I’m always worried about hooker stories because I want the romantic semi-innocent little sex heroine who hooks up with the slutty alpha male. Whatever, judge me, you know you like it too. But another part of me loves the Cinderella/Pretty Woman story and this one does not disappoint.
The first chapter of Hook is a preview of the last chapter, the rest of the book is going back in time. When we meet the heroine, whose name is not revealed until much later in the book, she is a high class (if there be any such thing) escort in Vegas. She meets Marco, he’s a rich business man with a hard edge who retains her services. From there, it’s the pretty standard pretty woman story (even with the “no kissing” rule) but with some really fun twists. “Brandi” has a disabled son who is the reason she does what she does. Adding her son, Daniel, to the story really changes the way you view her from the get go. She is much more sympathetic than another hooker might be.
Marco is involved in some kind of business deal that we are not fully apprised of that results in him being at odds with the mob. There is something the mob wants that he absolutely cannot give up but we are not told what it is. As Marco gets closer to “Brandi” the situation with the mob escalates until it is necessary for her and her son to move in with Marco. I loved the interactions between Marco and Daniel, that whole thing would melt any mother’s heart.
The relationship between Marco and “Brandi” is insta-attraction but the development of their true love is slower going. Brandi keeps thinking of herself as a whore that no man would actually want for more than sex. I LOVE how Marco helped her to see herself like he saw her. I mean who doesn’t want a man who can see past your flaws to the better part of you?
The writing of this book is seamless and provocative. The only thing I wanted that I didn’t get was Marco’s POV. It’s been a long time since I read a book with a single POV, I mostly don’t do that anymore. The plot and writing in this book were good enough to carry it though. The book does end in a total cliffhanger so beware of that. I, however, can’t wait to see what comes next. This is on my highly recommended reading list.
**ARC provided by TRSoR Promotions**
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