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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,586 ratings  ·  193 reviews
Caroly Evardt never expected to find herself patronizing a male prostitute. Then again, she never expected to be weeks from her thirtieth birthday and still a virgin.

When a friend mentions that a gorgeous male model in Paris sells his body as well as his image, Caroly's intrigued. Finally, a chance to sample the gifts of a beautiful man—no strings, no stakes, no fear of re
ebook, 1st, 111 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by Ellora's Cave
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Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***
A book about a gorgeous French escort?!?!? Why yes, yes please!!

But seriously...

The first half of this book was such an erotic slow burn. Didier and Caroly's first night together....just.....just WOW!! Watching a man pleasure himself.....for your enjoyment....

By the time you get to the main attraction, you are beyond primed!

Overall, each evening, each interaction was perfectly paced, perfectly unfolding the story for the twist towards the end. Is it some jaw dropping revelation? Nope....but it
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

4.5 Holy-Hotness Escort Stars!

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Curio is a fantastic dichotomy of familiarity of plot we see in many escort books added with a total twist I've never encountered in plot lines. Unfortunately, the twist I shall not reveal as it needs to be experienced. But awesome it, mysterious, and intriguing.

Caroly is an almost 30-year old virgin (enter well-used escort plot line). She hires a well-known Parisian model and escort to fulfill her desire to dispense of said V-Card. Enter Didier, a perfe
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*4.5 stars*

Cara McKenna, not only did you seduce my body, you seduced my mind! Damn, girl, this book was awesome!

I've wanted to read some older Cara McKenna for a VERY long time. I have to say, I'd almost given up on M/F erotic romances. It is very rare that a M/F book... ehem... "lights my fire," so I was purposefully keeping my expectations low. However, this book shocked the crap out of me by being amazing.

Appearances can be deceiving. The main character is an almost 30 year old virgin, and t
Wow, did I enjoy this! It’s hard to explain how I felt about the book, let alone the characters, especially Didier. This was a very sensual, tender, loving and caring story.

Didier’s only concern is that Caroly experience what she is capable of handling sexually. He just gives her as much as she asks for, doesn’t push her, and slowly and gently eases her into her first sexual encounter. He accommodates her every need and desire with the utmost care and concern for her well being and pleasure. To
I loved Cara McKenna's Willing Victim so I decided to try another one of her books. This one tells the story of a male prostitute, Didier, and his client, the sexually inexperienced Caroly, and how they help each other with their problems. It was dark in places, beautiful in others and very erotic. I loved every minute of it and plan on reading the follow-up vignettes.

Highly recommended for erotica fans who like a good story along with lots of very steamy scenes.

A huge thanks to C for this recommendation and for starting me off with the perfect image of Didier, he was a perfect fit for this.

Caroly is on the verge of turning thirty and because of high expectations and fears she has yet to take a lover. With little experience with men, Caroly begins a journey to finally lose her virginity. But her choice of lover is not typical. Didier is a whore. He is gorgeous, a body of male perfection and there is no risk of her being rejected by a man that holds so
Ruthie Knox
Five Reasons to Read Curio

1. The hero is a male prostitute.
I don’t know about you, but that is a major, major plus in my book. Ever since I saw that horrible Spielberg movie, AI, in which Jude Law briefly plays a robotic male prostitute of the future, I’ve been fascinated with the whole idea. Curio‘s prostitute, Didier, is by no means a manbot. I mean, come on, he’s French. The French don’t make good bots. They do, however, make excellent male prostitutes. As you will soon learn when you buy the
Rach  *Feisty kitty*
I REALLY REALLY wanted to love this book and I did for the first 50%. But then I just had a few issues with it which had me thinking

There are some spoilers below so you have been warned

* I don't mind reading about virgins but I had slight issues with it (view spoiler)

* I don't mind reading about hero's who have issues as
Story Rating 5 stars
Character Rating 5 stars
Romance rating 5+ stars
Heat Level 4 stars
Over all Rating 5 stars
Recommended by Kris (KindleRomance)

OH MY for a short story this one made me feel all sorts of emotions. Sometimes I felt that there was too much thinking and talking but it was so beautifully worded that I got over that feeling really quick. There were only two Characters in this book, the H&h. I have NEVER read a book with Characters quite as unique as these two were. It just seemed t

Amazing! One of my top favorite reads of 2011. Ms. McKenna delivers authentic erotic prose in this beautifully raw and captivating story. The desire is palpable for both characters and you are taken on a journey of great anticipation, discovery and ultimately a satisfying and realistic ending of hope.

Wow, just wow! Many thanks to Cara McKenna for sharing her voice in two amazing characters.

"I realized something I never had before. Deep down, I want to be coveted and sought after. I want to be
Mandi Schreiner
I love Cara McKenna books. On release day, I pour a cup of coffee and the very next thing I do is go to Ellora’s Cave and download the book. I never know what to expect – and Curio is no exception. What I thought was just going to be a naughty erotic book, turned into something a little more…deep.

Caroly is an American, living in Paris and working at an art museum. She is just shy of thirty, and has never had sex. She has really never had any type of intimacy with a man. She has heard through he
There are a ton of things I loved about this book. That she managed to make a 29 year old virgin heroine a grown-up member of the real world is one of them. Caroly may have had self-image issues and a fear of rejection that turned her off dating and on to patronizing a prostitute, but she had a libido and a sexuality of her own. She was the virgin, but she wasn't an ingenue. Their first encounter has Caroly asking Didier to masturbate in front of her, and her increasingly confident requests thro ...more
Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog
I find it really hard to review this book. I felt so sad and emotional reading it and it wasn't until almost the end that I felt hope for these characters!! It is a very emotional, tender, sensual and intriguing read!

This story is about Caroly and Didier. Caroly seeks out Didier who she has been admiring from photos and art he has modeled for. She knows Didier is a male prostitute and seeing as she is 30 and has never had a sexual experience she seeks him out to help her. She views him as a man

2,5 stars. Unfortunately.

I had been meaning to read Curio for such a long time, and after Damaged Goods left me craving more escort books, the time had finally come to pick it up, and enjoy this escort hero. With that hero also being French, I was expecting fireworks. I'm sorry to say I didn't even get a sparkler. Maybe it's because I had too high expectations; my ideas about what would happen in the book and what actually happened certainly didn't come anywhere near. I think that's what happens
Elisabeth Cole
At first the description of this book sounded really shallow - American woman living in Paris and about to turn 30 is a virgin and hires a former model-turned-male-prostitute to help her "join the club". (her words.) Then I read the review of another reader and it led me to believe there was a lot more to this story than I had thought so I gave it a shot. I did finish the whole thing but the female character (Caroly) was so bizarre I couldn't connect with her at all. She had some weird mind set ...more
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Whew.... I need a cold shower after that book! HOT! HOT! HOT! Just on the steam factor alone, I very nearly bumped this up to a 5 rating... it was well done and organic. I did not hear any kind of *Bam*Chicka*Bow*Wow* background track while reading the book.

Didier was a little odd to get used to at first. A French male prostitute that is so beautiful he appears as a model in art galleries. A little daunting in his seeming perfection, but we get to see behind the visage shown to his regular clien
This story felt very intimate to me. I hesitate to drop in the the erotica genre. It was sexy and hot, but it was a lot more than that. I found myself nodding along when Caroly would describe her insecurities and desires, her fears, reactions, ideas, dreams, etc. She was such a real character to me and really brought the story alive.

At first Didier was just another erotic male construct, which is exactly as one is supposed to feel about him. He's a male prostitute. He takes money to fuck women.
This is one of them books where even if you delete all sexual activities you can still feel both mc and it drags you in, Especially Didier... although he is an expert on his profession and popular to his clients, his vulnerability shows in the most inner way and you can't help but wanted to hold his hand and say that he can face the fear like other people, I'm glad Caroly's there with him..Now this book got some complication as both mc struggle in deciding what's next, if they'll continue their ...more
4 1/2 stars. I’ve joked before that I’m the only person in the world who reads erotic romance for the story, but reading Curio made me realize that it’s really not a joke. Story is always the most important part of a book to me -- it’s just that in interesting erotica, the story is about how people feel about sex.

On an obvious plotline level, very little happens for the first three-fourths of this relatively short book: a repressed older virgin goes to visit a male prostitute several times and
Jane Stewart
2 stars. Not the kind of story I want to read, but I give the author credit for something different.

This is relationship fiction. Two people meet and get to know each other. There is a lot of explicit sex, but it did not turn me on. I was uncomfortable watching it. There was no passionate desire. It’s maybe 2/3 or half the length of a regular novel.

Caroly is a 29 year old virgin visiting a male prostitute. Her first few visits are Caroly telling Didier to do things like bathe and pleasure himse
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Mar 25, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Michelle by: Ruthie
4 Stars, but didn't happen for me until I was about 70% complete.

Let me tell you why ... Caroly.

Caroly is fast approaching 30 and is still a virgin. She is a virgin because, as described in the very first chapter or so, she was only attracted to very good looking men. Model perfect looking men. The men she felt she could attract, she wasn't attracted to and therefore, didn't want to "award" them her virginity. She learns about Didier, who is a male prostitute, and absolutely gorgeous from a co-w
This was original. I expected a raunchy story and it turned out to be an emotional love story with a sweet hero. The author did a great job in hero’s characterization despite the heroine’s sole POV. A great short read.
3.5 stars.
A very enjoyable novella. I was not sure what to expect - I feel like this story line could have been taken in so many different directions - but I liked what McKenna did with it. Curio did not read as sleazy, and it easily could have slipped into that. The heat factor was definitely there though - no need to worry on that score!

One thing that I found quite annoying was Caroly's view of Didier for the first half or so. Her constant harping on his beauty, how perfect he was, how she w
Pam Godwin
Since I read the first two books in the Curio series together, I'm reviewing them together.

This plotline has a kind of sentimental precision. This ability to turn a few nights of seduction into a psychological case study is an exceptional gift, and CM gets full mileage out of it by offering it in stingy portions across six short overpriced novellas. Accumulated, this average length story will cost you $18.99 USD today. Feels like a bait and sucker-punch kind of move.

But if you can disregard th
Duchess Nicole
This was a miss for me. It was okay, but it felt like the author was trying to be too blase' about the virgin's sexuality. She was way too comfortable with some things, and then ridiculously, annoyingly shy about others. It just didn't seem realistic. I kept wanting to say, "So, you're okay saying and doing THAT, but not this? Oh, come on!"

While the writing has a sophisticated feel, it was also vague at times. Though I do love how Cara McKenna can put so much emotion into a short period of time
Rebekah Weatherspoon
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I didn't know what to expect as this was my first Cara McKenna book and some times my tastes don't match up with what people recommend, but this was gooooood, one of the best pieces of erotica I've read actually.

I wanted to punch Caroly in the throat at first, but after the first few pages she starts to really open up and becomes a hugely likable character. Not the 30 year old virgin portion, but the whole fear of rejection and general uncertainty in lif
Denise~The Procrastinating Book Diva~
3.5 stars

Definitely not what I expected. There was a surprising depth to this story that I couldn't truly appreciate until the little twist at the end. I spent most of the book trying to decide whether Didier was really as sweet and understanding as Caroly thought him to be or a prostitute as good at getting into his clients heads as he was in bed. Unfortunately, my doubt of his sincerity until the very end of the book affected my rating. However, once again Ms. McKenna has painted a very intr
Caroly loves beauty, in all things, so when she decides to get rid of her virginity she decides to go a male whore, who also is a model.

Cara McKenna is a clever writer, she manages to surprise the reader with her complex characters and their believable behaviour. This is an erotic novel, and, as such, delivers hot sex scenes, but it is also a beautiful story of two flawed yet lovable persons. I was moved by this book.

I didn't give it 5 stars because I feel that the story is too short, that the c
Cari Quinn
I'll preface this not-really-a-review with a confession: I am in complete awe of McKenna/Maguire's talent. She's not just a writer, she's a word artist. If I want to be transported to another place, to live vicariously through a set of characters for a couple hours, she is without doubt the author whose books I would pick. And IMO, this one is her finest thus far.

Curio is probably my favorite erotic romance I've ever read.
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Cara McKenna writes contemporary romance and smart erotica, sometimes under the name Meg Maguire, and has sold more than thirty-five novels and novellas to Ellora’s Cave, Penguin, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain, and Signet Eclipse. She’s known for writing no-nonsense, working-class heroes with capable hands and lousy grammar. She was a 2010 Golden Heart finalist, and a three-time Romantic Times Reviewer ...more
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