Author: CC Koen
Genre: NA, Contemporary Romance
Twenty-one-year-old Serena Thomas is faced with a tough decision. Unable to get ahead of debt and loneliness since her grandmother’s death she finds a new job, placing the sheltered virgin in an underground escort business. She tells herself it’s just a temporary life choice, but destiny has a different plan. She meets a mysterious and gorgeous man, who happens to be her new boss. Will Serena fit in or will she be left all alone again?
Lincoln (aka: Linc) Jefferson has an unusual life. He established The Lounge, an exclusive escort club for very personal reasons. A place where the women say who, when, and what type of sex they’re willing to have. The escorts possess all the power and the money. It’s a business Linc guards at all costs. Trying to maintain the secrecy is a constant challenge and one that’s tested when he enters into a relationship with Serena. She tempts him unlike any woman, even though he’s surrounded by beauty on a daily basis. The more time they spend together the harder it is for him to keep his secrets. Will Serena stand by his side or will she abandon him?
Sparks and passion fly, taking these two on a journey neither could have expected.
I turned toward the frameless picture windows lining the entire exterior wall and was presented with a breathtaking, unobstructed view of the harbor. Smack dab in the middle, behind an antique mahogany desk, stood the tallest, most impressive man I’d ever seen. The black suit he wore matched the surroundings, professional and sleek. The top three buttons on his white shirt undone, dark sprigs of hair peeked through and begged for my attention.
As I got closer, his eyes scanned me from head, to chest, to hips and up and down my long legs at least three times, resting on my ruby-red tiptoes.
Ha! Two could play at that game. Using the exact pace he did, I snapped mental pictures of every God given, Mr. Universe muscle. A wavy black ponytail, pulled tight at the nape, crested his wide shoulders and dipped to mid-chest, bringing my journey to a momentary pause. A taut dress shirt molded to his pecs became an instant favorite and preference I didn’t know I had. As I gravitated lower, the desk impeded my view, coming to rest at his waist and a nondescript silver belt buckle. My eyes drifted back up, wishing I could see more, but his tailored jacket without a hint of lint on it kept him hidden. Still, from what I could take in, the man had sin engraved all over him.
I stopped in front of his desk and realized my earlier assessment of him had been right. My six five in heels, shrunk to five feet the way he towered over me by several inches. “Linc?” The wispiness of my voice made me cringe. Way to go, Serena.
His answer, one sharp nod. In the corners around each eye, little wrinkles appeared as he took another long journey over my body. Knees locked together, I tried hard not to fidget. “I’m Serena. Mylaynee said my interview was at twelve thirty. I’m a little early. I didn’t mean to interrupt if you were in the middle of something.” Damn, there I went, rambling. Yeah, that would have him eating out of my hands.
Linc rounded the desk, coming toe to toe.
“You’re a virgin.”
My 4 star review
The synopsis on this grabbed me.... I mean a virgin working in an escort service?? How does that work?? So I dove in.. needing to find out how this was going to play out.... I figured she would get sold to the highest bidder.... but Im not going to tell you... you'll have to read to find out ;)
I didn't love this one. I didnt hate this one. I just felt it kind of drug and then BOOM everything happened at the end and it made it feel rushed. I liked the plot, I like the writing style, I just felt things were drawn out and as I wondered if there would ever be any action, I was overloaded with it in the last few chapters. The last few chapters were amazing. And I wish the entire book was more like they were. Does that make sense??
Now, dont get me wrong, the book was NOT a snooze fest. I enjoyed it. I liked the characters. There was good friction between Serena and some of the other girls she was working with. I loved Serena's character. She was strong, and feisty, and independent. She had a brain and a thought process and she wasn't afraid to use it. She said what she thought and she meant what she said. I adored her.
Linc was lush... I adored him. He was a bit broody, and he his his emotions. I couldn't get a read on him, and he remained a mystery right up to the end. And I loved the way it played out. He was a tortured soul, and when his secret was revealed, his live driving force, I actually cried a bit.... one word --- heartbreaking.
I loved the two characters together. I thought they worked well together. They balanced each other out, and Serena had a good "handle" on "handling" the moody, secretive Alpha Male. And he protected her and every turn. I love the dynamic they had.
I hope there is a follow up. I want to know more and I really hope a book is written about Serena's best friend, Marlena. I loved that woman. Wait until you meet her. I want to know all of her secrets. And how she ended up working in an escort service. I want to know about Jax as well. The secondary characters in this book were fabulous. And Im hoping a few of them get their story told.
C.C. Koen writes contemporary romance with a twist. An avid reader who enjoys mystery and suspense, her stories will never be what you expect. Determined to find adventure in her dreams and life, she enjoys skydiving, sailing and any activity that challenges her. Teacher by day, romance writer at night produce an active imagination that comes to life in her writing. Intensity is her debut novel.