Price of a Kiss
by Linda Kage
I don’t care what my cousin says; I am not the queen of impossible relationships. I mean, just because my last boyfriend tried to kill me and left a bit of a scar on my neck, then forced me to move across the country and legally change my name to Reese Randall to escape him, does not mean—
Oh, who am I kidding? For a freshman in college, I have to have the worst dating track record ever.
It’s no wonder love is the last thing on my mind when Mason Lowe enters my life. But the chemistry between us is like bam! Our connection defies logic. And he’s just so freaking hot. Being around him makes me feel more alive than I’ve ever felt before. I even like bickering with him. He could be my soul mate…except for one teeny tiny glitch.
He’s a gigolo.
Boy, do I know how to pick them.
*new adult romance* **explicit scenes and language**
Reese is very unlucky in love. She has moved across the country and is living above her Aunt and Uncle’s garage. She has enrolled in a school that is way below her academically. The perk? No one from her old home knows where she is. She has changed her name and fled her home in an effort to escape her psycho ex-boyfriend.
Mason is the hottest guy on campus. He is also the least available guy. He is a gigolo. He sells his body to rich older women. He’s going to college to get out of that business but everyone in this small town knows Mason and the rumors run rampant.
Mason is strolling across campus and Reese is drawn to him immediately.
Reese doesn’t see Mason’s history or his profession. She sees a person and treats him like anyone else. Who is she to judge? She’s had her own share of issues. Her cousin Ava is not so forgiving. She only sees Mason for what he is.
As she gets to know him, she realizes that the rumors are true.
The problem is, he is really good at his job. Like, really really good.
“So, you don’t give out freebies? Like ever?” That just sounded so bizarre to me. I would’ve thought a gigolo would be a complete man-whore, even off the clock.
But when his jaw went dead still as he stopped chewing and he said, “Are you…asking for one?”
Reese begins spending more time with Mason. She realizes that all is not as it seems with him. They spend lunches together in the courtyard. Reese didn’t stand a chance against this Casanova. She’s a goner.
“You’re the warm sun that shines when everything else is dark,” he went on, lifting his hands to rest them on the wall on either side of my face. “A smile and a hug in a roomful of disapproval. You’re…” Wincing, he pressed his forehead against mine. “You’re everything.”- Mason
How can she be with someone who sleeps with women for money? How can he think about asking her to?
“Eva was right. I could never deserve you. You’re too good for me. You’re out of my reach. You’re…you’re Reese Randall.”
“You’re wrong. I’m not.” I wasn’t really Reese Randall, and I certainly wasn’t out of his reach. “All you have to do is stretch out your hand, Mason.” Pressing my palm against my chest, I whispered, “I’m right here.”
Mason’s past collides with Reese’s and the result may be catastrophic.
I loved Reese. She was funny and sweet and she never gave in to the rampant rumors. She refused to let what others might think of her cloud her decision to befriend Mason. Despite Mason’s career, I loved him too. He was doing what he thought he needed to do for his family. There is a long story there that I don’t want to give away, let’s just say he had his reasons for doing what he did.
Overall, a very sweet and cute read. Some people may not be able to get past the number of women he has been with, but this author did this story well. It was not as gross and awful as it could have been. Mason becomes such a romantic and he is so swoon worthy!
4 retired gigolo stars for me!