**ARC received from the author for an honest review**
I needed so much more from this story than I got. Con and Shawntelle had this insane ability to be this great will they/won’t they story. Unfortunately this felt like this fell a little flat and the characters rushed through to the romance.
When the story begins, Shawntelle is pursuing Con through flirtations and obvious glances. Although Con knows the dangers of her learning his history, he can’t help but wonder what it’d be like to be with her. I really hoped that this would drag out with a lot of anticipation and a huge climax (hah pun intended).
As for typical Walker books, there is an element of mystery: Shawntelle’s true desires and why she’s really pursuing Con is a large portion of the story. I’m not going to give away the main twist…but I will say that it came too soon for me. Generally Walker is really good at dragging out what’s TRULY going on to give you a big surprise but this time there was just something lacking.
I wanted to love this story more….that being said. I still love this series. And the second book left me eagerly awaiting Shame and Charli’s story!! OMG that one is going to be so good!
Conner Steele has nothing but respect for ladies. He absolutely
adores them and takes more than a little bit of pride in his job—or rather, his former job.
After a run-in with a cop, former male escort Con, along with
his brother Riley and best friend Shame, decided it might just be best to hang
up their…hats and retire from the business of being paid to pleasure.
After all, they have a profitable business going with their new pub. No reason to ruin a good thing and Con is more than happy to keep pleasing the ladies—just…no longer as a job. Finding a date or company for the night has never been an issue for him, either. He’s been told more than once that he can charm a tiger out of its stripes. But lately a new hire at the bar is turning the tables on him—she is the one charming him, twisting him up into
knots and getting him so worked up, he can barely see straight.
In his rather expert opinion, Shawntelle Callahan is nothing
less than a queen.
And she’s a queen on a mission, too. Even as tangled up as he is
over her, he can see that. First she tries to coax him out of retirement for one
last engagement. When that doesn’t work, she sets out to drive him crazy.
After finally admitting that she’s a writer who’s looking to do a story on male
escorts, Con realizes it will be best to just stay away from Shawntelle. Sure,
she says she’s just looking for some hands-on information but
he knows there’s more to it than that. There are secrets in her eyes, barely
hidden lies and doubt.
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She’s also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur
photographer. She published her first book in 2003. Her latest suspense,
The Right Kind of Trouble, released in August 2016 from St. Martins.
and contemporary romance, and urban fantasy under the name, J.C. Daniels.