By The Hour- ARC Review

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

  1. American Gigolo-  it  apparently  has a  naked  Richard  Gere  and  from  the  trail  looks just  cheesy and    I so need to watch this.
  2. 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.

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