This book is in dire need of a copy editor. Aside from the occasional grammar issues and typos littered throughout the book, you know that the book is still in the rough draft stage when, right in the middle of the action, the main character refers to her companion by a different name.
Also I’m sorry, but I can’t get behind the main character’s revelation about escorts and the men that purchase their services. To suggest that men who purchase women for their bodies have more respect for women than casual hook ups at bars is a bit of a stretch. This logic is flawed for a lot of reasons. First, there are plenty of women that go to bars for one night stands and ditch men in the morning, it’s not one sided. Second, in the world of prostitution, not every John is a nice guy, some women enjoy the work and in certain places its legal and well regulated. Unfortunately, many women are either trapped by financial issues or are victims of human trafficking.
“It’s one of those rare special, fleeting moments when life seems to make sense; my life seems to make sense, you know?”
As for the story itself, well if all you’re looking for is one good spicy bedroom scene with a touch of romance, then this book will serve that purpose just fine. For actual story and characterization it’s really weak, and the main character is kind of an airhead. I get it, her situation is horrible, I feel for every man or woman that finds themselves on the bad end of a damaged marriage with a cheating spouse, it’s heartbreaking. How she gets from point A to point B and her reasoning for going into escorting and loving it kind of puts her on the same level as her asshole husband. She tries really hard to justify her reasons for doing things but none of those reasons are good. What a surprise that her first customer is utterly perfect. He’s attractive, rich, and all for pleasing her, and it’s just too idealistic and so far from reality that it made me roll my eyes.
I got this book for free and so my expectations weren’t all that high, but the description piqued my interest. I’m still half curious as to how the conflict between Julia and her husband plays out, but not enough to purchase two more books when the problems with the first far outweighed the good.
Title: The Escort Next Door
Series: The Escort Next Door #1
Author: Clara James
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: August 11, 2014
Source: Free Promotion
Julia has the seemingly perfect family; a successful husband and three wonderful kids. From the outside all seems well, but behind closed doors things are anything but ordinary. Julia’s marriage has become distant and she finds stunning evidence about her husband’s actions on his business trips. Julia wants to escape and decides to make a decision that will change her life forever.