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From the first chapter, it will have you drawn in..talk about sexy and steamy. loved it! it also makes you want to know more about Jace :)
Adrienne is an event planner and is going thru a drought so to speak..lol. She's seen Jace at functions and she and her bestie Em call him the GLC (God-Like Creature)lol. Let me just say Em was an awesome character!
Jace and Adrienne have a few encounters and when they finally get together, its HOT! She doesnt know what he does for a living. Does she find out? You have to read and find out. *wink*
I also love the relationship Jace has with the guys, especially Troy. His book is next (with Em) and I cant wait for it!
I enjoyed it and look forward to more from Isabel!
I was surprised to find out that this was a debut novel because it was so well written, really engrossing and the kind of book that I wanted to devour in one sitting.
Escorts, Vegas, classy beautiful women and beautiful women who have no class...all make up the players in this one and with a plot that is at times predictable and at other times a surprise of reveals and twists.
I really enjoyed Jace and Adrienne's storyline so much and am looking forward to her BFF Em and Troy's book coming next! I can't believe I let it sit in my kindle for so long before I finally decided to read it!
***** 5 ***** "living in sin can be so much fun" stars
Jace is a Las Vegas escort who is supposed to be the perfect sort of man for everyone who hires him. Unfortunately, despite the whole escort premise, we only get to see him in one client encounter. For a book marketed as erotica, that's a huge missed opportunity. He has some escort buddies he tries to care about, but we don't know enough about his internal process or his emotions to know whether he succeeds.
Enter Adrienne, an event planner who, despite being all about getting laid to cure her sexual dry streak, judges Jace because she's seen him around with a few different women. Jace is so taken with her looks he even leaves a client sitting to go over to talk to her. What? Yeah. I'm not buying it.
Here's the bottom line, though. This book is written as if by a researcher tasked with recording every step of an experiment. An example from the book: "The cab pulls away and I walk towards the lobby of my building. I live in a five hundred foot skyscraper, and am lucky enough to live a penthouse suite on the top floor...." He has a little dialog with the door man and then, "I make my way past him and into the elevator that will take me to my suite. When I finally get up into my place, I strip off all my clothes and take a hot shower. As soon as I get out, I flop onto the bed, and I'm sure I'm asleep before my head hits the pillows." End excerpt. The entire book reads like this.
So why two starts instead of one? Because their is a redeeming factor. There's some pretty good dialog in this book. She manages to show us a tiny bit more of the characters in their interactions with others. But there's far too little of it to make up for the telling going on in the narrative.
Jace works as a high-end escort, catering to the social and after-hours needs of rich and powerful women that may not have the time or inclination otherwise for traditional relationships. He works for an agency and has several close “co-workers” that are also employed as escorts. This sets the storyline up nicely for subsequent books in the series, getting a glimpse of the personalities and lives of the men we’ll learn more about in the future. Not only is Jace an escort, but he’s working on opening his own nightclub in Vegas with his friends Troy and Marc, also escorts. Jace has been smart with his money and is now living a life of luxury, one that he could have only imagined growing up with a single mom and tragedies that he is more than happy to have left behind. Jace’s life changes though when he makes the acquaintance of Adrienne, a woman that he encountered in passing several times, until he is finally able to employ her as the event planner for his club’s opening.
Adrienne is coming out of a relationship, nearly swearing off men for good. Her last relationship left much to be desired, especially in the sex department, so when she meets Jace, or “god-like creature” as he is referred to between Adrienne and her best friend Emilie, all bets are off and she soon realizes that she can’t resist the attraction she feels towards him. Things are good at first until she finds out about his secret life as an escort. She makes it painfully clear to him that she’s not willing to share; he needs to make a choice if he wants to keep her, the escort business or her.
I have read complaints from other readers about the abundance of sex in this book and honestly, I did not feel it was over the top. The sex scenes were incredibly well written and downright hot. Normally if a book has too much sex (yes, those books exist) I find myself just skimming to get through it. That didn’t happen in this book. There is sensuality in the scenes that helps to develop a deep sense of emotion between the two characters.
I loved the characters and I loved their interactions with each other, not just Jace and Adrienne, but the friendship between Adrienne and Emilie and the relationship with Jace and his friends. I loved the back and forth banter between them and could sense the loyalty between them. The characters were well developed and the storyline flowed well. There was a little bit of angst, but that is probably to be expected when you have one of the partners who is pretty much a hooker! There is likely to be issues of trust there.
Living in Sin is the first book in the Escort Series. It can be read as a standalone and the story wraps up nicely at the end. It was a solid four star read for me. I enjoyed it from cover to cover and it maintained my interest throughout. There seems to be a lot of books out there right now using Vegas as a storyline, either through escorts, or partying gone awry or whatever and while this book was well written and engaging, there wasn’t really anything that set it that much apart from the others. I would definitely recommend it to friends and am set to dive right into the next book in the series, Unforgivable Sin, which picks up right were this book leaves off and tells the story of Emilie and Troy. I have already picked up Ms. Lucero’s other books and look forward to those as well!
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