I picked up Escorted for two reasons: it was on sale and many readers had recommended it. The blurb sounded interesting, so with one click, I h3 Stars
I picked up Escorted for two reasons: it was on sale and many readers had recommended it. The blurb sounded interesting, so with one click, I had it ready to read on my Kindle.
I admit, I'm a bit disappointed. Escorted has such a unique set up. However, for me, it didn't work as well as it did for others. I felt like Kent could have expanded on it more, there was just so much potential, but for me it fell flat.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but there was far too much sex. Or rather far too much clinical, boring sex. And it was repetitive. I can't count how many times some of the same phrases were used, how many times he rolled off the bed and went to the bathroom for “longer than usual” to dispose of the condom. Or how many times he “jerked his head to the side” as he came. Oh, and it's apparently an infectious act; soon there were a few sex scenes were they BOTH jerked their heads to the side as they came. I'm not even sure what that means. In my head, I pictured some poor guy twitching and I wondered if I should ask about his medical history; does he have seizures, for example? Perhaps the author thought such an action was sexy. I just found it annoying and odd. In general, there was just too many things repeated again and again. I think if I was to highlight all of the repeated phrases/scenes, there would only be a handful of pages left in the entire book!
And as much as I love a lot of (good!) sex in my books, here it was far too much. Was there a story or character development in this book? I'm not sure, to be honest. If there was, it was clearly hidden too deep in all the sex scenes. I'm not joking: every chapter began with Lori waiting for Anders in the hotel room. Stilted conversation would follow, then sex (complete with jerking heads), and then perhaps a few lines of fairly decent conversation. End of chapter, then repeat. It was a bit exhausting, and it truly did make it difficult for me to see any character development or story progression between all the sex.
I would have liked to see some of the story from Ander's POV. And I wish Lori had been better fleshed out. Even though she's supposed to be this bestselling romance author, I felt like the only thing I really *knew* about her was that she loved having sex with Ander. There was no scenes with her working, and she only interacts briefly with her friend. Otherwise it's all about the sex. I wanted more from the story than that.
All that being said, I did like the book, but I wasn't in love with it. I don't regret reading it, of course, but I'm not sure I'll be doing a reread at any time. Unless it's to highlight just how many times Anders jerks his head. :)
If this book worked for you – great, I'm happy and I want to know why! For me, it simply fell flat. ...more
I suppose I've learned my lesson: sexy cover (not the one here, but the new one on Amazon) + freebie does not always equal a good book.
The idea of thI suppose I've learned my lesson: sexy cover (not the one here, but the new one on Amazon) + freebie does not always equal a good book.
The idea of the blurb sounded like it could be interesting, depending on how it was handled in the story. But as I started into the book, I realized quickly that this book was not going to work for me at all.
First, it's not just that she's an orphan, but both parents were murdered. And they weren't just murdered, they were murdered by some serial killer. And she escaped but has had the guy after her ever since. But of course the cops can't find him, and ignore the warning signs that he is indeed out there somewhere and stalking her . . . as soon as this was thrown in to the story (chapter two, I think), I rolled my eyes and started skipping.
And the sex phone operator --- oh, it did not turn out as fun as it could have been. Especially when Ash calls in and they (later) start to have phone sex. Really, do people get off with a conversation like this:
"I stimulate your clit, and soon you come." [Note, that's not a direct quote, but rather me paraphrasing how ALL these scenes go]
Wait, you're right . . . reading that sentence gave me three fantastic orgasms. o.0 No, just no. I can understand that as a virgin (of course . . . ) she was not prepared to talk dirty for these scenes, but every scene, whether it was for the job or for Ash and Cat, was so very clinical and just wrong. There was room to play with this idea, or to make it very sexy between Ash and Cat. Instead it was the most boring sex descriptions ever. Sounded like a scientist was giving a play-by-play of a porno, actually.
I admit, I skimmed through more than 60% of this book, and sadly it never improved for me. The only positive thing I can say is this: it was free, so I didn't waste my money. ...more
It's no secret -- I love Jessica Scott's Coming Home Series. No other author, in this genre, writes with such gut-wrenching, believable e4 1/2 Stars!
It's no secret -- I love Jessica Scott's Coming Home Series. No other author, in this genre, writes with such gut-wrenching, believable emotional. Every story, no matter if it's a novella or full length novel, brings me to the brink of tears at least a half dozen times -- and All I Want for Christmas Is You was not different!
I'm not sure what more I can say. If you haven't read Scott yet, I can only tell you, once again, that you are missing out. And if you're already a fan? Well, then you know just how amazing her books are. :)...more