Title: Will You Be My Escort (The Carlisles #2)
Author: Meg Harding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Genre(s): Gay romance, escort, fake boyfriend
Page Count: 206 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.8 stars out of 5
A Carlisles novel
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 very good read. It is a story I would describe as almost missing the opportunity of something special.
Jackson in my opinion is the type of guy who is very confident in his work, around his family, and even around his friends. But when it comes to relationships he just sucks. I think a lot of that is because he is not confident in who he is in a relationship. I think that Jackson messes up relationship wise because he tries to do whatever the other person likes instead of staying true to himself and going with what he likes. He pretty much takes all the crap that is thrown at him in relationship’s until he just can’t take it anymore and either he gets tired of the person or the person gets tired of him. I also believe that all of those felled relationships have taken a toll on him and he has all but given up. Especially after how his last relationship ended.
Aaron is the opposite of Jackson. He does not want someone who will fall at his every whim. He wants someone that knows what they want out of a relationship and he does not want them to be a pushover about their likes and dislikes. Aaron has had enough experience with watching people bow down to other people by being a professional escort who is paid to date people with no strings attached.
When these two men meet, Aaron can tell that Jackson has been hurt in the past and he wants to help him get his confidence back. But soon Aaron and Jackson both realize they may both be in over their heads here because they are both starting to more than like each other but neither wants to admit it to the other.
Both of these men decide on a fling but that fling starts to go wrong when feelings start to get involved and it is time for Jackson to stand up for himself and put an end to the charade. The question he keeps asking himself is do he do the right thing by ending it and not being completely honest with Aaron about his growing feelings? Or was it the right thing to do to protect his heart and not risk rejection once again.
This story was sad at the beginning and I really felt sorry for Jackson for what he walked in on. But as the story got more in depth I was able to watch Jackson grow as a person and become more confident in what he wanted and eventually in who he wanted it with. That was all possible I think because of Aaron’s encouragement and support but also because Jackson was able to finally realize that settling for second best was never going to make him happy.
Reading a book where you are able to watch a character grow is always a great book to read. I also enjoyed being able to read and follow the journey that these two men had to take in order for both of them to find their happy. Meg Harding did a great job on this book. I really enjoyed this read.