Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on February 19, 2019
What an interesting take on the escort business. Are you a prostitute or just an escort if you take money for sex? I posed this question to myself a lot while I read this story. This has some deeper thoughts while bringing on frustrations and even sexy times.
Nic is a male escort. No getting around the fact that he goes on dates with and without sex on the table, bed, wall…well anywhere. He doesn’t consider what he does as being a prostitute or whore, but in fact he does take money to escort women around as well as fulfill their needs in carnal ways. This posed a little bit of problem for me as I tried to get over the fact he got paid, while he thought he was loftier than a prostitute. I am a firm believer if you aren’t hurting anyone, what you do in the bedroom is your business. Even if you exchange money. Consensual, safe and private. So what happens when Nic finds a woman he can fall for, but the blind date is a lie?
Elle recently got dumped by her boyfriend. Problem is the boyfriend is her brother’s best friend and best man at his wedding. The bride to be is friends with Elle and doesn’t want her to feel shamed or uncomfortable with this so she hires Nic to be a blind date for Elle. The backstory is they knew each other in college. The bride is very explicit that she is not paying for, nor wants him to have sex with Elle. So what’s a guy to do when he is on the job and falling for the client? Lots of avoidance.
Nic never meant to stay in the business forever. He knew someday he wanted to settle down, but this was easy money and when you come from nothing, it is quite enticing. Now he has a nice nest egg, he has met a woman he wants to get to know, and he is fighting his inner demons on how to get out of his career path. He won’t have sex with Elle until it is settled which is causing for some miscommunication. He also isn’t having sex with his clients. An en passe ensues and he kind of checks out not wanting to deal with either problem.
Elle can’t believe Nic is into her, but then when he keeps avoiding intimacy she gets a little conflicted about her weight, body, and confidence. What’s going on she thinks, but she isn’t quite sure how to handle it. She comforts him not understanding, hoping in the end he will tell her what’s messing him up so much.
The two have some serious conversations to get through and it’s not going to be easy on either of them. An interfering BFF, a demanding boss and two people conflicted in different ways. This makes for a complicated situation that the author seems to give time to, but not enough substance to make the situation feel real.
It’s a fun story if you get around the escort business. It a wounded secret he keeps while she is wounded by a break up she never saw coming and a lack of confidence to take the bar exam. The two have hurdles to get through and sometimes the road is made way to easy when there needs to be some bumps to get through first.
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