So, let me start off by saying I am a big fan of this author's work. I loved everything about her books, the richly drawn characters, the fast-paced, intriguing plots, the right balance between steamy sex and riveting romance. So this book is not a bad book, it's just not as good as her other books. I read her Almato brothers series and I fumed, laughed and even shed a few tears, in other words, I was totally engrossed with the plot and the characters. I know a book is good when I start "talking back" to the characters, and I did plenty of talking with all three Amato brother books.
This book has a really intriguing plot: what if a well connected political figure makes an arrangement with a high priced escort and essentially "buys" her services for three months: just sex, no relationship. Now we all know where this road is going, the couple, in spite of knowing the deal going into the relationship falls in love. But the thing is, I couldn't figure when or even if they fell in love. A few times they mentioned they thought they might be falling, but no one ever says the four letter word. And they fall in love based on what? 90% of their relationship was sex. Admittedly it was hot sex, but hot sex can't sustain a relationship. So while I do believe that people can change their life's course for love, given the plot in this story, I was not convinced these characters would make that move.
The book is an easy read, but the characters were inconsistent. The heroine is depicted as strong and independent but then she basically let's the hero treat her like a whore, albeit a high priced one. I wasn't sure I liked the hero, he seemed like a self centered douche in some parts of the book. I also thought the ending was unrealistic and it kind of left the reader hanging. I can't tell if this book is setting us up for a sequel or not and if it is, I'm not sure I'd buy it.
However, I loved the Almato brothers series so I will eagerly await the next book in that series.