New Release Review | Perfect Ten by Nikki Worrell
Title: Perfect Ten
Author: Nikki Worrell
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance | Erotica
Release date: August 15, 2016
(Originally published August 26, 2014)
Publisher: Jack's Publishing House
Joe Starling has been stinking rich, and he’s been dirt poor. But from the moment he figured out what makes women scream, he’s been raking in the cash. Not as a prostitute. Not technically…
Sex isn’t officially part of the Perfect Ten escort service’s package. Yet Joe is almost embarrassed to admit his “package” has gotten quite a workout in the past seven years. Truth be told, the ladies want him, and he can’t say no.
Faith Graham’s first reaction to Joe Starling? No. Make that hell no. She needs an average Joe on her arm for her model-thin sister’s wedding. Who will believe a dazzling hunk like him would date the Graham sister who has a few too many curves?
For the first time, Joe experiences what it’s like for a woman to look at him with loathing rather than lust. And he doesn’t like the feeling. Because there is nothing in this world he wants more than to turn her emphatic no into a heartfelt yes. In fact, a lifetime lifetime of yes would work just fine for him…
My mouth hung open for the entire prologue and first four chapters that were from Joe’s point of view. They were so filthy hot, I’m not sure if I was more in awe or in shock. And it doesn’t really stop there.
Joe Starling—yes, that is his real name—is the top male escort at Perfect Ten. He is a Perfect Ten. He loves women and can see beauty in every shape, size, and color. Joe surprised me immensely as soon as he stopped talking about sex and his dates. At first, I thought he was just another alpha-male, cocky, hot guy. But no, no, no. He is so much more. He has such a beautiful and kind soul. It’s obvious working as an escort has become routine and, well…a job. When a new client walks in to meet him, he begins to reevaluate his career.
Faith Graham is beautiful and everyone can see it but her. She’s not a size 2, but her beauty shines bright. Her sisters and mother’s insistent put-downs and downright vicious comments on her weight are deeply embedded in her mind, and swirl through on a daily basis. It was so satisfying to see those witches be put in their place once and for all. Faith’s friends are her rock and try to make her realize just how gorgeous she is.
I loved how this story highlighted imperfections and relayed the message that true beauty resides within us. Though I liked it, there were various factors that didn’t sit well with me. About halfway through the book certain things nagged at me. The insta-love was truly cheesy, and the immediate attraction was really the beginning of my eye-rolling marathon. However, I chose to ignore it considering how cute they were together. **What really annoyed me the most was her adamant decision not to date him while he was escorting other women, yet she had no problem having sex with him. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t understand that way of thinking one bit.
The story slowed down a bit, so much so that once it picked up, it felt a little rushed. The male pov also declined a bit for me. It didn’t give off the same male vitality that it once had in the beginning. The ending and epilogue really was the most adorable finish to the story, and closed it out nicely.
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