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Whatever You Like – Maureen Smith

30 Nov

Whatever You Like
By Maureen Smith
Available Now

Description:

Desire burns deepest after dark…

By day, Lena Morrison is an ambitious grant writer. By night, she’s an escort to some of Chicago’s most successful men. Sex isn’t on the menu—Lena’s job is to provide her elite clients with companionship and sparkling conversation. She enjoys the extra income, but even more, Lena loves the empowering feeling of being appreciated for her beauty and her brains.

When tycoon Roderick Brand hires Lena as his date for a private party, their electric attraction leads to the most erotic night of her life. Incredible as the experience is, she vows not to mix work and pleasure again. But Roderick is relentless. His irresistible proposal: two weeks fulfilling all his fantasies, in exchange for a multimillion-dollar grant that will guarantee Lena a major promotion.

Lena can play that game. She’ll give him the hottest, wildest sex he’s ever had, then she’ll walk away, leaving him aching for more. But when it comes to desire, rules—and hearts— are easily broken. And the best-laid plans have a way of working out in ways neither could expect….

This Blonde’s Review:
I usually expect a book with This Much sex in it to be classified as erotica. It may be on some websites, but on NetGalley it wasn’t, and they’re usually pretty good about that. That is the first thing that comes to mind about this book. SEX with capital letters.

Lena is an escort, and we meet her as she is picking up her client for the night. They feel such instant sexual attraction that she knows it’s going to be trouble and is determined to fight it. Roderick is confident, sexy, rich, and used to getting what he wants. What he Wants, is Lena. Even though she tries to fight it, she breaks the rules of the company she works for As Well as her personal rules and has sex wit him. After giving in she is ashamed and determined not to see him again.

But Roderick is used to getting what he wants and is very determined. He uses manipulation to get her where he wants her, so that she has to give in to him. If we didn’t already know how much Lena wants him I’d have a Strong dislike of Roderick for using the methods he did to force her into what he wanted. But Lena’s strong desire for him And their sparks were enough to make me overlook it.

These two had more sex in a short time than I’ve seen in just about any other book, but there was still a Story involved. Lena takes care of her grandfather’s living expenses and we get to see her family as Characters rather than just background to the story. I really liked Lena’s family and the love they all have for each other.   Zandra is Lena’s boss. I like her because she was also Lena’s friend and Roderick’s childhood friend. Because she cares about both of her friends and had Hoped they’d hit it off, she’s not worried about her Bottom Dollar, she’s more concerned about her friends. I always love characters who recognize that friendship is more important.

We didn’t see the story from Roderick’s point of view, but I would have loved to get his take on a few things. We can see him struggling with certain things, but we don’t really know what’s going on in his head. In spite of the lack of real Connection to him that way, I still really liked him. I liked that he was persistent and went after Lena, but mostly I loved him because Lena did.

I am sure there will be a sequel since Roderick has a Twin, Remy, and he is interested in Zandra. I Know there’s a story there that needs to be told. I would also love to read a story about Lena’s sister, Morgan.

My main complaint is that the description does not match the cover. That is a Big pet peeve of mine. Overall I don’t pay attention to the cover, but when the book mentions Roderick’s uncanny resemblance to Idris Elba, his black skin, and see that the guy on the cover doesn’t look at all similar to Idris… I have to wonder how they didn’t catch that and make sure the cover matched the characters. I don’t really care if they are supposed to be black, white, or green but I would like for them to Match if they’re going to specify what they look like.

Overall, I did enjoy the book (both the story And the steamy sex scenes) and will be looking for Remy and Zandra’s story. This story had Tons of sex but that does not neglect the story line. If you are into sexy books with characters we can like and care about, then you’ll probably enjoy this book.

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Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Book Review, Erotic, NetGalley, Romance

 

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