Monday, November 25, 2013

[Review] Tease – Missy Johnson

Released: November 14th, 2013 

*****This book contains scenes of a sexual nature. Genre: Erotica*****

Male escort.

That got your attention. 

Some of the most powerful and well known women in the country pay to have sex with me, some of them married. Some are into more than just straight sex, which is why they call me. Bondage, power play, submission…nothing is off the table. I will do anything for the right price. 

The stories I could tell you about a certain high profile congresswoman, or that innocent blonde actress. Trust me, she’s not so innocent.

Guys would kill for my job. I’m living the fucking dream. Meaningless sex, no relationship hang-ups and I’m rolling in the dough. Life is perfect, just the way it is.

Until I meet her.

She changes everything.

She makes me want more than I’ve ever wanted for myself and she believes in me. But she also thinks I sell insurance. I can’t stop what I do, but I can’t give her up. 

Eventually, my two worlds are going to collide and when they do, shit will hit the fan.
"You can make the best of your situation, and still appreciate that there may be better things out there to come."

Despite the fact that Tease didn't quite live up to my highest expectations, I was quite taken in by the storyline. The plot twists, the characters were wondrously entertaining. The blurb definitely hooks us in, I mean, when do you really see a book told from a male escort's point of view? Never. This novel was unique although the romance was slightly too cliché and under developed.

I have to admit that I expected so much from Tease. Although I've never read works by Missy Johnson before, I absolutely loved the idea of this book. A male escort? Who fulfills the pleasure of many significant female figures in society? Holy shit or what?

Coop was definitely my favorite character in the book. Yes, he was a male prostitute basically, but I loved his daring personality. I loved how he was adventurous in exploring his sexuality and isn't afraid to admit when he liked or didn't like something. He was not only hot but I admired how strong his character was.

Well, up until Mia came along of course.

Coop has been through a lot of shit. SPOILER ALERT. 
"After what happened, I lost faith in people in general. If my own wife and best friend could do that to me, then what hope did I have against the rest of the world?"
I was torn by this. He was a realist. He was a goddamn realist and I've always been intrigued by realists. They have this specific view of the world and Coop did. He had lost all of his faith in human civilization.

What made me admire him most was his strength definitely.

But, of course, a female just had to come along and make him a romantic.

You said it, RDJ.

I get horribly annoyed when a man, who is initially this tough protagonist who is worth my respect, turns into this ball of mush because of a woman. 

And when asked why she's special?
"She is amazing, caring, sweet, funny . . ."
That is always the same fucking adjectives used to describe someone "special". Hell, a lot of people are amazing, caring, sweet, funny. What makes her so different? I guess what pissed me off about Mia was that she was too bland. She was the typical girl-next-door and it just didn't have enough appeal for me. She didn't have a strong character trait.

That's why I figured that the book's romance was quite under-developed. I can't really see how these two fell in love.

On the other hand, I loved Beth's character. She's an exciting little fireball. She's complex, exciting and refreshing. She's definitely complex, especially by the end of the book.

Those two plus the blurb were the only two that saved this book.



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Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she's a cat, a cat who thinks he's a get the picture). 

When she's not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read. 

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