Title: Calendar Girl: June
Author: Audrey Carlan
Publisher/Year: Waterhouse Press 8/3/15
Length: 112 pages
Series: Calendar Girl Series #6
Politics, phallic statues, and pretty women.
Literally everywhere you look, you see an old man and a gold-digging, cling-on wrapped around their wrinkly arms.
Looks as though my hot streak ended when Warren Shipley, one of the nation’s wealthiest men, hired me to play arm-candy to save face with the other one percenters he did business with. At least that’s what I thought when I arrived in Washington, DC, until I was met by old man Shipley’s debonair and insanely handsome son. The Senator from California, Aaron Shipley. Youngest senator in the history of politics, single, beyond rich, and the face of every political magazine around the US. Women everywhere wanted a taste of that power.
Me, I’d always thought politics were boring…boy was I wrong. Democracy had never been more exciting.
In the sixth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Still on her mission to save her father, she embraces the life of a gold-digging mistress in order to get a life-saving project off the ground.
Each installment in the Calendar Girl Serial will release every month throughout 2015. The stories will feature Mia’s journey as an escort to twelve clients in twelve different locations.
well this installment is a bit ‘darker’ than the others and a bit more dramatic than what we’ve seen before, but again, it’s nice to see how diverse Ms Carlan has written all of these stories and characters.
In this next installment, Mia goes to DC to be ‘arm candy’ for a politico who needs help furthering his own agenda – so while she’s really uncertain as to what that means for her role, it’s something that she can work towards. Warren Shipley is the client and while he’s older, there’s really nothing to worry about for her given that her role is not at all to be romantic with him which is nice. He’s got this ‘sexy’ senator son though who provides some interest for Mia -but that’s entirely different here and adds to the complex dynamic of things in this 6th book.
One of the things that we’ve come to really appreciate from Mia is that her style of ‘telling it like it is’ has been quite successful in getting her client and their potential romantic interest together. she was successful with Mason, she was successful with Tai, and now there’s a chance to be successful with Warren since there’s an interesting story there.
The other underlying story that we have throughout this series is the Wes/Mia dynamic. I feel like it’s the ‘will they won’t they’ and sometimes i feel like it’ll all work out and then others i feel like there’s no chance that it’s going to work. so we’re left on a cliff this time as well, no idea if it’ll end up ok.
As i said before, this was also a much darker installment – there’s some very scary moments that happen, Mia lands in the hospital and there’s a lot of shady business going on to keep things from the press. It’s actually quite insulting, but i suppose i get it. The nice thing though is that we see some of the gents come back into play from past stories, there’s a run in with Mason/Rachel which is nice and then there’s Tai coming back into play as well.
So all in all, i’m kind of hoping that the dynamic of the next book is a bit lighter – but it’s also nice to see how much of a variety there is in characters, what it means for Mia and what we all get out of it. There’s also such a variety in level of passion and heat – as in this book was less heat intense but more relationship intense. On that note – happy friday – and onto July!