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(Happy Endings #2)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  76 reviews
For a man who makes his living pleasuring women, what happens when the only pay-out worth having is love?
Faith Abigail Charles has always done the right thing. So when her mother runs for mayor of New Orleans, Faith puts her law career on hold to help her win. But when tensions run high, Faith trades one kind of heat for another—in the arms of a hard-bodied stranger.
Published February 26th 2019 by Kensington
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Liv (Stories For Coffee)
i love love.

• Black MC who loves nature and is the sweetest bean in the world
• Colombian MC who was previously a stripper are slowly falling for each other in New Orleans
• Dual POV
• Amazing chemistry.

Hi, I’m in love.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

Didn't know there was a first book, but I was in no way lost while reading it.

Aiden has had a hard life, but has made the best of it. He messed up with his "brothers" but in the end makes up with them. Faith's life is under a microscope due to her mother's run for Mayor. Love of course conquers all and so does lots of hot sex.

Plenty more of his "brothers" to get HEAs. I wouldn't even mind if Maribella gets a brother.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

*3.5 Stars!*

The first book in the Happy Endings series charmed my pants off so I was ready to devour the sequel once it landed on my kindle. I didn't even read the blurb beforehand, I just dove right in!

Down on his luck, Aiden Rios finds himself in a bar in the Big Easy after one of his clients ends up cancelling on him. But things take a turn when he meets Faith Charles and the two decide to indulge in
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, dnf
I sadly DNF'd at 65%. I should have loved it - it had an irresistible combo of a male stripper, a politician's daughter, and New Orleans. But instead of a sexy, heady mix, I found myself bogged down and bored by this slow-moving, endless date between two indecisive, passive, whiny people. It looks like I'm totally in the minority about this (all other reviews are complete raves) so I guess this is a big case of "It's not you, it's me".

Aiden and Faith didn't light any sparks for me. It drove me c
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
4.5/5 stars! review to come later! just know it was HOTTER AND BETTER THAN STRIPPED WAS!!! AMAZING!!
Full Review:
When Zoey Castile said that the hero in Hired was largely inspired by Maluma, I didn’t know what to expect. But Castile delivered on the missive and surpassed all expectations.

Hired is a sultry look at a sad and hot Colombian escort whose chance meeting with one Faith Charles. Abandoned by his employer in a swanky hotel in the heart of New Orleans, Aiden finds himself in the bottom o
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
So sexy and fun. I loved Faith, Aiden, and New Orleans so much! I will never get tired of watching a playboy fall in love.
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
"Maybe the reason we're magnets is because we're both hurting in different ways."

Hired was my introduction to the author, Zoey Castile. Yes, the synopsis was too intriguing to pass up. I confess, I was expecting to be given a behind the scenes taste of life as a male escort. And the author's play on her series title, 'happy endings' made me smile as well. While Aiden might be a high-paid male escort, the details of his 'career' aren't what the story focuses on. If, however, you are intereste
Samantha (WLABB)
Aiden's rules existed for protection. They were there to keep him and the other party from getting hurt. Meeting Faith was a game changer, because he was willing to break all his rules for her, and now Aiden could become the injured party.

• Pro: I always love seeing one of those "never me" heroes fall for the woman he didn't know he was looking for. Obviously it started as physical attraction, but it was easy, and wonderful, to see the bond slowly forming and growing between Faith and Aiden. Thi
Darlene I read to many boooks
I stopped reading this at about 50ish% cuz well.. i don't have problems with stripper jobs its rare for me to find stripper books or escort but hero was one.. if strippers aren't your cup just pass.. my problem was the whole keeping the secret for so long that when things blow up they blow up.. and both mcs for being whiney.. and couldn't connect with them.. i just rolled my eyes and felt bored.. :/ with the whole thing..
It took me forever to get through this one. I thought about stopping it but I wanted to see it to the end. I really liked the first book. For some reason I just wasn’t all that thrilled with either Aiden or Faith. The beginning dragged on a bit and then it started to pick up. But by then I was losing steam and started skimming to get to the end. I really wanted to enjoy it but sadly I found it all meh. But that’s just me, it looks like a lot of others are really enjoying it which is cool too.
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Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

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For a reason unknown to me, those past weeks I've been reading more and more books with male's pov.
I find interesting seeing a story unraveling under a male's pov and this one wasn't the exception.
One of the things I like most about this book is the hero, Aiden Rios. He is an escort and a stripper, he seems super confident and everything, but under all of it he is just this sweet little boy who lost
Jul 31, 2019 added it
Shelves: romance
While visiting The Ripped Bodice, I picked up Stripped, the first book in Zoey Castile’s Happy Endings series. Upon finishing it, I immediately dove into the second installment: Hired. The story kicks off with Aiden Rios sitting in a bar on his birthday. After making mistakes he fears he can’t fix, he’s hiding from his friends and killing time until the woman who paid for his escort services returns. It’s there that he runs into Faith Charles, the daughter of a local mayoral candidate. The entir ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in this series and I will suggest you start with the first book so you get to understand who is who. This was Aiden's book, and at first he seems a little cocky and sure of himself and described as gorgeous, but as we read the story he literally breaks my heart. I enjoyed his relationship with Faith, and she didn't have it as easy as it would seem to others since she is living under her mothers shadow and having to maintain a clean image. Yet when Aiden and Faith meet the ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it

I'm really glad that Zoey Castile (a.k.a Zoraida Cordova) has taken the leap into writing adult romance books because her voice is very addictive. Hired, the second book in her Happy Endings series, was just as engrossing as her first romance book, Stripped. These books are full of steamy, delicious and romantic goodness.

Hired is the story of Aiden and Faith, two people who come from very different worlds. Aiden is a male escort and Faith is a campaign worker for her mother's mayoral run. These
Leigh Kramer
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This was such a fun, fluffy read! I enjoyed reading about Faith and Aiden. The conflict felt real and even though I was dying for Aiden to fess up, I could understand why he struggled to tell her the truth. Neither of them expected to have any feelings and it was really sweet to see them get caught up in one another, even though I knew the bottom would eventually fall out. Aiden did a great job atoning for his actions in the end. It was fun seeing the Mayhem men back in action (their found famil ...more
Rachel Smalls
May 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This was a well-written novel, and by well-written I mean, few grammatical errors or typos. However, the pacing of the story in the beginning didn't capture my attention, and I kept picking up and putting this down. This book , to me, read like a throwback romance novel. It hit the usual notes, but I didn't exactly feel the steam between the main characters. Their relationship was...nice, however a tad on the boring side. Aiden, despite not being completely truthful about his er...emplo
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel just as much as the first one! I haven't read much adult romance, but Zoey Castile's books make me glad that I am now. I can't wait to read the next one!

Full review here:
Lauren (The Novel Lush)
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me maybe 3/4 of the book before I was really into Aiden and Faith's romance. For the longest I was really 'blah' about them as a couple, so it took me a while to read it but then all of a sudden it clicked. It clicked a bit late, but it did click. Same as with Stripped, I felt that the story could have used some more detail or description in places; feelings were beautifully descriptive but a lot of other things were pretty vague sometimes. All in all though, I loved both characters and ...more
An awesome Colombian/Louisianian romance!
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this copy from Zoey/Zoraida at Sirens Con and it's just so much fun. I haven't read the first book yet but I'm definitely getting it now! If you need a fun, frothy romance with beautiful New Orleans as the backdrop, this will do the trick.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
Y’all are not ready for the PURE. INTENSE. HEAT. that is Aiden Rios and Faith Abigail Charles. It left me swooning for more.
Took me a while to get through this one.

I enjoyed it enough... not as much as the previous book in the series. There were parts that felt like they could be fleshed out better where Aiden was concerned.

The setting was great and it was a character within itself. I'll keep reading this series with the hope that the next one is as good as the first book.

*Copy provided by publisher via Netgalley
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series so much.
Adele Buck
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the previous book in this series (Stripped), though I also thought it earned some valid criticism for its sex worker rep. I thought this one improved on all fronts. Aiden does what he does because he enjoys it and there's no shame in the actual work--not from him and not from his love interest, Faith.

I loved Faith. She's someone who's almost always done what was expected of her, who's finally busting out a little. Her complex relationship with her parents was well drawn and even painf
Somya Sahni
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Kensington Books I got to read an E – ARC of this book. It’s a multiracial romance with the main girl being blackish and the main guy being South American (I don’t remember the country he belonged to , sorry) . They both meet on a bad day in a bar and a huge ball of attraction beams between them. The girls mom is running for Mayor of the city so the stress of that plus in confusing of what she wants to do with her law degree the girl is really stressed out . The main guy is part of a d ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
This was a classic insta-lust = insta-love story that I had a hard time buying. Faith and Aiden had gone out three (?) times in less than a week and he was ready to declare that he loved her. I just didn’t buy it. Mostly because it all seemed to be based on a physical attraction? I didn’t get an emotional connection between them at all.

Aiden also spent about 70 percent of the book hiding the fact he was an escort from Faith, which made it even harder to believe anything he said he felt about he
Shelf Awareness
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Faith is a politician's daughter helping with a campaign and floating between what she feels obligated to do and what she wants to do. Aiden is a stripper/escort who never gets close enough to have a real relationship and has his own set of rules when it comes to women and sex and making sure no one gets hurt. When they meet by chance, a hook up is a definite but what about after the hookup? They'll both have to break
Page Passion
I just read my review for the first book in the series, Stripped, and I am reminded why I originally planned not to read the following books. It's hard to pinpoint why I don't love these books, but at the same time I am drawn back to them again and again.

Maybe because I'm a contemporary romance lover and I just can't help myself? Is it because Zoey Castile expertly writes interracial/multicultural romances? I'm really not sure but, lo and behold. Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in!
Jeriann Fisher
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Stripped by Zoey Castille , and I'm pretty sure she has another winner on her hands with Hired, book 2 in her Happy Endings series. Dancer Aiden Rios meets mayoral candidate's daughter, Faith Charles and they are just wonderful together.

In between dancing, Columbian-born Aiden has a lucrative side business as an escort & he is in New Orleans on a one week contract to keep an older woman company. As book one ended, Aiden had walked out on the other guys on the verge of their
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Aiden Rios is suddenly alone in New Orleans after his client needs to get back to her husband. Nursing a hurricane, loneliness, and some regrets at the posh hotel bar, he wasn't looking for a woman. But he meets Faith.

Daughter to an ambitious woman running for Mayor New Orleans and never feeling like enough, Faith Abigail Charles also isn't looking for anyone. She just needs a break from putting on the perfect image for the campaign, for trying to be what her mother wants her to be without ever
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Zoey Castile was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. She started writing in her teens and pursued that love in her studies at Hunter College and the University of Montana. For nearly a decade, she worked as a bartender, hostess, and manager in New York City's nightlife. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ZoeyCastile. You can also email her at

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