Monday, February 6, 2017

Amy's 3.5 star ARC Review of Valentine For Hire by Aria Cole

For Bryn Stafford, the prospect of going home for her sister's extravagant Valentine's Day wedding, hopelessly single...again, sounds like hell on earth. She's always dreaded introducing anyone to the hot mess that is her over-the-top, obnoxiously wealthy and well-bred family, but desperate times call for desperate measures. After seeing an ad for the city's premier escort service, Elite Fling, Bryn finds herself making an appointment to hire one very handsome, very expensive, fake date for the big day.

When the woman of Brodie Merrick's dreams walks into Elite Fling, his brother's slightly immoral but incredibly successful "dating" service, Brodie has two thoughts a) what the hell is a girl like her doing in a place like this and b) what would those sparkly red stilettos feel like wrapped around his neck? He begs his brother to give him the job, even though he's just the computer guy and most definitely not an escort, but because Brodie is lucky he soon finds himself with one very sexy fake Valentine.

When they meet on the day of the wedding, Bryn assumes he's the escort she's hired to be her date, but Brodie has other plans, plans that involve him and her and a very long and lucky orgasmic future together. Can he win his feisty fake Valentine's heart or will their chemistry fade faster than the syrupy sweet sugar high?

Warning: Forget candy hearts and frilly flowers, Brodie is a man's man--he sees what he wants, he takes what he needs, he lays claim to what's his. He's all alpha, all the time, and determined to give Bryn blissful orgasms, beautiful babies, and the last name Merrick. Hold onto your panties, Valentine For Hire is a saucy romp with a sexy, alpha stranger on Valentine's Day!

Want another Valentine from Aria?
Check out:

Right for Love in the Beaus & Arrows Anthology: FEB 7
Sweet Valentine by Aria Cole: FEB 10

Brodie and Bryn -- this is a book that maybe could have received a higher star rating if it were a tad longer. I felt as if there could be some more to the story and not that it was rushed but potentially the characters more developed and the story a tad bit deeper in the sense of the family situations. 

Brodie is at his brothers elite escort service helping him out when Bryn walks in for her interview or potential booking of an escort to her sister's wedding. Not only has she never fit in with her uptight family but she also can't hold a candle to her sister. The wedding of the century is to be held on Valentine's Day and Bryn knows she can't go alone. She needs a stand in and dating is not in the cards for her. Single and career minded is definitely not a winning situation in her family's eyes. 

Being the nerdy one of the family Brodie is not for hire but when he sees the lovely woman walk into his brothers establishment he can't imagine that hiring an escort is something she is comfortable with. Knowing she is not the typical client he convinces his brother to let him take the beautiful woman to her event. 

Now here is where this gets a little odd for me. Brodie doesn't really care for his brothers escort service but yet upon first meeting Bryn he is really controlling and a definite alpha male. I felt like I had missed something or maybe there was a back story on him from another book that I wasn't privy to. Something just didn't click there for me. I don't know -- it wasn't that I didn't like the characters it was more as if I didn't understand them completely. (Again back story). I do hope that we get a story with Danny, Sophie and a few others -- maybe we already have and I don't know .. I have to go research that. 

Having said that this is not a bad read. I just wish that there was some sort of connecting line between the then and now. Thank you for the ARC and click this one up for a short read this Valentines Day. 

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