Thirty Nights with a Dirty Boy: Part 1 by Shiloh Walker #mf #review @StMartinsPress @shilohwalker @SMPRomance


Thirty Nights

Money Can’t Buy Love…
Ella Cruise doesn’t like to be touched. A survivor of childhood abuse, she craves security in all aspects of her life: fulfilling work at the nonprofit she runs, more than enough money to live comfortably, and a good friend and confidant. But none of it can ease her longing for intimacy, even if just for a night. When she meets a gorgeous bartender who moonlights as a male prostitute, a bold idea begins to take shape…

But It Can Buy a Night of Passion —or Thirty…
Sean Lachlan is stunned by the cool beauty’s offer: 30 nights of no-strings sex in exchange for all the money he’d need to start over. The deal seems too good to be true, especially since his desire for her is no act, but Sean finds he can’t turn her down. Before they know it, Sean and Ella realize they’re in deep, their defenses crumbling. Will thirty nights with a dirty boy be enough after all, or will love lead Ella and Sean back to the negotiating table? addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 Angela_s PonderingsTAG

Even though this is the first of a three-part serial and is on the short side of a novella, Walker doesn’t skimp on the story. The author actually does a bang up job of walking that fine line of giving you just enough clues and suggestions to hook you without actually telling you everything you need to know, so you’ll be compelled to grab the next installment. Or at least that’s how I felt when I reached the last page. And let me tell you, it took everything I had in me not to say “eff it” to my review schedule and buy the next installment. Seriously, if I wasn’t borderline running late on reviews (my poor, poor blog boss), I would have bought the next part immediately and read on – and probably done the same for part three. Right now, it’s killing me not to know what happens next; obviously not literally, but you know what I mean. Then again, that’s pretty much my state of being anytime I finish a book in one of Walker’s series, ready to dive right into the next one immediately.

 

In the first installment we meet Ella. According to the blurb, Ella doesn’t like to be touched because she is a survivor of childhood abuse. Her dislike of being touched comes across loud and clear, and while we get hints at aspects of the abuse she suffered – including what it was not – we do not find out the exact nature of the abuse she endured in this installment. See!?!?! That’s what I meant when I said the author gives you just enough to hook you. I need to know what happened to Ella in the past for her to have become the woman we meet. And why it is after all these years, that the first man she trusts enough to touch her is one of the last men she should. Don’t get me wrong, Sean is all kinds of hot and nothing revealed in the novella points at him being abusive. Quite the opposite in fact. But the book’s not called Thirty Nights with a Dirty Boy for no reason. Sean is a “dirty boy” because women pay him for sex. Truth be told, based on Ella’s musings and observations, I can understand why. This man oozes sex appeal and he’s the first man to cause Ella to respond in … well, ever. Add that to the fact that his time can be bought and Ella’s overwhelming loneliness, well you can see right where it’s headed – Thirty Nights with a Dirty Boy. The mystery regarding Ella’s past. The 30-day contract. And a sexy as sin, tattooed bad boy. Yep, I need Thirty Nights with a Dirty Boy: Part 2 and reading time STAT.

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