Author Ella James
Release Date February 12, 2014
Source I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
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BlurbMarchant Radcliffe, owner of the exclusive Love Inc. brothel outside Vegas, is no stranger to darkness. He lost his sister in childhood and his parents in college. Since his best friend helped him finance the Love Inc. ranch almost ten years ago, Marchant has drowned himself in business—and he’s thrived, despite the heavy secret that has plagued him since his parents’ deaths. Then, after ten years of good fortune, Marchant’s skeletons start to peek out of the closet, tossing him down a trail of ruin that begins with arson and could end with murder. Because he’s kept his struggles private, he has no one to pull him back from the brink. Except for Suri Dalton. After a breakup with her longtime fiancé, Suri, the daughter of one of Silicon Valley’s tech tycoons, has nowhere to go except her BFF’s new penthouse in Las Vegas. The last thing Suri is looking for is a man, but after drowning her woes in wine on the flight over, she stumbles into a torrid make out session with a beautiful stranger—who just so happens to be Marchant Radcliffe, a playboy and a literal pimp. Despite an immediate attraction, Suri writes Marchant off as exactly the sort of guy she should avoid. Until Love Inc. goes up in flames, Marchant winds up at the bottom of a swimming pool, and Suri is the only one around to pull him out. What happens when what you see isn’t what you get? What do you do when destiny is too alluring to resist and too dangerous to survive?
ReviewElla James wrote an easy read, light feeling, fun book. I really enjoyed this story. It wasn't extremely hard to find myself thinking about the characters after I put the book down once I got about 10% into it. Suri and Marchant weren't difficult characters to follow or identify with. They were fun and light. I like books that don't require me to spend most of the time reading in an in-depth though process to figure out whats going on.
There was an awful lot of cussing from the male point of view. I found it to be mildly distracting. Which I find odd since I write my own books with it inside so I'm not exactly sure what it was that bothered me about it exactly. It just took away from the story. Sometimes it felt like it was there just to be there.
That being said - it really was a good book. I want to know what happens to them because the ending was a mild cliff hanger. Which I always like.
I'd also like to learn more about Suri's parents and Marchant's sister.
the secondary characters were good too. Because it was in first person either Suri or Marchant's POV you didn't get to experience much from these other characters which was sad because I was very curious about them.
I didn't realize this book was a series book until I noticed the '#3' on the Goodreads book. Nothing about this book made me feel like I was missing something just because I hadn't read the first two.
Overall this was a solid 4 star book.