I was given this book by the author for a fair an honest review.
Summary- Dr. Elle McCray has a plan. Work hard. Be the best. And do it alone. After her ex-husband’s betrayal, she’s learned being feared is a hell of a lot easier than being humiliated. So when trouble personified, Lane Cannon, dares to flirt with her, she shuts him down cold. Too gorgeous. Too cocky. And his job as The Grove’s sexual surrogate is to sleep with patients. No, thank you.
Former escort Lane Cannon has spent enough years with people looking down on him. Stupid. Trailer trash. Rent boy. He’s heard it all. He’s worked too hard to shed his past to let some haughty doctor cut him down. But something about Elle’s ice queen act has his dominant instincts perking up and his body taking notice. He can’t walk away.
After an evening of verbal sparring turns into a night of steamy hate sex, Lane’s ready for round two. But Elle proposes a business deal. How better to keep things strictly physical than to pay him for his services?
Lane wants her, not her money. But he’ll play along in exchange for one thing—all the control. It’s only supposed to be a dirty little fling between colleagues, but these two are about to learn a lesson in love…by the hour.
Review- I think to start off with, if you are like me sometimes when you read a book you end up googling the things that characters do or talk about. The things I ended up googling because of this book
- American Gigolo- it apparently has a naked Richard Gere and from the trail looks just cheesy and I so need to watch this.
- Sex Surrogate- this is a real thing. The article I found was interesting and I admit a little odd, I couldn’t find any rehab sites that offered this ( don’t judge me)
Enough about my nosiness now on to the good part.
This book had a great flow to it, the characters were likeable. Lane was cocky, sex and just so very sweet. Lane was also dirty so very dirty I really loved him. Elle was a great character and I connected with her which is something I struggle to do with heroines all the time but I totally understood her struggle to trust Lane and the anxiety she felt at letting someone in. Tropes you might like. Younger man/older woman (he’s 30, she’s 39) Fake fiancé who doesn’t love a good fake fiancé trope? The hate sex at the start of the book was so hot, it was the stuff that hate sex dreams are made of. Lane is also a Dom who loves control and holy shit can that man control me anytime. He can also spank me with a belt, I do love a good spanking…….in my books! Hehe. While I loved the dirty sex the author was able make an unbelievably hot an dirty scene so sweet I actually said “aww” out loud. Also the fact that they kept saying “I hate you” to one another reminded me of “okay?” “okay” or “as you wish” If you don’t get either of those references then turn in your romance readers card. The “I hate you” was Elle’s and Lane’s version of this in my opinion . This book was basically about learning to trust and love again, it was also about taking risks even though it might scary as hell not knowing if the other person feels the same. All of this was topped perfectly with the HEA had me cheering for them.
The only thing I didn’t like was Elle’s ex husband he was a total dick and I wanted to punch him in the balls. Also the way her family handled the break up of her marriage made me angry but I am not holding that against the book I just need to vent, you know since I can’t ball punch fictional characters.
I gave this a well deserved 5 stars on good reads. This book while part of a series can be read as a stand alone. This book is priced at $4.99 And as always Let’s take a look at the yummy cover before you go. Also there is a little bit about the first book under it.
So if you are like me and just jumped into this series will notice the reference to other characters Marin and Donovan (Spoiler: Donovan is not Elle’s ex husband) and their connection to Elle, which is explained in By the Hour as well as in Off The Clock, but when I went looking to see what the first book ( Off the Clock) was about I found that it’s Marin and Donovan’s story, and how that relationship came about. It immediately went on my TBR list.
I will admit the list price has put me off $9.99 for any ebook always makes me think twice about, but none the less it’s still on my TBR list until a price drop happens.