Eighty-One Nights (Beautiful Illusions Duet #1) by Georgia Cates
Release Date: April 9th
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Beautiful, penniless American girl meets handsome, wealthy Scotsman.
Sounds like the beginning of a fairy-tale romance?
This story begins with a contract.
And an exchange of money.
A lot of money.
An angel perches nervously on one shoulder.
A devil lounges smugly on my other.
And even that dark little bastard is leery of what I’m doing.
Maxwell Hutcheson wants the girlfriend experience.
All of it.
And I’m going to give it to him.
I’m not supposed to enjoy being his whore.
I’m also not supposed to fall in love with him.
But I do. Both.
When our contract expires, I will walk away.
Because I have to.
But he’ll always have a piece of me.
I’ll mask my sorrow with a smile.
I’ll hide my love with indifference
… all while it’s killing me softly.
A fairy-tale romance.
It isn’t mine to have.
And this man I’ve come to love so dearly isn’t my happily ever after.
About Eighty-One Nights:
While the characters from Eighty-One Nights are entirely new, their storyline is a combination of fresh material and carefully selected themes, scenes, and settings from The Beauty Series, The Sin Trilogy, Dear Agony, and Indulge. This is intentional. I chose some of my favorite elements from previous releases and interjected them into Hutch and Lou’s story. Let’s call it a “story fusion” between our old favorites and new material. This work was briefly released under a pen name and was titled The Girlfriend Experience.
“No one gets to call you a whore.”
He stops eating and looks at me. “I’d never degrade you by calling you a whore.”
“Not a whore. Your whore. There’s a difference.”
I can almost see the wheels turning in Hutch’s head. “You’re my whore?”
“Yes. Only yours.”
“My whore.” He grins. “I don’t think that I’m supposed to like that, but I do.”
“And I don’t think I’m supposed to like being your whore, but I do. Very much.”
He reaches out for my hand and brings it to his mouth, kissing it. “You never cease to amaze me.”
“Dirty talk. Never underestimate the power of it.”
My ARC Review:
This was my first book by Georgia, looking at the blurb for this I was intrigued but a little unsure as the author stated although this was a fresh story she had used some scenes and setting from some of her other books, which I hadn’t read, so took a chance hoping that this would be ok – I am so glad I did, I really loved this story and it was a delight to read!
Maxwell Hutcheson is a widower and joins and agency where he can get ‘the girlfriend experience’ without the emotional ties, he’s looking for someone for a 3 month contract where both he and she can get something good out of their connection and then just walk away from it.
Caitriona Louden (Lou) is an American studying in Scotland, and joins the agency to earn more money. From their first meeting Max and Lou had an instant connection, in a room full of beautiful women Lou stood out to Max from the others and negotiated a very expensive 3 month contract to have her. There are lots of rules and boundaries laid down for the contract, some of which Max is hoping Lou will relax and take the companionship more sexual.
Lou was as equally attracted to Max at this meeting, he was oozing sex appeal and dominating in his brusque Scottishness, but as she gets to know him she finds a very broken man underneath his demeanor, one with many layers who is weighed down with responsibility and guilt. Everything he does is for other people, none of it for himself, except for this contract.
Except feelings start to creep in to this arrangement, this was something that neither bargained for, and the eighty-one nights contract is creeping ever closer.
A brilliant story I just got lost in, I loved the characters and the way the relationship built, there is so much more to Max than meets the eye! But this is a duet and of course there is a cliffhanger at the end, so I seriously can’t wait to read the final book in this duet.
About the Author:
Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.
When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her music and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.
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