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I'm a 21st CENTURY COURTESAN. I'm down to my last four clients. One wants to play me. One wants to buy me. One wants to marry me. One wants to murder me. Will I get out in time?
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I moonlight at Ma Maison as an escort to pay for Mom's pricey psych treatments. Beautiful, broken billionaires pay ungodly sums of money to be with me because I'm empathic -- I feel in my own body
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Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published November 9th 2018 by Pamela DuMond Media
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Lien
I really don't know where to begin, so I'll just list all the things that came to mind while reading this book (incoherent rambling):

・insta-love
・bored until 44%, oh somethings's happening (view spoiler) Wait, that's it?
・I need more exitement.
・No idea where this story is going, feels aimless until around 65%. Finally something's happening, for real this time. (view spoiler)
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Anto Butera
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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In a way, this entire book is like one super long prologue. The majority of it takes place two years in the past, when Evie, the MC was just starting her job as an escort. She's struggling financially, a friend presents the possibility of making some good money by working as an escort. A few months in, she meets a man who changes everything for her.

I enjoyed the way the world building was done and how Evie's backstory was presented; all kinda sprinkled throughout... It didn't get tedious or
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Beverly Diehl
4.5 stars. Evie has not had an easy go of it. Her mother's bipolar illness has severely impacted her life, both as a child, and as an adult trying desperately to pay for the care the woman needs. (Note: I know, as we all should, that diagnosable mental illnesses come on a spectrum, and the majority of people with them lead relatively normal lives. Sadly, some people do not.)

Enter the Ma Maison escort service. Evie discovers she can supplement her pitifully insufficient teacher's salary, just by
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Birna Björnsdóttir
I just finished reading Player *book 1* by Pamela DuMond.

Meet Evie Berlinger - a woman with many layers - a teacher, a sister, a daughter, a friend and an escort.

She has had to overcome a lot of hurdles in her young life, one being an incident that made a lasting impression on her 13 year old self, something that she still thinks about today.

Evie is a very selfless, caring person that tries her best to take care of everyone around her and when her empathic abilities come back in full force, she
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Tausha Treadway
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Player ( 21St Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela DuMOND. All Evelyn (Evie's) life she has had to take care of her Mom. Being bipolar she's remained locked up a lot and its up to Evie to take care of her sister while she's away. She has finally got her sister in college and she has finished and become a Elementary teacher. The only problem is the bills keep coming and she really doesn't make enough to meet them all especially with all her mom's medications. One of her fellow teachers talks to ...more
Katherine Moussally
I loved this book. As an empath I identified a lot with Evelyn. A Lot! In a hopeful point of my heart I wanted this to be a stand alone, and yet i knew from it wouldn't be. (Hence the book 1 on the cover) I held out hope that perhaps book 2 would be about a different courtesan. But the more I read the more I want, no need, to know about Evelyn, about her story and then there's the psychological aspect of the consequence of being her. Her past, her gift... and her fan. I have strong ideas of who ...more
Pamela
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote it. I love it. I might be partial -- yes?
Review coming soon...
Angela
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

Player is the first book in the 21st Century Courtesan Series by Pamela DuMond. Ms. DuMond is a new-to-me author that I wish I had discovered sooner. This story really had so much going on in it. The multi-layered storyline took me on a ride that I won’t soon forget. It’s original, suspenseful, mysterious, sexy, and dramatic- which made for quite a captivating read.
Evelyn Berlinger (Evie) is an empath who had quite a tumultuous childhood, with one particularly tragic event shattering her
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Tracy DeNeal
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Real Page Turner

This was my first Pamela DuMond book. It will not be my last. I’m riding this series through to its conclusion!

Evelyn “Evie” Berlinger steams up the page. She’s a 21st century courtesan. A woman skilled in eliciting a man’s most prurient desires as well as psychologically healing what ails him. Is it a gift or a curse?

Dylan McAlister is a high stakes poker player who appears to have lost his mojo. Will a few dates with Evie heal what ails him or will something else develop and
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Sasha
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!

I was pulled in by Evie’s, or should I say Evelyn’s, story from the very first line. Her past with her maniac mother and younger sister are what start this book and it enthralls you right off the bat. Then you come to learn about what she’s done since that horrible childhood that she just can’t seem to escape. As she starts to come in to her own at her job and helps people out of their own trauma, you come to see bits and pieces of her come a little more unraveled. I can’t help to think that
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Christine Ashworth
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Evie is a paid escort when she's not teaching kindergarten. Dylan is the black sheep of his wealthy, church-oriented family, a professional poker player who's riding a wave of bad luck. Dylan hires Evie to be his lucky charm. This is a fun story that takes you into the world of high-stakes, private poker parties, escort services, gorgeous dresses, hot sex, and a love that sneaks up on you...there is NOT an HEA in this novel, but I expect there to be one in the next installment, and I can't wait ...more
Sara Oxton
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Player by Pamela DuMond a royal flush of a five-star read. This is the first novel in the 21st Century Courtesan series and my first from this author and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into book 2. I don’t know hat I loved most about this one, it was all so sublime. There was love and drama as well as a darkness that will thrill you. This is one of those reads that you will read the surface and then pick up the undercurrents and they will grip you so hard, sometimes that can get a little ...more
MrsG
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms. DuMond is a new author to me and her novel is really great. This story had many layers that made it a page turner and makes you wanting more. It’s original – haven’t read any plot like it before. It sexy and dramatic and romantic. A great read!
Melissa Agena
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was completely enthralled and blown away by this book! Player is Book 1 in this series, which is written by Pamela DuMond. There were so many highs and lows and emotional turns that it was definitely a page turner! Evelyn or Evie is empathic. She is very in tuned with others feelings. From the time that she was little she has had to learn to control her empathic surges. Not only that but she has had to deal with a bi-polar mother. Especially when her mother had caused tragedy to others that ...more
Erin
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela Dumond, 4 stars.

Evie is an escort that gets paid lots of money to help men with their problems. But it wasn't always this way. She needed money fast so she did what she had to take care of her mom and sister. This is the story of when things finally turned for her. It all started with Dylan. A man who wanted a girl on his arm for the high stakes poker tournament. But what he needed was much more than that. He was broken and empath Evie was
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Angela
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Player is the first book in the 21st Century Courtesan Series by Pamela DuMond. Ms. DuMond is a new-to-me author that I wish I had discovered sooner. This story really had so much going on in it. The multi-layered storyline took me on a ride that I won’t soon forget. It’s original, suspenseful, mysterious, sexy, and dramatic- which made for quite a captivating read.
Evelyn Berlinger (Evie) is an empath who had quite a tumultuous childhood, with one particularly tragic event shattering her
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Liz
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I, Evie Berlinger, am no longer an average escort. I’m not paid to drop to my knees behind some sh*tty House of Pies and dispense blow jobs to sad gus in town for a hardware show. My services are retained by powerful, privileged, wealthy men at the top of their professions who have lost their way; self-confidence; the spark that made them great.

‘Be still my heart.’ That was what Evie’s thoughts were when she first meets Dylan, and quite honestly, it is the thought that has been swirling in my
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Ashleigh
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Player by Pamela DuMond is the first book in her 21st Century Courtesan series and what a fantastic first book. This book grabbed me from the first page and didn’t let go until the last page. I easily gave up all of my day to blaze through this one and can’t wait until the next installment comes out. Following the story of Dylan McAlister and Evie it was easy to fall in love with them. Evie is a woman of seduction by night and education by day. Becoming a seductress was supposed to be to help ...more
E.A.
PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela DuMond was a charmly dark, yet weirdly sweet read, that had me hooked from start to finish.

My first read by this author, and a bit of a first for this type of storyline. So you can say this read was out of my comfort zone. I'm happy I gave this book a chance, because it wasn't what I was expecting and as I said, I was hooked pretty much instantly.

This book has a little bit of everything, from the growing love, to the mysterious stalker. It added
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Laura Furuta
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1)
By: Pamela DuMond
5 out of 5 stars

The story PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela DuMond is a New Adult romance book. It is a story that grabbed my attention from the very beginning and I didn’t want to put it down until I had read the final page. I loved reading about the characters of Dylan McAlister and Evie. Evie is a woman who is a teacher by day and escort by night. The second job is because of her caring for a family member. She is a kind,
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Debi
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela DuMOND

4 Stars

So this book was a pleasant surprise as far as it was definitely not what I expected I would be reading after reading the synopsis. This is my first book by this author and I loved everything about it except the ending…. The flow was awesome and I wasn't even paying attention to where I was in the story and then just like that it was done and I had no idea this story would be continued, thankfully it did not end on a huge cliffhanger
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Michelle Austin
Player was a great 5 star read and book one in the 21st Century Courtesan series. I was pulled right in from the beginning with a childhood memory that was heartbreaking for Evie. I actually finished this book in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down.

I am not a rickety shed. Will I survive the storm that blows through? -Evie

Evie is a teacher trying to take care of her mother and sister and is barely paying off her student loans. A friend offers her an opportunity to make some good money, at
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Karyn Taylor
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Player is the first book in the 21st Century Courtesan series by Pamela DuMond. I had never previously read any of the author’s work before but I was intrigued by the blurb and decided to give it a go.
The book was well written, with really great characters and it was flowing really well, then it just…ended. I was rather thrown by the ending. It felt like the book just came to an abrupt halt and I wasn’t prepared for it to be over. I still had so many questions that hadn’t been answered yet. At
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Anna Hirsch
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Player by Pamela Dumond
4 Stars

Evie Berlinger is a kindergarten teacher by day, escort by night. Evie had a whirlwind of a childhood where she learned to suppress her empathic abilities. Now that she’s all grown up, she realizes that she can use this “power” to heal her clients. These men pay enormous amounts of money to the Ma Maison Agency just to be with her.

Though the blurb on the back of the book speaks of four different clients, this book mainly focuses on one in particular; Dylan
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Sue
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Player (21st Century Courtesan Book 1)
By Pamela Dumond

Ok so I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started to read this book. Let me tell you it wasn’t long before I couldn’t put the book down. What we have here is not your normal romance book, which was a nice break away from our everyday romance stories. So, we have Evie who is a teacher, Dylan who is the son of a church leader who has left the church. Evie has most of her life looked after her mom who suffers from mental health issues
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Catty Jane
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****4.5 STARS****
****ARC Received for Honest Review****

I read the prologue to this book, Tycoon, from that moment on, I wanted to dive into the world of the modern escort. Pamela is doing a bit of a departure from the books I have read of hers in the past, and she did it so well with Tycoon, the prologue and the full book Player.

In this story, you have Evie, the escort, who has special talents and no, they are not of the sexual talents. She is empathic and it serves her well with a multitude of
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Sheri
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PLAYER by Pamela DuMond is the first book in the 21st Century Courtesan series. The story follows Evie who works as a kindergarten teacher by day and an escort at night. I was not sure what to think before I started the book was pleasantly surprised. Evie is a well developed character who has good reasons for the second job she holds. She has standards and is not a common prostitute. She meets Dylan, who she is attending poker events with as a lucky charm. The two have an irresistible pull ...more
Elisa
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, there are so many great things to say about this story. I really enjoyed reading it. From the moment you begin this book it captures you into the world of poor Evie Berlinger, who experiences a life-changing accident at the hands of her sick mother. At that moment she realizes that she has a “gift” that allows her to feel other people’s feelings. As an adult, she is bombarded with medical costs that she must take on alone. Struggling, she is lead into an escort service where she finds that ...more
Katie
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan #1)
By Pamela DuMond
5 stars

Got to be honest I absolutely loved this book! It was exciting to read, it was entertaining and I couldn’t put it down! It was also a fantastic introduction to Ms DuMond as a brand new author to me. The story was fast paced and the flow was perfect.
I could feel the tension between Evie and Dylan rolling off the pages as I took in their story. I really liked Evie, she was a strong independent woman but as I got to know her more and the
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Maura
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
cour·te·san/ˈkôrdəzən,ˈkôrdəzan
noun
a prostitute, especially one with wealthy or upper-class clients. (Miriam Webster Dictionary)

I was super surprised at how much I enjoyed this story. I had preconceived ideas as to what it would be about and it was so much more!!!

This is a well written tale about a woman who is in tune with her empathic talent and uses it to help people heal in their life. We get to read the story from not only her point of view, but we get to"hear" her emotions as well (I
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