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Book Review: Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan

I’m the guy you call when you need to impress your overbearing family, your boss, or your ex. Yeah, I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

I’m the guy who’ll make you feel beautiful, desired, and worshipped… all for a steep price. I’m hired to make you shine, and I always deliver.

I’ll be whatever you want me to be for one night — except my true self. This is just a job, a role I play to earn a paycheck.

But I’m not the guy who falls for a client. Not once in six years.

And then I meet Elle. Her friend has hired me to escort her to a wedding, but Elle doesn’t know we’re just pretending.

There’s a fire between us I never expected. A connection I haven’t felt in so long. One kiss, and I’m losing all control.

But what will happen when she finds out who I really am?

My Thoughts

If you’re in for a cat chasing mouse or slow burn romance novels often have, this book might be for you. Half of this book contains a lot of set up, flirtatious banter, in your head conflicting emotions, and very little events happening outside of the wedding the escort was hired for.

Nic was hired to escort Elle to a wedding by her best friend due to her being dumped by her boyfriend. The unsuspecting Elle has no idea he’s an escort. Therefore, she thinks he’s really into her. Nic, the escort, seems to develop “real” feelings for the “first time in years” for Elle.

I will say that I do like the slow-burn in romances, but I found this lacking in keeping my attention. The banter wasn’t nearly as sexy or engaging, there wasn’t very much happening, and despite the cute dinners, it was a bit dull for me. The characters had some qualities that I found intriguing but the writing didn’t expand on them and left me disappointed.

When she finds out about his job, it seems that the new budding relationship skips quite a few steps into him not being able to live without her and that just screams unhealthy and creepy to me. If the first half has you hanging on, keep reading to find out what happens. But, I think you can guess based on the genre.

Overall, I’d give this a 3 star, but I really didn’t enjoy it all that much. I enjoy Kendall Ryan’s books, but this one just didn’t hit the bar for me.

Ruth Anne Garcia

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