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Lori was an interesting character to get to know. I admired her determination to treat this as a plain business transaction even after the fact that she had admitted to herself that Ander meant more to her than just a man she had sex with. She truly cherished their 'friendship' and preferred to step away rather than lay down ultimatums.
Although there were a LOT of sex scenes in the beginning of the story, I think that Claire Kent did a great job in finding a balance between the 'business' end of Ander and Lori's relationship and what was developing between them. I liked that she kept Lori's expectations in check and that she maintained Ander's professionalism and integrity intact. I appreciated the fact that she developed their friendship after their sexual relationship was over. I believe that it allowed them to get to know one another in a deeper level and strengthened their resolve to wait for the right moment to come together.
However, what I enjoyed the most was what they each did for each other. While Ander may have had more sexual experience and was accepting of his 'career', I think Lori helped him see another side of himself he hadn't explore before. Through her he found the will and the courage to make a change. Just as well as Ander, Lori learned that she could be passionate and could let herself go in and out of the bedroom. They talked and laughed together and in the end their connection grew stronger because of what they had shared during their "business arrangement". At least, that's what I got from the story.
My only issue would be that I didn't get the chance to know more of Ander's relationship with his father. I think it would have made for a great read, since obviously he was greatly affected by whatever relationship he had or didn't have with him. It had shaped him one way or another and I would have loved to know more.
Escorted was an erotic and surprisingly romantic read that brought together a pair of individuals whose connection was immediate and proved to be lasting. I am looking forward to reading Breaking. I can't wait to get into Ander's mind and experience his thoughts and emotions first-hand.
But this college English teacher author really needs to expand her vocabulary of verbs. Over and over and over again, the characters snicker, sneer, snort, sniff, scowl and swallow (I guess she has a thing for verbs that begin with an "s"), and when they are not doing that, they huff, chuckle, grin, gulp, stare and suck in a breath. I wouldn't normally mention this, but the words are so overused, they become incredibly annoying and distract from the story. Just when things are getting interesting, I am forced to scowl at the author, sneer at the writing, sniff at the word choices, snicker at the lack of creativity, snort my dismay, and swallow hard to continue reading. Then I huff when it happens again, chuckle that I'm seeing the same word again, grin at the silliness of it all, stare at my Kindle and wonder why I don't just put it down, gulp really hard, suck in a breath, swallow my disdain and forge on.
Enough said. Four stars for the story, but only three overall because of the poor choice of words.
I was pressured by a fellow bartender to read this book, solely due to the fact that the male character and my husband have a very similar first name. So after the first chapter I was ready to put it down. The very detailed and juvenile approach to sex was slow and wasn't holding my interest. However, since I was traveling at the time I thought I would stick with it. I am so glad I did. If you're a "Fifty Shades" fan or a fan of similar genre, than you may like "Escorted".
(Ander describing why he doesn't do S&M for clients)
There's a small percentage of the population that's into that lifestyle, but there's a whole industry built around it. And, in general, those who participate in that lifestyle want to engage in the culture as a whole rather than using the occasional services of someone like me." "Huh." Lori thought about it for a minute. "If recent erotic romances are to be believed, most women are really into stuff like that." Ander chuckled and shook his head. "But that's the stuff of fantasies. Most women who get turned on reading about it wouldn't actually want to live it out. It might turn them on in fantasies, but it wouldn't in real life. Tell me the truth. What would you do if I tied you up, muzzled you, and started to whip you?" Lori thought about all the hot sex scenes she'd read featuring such activities. Then she honestly examined her own nature. She snickered. "I'd have you arrested for assault." Kent, Claire (2012-12-15). Escorted (p. 129). . Kindle Edition.
The same concept, introduction into sex before a relationship, unfolds for the main characters. Even though the first couple chapters are just blatant sexual encounters, you start to chisel away at the character development. The characters, Lori & Ander, are actually really sweet and realistic. I kept feeling that the author might turn the book into "we never talk about our feelings thus we can't continue our `meant to be' relationship", but happily she did not. Half way through I really wanted to know where the couple would end up, even though I know they must have a happy ending in store. The author also wrapped the book up nicely and doesn't leave you with a sequel. I ended up enjoying this book so much, I know I will come back to it and read it again.