Series: The Escort Next Door #1
Author: Clara James
Published: September 5, 2013
Published by: Romance Novel
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Julia has the seemingly perfect family; a successful husband and three wonderful kids. From the outside all seems well, but behind closed doors things are anything but ordinary. Julia's marriage has become distant and she finds stunning evidence about her husband’s actions on his business trips. Julia wants to escape and decides to make a decision that will change her life forever.
Julia’s marriage is in a rut and she wants to fix things with her husband as she feels they have a pretty solid marriage. That is, until she discovers her husbands dirty little secret. Now, she wants out of the marriage and needs to make some money fast. This leads her to making the decision to become an Escort.
As for the characters; Julia is relatable in regards to her life of a housewife, and the problems with her marriage to Paul. Paul, seems closed off towards Julia, and it’s hard to figure him out. But his behaviour does make sense once Julia discovers his secret. I wouldn’t say either of these characters are terribly likeable as their decisions are questionable, especially considering they are parents of 3 young children.
This story seems to glorify the life of an escort to being all wonderful when realistically is not. However, I can appreciate artistic licence and being that it’s fiction the author can make of this profession what she likes, and that’s fine, but on this occasion it just didn’t work for me.
Unfortunately, the writing needs a good edit as there are several mistakes to be found throughout causing a little confusion when names get mixed up.
There are a couple of sex scenes. One is a little painful and he other is quite steamy. I did think these were quite well written.
Overall, a mediocre read and I doubt I will continue on with the series.
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