From USA Today Bestselling Author, Elisabeth Grace, comes her most suspenseful, sexy, and thrilling book yet!
Women loathed me without even knowing my name. Men coveted the very idea of me.
Escort. Call girl. Prostitute. Hooker. Wh*re.
I’d heard it all. Done it all.
Over the years I’d felt a lot of things about my occupation…but not regret–never regret. I had my reasons for doing what I did and nothing and no one had ever made me question them.
UNTIL MARCO VALENTI.
He’d changed me and I’d naively fed into the fairy tale.
But Marco wasn’t my Prince Charming. He had secrets of his own. Secrets that would eventually rip away everything I held dear.
3.5 stars — OK, so I will admit that I tend to shy away from mob/mafia feeling books, and with a name like Marco Valenti and a guy with secrets, I had a hunch something like that would appear. It’s the same as I shy away from Motorcycle Club books, I just have a hard time falling in love with a hero who does questionable things. But the hooker part intrigued me. And since the author is going to be at a signing event I’m attending, and gave away this book for free, I figured I’d give it a shot. And I must say, I was actually pleasantly surprised for the first more than half!!
For one, it was nice to have a woman in a questionable profession who isn’t some virginal girl, but who owns the choices she’s made to get where she’s at. And who doesn’t regret them. And when you learn why she’s chosen this path for her life, I could buy it. A son with MD can NOT be an easy financial burden, especially as a young single mother. And I think that’s particularly where our heroine shines, in her love for her son Daniel. I really felt her love for him, her worry, and you could see the different choices she was making to truly give him the best life possible. And I LOVED that she had goals outside of that too. Like, with the amount of money she was making, she could have just coasted, but she was going to school, and she had dreams of something more. It really made her a more interesting and 3 dimensional character. That caught me by surprise, and I was impressed with that.
Marco was a bit harder to love, but I also didn’t hate him. He had some spectacular moments (such as how he handles Daniel), and I loved how forceful he was about reminding our heroine that she is not just her profession. I thought the balance was good. He could be a bit…emotionally volatile? Or something. That wasn’t really a turn on for me. But he had lots of sweet moments as well.
Honestly, I almost rated this one a full 4 stars because I really enjoyed the first part, even despite some reservations… But I started to get a bit impatient/bored near the end of the book, b/c I had forgotten that it was a duet, and so I was wondering when we were going to get some resolution. Answer? We weren’t. Cliffhanger. Which is fine. It was my fault for forgetting. And so it just lost a bit of the good steam it had going.
So what were my reservations? Well, what exactly drew Marco to her in the first place? He was quite infatuated. That was mitigated in that at least we got to see them get to know each other, so I could accept the development of the relationship past that point. The name thing was a bit weird too…it went on longer than I was anticipating. And it did pull a few things directly from Pretty Woman, which I didn’t feel like it had to be so close (the kissing thing, the opera).
And then we get to the ending. Well, I’m a bit of a skeptical girl, so I don’t buy it all. It felt a bit like a cheap play on emotions. And I REALLY don’t like where that takes our heroine and hero. In fact, the ending didn’t make me super keen on continuing on (despite the fact that having a cliffhanger is supposed to do the exact opposite). So I read a few bad reviews for the next book, and I know darned well that my personal tastes are going to run towards that end of the spectrum, so I think I’ll just leave it at this. Once that decision was made, I read some spoilers so I could at least have a question answered. No regrets. Enjoyable book, just not quite in my wheelhouse enough to continue on.