In Laura Marie Altom’s scorching new Shamed novel, perfect for fans of J. Kenner and Tracy Wolff, a broken heart pushes a rugged loner to the breaking point—until a not-so-innocent affair changes everything.
When the woman he loves marries billionaire Liam Stone, Nathan Black swears off dating and playing by the rules. He’s also tired of being broke. His new gig as a male escort isn’t exactly legal, but the cash will help him build a solid future. Then there’s Carol Moore, Liam’s personal assistant. She and Nathan always seem to get paired up at Stone family functions—and always seem to end up in bed together. She’s definitely intriguing. But how could a good girl like Carol settle down with a screw-up like Nathan?
After Carol’s dreamy boss gets hitched, crushing any chance of them getting back together, she finds herself hooking up with the bride’s best friend. Nathan is hot, adventurous, and just a little bit dangerous. But when one of their sexy games goes too far, Carol discovers how out of control Nathan’s life really is. And before long Carol is forced to choose between her safe old life and the bad boy who makes her feel like the woman she’s meant to be.
Really liked this book!!!! Not the book I expected from reading the synopsis, and I mean that in a very good way. The Escort is Nathan and Carol’s book. Nathan has been in love with Ella, and Carol has been in love with Liam, but both have realized it was just a dream as they are witnessing Ella and Liam exchanging vows at the beginning of the book. To drown their pain, they turn to each other for a sexy, passionate tryst during the ceremony. They both mistakenly think it’s a one time thing, but neither one can forget the other. But, many obstacles stand in their way. Carol has a secret she is trying to come to terms with, and her mother isn’t helping. Nathan feels like he has nothing to offer because he works in a grocery store, but his future may be changing. He’s had a proposition to make some money quickly which he thinks can solve all his problems, but is it too good to be true? And, how will Carol react when she finds out?
Again, this book is very different which sets it apart from other books in the same genre…even down to Nathan’s job as an escort. In fact, it was quite intriguing. I thought the characters added to the great storyline. Nathan and Carol are very realistic characters filled with many flaws, and the reader is aware of this from the very beginning. Each makes decisions that left me shaking my head and asking , “WHY?” Nathan, especially, can be very stubborn…at times, it makes things worse for him. Yes, he’s sexy and hot, but I found his sense of humor his most attractive quality. And, Carol, what’s not to admire about her? She came from nothing and worked her way up to a very successful job despite the many obstacles she had to overcome. Each of them suffered pain and loss in their pasts which has affected them now, and there were times my heart broke for both of them. But, together, they made sense and were whole individuals. They were a couple I was rooting for, and I wanted them to have their HEA.
I wasn’t sure what to expect as I read the synopsis on Net Galley, but I knew it sounded intriguing, and boy, I am glad I got the chance to read and review it. Sometimes, in this genre, unfortunately, books are so similar because the market is so saturated. So, writers have to make their books stand out, and I thought Marie Altom did a fantastic job of making The Escort unique and memorable. It is a book I won’t soon forget.
**ARC was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**