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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on June 5, 2018
A unique story about a woman with Asperger (high functioning autism) finding her true love with a male escort. This was fascinating and at times, laugh out loud goodness.
This book was amazing. I could stop there after telling you to run and buy it, but of course I won’t. It’s the story of a woman with a life wrapped up in mathematical statistics and algorithms. The life suits her and she only rarely takes a day off, working through weekends. Because of this, she is very successful in her work. She owns a sparsely furnished beautiful home and is rarely there, only to eat a lonely dinner and sleep. Her parents want grandchildren and her mother is on her to get married and have babies. To that end, she decides to hire an escort to teach her how to be a better lover and partner. It’s like trying to learn Greek would be for me.
When Stella Lane meets male escort, Michael Phan, her life is turned upside down. Stella doesn’t do well with upside down. All she knows is that she trusts Michael, something she has never afforded any of her other dates. He’s the epitome of patience and understanding. For Michael, it’s a job, one that he only does once a week in order to pay massive bills due to his mother’s illness. He never sees a client more than once due to complications. When Stella breaks through and he allows himself to see her several times-but still once a week-both of their lives will never be the same.
I felt for both of these characters. Stella was beautiful, but didn’t know it, and she truly can’t figure out human behavior. She knows how she should react, but usually she only pretends her reactions. At times, when she shows her real reactions, she really messes up. With men, it’s even worse, especially the few that she tried out sex with. She just doesn’t get what the big deal is. Michael on the other hand, looks like a movie idol, and could have any woman he wants. He comes from a large, wonderfully real family, one that gets by without any help from his cheater of a father. His family knows nothing about his secret life.
Of course, other things happen in this story, but I will leave it for readers to find out. The author wrote what she knows. She was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2016 and that just made the story even more interesting to me. I found this book to be well written, with humor and a bit of honest angst on both main characters part. There’s drama and a fair amount of sensual scenes, but it does take awhile to get there and that was perfectly fine. And did I mention that this is her debut book? More than worth 5 stars, for me!
Highly recommended to adult contemporary romance fans, especially ones that like a unique, heartwarming and at times funny story.