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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!!
“Even the angel has a devil that sits on his shoulder.”
I am officially Hooked!! This is the first book in a duet so is not a complete story and at the end all I needed was the rest. This is more like a romantic suspense and to be honest I am still not sure about who to trust. Elisabeth Grace perfectly wove suspense throughout this real life Pretty Woman story…or is it?
“Careful how far out you wade…these are shark infested waters.”
Emily a.k.a. Brandi to her clients is a high end escort. For Emily this is a means of survival for her and her son. Her son has muscular dystrophy and needs a lot of medical care and various therapies and being a single mum, on her own in a brand new city she did the only she could to provide whatever her son needed. Emily was a fantastic mother and while the way she earned her money was not the best it was what needed to be done and I admired her for it. Between working nights and home schooling all day, all her time was taken doing what was right for her son and her own happiness was way down on her radar.
Marco Valenti was an enigmatic Italian that barged into Emily’s life. Having hired her for a night it was obvious that one night was never going to be enough. For Marco it was love at first sight and being the Italian stallion that he was, he wasn’t going to take no for an answer. However, I am still undecided on Marco, while on the outside he seems perfect, he seems too good to be true. Maybe he really is, but for a man we hardly know anything about and a man who keeps his cards very close to his chest I am a bit reticent to believe everything I am reading, especially given the situation that these two find themselves in.
“The opportunity to be evil – greedy, stubborn, egotistical, narcissistic – it’s all there. I just chose not to feed that particular beast.”
I will say though, if it is an act, then Marco Valenti should be an Oscar winner, because damn he was good and extremely convincing. His relationship with Emily’s son would melt the hardest of hearts and his affections do feel and sound totally genuine, but it is that tangled web that Elisabeth Grace is weaving that leaves that err of caution. I hope for these two that it is the real thing, but with that synopsis I just don’t know what to think…gahhhh…so frustrating.
“The only woman he’s ever wanted to make happy is his mother… until you.”
Marco was an alpha that whispered Italian sweet nothings that will have your ovaries exploding, he was possessive and dominant but he looked after those he loved, hence the current situation. I just wish I knew more about him so I could determine whether or not “this” is real. I desperately want to believe in it and my heart tells me it is, but my head is a bit savvier and tells me otherwise. It is this “is it” or “isn’t it” that adds to the addictiveness of this read. It is quick but I couldn’t put it down.
“You will curse my name like the devil and then scream it out like a benediction.”
I am erring towards mafia connections but in one of the few times Marco opens up he vehemently denies it, but the suspense side of this story definitely screams mafia to me. Maybe he just made the wrong enemies, in any case he has something that they want and it is something that he does not have to give…intriguing.
“Sometimes there is no answer to the question “why.” Sometimes life just effs you over for no other reason than it can.”
I seriously need book two, I didn’t want this one to finish and just as everything was ramping up it ended, I was devastated. Elisabeth Grace certainly keeps you on the edge second guessing everything you are reading. Who are the bad guys? What is their connection to Marco? What do they want that Marco won’t give up? Guess I’ll be waiting on tenterhooks, but we don’t have long to wait…the answers will all be revealed in June with the release of Burn…I can’t wait.