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First, I agree with another reviewer with the lack of description in regards to character development and scenery. The story takes place in Seattle. That's it. No reference to the time of year- although I assume it must be winter due to the cashmere pajamas. Lori is an author, but surprisingly is never writing. She doesn't do anything except meet at a hotel for sex. I never got a feel for who she was, what motivates her and her writing. Ander is a blank page, other than his bald head and blue grey eyes. The author eludes to bad blood between Ander and his father, but never really gives us the backstory of their relationship and how they became estranged.
I really did not like Lori at all. She pays Ander for sex, but she despises that he is a gigilo and has sex for money. What?? It bothers her that he doesn't divulge his personal life, yet she doesn't disclose that she is a famous author. Her hypocritical nature bothered me throughout the book.
The sex scenes are clinical, almost disturbing at times. The sex is very one sided; Lori is multi multi orgasmic having 6 to 7 orgasms at a crack, which was totally unbelievable and weird. I found it uncomfortable as well when she would tell Ander it's ok for him to orgasm. The sex is very detailed and repetitive, especially the description of how he disposed of the protection after EVERY encounter.....Eewwww!!
The repetitive verbs were annoying as well. Lori snickers and huffs with every encounter. Ander's lips twitch at every turn. The constant use of these terms were extremely distracting to the flow of the story.
This story had a good premise, yet fell flat with one dimensional characters, lack of story development, and truly bad editing.
I found this one as a rec on the romance forum for heroes who are escorts or prostitutes. The Pretty Woman fantasy is an interesting one and with a man instead I couldn't resist reading the sample. That short snippet had me incredibly intrigued. The reviews has me pursing my lips because I don't trust majority glowing reviews especially for an author's first book. missed it when it was free and I don't have Prime anymore but I pressed on and the $4 was so worth it.
I'm truly blown away by how good this book was. Today's romance world annoys me. I don't find many who share my views but this obsession with cold, hard heroes wanting to beat their heroine's in submission because apparently it's all the rage and sexy is for the birds. That's NOT sexy to this reader. Hell no. The never-ending ridiculousness of cheesy, degrading dialogue in sexy scenes is point blank degrading. I feel sleazy reading it.
Romance has gotten erotica and porn confused and now work as if the two are interchangeable. Nope. Not to this reader. Porn is degrading, overly graphic and all around sleazy. The most skin slapping, bodily sounds, degrading language and just quickness to make it as hardcore as possible. That's in my opinion 90% of romance novels today. At least published since oh 2007. Erotica is a slow burn tease yet sexy to where you could actually read it in public and not feel embarrassed if someone walks past and catches a word or two.
In Escorted, the heroine Lori is a romance novelist but uses a pen name. The author used her own name as the character's pen and kind of waxed on about how Claire Kent writes good romances and blah blah. That little self insert almost made me stop reading but I kept on because I wanted to finish it because the beginning wasn't too shabby at all.
Honestly, those this was a pretty good book. The real minus 1 star to make it a 5 issue is the length. Ms. Kent really kept the story going longer than necessary. When Ander and Lori end their prostitute/client relationship they move into "friend" territory and all of that was just extra filler that wasn't necessary. It was clear Ms. Kent just didn't want to end the story. All of that extra could have been finished in about 5 pages and the story wouldn't have lacked for anything. It would have been just right.
Overall: I little boring at times because it goes on longer when the story was about as done as barbeque. But if you want a good read and NO PORN but steamy, classically erotica sex scenes that don't make you feel like you're reading the transmission of some venereal disease then pick up this book. Take it from this heavily, anti-porn picky reader. If porn is grating on your nerves this is a good one to break up that monotony of nastiness.
Grade B+ to a low A