Despite everything I've done for my parents, I'll never be good enough for them. Instead of seeing a man to be proud of, they just see an embarrassment. I served four tours in Afghanistan but that doesn't mean anything to them. They only see the ink, the party life, and my short stint in jail.
And nothing else.
When they were in trouble, I handed over my life savings. I didn't think twice about it because they're my family, my blood. They raised me to be my own man and gave me everything I needed. It didn't matter that it was every penny I had. It didn't matter that the money was set aside for my future. My dreams.
Because they needed me.
But now they refuse to pay me back until I become the man they think I should be.
I have an unusual profession.
I escort men, acting as their date to family functions or work parties. It's my job to act deeply in love with my client. And I always nail it.
But it's not what you think.
I'm not a prostitute.
I'm not a call girl.
I'm an actress.
Get it right.
There are strict rules when it comes to my profession. There is no touching, kissing, or anything but hand-holding. Those who choose not to comply will get a swift kick in the nuts.
But all this goes to hell when Ash walks into my life.
©2016 E. L. Todd (P)2016 E. L. Todd
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"PASS ON THIS ONE... THERE'S FAR BETTER BOOKS OUT THERE"
I really don't like giving negative reviews, and others may perhaps find this listen good, but unfortunately I didn't and for a few reasons - Ash was handsome and toned but he was such a douche bag as a main man. A beautiful package that was obnoxious, arrogant, cocky and conceited on the inside with comments like "kissing is juvenile and the least arousing thing", "kids are like leeches", "thanks I look good in everything", "opinions are irrelevant to me" and when Alessandra said I love you he says "yeah I get that a lot"... oh I could go on and on quoting the man-whore. When things got hot between him and Alessandra he didn't fool around which was a plus and his whole attitude towards girlfriends, marriage, love and commitment may have changed towards the end.... but by this time I was done. I really tried but sadly, by the half-way mark, I knew I couldn't stand to hear anymore.
There was also random silences between sentences or scenes, the narrator (or tech team) duplicated words quite a few times and the female narrator was positively awful with monotone voices from characters who all sounded the same. It would have been better if the male narrator had narrated the whole book because he was good... and the 3 stars on Performance is solely for him. This suffered, as I did, because of the poor narration and so it may be better read.... anyway arrogant man-whore needs and meets vulnerable recently hurt Escort, they become friends - with lots of sex, then a bit of drama followed by misunderstandings and angst. Dual POV's, HEA with no cliffhanger and it's a standalone listen.
Worth a credit? IMO, shallow plot, lying and cheating to parents, tech problems, dislikable characters and one awful narrator so, for me, the answer would be a definite NO..... and I'm asking for my credit back right now.
I love that the book explains what happen to Rhett, Troy, Cato, Jet, and River from the first series. This book was amazing from beginning to end. I especially love the ending and how it took you a little farther into Ash and Alessandra's life. Can't say enough about this book. Definitely a must read.
"hate to be a douche"
I only want to offer constructive criticism for the female narrator because I can't do any better...
the narration felt rushed with limited breaths or pauses or emotion. I had difficulty telling the difference between when one character stopped talking and when another began. also, there were a lot of "whoops, pause, repeat the last line again" moments.
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