Here are mine:
LAST TWO BOOKS I READ
1. Finding Home, by Lauren Baker, Bonnie Dee
Blurb: When Megan first meets Mouth, a homeless teenage hustler, on the streets of L.A., he’s the perfect subject for the street life expose she hopes will help her break into journalism. She doesn’t expect to be drawn into his life and become his friend—or to take him in after he’s been beaten and robbed by thugs. As they learn to live together, a powerful attraction flourishes between Megan and the young man. Although he’s street smart, tough and mature, he’s also a youth in transition. When they finally give in to the sexual heat between them, Megan fears she’s taking advantage of her position as his mentor.
What the blurb didn’t say is that this “hustler” hero is actually a streetwalking gigolo who services men, but he’s not gay. No, seriously, he’s not. REALLY, HE’S NOT!!! LOL He doesn’t have sex with the men, he just … um … well, his nickname is ‘Mouth,’ so you get the idea. Anyway, I enjoyed this story, though I will admit it was a challenge. You see, the heroine is 23 and the hero is 17 (on the cusp of 18). Yeah, I know. LOL With every page turn the words “THIS IS JUST SOOOOO WRONG!” kept screaming at me, but I couldn’t stop reading. Look, I’m attracted to unconventional books. I guess I like to be challenged as a reader, and this book was definitely a challenge. Overall, I’d say the authors managed to pull off a very difficult storyline, so kudos to them. One thing though … the hero on the cover looks nothing like the hero in the book. Hair color, build … everything.
2. Damaged Goods, by Lauren Gallagher
Blurb: Jocelyn Rhodes is a single mother with a demanding career and a long-neglected libido. Frustrated with the dating scene and way overdue for some satisfying sex, she takes a friend’s advice and hires Sabian, a deliciously sexy escort. He’s well worth the money, and the sheets haven’t even cooled off before she’s ready to call him again. The more time she spends with him, the more she realizes she and Sabian have important things in common. For starters, she’s a single mom, he’s a prostitute, so when it comes to dating, they’re both damaged goods. To most potential mates, Jocelyn and Sabian are in a category akin to dented soup cans, but if the two of them can look past each other’s respective dents, they just might find something they’ve both been missing. But even if they do find that something, how on earth can she make a relationship work with a man who sleeps with other women for a living?
Are you sensing a pattern here? I dunno. I guess I’m on a male whore binge. Anyway, this book was just as challenging as the last one, but I enjoyed it too. The challenge being, could I, even if I were in love with a man, still date him while he continued to boink other women for money? And what about explaining the relationship to my children? Ummmmm. The author handled everything realistically and both characters were very relatable. It was a compelling story. I put it and the one above in my keeper pile.
WHAT I’M READING NOW
Thoughtless, by S.C. Stephens.
Blurb: For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together—Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university—everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes . . . and none of them will ever be the same.
I’m currently reading the sample I downloaded from Amazon. I’ve only gotten as far as the first 10 pages, but I haven’t deleted the file yet, which is good because I’ve been very trigger happy lately. No, there aren’t any male whores in this one—well, if you don’t count the rock star who seems kinda sorta whorish, but again, I just started reading. Anyway, the story is intriguing, so I’m probably going to end up buying it after I finish the sample.
Your turn. Name the last two books you read, and what are you reading now?