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4.36  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Twenty-nine-year-old Lucas Thompson is at the top of the corporate ladder. But when his lifelong friend and ex-boyfriend invites him to his last-minute destination wedding in the Bahamas, Lucas realizes his corporate success can’t hide his private loneliness. Nor will he be able to escape seeing his family at the wedding—and having to explain, yet again, why he’s rich, han ...more
ebook, 380 pages
Published April 11th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

This book. I avoided reading this one because of the length #lengthaversion, it's a thing. But it had such high reviews and the blurb kept calling to me. I had no idea what to expect. But I picked it up and started it....and then I didn't want to stop.

This book definitely won't be for everyone. I'm kind of surprised it was for me. It was LONG. Really long. And the whole book really only spanned over a relatively short period of time.

The MCs aren't a couple most of the book. In the be

Love blooms in paradise.

This story has everything I love about rent-boy stories, and none of the added angst. This was such a light and fluffy book that I had the goofiest sweet grin on my face when reading it.

When Lucas is invited to his lifelong friend’s wedding, where he will be surrounded by a hoard of loving but meddling family… still single, he finds himself seeking some sort of an escape route. Jack (aka Teddy) feels an instant kinship to Lucas when they meet, and therefore
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
re-read April 2018
~ 4 stars ~

Not quite as good as the first time. I guess this time I noticed more things that went over my head the first time around because I was so anxious then waiting for the big fall-out-moment. Since I now knew it wouldn't come, my mind was free to focus on other things - like the silly nicknames, and the sometimes cheesy choice of words. Also, the day-to-day stuff was a lot more detailed than I noticed when I listened to this the first time. I got annoyed with Lucas's mo
BWT (Belen)
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
This story is a super slow burn romance between a lonely corporate shark and an equally lonely, for other reasons, high priced escort. Told with some snark, some humor, and plenty of UST it has a likable extended cast, low angst, and some sexy times (finally!) by the end. All elements of which are personal favorites of mine and which I usually love and adore.

So why didn't I love it?


I honestly don't know why this didn't ring all my bells. All the necessary parts were there...I mean, sure it needs
In a nutshell, I loved the plot of Escapade. Lucas is a corporate shark with a fabulous apartment, a great salary and an adorable pug named George ..... but no real friends and fewer relationships. He "cute meets" Jack McQueen in a London cab and is captivated by the tall gorgeous male escort dressed like the love child of Captain Jack Sparrow and Mick Jagger. When the mother of all destination weddings suddenly comes up, Lucas realizes that he just can't appear, once again, at a family gatherin ...more
Ula'ndi Hart
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall book rating: 4
Audio Book: Noah Mason : 2
Book Cover: 3.5

I'm feeling a little like this.....

I'm a well known sucker for "rent-boy" stories, so I'm thinking I might have had a little bit of a outrageously high expectation when I started this one.
I think it was sweet and cute and all, and I did enjoy the story. I had a lot of fun in most parts in fact.

...but..and I'm sorry for being a wet rag - there was so much detail about every little thing!

I always complain about "wanting More" right
Jun 02, 2016 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 19%

I can't get into this.
The writing doesn't appeal to me at all. I don't feel anything for the characters.

And I have no idea why we also get Albert's POV, Lucas' straight executive assistant, who is not a love interest....


And this book is so loooooooooooooong...
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite book. It's a Larry fan fiction. The character name is not Lucas Thompson, it's Louis Tomlinson.
4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this vacation holiday romance. Both Teddy and Lucas are the best kind of characters, neither was perfect yet both were people you’d like to know. This was a very fun read, I highly recommend.

Writing this review is tough. I am not sure how I feel about this book and it could totally be a you not be deal but...

When Escapade first came up for review I passed on it even though is sounded interesting. When I was told it was pulled to publish, Larry Stylinson fan fiction, I went back and asked for it. You see, I am a Larry fangirl but I don’t read much of the fan fiction so I think that is where this took a wonky turn and the two of us never quite meshed.

From the beginning it was easy to
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Kitten Blue
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book that is slooooooow to the extreme ... like, so slow that they only reach the wedding destination HALFWAY THROUGH ... but it's very sweet and totally worth it. In other news, I'm not someone who thinks Mick Jagger is (or ever was) hot ... so I had to work very hard at ignoring those parts ... it must be a British thing ... :D Having just read that it started as One Direction fan-faction, I probably would have enjoyed this book even more had I known to mentally picture Jack as Harry. ...more
Narrator: Noah Mason

Note: I did not continue after three and a half hours so that's what my 3 stars are for.

Gauging from the writing so far, I didn't think the rest would be any better. What failed for me was the sex scene - okay, no actual sex yet but just Lucas and Jack practicing kissing and physical proximity in preparation for their trip to the Bahamas for Lucas' friend's wedding. It was rather stilted and mundane details preferred over creating chemis
Zane Kage
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5
4.5 stars

What a delightful surprise this book was! I loved these two. This was a slow burn leading up to a big reward with two very likable MCs that went through the gamut of emotions before ending up where they needed to be. Not a short read, and I didn't get my sexy payoff for awhile, but it was definitely worth my time. I stayed up late to finish this one, and I'm so glad I did! An honest, fun and sexy read - I was smiling, laughing and feeling for these guys in every way. I really look forw
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They went from men I want to hate to ones that I love and rooted for to get their happily ever after. ...more
This book combined several tropes including enemies to lovers, the hooker with a heart of gold, the fake boyfriend for a wedding, and the surprise love development while on a white beach at some tropical resort. Unfortunately, despite mixing all of those, the book never took off and remained just okay. There was nothing either original or exceptional. The characters were predictable and quite one-dimensional and the dialogue at times made me wonder what sitcom script I was reading.
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***4.5 Stars of Slow Burn to Sizzling Adoration***

Lucas is a corporate shark, willing and able to do whatever is called for to ensure success for his clients in takeovers and mergers by day, and by night he’s a loving dad to his furbaby, George Hamilton Thompson the pug. Jack is a “personal consultant” who has a select and elite client list for whom he charges an insane amount of money, and also for whom he dedicates everything he has in him for their benefit. When they inadvertently climb into
Natosha Wilson
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just want to say CONGRATULATIONS to Dolce on a job well done. This was a wonderfully, sweet, romantic read. If you cannot tell I loved this book.

Lucas is a corporate shark that is great at his job but has no life what so ever outside of work and does not even care to have one either. He is happy to be on his own with his pug George (or Georgie) as some may call him. Then he meets Jack McQueen (aka Teddy) who is a male escort. Even though Lucas does not begrudge Teddy for what he does for a liv
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april2016reads
From the beginning I knew this was a long story. Just look how many pages it is. This was an adventure. A love story. We have two characters who start off one place and end up in another. Teddy breathes life back into Lucas and in return Lucas let’s Teddy accept his dreams, reach his goals, and together they fall into love.

I adored the evolution of these characters. Dolce shows us their lives, their routines, their thoughts. At first I was like, “Oh this is going to drag if we are going to read
Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
Loved this story. When I read the blurb I was hoping this was going to be a good read and it was. Loved the characters in this story. It was long but I felt it was perfect to tell the tale of these 2 men. Lucas all prim and proper and lonely and Jack the male escort who is up for almost anything for the right price .Lucas needs a date for his best friends wedding and hires Jack to be his boyfriend. You can guess whats happens but it is so much more in my opinion. This book has a beginning, middl ...more
Mar 16, 2016 marked it as dnf
So, tried this the umpteenth time and this didn't work for me. It started with this mmpf-author-name and moved on to a story that didn't grab me at all. Nope. Sorry, book, but I'm done.
Mar 16, 2016 marked it as to-read
Hm, I read this when it was still 1D fanfic about Harry and Louis... I wonder if a lot got changed except for the names??
Sarah Helms
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I couldn't put this down! Great plot, great main characters, and the supporting cast is amazing. You will laugh and fall in love. An absolute treasure!
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! Recommend to all who love this genre. Nice work, Dolce <3 The character development is thoughtful and realistic. I love the full on nature of it all. ...more
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story checked a lot of my "I love this" boxes: Cheesy romance novels, LGBT representation (especially complex characters who happen to be LGBT and who do not die a tragic death at the end of the story), cheesy pop music, fan fiction, scuba diving, the beach, stories that include big happy families.

This was the perfect summer read and I had so much fun with this book! The protagonists are complex enough to be believable and interesting to read about. This goes for the support characters as w
Elaine White
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: divine-magazine
Book – Escapade
Author – Dolce
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 380

Cover – Pretty, if vague
POV – 3rd person, alternating
Would I read it again – Yes

Genre – LGBT, Romance, Escort

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

Escapade is a riot of fun, laughter and some serious sizzle.

From the minute I started reading to the minute the story ended, I don't think I stopped smiling or laughing out loud. Whether the funny parts are just utterly hil
Lea S 1
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Escapade by Dolce is about Lucas Thompson, a wealthy, independent, and conniving business man, and Jack McQueen, a free spirit that loves to have fun, aside from his strict rules when it comes to clients. After a tough business deal with a construction company, Lucas hops in a cab to make another business deal with a very influential entrepreneur, when he gets in and is met with Jack next to him. He accuses Jack of stealing his ride and after arguing for a while they decide to just shut ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this book is a simmering but inevitable romance between Lucas Thompson, a high powered London businessman, and Jack McQueen- a male escort he meets by chance in a cab. When circumstances conspire to place them together for ten days in a beach resort, all of the tension melts away into descriptions of a luxurious and prefect vacation. I would have preferred that the will-they-or-won't-they plot continue deeper into the novel, but if you are looking for a sweet and sexy story of ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Omg, this books is an excellent example for a snail paced romance. Sure start was interesting and pulling. Even the deal between Jack and Lucas, for going together to the Bahamas, was acceptable, but come on, everything after that was waste of my time. Snail pace was killing my enjoyment for this romance. When Jack and Lucas finally had sex, I wasn't interested in it, wanted only the end. So yeah when I finally got to the end, what I felt is relief. This story needs editing!
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance, rent-boy
3.5 stars rounded up to 4. The book started off great with the interesting MC's of a male escort and a workaholic businessman meeting in a cab. The businessman needs a date for a friend's wedding week long wedding in the Bahamas and hires the escort with the proviso of no sex. Great banter but very a very slow romance which got even slower (like snail's pace) toward the end. Could have been great but it was still good.
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Dolce is a thirty year old New Yorker who loves to write, cook, sing, and laugh. She got her start writing fan fiction and is excited, and a touch frightened, to make the jump to original fiction. She is a big fan of the band Muse, who inspired her to choose a single word for her pen name: DOLCE. Plus, Cher has the one name thing going for her, too. Everyone loves Cher.

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