February 5, 2016

Into the Fire by E.L. Todd

Despite everything I've done for my parents, I'll never be good enough for them. Instead of seeing a man to be proud of, they just see an embarrassment. I served four tours in Afghanistan but that doesn't mean anything to them. They only see the ink, the party life, and my short stint in jail. 
And nothing else. 
When they were in trouble, I handed over my life savings. I didn't think twice about it because they're my family, my blood. They raised me to be my own man and gave me everything I needed. It didn't matter that it was every penny I had. It didn't matter that the money was set aside for my future. My dreams. 
Because they needed me. 
But now they refuse to pay me back until I become the man they think I should be. 

I have an unusual professional. 
I escort men, acting as their date to family functions or work parties. It's my job to act deeply in love with my client. And I always nail it. 
But it's not what you think. 
I'm not a prostitute. 
I'm not a call girl. 
I'm an actress. 
Get it right. 
There are strict rules when it comes to my profession. There is no touching, kissing, or anything but hand-holding. Those who choose not to comply will get a swift kick in the nuts. 

But all this goes to hell when Ash walks into my life.

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If you love cocky, confident, egomaniacs, you'll love the Ash. He's badass tattoo artist who doesn't give a flying fxxk what anyone thinks of him. He's out to get back the money he lent his parents and to do that he needs to prove to them that he's "changed his life for the better". Enter Alessandra. She's everything that Ash is not. She's a beautiful soul, clean cut and the perfect companion to anyone with the money to hire her. Alessandra is an escort who accompanies men in need of a beautiful (and she happens to be intelligent!) companion to show off to their peers. When Ash hires Alessandra on to prove to his parents that he has found the right woman (that they'd approve of) to settle down with, they're both convinced that neither of them will have a problem keeping their hands to themselves...

The chemistry between Ash and Alessandra is brewing from the get-go. Despite Alessandra's first impressions and dislike of his cockiness, she can't deny he's damned hot. Ash is the king of non-commitment but he can't seem to get his gorgeous escort off his mind. The more time they spend together, the harder it is for them to keep their hands off each other. The sex is intense and their dysfunctional, non-defined, relationship is witty and playful. I found their underlying feelings for each other that make for a few heart-wrenching scenes a great compliment to the sexual tension that resonates through the story. Though I found that the dialogue and Ash's perspective rambled on a bit at times, it was easy to get through and definitely an enjoyably hot read.

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