Beautiful Entourage, by C.L. Todd

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Grade: D-

Doing it at: 83%

Catnip: Male Escort; Strong Female Lead; Fake it till You Make It; Bad Writing

Shame Scale: Medium shame for wasting a whole day reading this not great book.

Fantasy Cast: Ryan Reynolds; Melissa Roxburgh

What do we taste like: like syrup and butter

Book Description:

Being a professional escort comes with its vices. To keep women from getting too clingy, stop them from dropping their panties, and silence them before they can blurt the L word, Rhett has made certain rules. He never breaks them.


1. No Kissing.
2. No Feelings.
3. And definitely, absolutely, no sex.

But when Aspen, a beautiful brunette, hires him to help repair her image to her family, things get complicated. Rhett’s never had a problem separating work from pleasure. But now work and pleasure seem to be one and the same.

Lets talk about that cover, it’s a great cover right? Handsome cover model, holding up his hand like he’s about to take his watch off and show you what’s what. I was sure that a book about a male escort with a cover that invokes fisting was going to be trashy! Then, nope.

Beautiful Entourage is the first in a series about male escorts that Mary bought the first TWO of (sorry Shortcake #2 is all you), and which I thought would be just what the trash book Dr called for after my disappointing bar baby book. It’s the story of Rhett, male escort, and Aspen, rich man’s daughter, who get together for business and then fall in love. I love a great fake romance story, it’s the premise for 85% of Hallmark Holiday Romances and those are my fav, so I really tried to give this one the benefit of the doubt for the first 30% or so. Despite the writing being cold and un-evocative and the story line being preposterous in places. And not preposterous in the just go with it way, but really like this is no one’s real life.

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Opening Hearts, by Iona Findley

opening hearts

Grade: D

Doing it at: 55%

Catnip: First Comes Baby; Firemen; Mature Adult Decisions; Bad Writing; Free!

Shame Scale: This book wasn’t even scandalous but I feel shame anyway, the writing is not great.

Book Description:

Pregnant and alone at 35!

Jessalyn O’Donnell returns from her best friend’s wedding with a surprise of her own. She knows how it happened — three sex-filled nights with a smokin’ hot guy, known only as Sam — but she has no way to get in touch with him.

When smokejumper Sam Ricci returns to his hometown after the annual firefighting season ends, he has no plans for fatherhood. His lifestyle is too risky, and he loves his job — almost as much as he loves women. Everything changes when he runs into Jessalyn again and discovers her plans for single parenthood.

Sam doesn’t want to be tied down. Jessalyn would rather go it alone than deal with an absent husband. So why, when a twist of fate brings them together again, does it feel so right?

If you’re a long-time (aka four months) reader of My Book Shame you might know of my quest to find the perfect bar baby book. A book that incorporates all the elements of my favorite Heart song with lots of doing it and a happy ending. I was already let down once this year, but still got my hopes real high for Opening Hearts.

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Hope is always the first mistake, like John Cusack says in the seminal teen film Say Anything: “If you start out depressed everything is a pleasant surprise.”

Opening Hearts was not good.

Our story starts with Jessalyn having a shitty day, running late for everything, and then finding herself waiting two hours late for a gyne check up and discovering she’s late for something else all together. Jess is pregnant after a three-day cruise ship fling with Sam, who works as a fire jumper. Good start story, the writing was already a little weak but points for her baby daddy being an actual stranger.

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