Review: Escorted by Claire Kent

Escorted  Claire KentSeveral 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.


Rating: B+
Escorted by Claire Kent
December 15th 2012 – Self published
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Comments

  1. Mandi says

    Oh Ander. He is a yummy one.

    This one surprised me – it started out a little slow but by the end I couldn’t put it down. Excited for another one by her

    • says

      Agree. I worried a little at first. But the museum scene really kicked it up a notch. After that I didn’t want to put it down.

  2. says

    I read this Saturday and loved it. Couldn’t put it down. Hubby and I had all kinds of errands to run so I kept having to sneak off to read.

  3. Tabs says

    I impulse bought one of the Noelle Adams books, “The Negotiated Marriage,” this afternoon and really enjoyed it. I’m a sucker for the marriage of convenience trope. Also, I really loved how the heroine had varies levels of arousal and not just “OMG Clothes Off Now!” all of the time (sometimes, but not all of the time). I thought that was a nice touch.

  4. Selma says

    Thanks to your review, I read the book. L.O.V.E.D it!!! Couldn’t put it down. Normally, romance with an escort story isn’t the kind I would read. And I’m ever glad I did. So, thank you! ^^

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  1. [...] Escorted by Claire Kent ** [AMZ - BN - S - K] I snapped this up when it was free on Amazon, and it turned out to be one of my favorites of the month. The heroine hires a male escort to rid her of her dreaded virginity and ends up wanting more than just sex. The author did a wonderful job of convincing the reader of this couple moving from a purely sexual relationship to real love and commitment. See Sophia’s review here. [...]