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Swift's Temptation

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  198 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Small town farm boy Fagan Swift moves to New York City to escape the suffocating confines of his hometown and, after nine months of job searching, stumbles on a well-paying position at an escort agency. Once there, he meets the most arrogant, infuriating man he's ever known, Xavier James. The sparks fly from the very moment they meet, igniting a fire between the two men th ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published June 11th 2011 by Silver Publishing (first published June 10th 2011)
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Young Fagan (poor, poor guy, that name definitely doesn't make his life easier :p) leaves his farm hometown to move to New York City with his best friend. Then he lands a job as escort at "Temptation" which pays well -- and since he's gay, he will not sleep with the female clients. Except that he also meets the bane of his existence, Xavier, who seems to dislike him from the very beginning. But Fagan develops strong feeling for Xavier, despite they're always butting heads. Then one drunken night ...more
Fagan has just moved to New York with his best friend Trinity and so happy to have left his small farm lifestyle behind. Since moving to New York he has tried several jobs that just don't last him until he comes across an escort job that happens to fall in his lap. On his first day arriving at the place of business he sees the most beautiful man with the longest sexiest hair ever. His infatuation stops right quick when first he sees the disgusted look aimed towards him from said man, Xavier and ...more
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I'm sorry i did not like this book at all...

There was not a whole lot of substance behind the blackmail, i felt...
It was just weird and unreal and felt forced for the heck of it...

The angst factor felt forced...
The blackmail thing felt forced...
The wooing felt forced...
all for the sake of a forced HEA...

Not a big fan of that!
Chris Jeffreys
ZERO STARS! I've read several of Author Loveless' prior works, and found them to be compelling romances. I simply do not understand how she could have gone so wrong with Swift's Temptation.
Here is a brief overview of the story. A 24 year old gay man, Fagan, comes to New York City to get away from his family's Iowa farm. He has a series of jobs, but ends up being a non-sexual escort for a high priced escort service. While he is on the job, Fagan meets Xavier (an accountant for the escort service
It's difficult for me to review this book, because if this wasn't a fictional book, and if Fagan were a friend of mine I would never, ever, EVER be okay with the ending of this book.

This book touches on a lot of emotional abuse that occurs over a period of time. I'm simply not okay with that. The reason that Xavier gives for being the way he is, doesn't in any way justify the way he treated Fagan. Once trust is stripped from a relationship, in my opinion, it's nearly impossible to ever get it ba
Let me start out by saying that this review is hard for me. I don't give many one-star reviews, and I feel awful about it when I do.

I liked the character of Fagan in the beginning. He was witty and endearing. However, I was not able to like the story as a whole.

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I really liked that they Xavier and Fagan just didn't have a HEA after the Xmas party. So many books would have had them sleep together at the party, realize their feelings but be afraid to tell the other, but shortly after end up together, and this book was not like that. It was great to read something different even is Xavier was a bit of an a-hole.
Jul 06, 2011 Cayce rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
The author admits that she was inspired by yaoi, and this book really screamed YAOI, and not in a good way. The kind of yaoi which has this „rape fantasy” where the „victim” screams ’No,no stop!’ then after 5 minutes ’Oh, yeah give it to me! More~’.
The whole time I was reading the book, I couldn't stop thinking "Since when do Mills & Boon publish m/m romances?"
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TBNT-- See Eyre's review to know why
Jul 05, 2011 LaShonta marked it as no-thanks
Oh hell no.
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Continuo a dare possibilità a questa autrice perchè le trame dei suoi romanzi mi sembrano sempre meritevoli...non devo lamentarmi poi se rimango delusa! L'inizio è molto promettente: Fagan è un ragazzo di campagna che decide di trasferirsi a New York per sfuggire alla solitudine e alla mentalità chiusa della sua cittadina. Vuole diventare un artista ma, per pagarsi il college, accetta di lavorare presso un'agenzia di e
Spectro Chick
I really tried to finish, just could not at 75%

The style apparently was modeled on Yaoi, which I am not familiar with. To me it was reminiscent of Mills And Boon I read in the 70s and 80s. Given that this style was deliberate I decided to go with it. But I remember why I stopped reading those M&B. The Alpha hero behaved SO BADLY frankly it was unforgivable and no amount of wooing could make up for it, he was so abusive.
Edina Rose
3.5 stars

A twenty-something farm boy leaves his little home town to finally live his live to the full in New York. He finds a well paid job as an escort and is able to enrol to art courses. His life is going really well, and everything would be perfect if he didn't have this crush on the escort agency accountant, arrogant and disdainful Xavier. But Xavier's disdain hides a strong attraction to Fagan. At loss as how to get close to Fagan without opening a heart that has been broken in the past, X
Another great book by JR Loveless.. Too bad she only published out two books.. Her books are really, really romantic and lovely plus a lovely ending!! Lurrrrrrve it.. And so far there is no rape but the abuse was usually mental abuse.. i know its not good but Fagan really made sure Xavier worked really hard to earn his trust back.. And it was really satisfying read.. I'm gonna read it again!!

I really need to read this again coz i just saw how bad the reviews are!! Hmmmm....
I love a good blackmail story ; this concept never gets old for me and this story delivers with romance in emotional blackmail. This book contains explicit scenes of dubious consent and emotional abuse. So, don't read this book if that makes you uncomfortable or offends you.

My thoughts: The story is simple, but I didn't feel like that was a negative thing, especially about blackmail. And J.R. Loveless's writing style is nice. I personally enjoyed it from first till last page of the book.
3.5-4 stars. I have to agree with the other reviewer, this book had a very old Harlequin paperback feeling to it. But since I grew up reading those books, I had no problem with all the melodrama and some dubious consent.

I loved Fagan (but not his name, poor thing!). Very likeable and charming character. And I don't really think that the event in Xavier's past should have pushed him to treat Fagan so horribly, but then where would the story be? ;)

Pamela Dewi
i'm think it's a good story. Although i don't like the way Xavier judge Fagan for who he is. He doesn't even ask for the reason why he did that. And hate when he just did stupid act because of jealous. He must ask for the reason first before act like that. No wonder Fagan try to run from him. Although in the end, when he try to win fagan heart it's difficult. But, if you really try hard it can be happen...
Very well written and emotional story dealing with a difficult relationship. I enjoyed the journey with Fagan and Xavier. I think the plot was well developed and the challenges in the story were dealt with in a convincing way. I could deal with the more painful aspects of the story because I knew the couple would triumph in the end. Highly recommended.
Rhys Ford
I loved this book. It was different but the characters were endearing and familiar, but not in a trope kind of way. I would say it is more like a read that you've been waiting for. Something different and daring, but so damned good.
I enjoyed this book but it was lacking in many areas for me to love it. I really loved Fagan's character, he was so sweet. It was really hard to like Xavier after everything he did.
Hmmm. Could have been better, but wasn't bad. Would lie to see sequel(s) with supporting characters.
Joanie Mills
I liked it the escort company, the lesson he takes his best friend I think it was a good book and realistic
Ashley Cox
Little iffy when it comes to Xavier's actions; however I still really loved the story.
Ok, so the tone is a bit MF but despite that, I still enjoyed the story.
Jan 28, 2013 Lyri added it
Shelves: probably-not
This book reminds me a minase masara's manga
Jul 09, 2013 Lucia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m, abuse
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