Ahead of The Mister‘s publication on Tuesday, EW has an exclusive first listen of E.L. James’ new novel.
An extension of the excerpt EW debuted last month, this audiobook clip introduces the author’s new heroine, Alessia Demachi, voiced here by Jessica O’Hara-Baker.
“This is something new,” James told EW of The Mister, and moving away from her best-selling Fifty Shades franchise. ““I’m excited to see if readers take [Maxim and Alessia] to their hearts like they took Christian and Ana.”
In case you missed it, here’s the book’s official synopsis: “London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. 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. Just who is Alessia Demachi? Can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he’s been hiding secrets of his own?”
Listen to the audio clip below. The Mister publishes Tuesday.