She’s a high class call girl. He’s taking over his father’s business.
Seven years ago, they fell in love in Paris.
They walked away at the end of the summer, never imagining they’d meet again.
Now he’s her client.
We fell in love the way you jump from a cliff. Hard and fast with a reckless sense of abandon. The six weeks we spent together changed my life, but at seventeen, I was naive. I was a dreamer. A believer.
Now I’m twenty-four and cynical. I don’t believe in love. There’s no place for such emotions as a high class escort. The only things I’m allowed to feel are physical – and that’s why it’s so damn hard when the client of a last minute job turns out to be the man I left in France seven years ago. When he buys me for six weeks at triple my rate, my agent makes it clear I have no choice but to take the job despite our previous relationship. And my heart makes it very clear I have to stay firmly on top of the cliff this time…. Because for six weeks, I once again belong to Aaron Stone. (Goodreads)
I came across Late Call when a number of the members in a group I belong to on Facebook began singing its praises. Since the author is going to the event in Edinburgh, I decided to give it a shot. Oh boy, am I glad I did for I couldn’t put it down and I had to find out how it was going to end.
Having just finished a book called Living in Sin by Isabel Lucero, which was about a male escort, I thought it would be nice to bookend it with Late Call, which centres on Dayton (or Mia as she is known as when she is working) who is a high class Call Girl and takes a late appointment which changes the course of her life. The reason being, the client is an ex who she had an unforgettable summer seven years ago. This muddles and completely shatters the carefully constructed defences Dayton has in place in order to live her duel life. The past and present collide and while I had my suspicions on where this could possibly lead to, Hart managed to take these expectations and throw them out with an evil cackle that had me riveted and ready to throw my kindle out the window in frustration. Yeah, it’s one of those books.
The lynch pins of this book are Dayton and her incredibly sauvé and sexy paramour, Aaron Stone. *gets a little shiver at the name*. Sorry, but the name Aaron Stone just screams “Alpha Male” and he doesn’t disappoint. By the end of the book (well up to the second last chapter), you end up rooting for these two characters to really get together. Yes, at times both characters make mistakes when navigating through this delicate minefield of where Aaron is her client, but also the man who could have changed the path Dayton’s life had taken if they hadn’t taken that sharp turn, to where she was now. You can clearly still see that these two characters care deeply for each other and have a sexual chemistry that should come with a serious health and safety warning. I had all but picked out my wedding outfit for these two by the end of the book, but…… and it is a HUGE but, Hart throws the grenade that once again leaves Dayton emotionally injured. To make matters worse, her madam (and friend), knew about the grenade and their past, but still let Dayton take the job.
This is Hart’s gift, writing complex and flawed characters. Hopefully it comes across how much I really liked Dayton as a character. For all that is said and done, she is a survivor. In the past it has been demonstrated how she has dusted herself off and got back out there. She had her life on course and the appearance of Aaron knocks her life off of its axis. She is able to glimpse at what a life where she isn’t an escort and sex isn’t just part of the job. Dayton tries her best to keep this strictly professional and it does lead to a few battles of wills between them. Yet as the story continues, you can see a thawing within Dayton. Just as she is ready to take that leap with Aaron, the rug is pulled out from under her and some of the hurtful things Aaron had accused her of come back to the surface in a way that was unexpected. Where we find Dayton in book two, Final Call, I have no idea, but I have hope that her survival instincts will come into play.
As for our “hero” in the story, Aaron Stone, well he is every bit the successful alpha male. He knows what he wants and works damn hard to get it. In this case it is Dayton back, but at times his manner and ways are a bit cutting, especially when it comes to Daytons occupation. This is understandable, especially as at times he is still living with the image of Dayton of seven years ago. He also can’t seem to help throwing in the “I’m the client and you will do what I say card,” when Dayton opposes him. Then when she tries to keep it all business, he wants to be her boyfriend again. What I found myself getting really angry at is how he puts down Dayton’s profession so callously. The remarks he makes to Dayton do sting and cheapen Dayton’s career choice, especially if she is winning an argument against him. Thankfully, he does turn things around and I was all ready for the two of them to ride off into the sunset….Until Aaron had to be a male and do a stupid male thing that is just so typically male I wanted to kick his male ass from one side of the world of the other. He has a lot to repent for in Final Call!
Late Call was a book that was just such a joy to read. Hart has really created a gem of a series here and I really did love it. There is nothing I would change nor did I dislike the book except for that gosh darn cliff-hanger, but she gets a free pass for that. Yes this is a book filled with such steamy smexy scenes that I was fanning myself, but they are never thrown in for the sake of it. Each plays a part in the progression of either the plot or the breaking down of the characters defences.
If you are looking for a holiday read, this book should be on the top of your list. It is such an easy entertaining read that you will never notice the time fly by. Just… make sure you have Final Call pre-ordered.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
1 Late Call
2 Final Call