Escorting the Billionaire, by Leigh James | Book Review #405

This review contains spoilers.

26834124Love don’t cost a thing… except everything.
When billionaire mogul James Preston hires an escort as a date for his brother’s wedding, he knows he’s taking a risk. One thing he won’t be taking? The escort’s clothes off. He just wants a date—not a girlfriend. Not a relationship. No strings. No ties. No games. No sex. He has his reasons. He lost someone he loved, and isn’t interested in trying again. Too many opportunities for mistakes or worse, heartbreak.

Audrey Reynolds became a high-end escort to keep her brother in his expensive group home. James Preston is the client of her dreams—he’s offering to pay her more money for two weeks than she’s ever made before. But James is… difficult. He’s gorgeous, troubled and all too human for Audrey’s business-like tastes. Determined to complete her assignment and collect the money, Audrey tries to play by James’s rules. But before she knows what’s happening, he’s rewriting the contract.

When Audrey ends up in James’s bed, he realizes that she’s everything he’s wanted… and everything he’s been running from.

Another book where I did not read the synopsis before hand, and actually enjoyed the novel.

There are two points of view within Escorting the Billionaire, and they both prove to be…engaging. Not only to each other, but to me as a reader of their story. 

We first read from James who, at the beginning of this story, is someone who doesn’t strike me as someone I’d want to be around. He’s cold, ruthless, and as described as others: a total prick. Further into the story though, we see James thaw out. Especially around Audrey. By the end of the Escorting the Billionaire, James is totally different from when we first met him.

Audrey is the other point of view we read from. At the beginning (and really, throughout the book) we see Audrey go through a lot. We also see Audrey be really mean to herself and very, very cynical. She claims to be a realist, but in reality she’s just tired of being hurt all the time.

However, both Audrey and James are mature. Most of the time these two are fighting their feelings for one another, and until they confess to the other, the story is rocky between the two. There’s a lot of back and forth between James and Audrey about being together, “doing the right thing,” and coming back together again. Honestly, the relationship between the two is thread-thin at best. Their relationship isn’t real, but their feelings are. The only spans of peace that we get in terms of their solidifying their  relationship is at the end of the novel and the epilogue.

IMG_6674There are lots of emotional roller coasters in this book, and after the 3rd “I love you, but I’m breaking up with you. *runs away*” type scene happened I was tired of it. Yet I couldn’t stop reading Escorting the Billionaire because of how dramatic this book actually is! Honestly, it was everything I needed at the time that I read it.

In terms of revealing what happened in the story, there’s more that was revealed to us that I definitely wouldn’t have thought this story would produce.

Around the half-way point I checked to see how much story was left and was honestly surprised because there was still the last half of the book to get to. When I checked my progress in the story, I thought the story would have ended soon after. So I was mildly shocked when I saw that the story just kept on going and going, never seeming to end.

What I liked about Escorting the Billionaire is the fast-slow-burn romance in this book. There’re a few things that I hand’t anticipated when I set out to read James’ and Audrey’s story, but they happened and those moments strengthened their feelings for one another. So in a way, it was cute to read about.

Escorting the Billionaire is a instalust, almost instaromance, and this story is VERY dramatic. But I loved the way that the characters grew in that they trusted each other with one another’s thoughts, burdens, and the whole shebang.

There are sex scenes in this novel, and they’re pretty descriptive + eye-roll-worthy, so if you don’t like reading sex scenes, I would suggest not reading Escorting the Billionaire.

While I made is sound that I did not like Escorting the Billionaire, I did.

I give Escorting the Billionaire, 4 stars.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

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