Title: Will You Be My Escort (The Carlisles #2)
Author: Meg Harding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Jackson Carlisle has rotten luck with men and women, and after an especially bad situation, he takes a step back from romance. But with a two-week family reunion in Hawaii looming, his mom is determined to set him up with one of the sweet singles she knows would be perfect for him. A normal person would tell her no and be done with it. Instead, Jackson tells her he has a boyfriend. The only problem? He doesn’t.
Aaron Wilkes is an escort. He’s a little surprised when a friend’s girlfriend hires him to date her brother, but he’s had stranger jobs. Jackson is cute, and he thinks a fling with Aaron might be just the kind of no-strings-attached fun he needs to get over his dry spell. As they explore the islands together, their carefully laid plans begin to get away from them. Feelings aren’t supposed to come into play, but that shouldn’t be a problem. After all, you can’t fall in love in two weeks….
This was a cute read, taking a spin from the rent boy trope. Jackson Carlisle, one of James’s brothers from Book 1, needs to get his mother off his back. He has the shittiest luck in past relationships, and she keeps pressuring him to get back out there.
An upcoming family reunion leaves his sister with a suggestion to hire Aaron, her boyfriend’s best friend, as his fake boyfriend for the event. Aaron is a professional escort (the no happy ending kind). He provides dates for a living. And this will be one hell of a long date – two weeks in Hawaii is how this family does reunions!
This was a light, lowish angst, book. I could really feel the simmering feelings and attraction between Aaron and Jackson. However, there was definitely an insta-love feel to this one. And then there was an abrupt time jump that was nothing short of jarring. Time jumps can be smoothly incorporated, and this one most definitely wasn’t.
That seemed to be a theme with this story, though – the jagged effect of the writing. It would be moving along just fine and then every two chapters or so, there would be a lurch in the story, in the writing really. I can’t describe it any better than that, but I got whiplash from this book, and not from actual turns of events.
Overall, I’ll settle on three stars, because I still enjoyed Aaron and Jackson’s story. It just wasn’t my favorite from this author. Book 1 from the series remains the best, IMO.