Despite everything I’ve done for my parents, I’ll never be good enough for them. Instead of seeing a man to be proud of, they just see an embarrassment. I served four tours in Afghanistan but that doesn’t mean anything to them. They only see the ink, the party life, and my short stint in jail.
And nothing else.
When they were in trouble, I handed over my life savings. I didn’t think twice about it because they’re my family, my blood. They raised me to be my own man and gave me everything I needed. It didn’t matter that it was every penny I had. It didn’t matter that the money was set aside for my future. My dreams.
Because they needed me.
But now they refuse to pay me back until I become the man they think I should be.
I have an unusual professional.
I escort men, acting as their date to family functions or work parties. It’s my job to act deeply in love with my client. And I always nail it.
But it’s not what you think.
I’m not a prostitute.
I’m not a call girl.
I’m an actress.
Get it right.
There are strict rules when it comes to my profession. There is no touching, kissing, or anything but hand-holding. Those who choose not to comply will get a swift kick in the nuts.
But all this goes to hell when Ash walks into my life.
Overall Rating- 4
Reviewed by Jen
Into the fire is about Ash, an ex-soldier, who is trying to get the money he once loaned to his family back so he can follow his dreams and open his own tattoo shop. Once he figures that his family is doing good financially he asks them for the money back only to learn that despite all he has done for his family it is not enough. His parents don’t believe he is on the “right track” for life and refuse to give him his money back until he makes major changes- aka finds a good girl that he can settle down with. Settling down with a girl is not something that remotely interests Ash at all however he puts a plan into motion to fool his parents to get his money. This plan introduces us to Alessandra. Alessandra is an escort, not the prostitution type, but the escort type who poses as a date/girlfriend or whatever someone may need for a night but that is where her services end. When Ash comes looking for an escort to fool his parents he is introduced to Alessandra. Although there is instant chemistry and lust between them they both clearly state that a relationship between them cannot happen as they are one another clients. Plus each of them is on opposing sides of the spectrum when it comes to relationships. Alessandra wants the husband, 2.5 kids, and white picket fence while Ash is just interested in getting his tattoo shop up and running and having fun with woman. As the story unfolds it quickly becomes obvious that the friendship building between them is laying down the foundation of what could be an epic love relationship. Once lines are crossed- Ash and Alessandra’s relationship but professional and personal become blurry. This blurriness leads to misunderstandings and issues that potentially can run everything for the both of them. Will Ash and Alessandra be able to adhere to the rules they have set forth or will the outcome of crossing those lines ruin not only their professional and personal relationship but everything they have worked forth to help Ash get his money back.
I really really really liked this book! This was my first time reading a book by this author and I can tell you that it will not be my last! For me the story flowed so nicely that it was a nice quick read. I loved how the relationship between the characters developed as the story unfolded- it didn’t seem generic or rushed at all. After finishing the book and doing some research this book is book one in the Gorgeous Entourage, so I am excited to see where else this series goes.
I sighed and left the bed. “You should go. I need to get ready.”
“For what?” His voice sounded raspy because we hadn’t spoken in so long.
I cringed because I didn’t want to say it. “I’m seeing Brad.” Guilt flushed through me. Was I really the kind of girl that went on a date right after I slept with someone? It grossed me out.
Ash’s eyes immediately darkened and he looked pissed. A fire erupted in his eyes, but the flames were black. “So, you’re just going to run off and have dinner with this chump?”
I didn’t want to fight so I kept my mouth shut.
He gripped me by the wrist and yanked me back into bed. “Call it off.”
“Call it off?” I asked incredulously. “I’m supposed to meet him in a little over an hour.”
“Tell him you’re sick.” He squeezed my wrist.
“I’m not bailing on him.”
“Just do it,” he ordered.
“And why should I?” I grew heated, all the anger coming back. “Give me one good reason, Ash.”
He held my gaze without blinking. “Me.”
“You?” I couldn’t keep the venom out of my voice. “What about you? I should ditch a nice guy so I can keep being your fuck buddy? What’s the point in that?”
“It’s pretty damn clear you’d rather be with me instead of him.”
His cockiness was usually endearing but now it was just irritating. “You’re such an ass.” I yanked my arm out of his grasp.
He grabbed me again. “Why go to him when you have me? I make you happy. I give you what you need. It doesn’t make any sense to go out with him. You really want some lame lawyer?”
“He’s a very nice guy.”
“Like you want a nice guy,” he barked. “You want me. Why else would you have slept with me for two days?”
I didn’t answer his question. “I’m not going to keep doing this, Ash. I need something more than a fuck buddy. I’m looking for a relationship, a long lasting one. This was fun while it lasted but it’s over. Let’s just walk away and move on.”
About The Author
Amazon Bestselling author, E. L. Todd, was raised in sunny California where she still lives today, claiming it’s the best place in the country. Easily hypothermic and hateful of the cold, she prefers to be warm all year round. She attended California State University, Stanislaus and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, but still pursued her dream to be a writer. She’s written several novels and many series’, and her imagination can’t seem to stop. She tries to find the good in people and she exploits that in her writing, proving that people can make mistakes and rise above their past. Her hobbies include sunbathing, swimming, eating at Surf Taco in San Diego, reading, and learning everything she can about hippopotamuses’, her favorite creature. Her greatest dream is to make people forget about the harshness of reality and dive into a good story with lovable people. When fans tell her they love her work, it gives her the greatest sense of accomplishment.