Author: Skye Warren
Publisher/Year: Dangerous Press 3/30/18
Length: 258 pages
There is no shame in pleasure. And no love in business.
I have a blind date tonight, and I know with 100% certainty that I’m getting lucky. There shouldn’t be any surprises, not for one as jaded as me, but when I walk into the penthouse suite of L’Etoile, everything changes.
1) For one thing, Bea is heartstoppingly gorgeous. Pale green eyes and endless freckles. Curves I want to spend all night exploring, as if her body was made for me.
2) Her innocence makes me want to use my entire inventory of bedroom tricks on her and then invent a few more.
3) Except that… she’s a virgin.
I can initiate her into the world of desire without letting her get attached, can’t I? A few hours of tutoring, and at the end of the night a small fortune will be deposited into my bank account.
Yes, you read that right. There are many words for what I do. After all, mine is the oldest profession. I’m an escort, which means this date is nothing more than a mutually enjoyable transaction.
But once I realize one night with her won’t be enough, I’m the one who’s screwed.
Well, we all know by now that i’ve read all these books out of order so that means that I know how they’ll end up. Regardless – this peek into what brought Bea and Hugo together is a lovely story.
The summary doesn’t truly open the reader’s eyes to what is going on here, but it’s a good tease. Bea is a young woman who’s had a really rough and traumatic life. She lost her parents at a young age and for some reason that has transferred in her fear for her safety and inability to leave her home, the penthouse of an amazing hotel. She’s the desire of a much older man, who likely only wants her for her money and she thinks that aside from that, she’s desired because she’s a virgin, so she’s working to resolve that. She tries to sort that via men in the hotel and finds that she doesn’t have the nerve and that’s where Hugo comes in.
Hugo is a high end escort – a man who knows how to please a woman and make her feel like the most beautiful thing. He is picky with whom he works, and only works one night a week. His lifestyle as a result of his skill and experience is that of someone who’s got a successful portfolio, so he can compete with all of the high society.
Hugo comes to Bea, uncertain of what he’s getting himself into and realizes quickly that he’s got a challenge on his hands, but something quite special as well. She’s a woman to be treated with care and teased with passion and all the things that she doesn’t know or thinks she wants, and in return, he gets something powerful from her. Eye opening, and life changing. What we also don’t see from the other books in adjacent series is that he’s got a motive to going to this hotel, to take this job. He believes the man that destroyed his mother is the owner of the hotel, and therefore the guardian of Bea. He wants to get his revenge.
The journey throughout this story is one of trust, growth and hope. We know that we want to see happy endings outside of the bedroom for these characters and we know that there is no piece of this journey that is easy. Bea’s fear is so gripping that she can’t even go to the roof of her hotel, and that means that Hugo needs to create a bond that is so true and real that she trusts him. The same time, he needs to make sure that there’s a way to protect her heart when she learns that he’s got other motivations.
We see them grow, we see them thrive and we also get to see Avery/Gabriel, Sutton/Christopher/Harper in this story along with Penny/Damon, so all of the characters that we love and can’t live with out. Pepper in heat, sex, passion…and tension and we have yet another amazing story. So, please….enjoy!