Title: A Model Escort (Dreamspun Desires Book 77)
Author: Amanda Meuwissen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Page Count: 230
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
This was so much better than a Pretty Woman story or a fake boyfriend trope, even though it had a bit of both in it. There was so much more to this, though. It was smart. It was thoughtful. It was exciting.
Owen left a tumultuous relationship, his home, his friends, and his family to start over in another town. He was on his own for the first time and afraid of being lonely. After being given a business card for an escort service, he made the call. He didn’t want a boyfriend. Or sex. He just wanted someone.
Cal was high end. He picked who he wanted to spend his time with and he chose how much he gave of himself to his clients. When he picked up Owen on his calendar he wasn’t expecting the innocent, cheeky, smart man who was broken and alone. And he didn’t expect to want to be the guy who put him back together.
So much went into this little story. Age gap, hurt/comfort, friends to lovers. It was a pleasure to read and get to know Owen and Cal. They were both so very independent and smart, giving and loyal. These were the kind of characters you’d like to meet IRL.
The story was sweet, the romance was slow and satisfying. I had wished for a bit more interaction between Cal and Owen on page, however. It felt like most of their bonding and friendship happened off page and we were just told of it. Same with their intimate moments. Given there are times when it’s too much for the story, I would have liked a bit more here.
Worth the read entirely if you like a sweet story with a smart couple and a happy ever after.