Several friends recommended this book to me and since it was a free read at Amazon, I downloaded it. I put it on my Kindle for later, but then the Twitter buzz got to me and I bumped this to the top of the read list. So glad I did.
Lori is a 20-something romance author who has never had sex. She’s tired of being a virgin and she’s ready to have sex but she’s not in a relationship. After a bit of research with her cousin she hires an escort who comes highly recommended. Thinking this will only be a one time deal, she intends to keep the experience very professional and straight forward. But once turns into twice, and then before she knows it, she and Ander slowly drift into much more than a business relationship.
I love a romance that focuses solely on the couple falling in love without a lot (or any) outside conflict. Claire Kent does this well in Escorted. This is simply a story of a couple who fall in love under unlikely circumstances; a relationship that is physical in nature yet slowly becomes romantic despite all intentions to keep a professional distance.
The author does a great job building the emotional intimacy and while we don’t get Ander’s point of view, it was quite titillating wondering what he might be thinking, and what’s behind his actions. At times I wanted his point of view, but looking back I think not having his point of view enhanced the build up for me.
There is a lot of sex beginning very early on in the story. It starts out very choreographed and flat, but eventually becomes incredibly hot and intense. It’s a progression, but it does build faster than the romance. It’s through the sexual encounters we see the emotional intimacy grow and eventually turn into dating and a relationship.
The ending was quite satisfying and I found myself smiling at the conclusion. I really believed in this couple and their unlikely romance.
Unfortunately this is one of those books that has to come with a warning along with the recommendation. The standard editing warning applies here. This is yet another book where I enjoyed the story enough to want to overlook the errors. There was some repetition, enough to distract me. Not unreadable, but worth mentioning.
As far as I can tell, this is the only Claire Kent title available right now, but the author writes under another pen name, Noelle Adams whose books seem to be well reviewed on GoodReads. I’ll definitely be checking those out as as well as looking forward to more from Claire Kent.