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This story wasn't superficial or shallow or another run-of-the-mill, cookie cutter romance. Ms. Grace tells of the struggles of a young woman and how she's grown to harden herself to do what she has to do. But to her son, she's a loving mother...soft and caring. And then she meets Mr. Marco Valenti...a client who shows more than the usual interest in her. For the first time in Brandi's career, she has to work hard not to break rule #3...."never fall for a client". Never be attracted to them. Except there's a mysterious magnetism about Marco Valenti that almost cannot be denied...and Brandi doesn't understand it because it's never happened before. In her line of work, there's no room for emotion. You never allow your feelings to interfere with your work. Lust, friendship...any kind of affection are left at the door. But for the first time in her career as a hooker, Brandi is unable to shut off her emotions. But only around Marco Valenti.
Marco Valenti is a raw, powerful gentleman from Italy. There's a dangerous mystery about him. He's refined and chivalrous with an intense edge. He's suave, charming and debonaire sophistication. And for Brandi, he's unsettling because of the intense attention he pays her. This story has it's intense, serious moments of the struggling life of a hooker and single mother who's dedicated to doing anything for her child.
Ms. Grace hit that ball outta the park with this fabulous plot of romantic drama. She painstakingly drew me into an intriguingly edgy and erotically sweet, romantic plot with serious undertones. She led me, inch by wonderfully delicious slow inch, through each step and phase of progression of Brandi's hesitant, but hawt connection with Marco Valenti. She made me connect to Marco in such a way that I knew him...and I liked him. He's become my friend. I connected to Brandi right away because I'm a mother and there's nothing I wouldn't do for the survival and protection of my children...so yeah, connecting and relating to Brandi came with ease. This story was off the charts...one of those stories that gives so much more. And it was all outstanding and brilliantly told.
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!!
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