Disclaimer-This was my first book from this author. Found the title from another author's recommended reading list, so maybe the issues I have with the author's writing are what she's known for, so take my subjective review for what it's worth.
The writing and dialogue is childish and simplistic and does not read at all like adult level reading, more like middle school, all telling no showing. The plot of a male escort falling in love with a client had potential, but it wasn't treated with enough respect and that lack of respect made it a difficult read for me to get into practically from the first couple of chapters. His best friend isn't a successful business owner--he's his pimp who owns a brothel. Sexism from page one, trying to make it seem more acceptable and legit just because it's all male? Immediate red flag.
My issues (from a person who thinks sex workers should be legalized, taxed, and provided protections like any other industry employee who provides a service), he's a male escort, he gets paid to have sex with women, yet he vehemently protests that he's NOT a prostitute. Yes, yes you are. Own it. Don't give me a hero who's proud that he's constantly in demand for his "services" then try to make me believe he's got a bleeding heart I should care about because he's ashamed of his work and not a prostitute because he has lunch once a month with a 'grandma' client who he doesn't sleep with. When he had sex without a condom TWICE with the heroine without telling her about his work, that made me absolutely hate him. And his rule about not kissing clients because it's too intimate (Julia Roberts did it first and better in PRETTY WOMAN, thanks) and no oral, right...high end professional female clients pay him thousands of dollars a night and tolerate their male prostitute not providing oral sex or kissing because HE doesn't want to?
The heroine, ugh. Whiny, Shallow, Superficial (he's soooo sexy, nearly every other sentence), self-deprecating wimp. I get it, she's curvy, don't repeatedly tell me that every other page. Women come in all shapes and sizes, including thin, thick, heavy, curvy, whatever. We're all beautiful inside and out, EXCEPT when you have women bashing and body shaming other women! Heroine's ex is a dick, insults her to her face, dumps her and shows up at her brother's wedding with a new girlfriend who she and her soon to be sister in law immediately start insulting and body shaming "bitch," "scrawny new girlfriend", and hero mentally criticizing her ex for not being as tall a him and "thinning on top". No chance the new girlfriend had no idea what the ex did? But of course all women hate other women and we're ok and should support that, right?
When she finds out she was lied to, for their entire time they were together, he meets her at a coffee shop, they have about a 10 second, 4 sentence conversation where he apologizes, she forgives him then straight back to her place for sex. Seriously? And don't get me started on how she's constantly hitting his arm "playfully" I hate women who do that. Would you put up with a guy constantly smacking a girl on the arm? Use your words to express yourself, and I'm supposed to believe the heroine went to and graduated from law school??
Maybe this is what this author is known for: fast, shallow, simple completely implausible stories with unrealistic, totally unlikable characters, but definitely not worth my time or my money. A disappointed buy.