Review: Escorted by Claire Kent

May 16, 2014 Contemporary, Erotica, Review, Romance 0

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Escorted new cover copyEscorted (Escorted #1)
by Claire Kent

Blurb:
She hired him to take her virginity…but now she wants even more.

Lori might be a popular romance writer, but she’s never been anything but a flop with sex and love in her personal life. Still a virgin at twenty-six and increasingly frustrated by her inexperience, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She hires a talented, sexy male escort to take care of her inconvenient virginity.

She assumes one time with Ander will be enough, but she never dreams how much pleasure he can make her feel. Once isn’t nearly enough. Twice isn’t enough either. Soon, she becomes one of his regular clients.

Lori knows that nothing would be as foolish as falling in love with her paid escort, but she’s never been wise with her heart. And, despite his professionalism, he doesn’t seem entirely immune either.

My review:
When I read the blurb for Escorted I thought it sounded like a fun and original story and when i heard about it being on sale for 0.99 i quickly grabbed my copy. Escorted in some ways was exactly how I expected it to be and other ways entirely different. I did enjoy it and kept reading until the end, but there where also some things that bugged me.

The story follows the basic plot outlined in the blurb, Lori is still a virgin and hires an escort to have sex with. And then gradually she starts falling in love with him and he with her. The second half of the book is a lot better then the first half, as the second half is where the story starts. The first half of the book is basically sex skip forward sex skip forward etc. I don’t mind sex in books, but here there was no story there where just scenes telling how these two character had sex. I wanted to know their story, their personalities and what they did and thought when they weren’t having sex. For me a book needs to have a solid story beside the sex and in the first half of this book there didn’t seem to be any story. The second half focussed more on the falling on love part, although there still was a lot of sex. I enjoyed the second half more and I was happy to learn a bit more about the characters. In the first half of the book I considered DNF’ing it, but I am happy I read the whole book as the second half was better.

Another thing that bugged me was the telling instead of showing in this book. There was a lot of telling and combined with the third perspective it made me feel a bit distanced from the events going on. There was a lot of Lori felt like this, Lori thought this, Lori did this. The pace and writing style seemed a bit off and it was difficult to get into the story, again this all improved greatly in the second half of the book. I really liked the direction the story took in the second half how they fell in love and how they struggled to make something from it. The ending was sweet and I liked how the book ended.

It’s difficult to say a lot about the character because we don’t get to know the character that much, there isn’t a lot of talking or hints at who they are. Again in the second half of the book this does changes and I was able to get some idea of what the values and ideas where of the two main characters. There hardly are any side characters in this book, which felt a bit off. It’s like these characters and their actions are happening away from the rest of the world. The only side character who occasionally popped up was Sabine, Lori’s cousin I think. And she was annoying and kept referring to some movie called Pretty Women, I haven’t seen the movie, but from the references I am assuming it sort of follows the same plot as this book.

I liked how Lori and Ander where able to help and teach each other, while I didn’t really feel their romance, I did think they where good for each other and it was fun to see them grow and struggle with how to define and continue their relationship.

To conclude: this was an enjoyable book with an interesting plot, but I also had some issues with it. There was a lot of sex in this book and the plot seemed to completely disappear at times. I also thought the sex scenes got a bit repetitive after a while. The second half of the book was a lot better then the first half though and added some depth. The telling instead of showing and the third person perspective made me feel a bit distanced from the plot and I had difficulties getting to know the characters at first. The ending was nice and sweet though and I liked how the story ended.

3-star

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