Roland Marcus—rich, handsome and pushing 40—is still not over the fact that his 20-year relationship has ended, and desperately needs someone to distract him while he attends a bevvy of charity events in New York. With all eyes upon him, including his ex’s (who left him for a younger man), Roland accidentally bumps into a hot young guy in a used book store…a strapping male hustler whom he decides to hire for one week to accompany him to his social events. He offers him $5,000, with no strings attached, to just stand by his side and look pretty.
Josh Holden, a young guy who is helping to support his son and saving money to buy a business with his best friend and ex-wife, is only too happy to escort Roland anywhere he wants to go that week. And he’s not doing it just for the money…
Roland learns in less than a week’s time that his future can still hold both earth-shattering sex and a love of real substance.
So, I loved Pretty Woman, still do, and when I'm flipping channels and find it on, I usually stop my search for something to watch right there. With that in mind, the idea of a M/M version of the story appealed to me. Unfortunately, that's the last thing about this one that did appeal to me. In the introduction, the author says, "If you remove the erotica, the story line itself is the classic Cinderella trope." The problem is if you remove what passes for erotica, there's not much story to consider. There are a few loose similarities to the movie, the most prominent being the cover, but the key element is missing - Chemistry! There is zero chemistry between this pair. Of course, with so little actual story, it's hard to build any character depth, anything to show why these two can't keep their hands off each other. The few things brought in to add some angst are quickly glossed over for another sexcapade - and I use that term loosely. While the steamy time is considerable, it's repetitive and often times, eye-rollingly over the top. To sum it up, most of the book reads like bad 70's porn and is not something I would recommend to anyone looking to read a romance.
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