Title: A Model Escort
Author: Amanda Meuwissen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 230
Reviewed by: Bob
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
What’s the value of love? Shy data scientist Owen Quinn is brilliant at predictive models but clueless at romance. Fortunately, a new career allows him to start over hundreds of miles from the ex he would rather forget. But the opportunity might go to waste since this isn’t the kind of problem he knows how to solve. The truth is, he’s terrible at making the first move and wishes a connection didn’t have to revolve around sex. Cal Mercer works for the Nick of Time Escort Service. He’s picky about his clients and has never accepted a regular who is looking for companionship over sex—but can the right client change his mind? And can real feelings develop while money is changing hands? Owen and Cal might get to the root of their true feelings… if their pasts don’t interfere.
Amanda Meuwissen has given us with two recognizably real people as protagonists, either of whom we might actually know and whose daily concerns we would recognize. Owen, an almost unbelievably “good” man, has been taken advantage of by circumstances and a selfish, aggressive ex-lover. This as left him feeling unsure of himself and socially inadequate. He has moved to a new city, but starting over for him is a bummer – laced with a little PSTD. (“Owen wished he hadn’t broken down like that, wished he hadn’t flinched when Cal’s touch moved to his arm.”)
Cal, on the other hand, appears to be a sophisticated cosmopolitan, though. However, on closer inspection, Cal’s own background seems to require constant reassurance through his ability to dominate his social surroundings. And yet,while an easy conversationalist, he lives with a lot of solitude.
Too bad? Not at all! The respective flaws of each of these men, true to the classic romantic trope, somehow meet the needs of the other. This novel, if it were about heterosexuals, would easily fit the format of a TV love/soap movie of the week. The heroes are physically attractive and drawn irresistibly to each other. (“You could cut the UST with a butter knife.” “UST?” “Unresolved sexual tension . . . “). Their personalities mesh perfectly, and they are surrounded and interact with interesting secondary characters, as they face and solve the problems that confront them.
The reader can relax and fully enjoy this novel as, early on, it is clear that the HEA is merely awaiting the passage of sufficient plot issues and a requisite number of pages.
If the reader is merely looking for high HEAT content, there are several web sites I can recommend. If, however, it is a sweet and moving tale of the victory true love – including some
nice drama and even fisticuffs, stop here at A Model Escort and enjoy.