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Friday, November 6, 2015

Review: My Stepbrother, My Escort by Leigh James

Title: My Stepbrother, My Escort
Author: Leigh James
Series: The Escort Collection
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ New Adult/ Humor
Publisher: CMG Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: October 14th, 2015
Edition: Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon US 



Synopsis:
A romantic comedy that puts the "fun" in dysfunctional family. 
     Rising actress Lowell Barton has problems… lots of them. 
One night, she tries to solve them with margaritas… lots of them. Unfortunately, she throws them up all over a police officer's shoes. Then a video of the incident shows up all over the Internet. 
     Now she needs to do damage control. Fast. What she needs is a story juicy enough to throw off the press. A new boyfriend—a perfect, smoking hot new boyfriend—would be just the thing. 
     Unfortunately, it's just the thing she doesn't have. 
Deciding to throw caution to the wind and money at her mounting problems, Lowell hires a date. But when sexy escort Kyle Richards steps out of her past and onto her doorstep, she finds herself in a fresh hell she couldn't have imagined. 
     Is he the stepbrother-escort from hell, or just the thing to save her career—and herself? 
     Lowell’s about to find out. One thing she knows for sure: only desperate times call for measures this desperate. 
This is a standalone novel with an HEA. You do not have to read the other books in The Escort Collection to enjoy this one. 


Review:

Before I start, he isn't her step-brother. He was at one point but when their romance starts, they hadn't been step-siblings for almost a decade. Just to clarify.

This book was really funny, Kyle and Lo were really cute and their banter was really funny. I really enjoyed this book. Though I do have a couple really small gripes about it.

One, I am not sure the author has a complete understanding of what an escort actually is. They aren't prostitutes. Sure some of them might have sex with their clients, but it is not required and completely up to the escort if they want to or not.

The other is Lowell being required to be nice to Paparazzi, who are possibly some of the worst invasive people in the media industry. They aren't press at an event, they are weird, rude people who get in their face and invade privacy. The other is the director telling her to "get in shape", which she translates as "get skinny" and expecting her to do it on her own. From every behind the scenes thing I've seen the director set up training sessions for actors who need to get in shape for certain kinds of action roles. It's a little absurd how that part of the story was written in my opinion.

Those tiny things aside, this book was so much fun. And the romance was actually nicely developed. The characters, were great and the writing was really great and the "meat" of the plot, Lowell kind of coming out of her shell and standing up to people a little more, like her mother, and the press and a little with her Director. And Kyle owning up to his mistakes and becoming more responsible. He had some good character development, as did Lowell.

While I call my gripes with the story small ones, the plot lines they affected were a large part of the book. But that never stopped me from enjoying this book. It was so much fun and funny, and I really loved the main characters. The side characters were very much side characters and barely had any part in the story, and even they were very well written.

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