Escapade (Belen’s Review)

EscapadeTitle: Escapade
Author: Dolce
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 11th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 380
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Twenty-nine-year-old Lucas Thompson is at the top of the corporate ladder. But when his lifelong friend and ex-boyfriend invites him to his last-minute destination wedding in the Bahamas, Lucas realizes his corporate success can’t hide his private loneliness. Nor will he be able to escape seeing his family at the wedding—and having to explain, yet again, why he’s rich, handsome… and still single.

Fate and a taxi ride change everything when Lucas meets the charismatic and clever Jack McQueen, who just so happens to be a male escort. Jack’s presence on Lucas’s arm at the wedding keeps questions at bay, but their pretend relationship turns into something more after ten days of sun, sand, and sex. And before the trip is up, both men will discover that what started as a simple escapade in paradise might just lead to their very own happily ever after.

This story is a super slow burn romance between a lonely corporate shark and an equally lonely, for other reasons, high priced escort. Told with some snark, some humor, and plenty of UST it has a likable extended cast, low angst, and some sexy times (finally!) by the end. All elements of which are personal favorites of mine and which I usually love and adore.

So why didn’t I love it?

that's a tough question

I honestly don’t know why this didn’t ring all my bells. All the necessary parts were there…I mean, sure it needs some more editing, and it could have definitely been shorter, but the main characters became more likable as the story went on and the UST was burning bright. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t connect with the story. Maybe it was an off day?

Anyway, if slow burn romances with humor, UST and likable characters tickle your fancy I would totally recommend giving this a shot, maybe you’ll have better luck.


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Galley copy of Escapade provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

If slow burn romances with humor, UST and likable characters tickle your fancy I would totally recommend giving this a shot.

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future