When I started Love for Hire by Anna Marie May, I was really excited about starting it. By the blurb, I knew that it should be an interesting read. After all, I love the hooker/hustler with a heart of gold falling in love with a slightly uptight man from the right side of the tracks theme, and although there were some really good things about this book, there were also several loopholes about the storyline itself that in the end left me hanging.
Both Jayden and Matt are interesting heroes. Jayden has fallen down on his luck and therefor, has to do what he must to survive, and Matt is the gorgeous, mysterious rich man who saves his life and in return wants Jayden to pose as his boyfriend for two weeks. From the moment they first meet, the sexual chemistry between the two men practically sizzles between the two heroes and I enjoyed the little cat and mouse game that was going on between them. Jayden is both flattered and confused because he doesn’t understand why the stunningly handsome Matt would need to rent a pretend boyfriend, and as Jayden gets to know Matt, he begins to see past Matt’s icy exterior and starts to fall for the warm and caring person that he sees when both of them are alone.
I admit I really liked the beginning of the book. I enjoyed the interesting rapport between them and although the storyline is nowhere near being realistic, that didn’t bother me at all because I read to escape my regular ho-hum life. What bothered me was the unanswered questions that were never answered as the story progressed and at the end of the book. It reads like it might be the beginning of a series (I hope it is because I want some of my questions answered!) but there were so many loopholes and twists through the novel that it brought me out of the story several times because I kept wondering what in the world was going on.
There were even times I wanted Jayden to leave Matt for good. He was lied to and his life was put into danger without him knowing why and what was going on, but thankfully, I ended up liking the very mysterious Matt, so I did kind of understand why Jayden would forgive him instead of kicking him to the curb.
I really DID like Ms. May’s ability to keep me reading this book, even when there were times I wanted to throw it across the room. Her style of writing is pretty smooth and obviously addictive in ways because in the end I could not put the book down. I liked her characters, I loved the premise of the story and I truly hope that there will be another book so my questions will be answered.
Hustler and art aficionado Jayden Collins doesn't expect much out of life, so when rich playboy Matt Archer not only saves his life but offers to pay him to pretend to be his boyfriend, it seems too good to be true. The guarded, cautious Jayden takes him up on the offer, but he never expects to fall in love with his snobbish, inconsiderate client.
Jayden doesn't have much time to think about it, though, because his life is in danger-apparently someone is trying to kill him. Or so he thinks until he discovers Matt's secret. Furious to learn of his employer's deceit, Jayden leaves Matt, breaking his own heart in the process. But Matt is used to getting what he wants... and he's not going to let go so easily.