Friday, 23 January 2015

Review of Courting Trouble by Kimberly Dean

The bit on the back…

When times get tough, how bad does a good girl have to get?

Sienna Blakely is bright, articulate, under employed and forced to rely on the one asset she vowed never to use – her looks.

With bills piling up, Sienna signs a contract with Luxxor Escort Services. A contract that strictly forbids any sexual contact with clients… And then she’s assigned to companion Jason Sloan. Just meeting the man causes a full-body jolt. Arrogant, powerful, and sexy, he’s trouble. And he can see through the facade she’s erected, right down to the intelligent and sensual woman underneath. He challenges her wits, and he challenges the rules.

Firstly thanks to Avon for approving me for a review copy of this title via NetGalley.

The story is about main character Sienna as she struggles to pay her bills while looking to start her career.

Sienna has grown up learning independence from her mother and is determined that she will provide for herself. I liked this strength of character and I think it served her well in her initial interactions with Jason and her boss. Although in the face of not being able to pay her bills she opts to use her looks to get by in a slightly taboo but traditional way, I loved how her relationship with Jason never felt false or forced. The pair had an obvious physical attraction to each other but Sienna was clever and was able to hold her own with Jason.

Jason Sloan has this raw magnetism about him which can only be described as slaying to the female species. He seems to draw you to him even with the arrogance and power that he exudes. He also has a much softer side and that really comes out when Sienna’s friend is in need. I loved that playful side to him and seeing his love of his spot coming through making him appear younger and less troubled.

The story is told by both main characters in this story – Sienna and Jason – although the prologue comes from the perspective of a mutual acquaintance of both characters and allows you a first-hand outsider’s view of the attraction between the two characters. I thought this was a really clever move from Kimberly Dean as it sets the story off in a really different way.

The dual narrative allows you to learn the story from the perspective of both Sienna and Jason and serves to heighten the intensity of the interaction between the two characters because the feelings they have for each other are so strong.

I enjoyed this well written and fast paced story, reading it in one sitting. Although there is a taboo element to the story concerning the escort business there is definitely plenty of heat and drama throughout the story and I can definitely recommend the novel.

I downloaded Courting Jealousy after reading this which is a fun, very quick read following on from Courting Trouble.

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