Into the Fire
Gorgeous Entourage #1
By: E.L. Todd
Releasing January 30, 2016
Despite everything I've done for my parents, I'll never be good enough for them. Instead of seeing a man to be proud of, they just see an embarrassment. I served four tours in Afghanistan but that doesn't mean anything to them. They only see the ink, the party life, and my short stint in jail.
And nothing else.
When they were in trouble, I handed over my life savings. I didn't think twice about it because they're my family, my blood. They raised me to be my own man and gave me everything I needed. It didn't matter that it was every penny I had. It didn't matter that the money was set aside for my future. My dreams.
Because they needed me.
But now they refuse to pay me back until I become the man they think I should be.
I have an unusual profession.
I escort men, acting as their date to family functions or work parties. It's my job to act deeply in love with my client. And I always nail it.
But it's not what you think.
I'm not a prostitute.
I'm not a call girl.
I'm an actress.
Get it right.
There are strict rules when it comes to my profession. There is no touching, kissing, or anything but hand-holding. Those who choose not to comply will get a swift kick in the nuts.
But all this goes to hell when Ash walks into my life.
“I guess I’m not that experienced or adventurous when it comes to sex.”
He listened without reacting.
“My ex…he wasn’t amazing in bed. But then again, I’ve never had an amazing partner.”
“Did he make you come every time?”
“Maybe once in a while…”
He shook his head. “What a loser.”
“I hear people talk about how amazing sex is, but honestly, I haven’t had that kind of experience that makes my toes curl. The times I do orgasm, I almost can’t believe it happened at all.”
He covered his face and groaned. “I’d shoot myself if I were a girl. If someone expected me to have sex with them over and over, they better make me come. And women should hold themselves to the same standard.”
“But I think it’s just me—”
“No. The guy is just lazy and doesn’t want to take the time to figure out how to make you come. Lame sh*t.”
I sipped my wine because I didn’t know what else to do. My thighs were pressed hard together.
“Let me be of service to you.”
I almost choked on my wine and spit it back out. “What?”
“Let me pierce it for you. You’ll come a lot more often.”
“Oh…” I relaxed when I understood his meaning.
“What did you think I meant?”
“Nothing.” I tried to shake it off.
Suspicion came into his eyes then realization set in. “I wouldn’t mind pleasing you for the night. I can show you what sex is supposed to feel like. I’ll make you scream so loud a notice of eviction will be on your door the next morning.”
He was killing me. “Thanks for the offer but I don’t need your charity.”
“Charity?” he asked. “I just told you I think about nailing you every time I say your name. You don’t even need a cl*t piercing with me—or a vibrator, for that matter.”
My face was so warm I was about to sweat. My thighs were pressed so tightly together I thought I would cut off my circulation. I wanted to fidget but I didn’t want to give away my vulnerability. The offer was so tempting. If any other guy said something like that, I’d think he was a weird pervert who needed to get the hell away from me. But with Ash, it was all I wanted.
He tilted his head slightly. “Come on, you know you want it.”
“Arrogance isn’t attractive to me.”
“But confidence is.” He leaned further over the table. “Come on, I want it and so do you.”
“This relationship is strictly professional.”
“Yeah?” he asked sarcastically. “Why did you invite me over for dinner then?”
I didn’t even know. “We’re friends, aren’t we?”
“Maybe we can be friends with benefits.”
I needed to get a grip. “I have a contract I have to abide by.”
“F*ck the contract,” he snapped. “You think I give a damn about a thin piece of paper? We’ll keep it between us.”
“It’ll make everything weird later on.”
“Why?” he asked. “We both know what this is. You know it’s meaningless and I don’t do the girlfriend thing. And I know you think I’m an arrogant jackass that doesn’t understand boundaries. Why can’t two adults just have a passionate night with no strings attached? It’s a beautiful thing.”
Amazon Bestselling author, E. L. Todd, was raised in sunny California where she still lives today, claiming it’s the best place in the country. Easily hypothermic and hateful of the cold, she prefers to be warm all year round. She attended California State University, Stanislaus and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, but still pursued her dream to be a writer. She’s written several novels and many series’, and her imagination can’t seem to stop. She tries to find the good in people and she exploits that in her writing, proving that people can make mistakes and rise above their past. Her hobbies include sunbathing, swimming, eating at Surf Taco in San Diego, reading, and learning everything she can about hippopotamuses’, her favorite creature. Her greatest dream is to make people forget about the harshness of reality and dive into a good story with lovable people. When fans tell her they love her work, it gives her the greatest sense of accomplishment.
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