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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.
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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