Despite everything I've done for my parents, I'll never be good enough for them. Instead of seeing a man to be proud of, they just see an embarrassment. I served four tours in Afghanistan but that doesn't mean anything to them. They only see the ink, the party life, and my short stint in jail.
And nothing else.
When they were in trouble, I handed over my life savings. I didn't think twice about it because they're my family, my blood. They raised me to be my own man and gave me everything I needed. It didn't matter that it was every penny I had. It didn't matter that the money was set aside for my future. My dreams.
Because they needed me.
But now they refuse to pay me back until I become the man they think I should be.
I have an unusual professional.
I escort men, acting as their date to family functions or work parties. It's my job to act deeply in love with my client. And I always nail it.
But it's not what you think.
I'm not a prostitute.
I'm not a call girl.
I'm an actress.
Get it right.
There are strict rules when it comes to my profession. There is no touching, kissing, or anything but hand-holding. Those who choose not to comply will get a swift kick in the nuts.
But all this goes to hell when Ash walks into my life.
The description was definitely the draw for me to take a chance on a book by an author I’ve never read before and I have to say that I was surprised, pleasantly so, by everything from how much I liked the MC’s to not only how they as individuals grew, but their relationship. It was sweet, sassy and sexy as hell.
Now, I don't remember the last time I've wanted to simultaneously hug and smack a character upside the head and still adored the hell out of him, but that’s exactly what happened with Ash. He’s cocky, doesn’t know what an edit button is, sexy as shit and charming as hell. He comes off as immature at times and then does a full on 180 and drops knowledge on you that makes so much sense that you do a double take because you can’t believe that it came out of his mouth. But underneath that cocky and arrogant exterior is a heart of gold that ends up making you melt.
While Ash is, for lack of a better word, spontaneous, Alessandra is much more regimented. She’s been burned and pretty much has what she wants out of life set in stone so as not to fall into the same situation again, but she isn’t cold. She has a compassionate heart and can be quite snarky when the situation calls for it.
When Ash and Alessandra collide the sparks are definitely there and I really enjoyed watching as their relationship evolved. The attraction is there instantly, so that is never in question, but it was the way that they both shattered each other’s beliefs about themselves and each other. Nothing felt rushed and each step felt right when it came to who they both were. Of course that inevitable pothole in road to their HEA happens and to say I was a tinsy bit irritated by it, not because it happened, but because of a certain characters ***cough***Alessandra***cough*** handling of it, not that Ash handled things all that well either, but...Thankfully, things do work out, this is a true HEA no cliffhanger book, and it was more than satisfying.
The writing was engaging and I enjoyed the dual 1st person POV, though sometimes being in Ash’s head could be a bit much, but it was done well and I liked getting both sides of the story from them. The pacing was great and I had a difficult time putting it down. I’m definitely interested in seeing who the next book will feature.
The Bottom Line: This was a fun, sexy and sassy read and can’t wait for the next one!
~ ARC provided by Love All Books in exchange for an honest review ~
Amazon Bestselling author, E. L. Todd, was raised in sunny California where she still lives today, claiming it’s the best place in the country. Easily hypothermic and hateful of the cold, she prefers to be warm all year round. She attended California State University, Stanislaus and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, but still pursued her dream to be a writer. She’s written several novels and many series’, and her imagination can’t seem to stop. She tries to find the good in people and she exploits that in her writing, proving that people can make mistakes and rise above their past. Her hobbies include sunbathing, swimming, eating at Surf Taco in San Diego, reading, and learning everything she can about hippopotamuses’, her favorite creature. Her greatest dream is to make people forget about the harshness of reality and dive into a good story with lovable people. When fans tell her they love her work, it gives her the greatest sense of accomplishment.