Thursday, 17 March 2016

Review of January (Caledndar Girl) by Audrey Carlan

The bit on the back...

It’s really simple. I needed money. A lot of money. One million dollars to be exact. The amount didn’t matter. All that mattered is that at the end of that price tag held my father’s life.

No money. No life.

The time limit was one year. On January 1st I had to pay up or my Father was going to be killed.
When you’re faced with an ultimatum like this, you do whatever you have to do.
And that’s exactly what I did.

The job…Exquisite Escorts. My role, serve as high priced arm candy to anyone that can afford the $100,000 price tag for a month of my company. Sex is optional (for me) and a 20% increase on the price.

Mia Saunders just barely escaped a paltry life back home in Las Vegas until she gets the call that her Father has been beaten to within an inch of his life for not paying his gambling debt. Problem is, the lone shark is her lousy, ruthless ex-boyfriend. Another guy in a long line of men she’d fallen head over heels for. Not anymore. Mia’s mission is simple. Serve as a high-priced escort for her Aunt’s company and pay monthly against her Father’s bad debt. A month with a rich man who she doesn’t have to sleep with if she doesn’t want to? Easy money. At least that’s the way it was supposed to go.

It’s really simple. This is just not that great.

To be fair to the author I actually liked the characters at the very start of the book, other than some questionable life choices it seemed that Mia had some balls about her and when I was first introduced to her January client, Wes, I thought ok, I can get on board with this, this guy seems alright.

Sadly as soon as they got together both characters really started to disappoint me to the point that I couldn’t wait for the book to end, holding out hope that something miraculous would happened to turn it around.

Both characters are insipid and lack any real depth of connection with each other. The original sign of chemistry – right at the beginning when Mia met Wes – evaporated quickly when the storyline basically descended into poorly written sex scene after sex scene. The main hangup I have about the storyline itself is that Mia’s only option to make some money is to sell herself, and then repeat that another 11 times, I mean she lives in Vegas and if I’m not mistaken there is more than one giant casino there right? She couldn’t have tried that first? And as for Wes, getting an escort because his mummy wants him to, I can’t even.

It’s wishy-washy and amateur and to that end I won’t be reading the rest of the series just to see how this ultimately ends up because it looks to me like just another 11 version of the same story are in store. 

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