I picked this book up on the recommendation of the Aestas book blog, which I love. It also just happened to be free, and I read so much that I can hardly afford to pass up a free book.
I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical about the premise. A male escort? Seems a little The Wedding Date to me. But I’m glad I didn’t get too judge-y on the premise, because the story was actually really nice. Lovely, even.
The blurb kinda makes the hero, Rhett sound like a jerk, but he’s not. He’s just super professional. (Note: does everyone else read the name Rhett with an internal Scarlett O’Hara voice? No? Just me? Oh well, I digress…)
I actually think the idea of an escort service in which sexual contact is expressly forbidden is great. While reading, I found myself wondering if this business model was sustainable and whether or not I might be able to get an investment on Shark Tank to open my own branch of Beautiful Entourage. But I digress. Again. Sorry.
The friends-to-lovers story of Aspen and Rhett was just so...believable. There was no weird insta-love or crazy plot devices. I understood Aspen’s motivations for hiring Rhett, and LOVED it when she eventually went off on her total douchecanoe of a father.
Rhett was adorably befuddled by his feelings for Aspen, and super supportive of her, which was a welcome change from all the heroes in the romance world who are domineering and controlling, and eventually just bend the heroine to their will. Rhett and Aspen were equals, and I loved that.
So, why 4 stars instead of 5? Remember that douchecanoe of a father of Aspen’s? Yeah, I hated him. And I think his departure from Worst Father Ever to I-Just-Want-To-Talk-To-My-Daughter was a little too abrupt. I would’ve liked to see him grovel a bit more for Aspen’s forgiveness.
But, all in all, this was a fantastic read, and I’ll most likely read the rest of the series.
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