Review of Escorted by Claire Kent
Alright, I literally just finished reading Escorted by Claire Kent and I had to write a review immediately so I didn’t forget a lot of the points that I really wanted to make about it. There has been few books that I LOVED in the beginning but really hated at the end. Most of the time I either love a book, or hate it in it’s entirety. This is a book where I absolutely loved it up until the point where both characters actually acknowledge their feelings for each other. After that, It flat- lined completely. I did my research on this, I’ve read several reviews of others on this and it doesn’t seem I’m completely in the minority, but the people who agree with me on this is the smaller percentage. Which is fine. Some people prefer the hearts and flowers that comes with relationships developing in novels like these, I don’t necessarily not prefer them, but in this case, I didn’t care for the way this one was done.
Lori might be a popular romance writer, but she’s never been anything but a flop with sex and love in her personal life. Still a virgin at twenty-six and increasingly frustrated by her inexperience, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She hires a talented, sexy male escort to take care of her inconvenient virginity.
She assumes one time with Ander will be enough, but she never dreams how much pleasure he can make her feel. Once isn’t nearly enough. Twice isn’t enough either. Soon, she becomes one of his regular clients.
Lori knows that nothing would be as foolish as falling in love with her paid escort, but she’s never been wise with her heart. And, despite his professionalism, he doesn’t seem entirely immune either.
|The Reviewing Romance Breakdown|
| I loved it for the most part. I do wish however that it ended sooner (and that is RARE for me to say) I could have really done without the relationship part. It just felt flat. I understand why it was there. The contrast between the business relationship and actual relationship is amazingly written... almost too good. It almost as if it lifts you to heavens and then drops you without a parachute and then after you hit the ground you lay there aching... and not in the good way. I really wanted more fireworks when it all came out... some of which that came at the end. I would have loved to see that happen two chapters earlier. I just felt like the continuation after that point was trying to make it tragic and drawn out but just came off a bit more boring. I have a love/hate relationship with the fact that most of the book is around their transactions. One after another completely and that there isn't much more in the beginning. Part of me would have really liked to see more, but at the same time it gives a good contrast later to the amount of time Ander and Lori spend together and what they are doing when they are together. |
| I really like Lori. I liked that she wasn't a sex goddess and had body image issues. I like that she was insecure with herself. she was very relate-able as a character. I also kind of liked that her appearances were so loosely described. She had long brown hair, that is about all I really remember, but Kent doesn't spend a lot of time on her which has really been getting annoying to me lately.|
|Up until about 75%(approximately), Ander and his sex-god appeal was rivaling the likes of any of the men from the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Christian Grey, and many others. About the time that he actually gets a conscious, or shows one, about what he is doing for a living and tells Lori how he feels, I totally felt my yearning for him deflate. From the introduction he is all sex. All amazing. You can clearly start telling the point when things change for him, and had this story not really ended the way it did, I would DEMAND an Ander POV story. I probably would have preferred it over Lori's POV. I really like male POV's but if I read it now, having finished it, I would be afraid to watch him just soften... physically and emotionally. I was surprised that I was so drawn to him given that he's bald. Not hatin' on the bald guys, but I generally am turned off by the idea of bald, or long hair. Just don't do much for me, but Ander, oh Ander, up until 75% you had me wrapped around your little finger.|
| ummmmm.... I'm back and forth on this. It's one of those, 'in a perfect world' scenarios. I mean, seriously, what is the chance that you are a virgin at 26 years old and it just so happens that the gigolo that you hired to take your V-card is the love of your life? At the same time, I think the way it's played out is pretty true in if it did happen it would run this way, until feelings come out. Then it just feels like a 'let's draw this out for sake of book length'.|
|Oh boy, I could not WAIT to get to this one. Up until around 75%, HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. Amazing. They are written so well. You can feel the business transaction, the cool, standoffish feeling that they both give. It's nothing but sex, and it so subtly transforms to more, even if it's still sex for money, you start picking up on little hints. You know the very moment that something has changed and it's amazing. My complaints are the constant uses of the words 'channel'.... I really hate that word when describing a sex organ, and more than hating it's use, I hate when its OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. Change it up. Kent has no problems referring to Ander's 'c*ck', I don't know why using a more vulgar word for Lori's 'channel'. I also don't like how she is constantly announcing she is coming. The guy is a professional, he knows when you are coming. Whatever the fascination is with him practically chewing on her nipples through her shirt. Once it would have been okay... however many times it is done in this book is too many. I lost track. THEN it happens, they acknowledge their feelings, in some sense, and this extremely ridiculous hot sex becomes.... normal. I mean I get it, the contrast between the business transaction time and relationship is really well done, but for me it really ended with book feeling like it needed life support. Listen, I read these books because I love the romance and generally its a great escape from the realities of what married life is... not that it's all bad, but it's not all hearts and flowers and hot sex all the time, so to be left where all the sex is just... normal... it's not appealing. Watching Ander's sexy love scene that are pages long be reduced to a few paragraphs and to uncoordinated jerks and twitches bummed me the heck out. Why can't he still be a sex-god when he's making love? And my last and final complaint is that there is a lot of mentions of Ander saying something when he orgasms and Lori never really understanding what it because she is too blissed out and it turns out to be 'Love you, love you, love you, love you, love you.', I'm really fucking sure that short of being deaf, if you are having sex with a man, gigolo or not, if he said that, you'd freaking notice. Just sayin'. This one is very hard to rate. Since the sex after is so rare, I'll keep it on the high end just because what was there before was so decent.|
| It's not bad. There is a lot of repeating of word, some awkward formed sentences, but in the most part, it's formed decently well. Like mentioned before, the subtle changes and the transition in the relationship is really well done.|
| This was big downfall, It was pretty predictable until the part where they acknowledged the relationship and then I didn't know what the hell was going on. I expected what happen, but not how it was formed.|
| The Happily Ever After |
| I' wish it would have ended the same way, just different. I know that makes no sense at all. If I could have it my way, a form of the last half of the last chapter would have happened much sooner.|
Available At: Amazon – Goodreads
Author: Claire Kent
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 15, 2012
This book was purchased by ReviewingRomance.com
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