Despite everything I've done for my parents, I'll never be good enough for them. Instead of seeing a man to be proud of, they just see an embarrassment. I served four tours in Afghanistan but that doesn't mean anything to them. They only see the ink, the party life, and my short stint in jail.
And nothing else.
When they were in trouble, I handed over my life savings. I didn't think twice about it because they're my family, my blood. They raised me to be my own man and gave me everything I needed. It didn't matter that it was every penny I had. It didn't matter that the money was set aside for my future. My dreams.
Because they needed me.
But now they refuse to pay me back until I become the man they think I should be.
I have an unusual professional.
I escort men, acting as their date to family functions or work parties. It's my job to act deeply in love with my client. And I always nail it.
But it's not what you think.
I'm not a prostitute.
I'm not a call girl.
I'm an actress.
Get it right.
There are strict rules when it comes to my profession. There is no touching, kissing, or anything but hand-holding. Those who choose not to comply will get a swift kick in the nuts.
But all this goes to hell when Ash walks into my life.
Alessandra is an escort, well maybe more like an actress. She was hired to be a pretend girlfriend. And she has rules - no kissing, no touching except for hand holding or hand around the waist. That's it! She does not get involved.
Ash needed a girlfriend to show to his parents so they would return his money back to him. Pretend - that's it! No relationships. Soon though, these two mismatched beings become best friends.
Me thinks they protest too much! This was a hilarious (namely because I wanted to smack Ash at times) and riveting read. I couldn't put it down. I'm usually a reader of dark romance, and this was not that. But it was so good - okay, it was great - that I was a little depressed that it was over.
This was the first time I'd read E.L. Todd, but it won't be my last. LOVED IT!! 5-stars!