Book Review – Escorted by Claire Kent

by Maryse on January 9, 2013 · 38 comments

in My Book Reviews

Escorted
This brought me right back to my delightful little “escort” marathon that I had last year. Er…. I mean. READING. Reading escort BOOKS marathon. About escorts. *smirk* Hehe. And do you know why I always seem to love these? Taboo. Oh yes.. a little of that, and well, you know. It’s sort of a “forbidden love” situation, on it’s own, right?

“I can’t believe you’re really doing this. You get to have all the fun.”

Shifting in her seat restlessly, Lori tried for tartness as she asked, “You call this fun?”

“Well, you’re going to be paying him a lot of money. It sure as hell better be fun for you.”

After all, these guys get PAID big money to be “yours” for an event. An evening. A night. Kind of puts ‘em on this weird pedestal, ’cause y’all know the rules. You can look. You can flaunt. You can even touch. But you can’t keep. No matter how much he seems to like you (keyword).

And… you hear stories… well, in fact, it is brought up a few times in this book. Being that close, that often with a gorgeous dream man, sculpted and perfected just so. Dedicated attention, sweet affection… and other stuff. He’s also amazingly believable. Skillful in acting, playing the perfect part (to keep his customer satiated and her entourage fooled). But those lines get blurred and that crush can build into something much bigger.

He creates his persona (for sale) and keeps his true self, and his heart, out of it. And he’s good at that, too. Many fall for him. Him…? Not so much.

But what happens when he meets that client that he finds himself connecting with? Soon, his own lines are blurred. And therein lies another part of that forbidden love situation. His side of it. And then when we start seeing tiny little “peeps” of him… *sigh*

“I’m sure you know you’re absolutely gorgeous and the baldness just makes you look more fascinating, so I think you made the right decision.”

Ander’s expression relaxed and he turned back to her with a slight twitch of his lips. “I appreciate your affirmation, but where were you when I was seventeen years old and all the kids thought I was a freak?”

Awwww!! And he gets even… deeper. Loved him.

This book explores many facets of this kind of unconventional love story. I loved how it really took it’s time. Nothing was rushed, and their pacing was, to me, perfect. Realistic. Awkward. Embarrassing. Jealousy-inducing. Swoon-worthy. It hooked me from the start, ’cause my fellow readers were raving about it, and well, I have a good history with enjoying this genre.

Joanna: Paige recommended this one, but for some reason I can’t see anything past Dec. 31 on the wall here, so I’m reposting. This is a really good book. It blew me away – I started reading at 10 pm, which was a huge mistake because I couldn’t stop until I finished the whole damned thing. Holy cow…. It was free yesterday, doesn’t list as free today, but it’s sooooo good I’d pay twice the cover price!

Becky: LOVED this one!

Joanna: I slept through my alarm this morning, no thanks to this book! I loved it – Ander was just an incredible, unusual hero and I fell for him completely. I’ve never read a book with that much sex (all of it pretty vanilla, too!) that didn’t make me sort of bored. The relationship that grew between them was so intense, and the way they talked about sex was so real! This goes into my “Wow” category on my kindle, LOL.

Angelia: Joanna I feel your pain! stayed up reading this one last night also , coffee is my friend today , Although I thought the story was good, I will admit I was skimming the sex scenes towards the end of the book.

Claudia: You know I really liked this book!

Janet: In the middle of it…great book….

Maryse’s Book Blog: I’m totally reading this right now!!

Jeanie: Hee hee, I’m on chapter 4 now.

JAnne: This one was GREAT and super HOT!

Becky: I loved this one!! What a great story!

Lucy: loved this!

Brooke: Finished it yesterday, loved it

Sara: I thought it was really good! I was impressed!!!!

Maryse’s Book Blog: Hehe. Finger tapping on the shoulder scene was funny!

Lisa: I’ve just finished this book and I thought it was really good! And Maryse you are so right, the finger tapping scene was funny!

Kelsey: Was Miller I loved bald sexy Ander, great story, very educating *hehe* What’s funny about the shoulder tapping??? Works for me everytime! Teee heee

Michelle: I had to look up what the heck a dental dam is. This is a very education story.

Stacey: Heehee. I loved the shoulder tapping. It’s a great book! I absolutely adored it and can’t wait to read more by this author.

Chrissy: Got sucked in and just finished it. Loved it

Emma: It was an Ok read for me, just couldn’t get past channel and passage…

Maryse’s Book Blog: Loved it! SUPER STEAMY and sure…. some of the “steamy” made me giggle (or squinch my nose), but overall I LOVED it. Loved Ander, loved how dry he was at first (although at first, I didn’t), loved how slowly things evolved and loved “who” he truly was. It reminded me in a way of Charlotte Stein’s “Sheltered” … just in feel. And Damaged Goods, too (in story and feel).

And despite at first finding Ander dry, I was still so titllated. Maybe even more so, ’cause he wasn’t at all what I was expecting in a “gigolo”. He was… detached. Almost too professional. Gorgeous yes, but since she insisted on him not playing a “part”, well… he then played NO part. After all, he certainly couldn’t have played his true self. So he took on the role of sex-ed teacher. But like… not so sexy. Okay maybe a bit. Tee hee! But yep! No pretending, was her request.

“I can hold you if you want,” Ander offered. When she just stared blankly at the dark outline of his face, he added, “A lot of my clients like that afterwards.”

“Oh.” As she processed her feelings, she realized it would be nice to be held. But by someone who actually cared about her. “No. That’s all right. Thanks. I don’t want to pretend anything. I’m not trying to fool myself.”

No kissing, no cuddling, no fake affection. This isn’t what this is about. She’s paying him for a specific job, and that’s getting rid of that pesky virginity issue she’s still dealing with. And I *squinched* my nose a lot in the beginning. With him. He “seemed” everything I wanted to swoon over, but swoon, I could not. And she didn’t worry too much about it either. In fact, she decided to use him a few more times to make sure she had the hang of it. No pain, no gain and all that.

But you know how that goes… putting your trust in someone, over and over again, no matter how clinical, might eventually open up a whole can o’ worms. Seeing someone again and again, especially in that context, well, how long can both remain detached? Sometimes… your true personality just has to come out, even for just a moment. AND OMG those moments were AWESOME!! And then it gets fun! Actually the whole darn thing is fun. The awkward start, the surprises, the reveals, the emotions, the resistance… it’s all there. Like I said earlier in my super mini-review: “Nothing too angsty, but the situation on it’s own is angsty enough. Titillating!”

Oh. Did I mention steamy. I mean… super steamy.

“Wow,” she croaked. “Wow.”

He grunted.

“Wow. That was… wow.”

He grunted again.

Tee hee!! Oh sure he maybe “polished” and perfected… but he grunts with the best of ‘em. ;)

So am I a book zombie? YOU BET!!! I started it last night and didn’t stop until 4am. And all I could think about was wishing I could read another one just like it, tonight. It was great from start to finish. Not perfect, but so good that I didn’t once want to take a break. Totally my thing!

4 stars. Maybe even 4.5 stars!

 

 

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

LucyLou January 9, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Wow a 4.5 star freebie!!!! Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the recommendation Maryse! :)

Christina January 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

So worth reading all hours of the night and dealing with the lack of sleep :)

Maryse January 9, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Yep this freebie was a GEM!! Quite the find!

Chrissy January 9, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I was reading it with you last night too…super-love it ! I can’t wait to read more of her books.

Lisa January 9, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Just finished it and I agree it was awesome. Its books like these that has me browsing Amazon’s freebie list daily. It just makes a good book even better when its free or on sale. I love finding good deals.

Joanna January 9, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Yeah, this one was worth losing sleep over, no question. Can’t wait to see what she writes next!

Jackie January 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

I totally LOVED this one too!! Such a pleasant surprise for a freebie. It definitely goes in my “keeper” category!

Karen D. January 9, 2013 at 10:54 PM

I picked this up as a freebie and read it last night too! I loved it! Now I just want everyone else to read it too!

claudia January 9, 2013 at 11:16 PM

how long is the book?

Sharon January 9, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Loved “Escorted” it was a great story!

C January 10, 2013 at 7:12 AM

I got this book as a freebeeee and finished it in two days ( that’s quick for me ). I loved it, and considered it a guilty pleasure. Glad to hear others liked it. Bald? Who knew!

Sue S. January 10, 2013 at 7:26 AM

I read this one last week after I downloaded the freebee and I also thought it was very good…

ashley January 10, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Just finished it and even tho i think Ander and Lori are the most boring characters ever :D , i loved it, it was amazing. i kept telling myself…hmmm, how can i like such boring ppl…a goody goody nosy virgin with morals and a gigolo with a hidden personality that wants nothing more than to be loved and cherished :X:)). the love story was really nice tho. Nothing rushed or over the top angsty…plain boring. but i loved it:))…yeah i’ll consider it my guilty pleasure along with the bald one i developed:D

Jessica Sotelo January 10, 2013 at 8:15 AM

I downloaded this freebie last week… glad I grabbed it when I did :-) thank you!

Melissa January 10, 2013 at 8:57 AM

I love your posting of free books! Some are ok but this was a great read! It was predictable that they would end up together but I still loved the story!

Janet W. January 10, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Somehow I missed this when it was free, and I thought I was being careful ck’n out all posts. :( Oh well, will just have to get it anyway. :D

Meredith January 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM

This was an awesome read and even better..because it was FREE! Loved the story and I would have paid money for it–it was worth it!!
HOT HOT HOT!!! :-)

Sarah Jane January 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Anyone know if this is available in an epub format anywhere? I so want to read this….but it isn’t on the kobo site, sony or nook. :(

Raelene January 10, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Ahem….. might have reread a few passages….Just sayin’

Maryse January 10, 2013 at 2:14 PM

hehehe

Meredith January 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Maryse:
I would love to get a list of those books you read during your “Escort Reading” marathon session? :-)

Maryse January 10, 2013 at 3:54 PM

hehe! Not a problem at all! Go down to the “high end” escorts section:

http://www.maryse.net/books/rock-stars-bad-boys/my-top-thirteen-most-illicit-bad-boys-misfits-mobsters-of-romance-books.html

Now I need to add this one!

Karen D. January 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Someone mentioned the Bald thing – I kept picturing Vin Diesel, because he’s the hottest bald guy I know, even though Ander had blue eyes…it still worked for me!

Maryse January 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Good choice!!! He’s “hulking” so that works!

Christina January 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Kellan Lutz – there’s a pic of him with no hair :)

Maryse January 10, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I gotta look that up!!

Christina January 10, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Not sure if this link will work. This one he’s wearing a hat.

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1075610368/nm1553725

Kim L January 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM

I loved it. I also got it as a freebie from the list last week and I’m VERY glad I did. I did know what to expect because it was free. The thing with the money wow. The shoulder taping had me laughing. :-D . Very good read.

Meredith: I read one a while ago its called Damaged Goods by Lauren Gallagher, It was along the same lines with falling for an escort.

sandy s January 11, 2013 at 7:07 AM

LOL i sat up late last nite reading this one as well, really enjoyed it:)

Amy D January 16, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Holy.Moly.
Just finished Escorted…WOW, just WOW. I was in love with Ander from the beginning. Really well written and the story was heartbreaking, sweet and forbidden all rolled up.
Sigh*

Alicia B January 17, 2013 at 9:58 PM

I loved this one! I wasn’t expecting much when I started, but boy was I surprised! I ended up reading it in one sitting. I would totally love some of those scenes from Ander’s POV…hint hint hint :)

Anna January 20, 2013 at 5:13 AM

Just discovered your AMAZING blog! I think we pretty much have the same taste in novels… haha!

Anyway, can you tell me what novels you read during your “Escort Marathon”? I’m curious…I want to try reading too.

April January 29, 2013 at 12:12 AM

I LOVED this one. I was a book zombie too and I am a new nursing mom so to miss sleep is a BIG DEAL. I just liked the quiet progression of the story that unfolded out of the very technical (sometimes too) sex scenes and how you didn’t really know what Ander was thinking because it’s all from her POV. I don’t know why that made it hotter for some reason. I loved the elevator scene. I’d give this a thumbs up for sure. Thanks for the great recommendation!

donya February 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM

I started this book because I thought it would be a light read. Boy, was I wrong. This was a really good book written by a very good author! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! And how many of you couldn’t help but picture Jason Stathem as Ander?

Mihaela February 21, 2013 at 11:45 PM

love this book ♥♡♥♡

Tricia February 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Just finished this and what a great find!! Thanks so much Maryse : )

Kerry February 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM

OMG.. I loved this book. Something about it just made me obsessed. I can’t stop thinking about it. Anymore like it?

ps I wicked love your blog :)

Carol October 18, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Girls, if you like this type of story, you should read One Night Promised, by the same author of This Man. You will love it! One Night Denied is the sequel to one Night Promised and will be out shortly. Can’t wait.

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