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Emily/ Brandi is a high end escort in Sin City and we quickly learn she is also just a woman doing what she has to do to provide for her son. As a single mom to a 9 year old boy with muscular dystrophy, her job gives her the means to pay for his expensive medications and treatment to give him a better quality of life. She has always been able to compartmentalize when she is working to separate herself from the persona that is needed to get through the night - until Italian stud Marco Valenti opens the door to the Bellagio suite where her evening's companion awaits.
This man fries her senses from his GQ model good looks to the mouthwatering cologne and sexy as sin accent. He exudes power and is nothing like the men she is used to dealing with in one very important way that immediately throws her off her game: he wants to know what she wants from him and what her interests are which completely foreign to her. Their first encounter doesn't go at all as planned leaving her even more confused, but he continues to book her services until he negotiates to be her sole client while he is in town and she is struggling to remember her cardinal rule of DO NOT fall in love with the client!
Her son Daniel is a wonderful child. He doesn't let his condition bring him down, he is very intelligent and he is a great mix of loving little boy and typical 9 year old who doesn't want his mom to embarrass him. He thinks she is a bartender who works nights which is just fine by her until her agreement with Marco puts her safe - ish existence in jeopardy.
After finishing this first part of the story, I am still not sure what to think about Marco. He seems to be genuine in his feelings for her, but there are a few things that happen along the way that make me question his motives and true background as well as what he knows about her when he initially books her services. He is a man with secrets and by the final chapter we are left with one heckuva question about what his deal really is. I knew something big was coming based on that opening statement immediately prior to chapter one (which just so happens to be the final paragraphs of the last chapter too) but I was hoping I was wrong about what would cause that reaction in her. Unfortunately it doesn't seem that I was, and I am not sure if I am hoping the author proves me wrong or right in the second book. On one hand, it would be an awful turn of events that could have been twisted to provide Emily and Marco with a certain perception. Or on the other hand it could be exactly what it seems and it would provide a powerful motivation for some serious shizz to go down as it all plays out. I guess I will just have to wait and see but this was without a doubt a really engaging read that sucked me in to finish it in one sitting. Now I need Burn to be released ASAP because I am dying over here!!
What would you do for your children?
I loved how we meet Emily aka Brandi, she is a strong fighting women who has more gumption in her pinky then most people will ever have. She is fierce and loyal and most of all a mother to an incredible little boy who needs more than most. And so that she can provide it for him she does anything necessary for that to happen. So what if she gets paid to sleep with men. It’s a job just like any other only she gets paid a heck of a lot more than just the regular old Joe who owns a bar. Just because someone uses their body to make money does not make them weak or uneducated.
Emily is a character I have a lot of respect for maybe because I am a mother with a son who needs more than most, not the same as hers but it’s a common understanding. You would do and say anything to put your children first. I have no judgement for how she takes care of her son.
Marco comes in to the picture this hot Italian man you just want to get down and dirty with. But no, no you don’t expect him to be so patient. I love this about him, just because he pays for a women’s time and body doesn’t mean he gets to be a bastardo as he calls it.
He’s a formidable business man and knows what he wants and will get it at any cost. Even at the expense of others but he is sly about it you don’t really see it so much as feel it.
Watching how Brandi gets under his skin was fun and funny he wants more from her but to her he is a pay cheque and she has to keep it separate.
These two together is explosive. And when her life is in danger and Marco comes to her aid. I love how lines get blurred it’s an incredible story of finding what you didn’t expect.
Also Daniel steals the show as most 9 year old boys do.
Watching him show his mom that it’s okay to be a kid and to not worry so much is sweet and makes you smile more than once.
Here are some of my favorite quotes you had to know they were coming!
“It should matter not what you do for a living. You are still a woman, are you not?” – Marco
“You’re mine. Do you understand? I don’t care what your ------- job is. You. Are. Mine.” – Marco
“Baby girl, you are looking F-I-N-E this evening.” – Leroy bodyguard
“Even the angel has a devil that sits on his shoulder.” – Marco
And can I just say that was sooo mean that Cliffy!! I want more!
If I get down on my hands and knees and beg really, really nicely?
Brandi (Emily) and Marco...what characters?!?..strong, determined, passionate, loyal, stubborn and so human in their flaws and pain.
Emily is so multi-faceted you just keep going so that you can see how the story develops.
Marco is an alpha male who is caught totally unaware by Emily. He owns it though and is thorough in getting Emily to understand how he feels.
This book ends with a cliffhanger as Emily's world shatters..one almost cannot understand why Marco didn't play ball. You almost resent him for the excruciating pain Emily experiences...
So many thoughts and scenario's around the ending of this book..I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2.
My first exposure to Elizabeth Grace and well.. I'm hooked, I want to read all her other books. Not often an author holds you in the palm of her hands throughout a book..this one does..you feel and experience everything the characters do. WELL DONE on such an amazing book!!!
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Marco was just perfect but he has secrets and I was dying to know what...Read more