Thursday, 27 August 2015

Kristen Strassel - No Strings Attached (The Escort #1)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Stacey

Leah Godfrey has almost everything she could ask for—
She’s got an interior design business with an A-list clientele, a weekly spot on a national morning TV show, and a great daughter—but she doesn’t have a date for her twentieth high school reunion. It wouldn’t be a big deal, but her ex-husband was her high school sweetheart, and now he’s married to the slut Leah caught him with in bed. She won’t let the biggest failure of her life overshadow her success.

When her best friend suggests she hire a date, Leah thinks the idea is scandalous. But for one weekend, she wants to forget her mistakes and pretend she has everything her ex took away from her.
Jagger Holiday makes women’s fantasies come true—
But working as a male escort leaves him feeling empty. He turns to photography to fill the void. When Jagger gets a call from a lonely single mom who needs the same thing he does, he wants more. He wants her.

Leah and Jagger have no problem convincing everyone at the reunion they’re together. She should’ve known better than to think there’d be no strings attached.

After all, he’s a professional.

In No Strings Attached we meet Leah and her best friend Kari currently in the throes of discussing about their high school reunion. Leah wants to bring a date as she feels she needs to prove something to her ex husband Rich, and his new wife Shelley who Leah actually caught in bed together. Leah has made a new life for herself as a well known interior designer to the stars, she has her daughter Raven, but she still feels like there is something missing - a man.

Kari introduces Leah to the escort agency that she uses, and persuades Leah to book an escort for the reunion weekend. Leah reluctantly agrees, but when she spots Jagger Holiday, she is convinced... Jagger has a rule that he doesn't kiss or form an emotional connection with his clients, but all of his rules are broken when he meets Leah for the first time. Through Kristen's writing, the energy between them is palpable and I was immediately rooting for them to get it together properly!

What really got me was when he leaned forward, the light shining in his eyes when he talked about his photography. There was a vulnerability there, and a sadness. Hia enthusiasm bubbled over, and that was the part of him that really turned me on.

This is hard for Jagger as he has built up walls around himself as he always loses those he cares about. Pretty much like Leah has too so it feels like fate brought them together.

"I don't try," he snapped, sitting up and raking his hand through his hair. I lay beside him, shell-shocked. This guy had built an alligator infested moat around his heart. For the first time, I realized how lonely he must be.

The weekend of the reunion arrives and Leah can't wait to see Jagger again and have him on her arm - and in her bed! Well what can I say - Jagger is amazing and the passion between them is incredible, they are both so sensual. An argument ensues when Leah bumps into Rich and all of both Leah & Jagger's walls start breaking down. Neither want the amazing weekend to end but end it must and they part on sad terms for what they believe is the last time. Could they be falling in love with one another?

"You're going to make mistakes and I'm going to make mistakes. All we can do is try."

She was so quickly becoming my shelter, but she needed the same things from me. And I thought I had no limits. It wasn't one of those times we stopped and discussed our hard limits and safewords because we'd already crossed that line. She'd tattooed herself on my soul."

Jagger and Leah do meet again but not under the circumstances they would have wanted - and I must say although I suspected something was going to happen to Leah, I wasn't expecting that so Kristen surprised me with the ending!

Before I had a chance to say anything else, Jagger met my lips in the softest kiss. Slow and deep, it said everything we didn't have to. If all he ever did was kiss me, I'd be a happy woman.

I really enjoyed this, it was an easy read with 'real' characters that could be relatable to the right person. I always like a story where there is the POV from both main characters throughout so we can grasp how they are both feeling and that was great with this book. I can't wait to see what's in store next for Leah and Jagger - 4.5* from me!

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Get your copy of No Strings Attached here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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