV ad spy... who looks exactly like Paul, the hot martial arts teacher who kicked her out of class three years ago.

Fighter Paul Reinhardt has good reason to hate Sir Kendall, the character he brought to life to land a part in a TV ad; he’d do anything to forget him. A cross country road trip seems just the thing... until Paul finds himself inexplicably drawn to Minnesota and is shocked to discover Sir Kendall - in the flesh - with the girl he’d once loved from afar. He barges into Alix and Sir Kendall’s love nest, determined to stop the madness - somehow.

But is super spy Sir Kendall transforming into something more dangerous anyone can imagine? And what will Sir Kendall do when Paul and Alix finally give into their mad lust for each other?

First thing I do after reading MR. REAL is to Tweet Carolyn Crane and ask her if there's a way she can give me a copy of Aunt Veronica's magical super program that can conjure anything from money to people. That should be the best app ever, right?! 
MR. REAL is way better than Weird Science, there are no socially awkward nerds around just a daring girl, a super spy and an Ultimate Fighting League superstar. Who is Aunt Veronica? She is Alix Gordon's dead Grand Aunt who left her a big house and a bad ass computer program that can manifest anything you want after clicking on the picture several times. Alix uploaded that program to her laptop by accident and things started materializing in her front porch. Flummoxed and blown away, Alix decided to test the program's limits and asked for Sir Kendall Nicholas III, half Ken-doll (as in Barbie), half James Bond, and current face of Denali liquer. But Sir Kendall is hardly just the ladies man and next thing Alix knows, she's doing her darnest not to get killed in this harmless booty call she made to another dimension.
She'd gotten drunk and ordered her magic computer to bring a sexy TV spy to life. To come to her home and f*ck her.
The characters are quirky starting with the "trashy" Alix Gordon with her pink mane, annoying silver bracelets and her bra straps which seems to be her favorite fashion statement.  Sir Kendall is a fun character to follow with his foppish demeanor and over the top English charm compared to the relaxed backdrop of Malcolmsberg, Minnesota. The entire time these two were flirting and doing the nasty I was half afraid that Sir Kendall will just attack Alix! What with Sir Kendall suspecting Alix to be an agent on the verge of assassinating him and Alix exhibiting consequential behavior put me on the edge of my seat. Well good thing it stayed light and fun and the succeeding turn of events is just one big, messy case of good intentions and mistaken identity.
When a woman came to him in silk, he liked to put her in leather, and when she came to him in leather, he liked to put her in silk, and when she came to him nervous and kinetic, he did this. He forced her to be still, [Sir Kendall]
Paul Reinhardt is the heart and soul of the story. He's the one Alix is really fantasizing about and a rough childhood and desperate circumstances that created his alter ego, Sir Kendall. Now Paul is that damaged and wounded hero we all love, Sir Kendall was borne out of constant bullying from his evil stepbrothers which scarred his self confidence tremendously. I like Paul but when he ingratiated himself in Alix's life without preamble really annoyed me. I didn't really connect with him or Alix but the mayhem that ensued between these characters was beyond entertaining.

MR. REAL is a fun and fresh story and a good start to a new and exciting series from Ms. Crane. There were a lot of comical exchanges between the characters especially the ones involving Sir Kendall. And true to the premise of spies and super villains, the action sequences were gripping and done exceptionally well especially towards the heroic ending. With Alix and Paul's story wrapped up in a bow, I wonder what Friar Jack (out 2013) will be about. I for one, hope to read more of Sir Kendall and his arch enemy, Hyko, my gut tells me their battle royal is far from over.


  1. WOW!lol!! This sounds a bit of a ride this book. Love your tweet!!


    1. I love the comic book feel of it. Didn't like Paul Mich but Sir Kendall was hilarious!

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