WHY I READ IT
Premise of the book was interesting and I was given an ARC.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
They know who she is. She knows too much.
Stella is an escort, immersed in a world of desire, betrayal and secrets. It’s exactly where she wants to be. Stella used to be someone else: respectable, loved, safe.
When a fellow call girl is murdered, Stella has a choice: forget what she’s seen, or risk everything to get justice for her friend. In her line of work, she’s never far from the edge, but pursuing the truth could take Stella past the point of no return.
Grace Thomas, also known as Stella, is a working girl, an escort, a prostitute – pick your synonym. She makes a decent living doing what she does but she’s haunted by her past. When an acquaintance and fellow escort is murdered, Grace launches her own investigation, which puts her life and possibly the lives of others in danger.
The premise of this book intrigued me; I’ve read other books where the lead male character has been the escort and falls in love with the woman who gives him the strength to leave “the business.” This book is nothing like what I’ve read in the past. Grace/Stella doesn’t exactly want to leave “the business” or the life she’s living but when another escort is murdered, she begins to rethink her life. Additionally, there really is no man to compel Grace/Stella to leave; you will not find an emotional love story in this book. There are two men in this book who manage to affect Grace/Stella; one is dark and dangerous and the other is the typical nice guy. I couldn’t help myself, I was rooting for Mr. Dark-and-Dangerous.
This book is a bit hard to read and confusing, which is why I’m giving it 3.5 stars. I was finally sucked in, literally, half-way through the book. Ava Marsh constantly drops vague hints about Grace’s past, which is what makes the book confusing. I kept on asking myself, “Is this a part of a series? Is she referring to events from another book?” At the end, Marsh finally reveals Grace’s past and it’s a doozy. The writing is also a little hard – lots of slang. I’m no stranger to stories set abroad and writing colloquially, but I had to ask myself at times, “What the hell does that mean??” This is not your typically steamy romantic thriller either; there are plenty of scenes in which I thought to myself, “Ugh.” But then I remembered the Grace is an escort.
The story doesn’t necessarily resolve itself but it doesn’t really end in a cliffhanger. I’m curious to see what will happen to Grace so I hope Ava Marsh doesn’t decide to end her story after only one book.