TITLE: The Escort
Author: Jeff Erno
Publisher: Self Published through Amazon
Characters: Travis Sheppard and Darren Kinney
POV: 3rd Person
At twenty-five, Travis Sheppard knows all about taking care of himself. He’s been on his own since the age of seventeen, and he learned long ago how to use his assets and natural-born talent to get what he needs…and wants. Travis is a hustler, a male escort, and he caters to men of means who like to shower him with gifts and cash in exchange for his affection—sometimes for his mere presence.
When Travis accepts an overnight gig with a new client, he’s surprised by the fact the customer has pre-paid. When Travis arrives at the gentleman’s surprisingly modest home, he learns that his client is an accomplished, best-selling author. Darren, otherwise known as DJ Torrent, makes Travis a proposal. He wants Travis to accompany him to a gay literature conference. The catch is that for their five days together, Travis is to be more to Darren than just his escort. Darren wants Travis to pose as his husband.
The Escort is one of Mr. Erno’s latest releases. The main characters, Travis and Darren, are well written and pull you into their story from the beginning. While readers may have a hard time imagining these two together, they really do mesh well.
Travis is an escort. When he found himself on the street as a kid, it was the only job he could find. It is not a job for everyone but it is one he is good at. His latest client surprises him in many ways. Darren is a well-known author. Normally he stays home writing and socializing with fans on social media. But a convention is coming up, one he needs to attend and Darren needs someone to pose as his husband. Enter Travis.
I loved watching these two together. Travis teaches Darren how to come out of his shell, while Darren teaches Travis about love. The author does a wonderful job with these two men, bringing them and their story alive in a way that is believable.
As much as I loved the relationship between these two, the secondary characters are just as engrossing and I loved how they helped bring the story alive. I have never been to a GRL retreat and I realized that a lot of poetic license was used for this story, but I could not help wondering if some of the craziness that goes on in this book isn’t based on some actual events. Many times, I found myself laughing at what was going on. While most of the secondary characters are friendly, there is one that throws the men’s lives into turmoil. Thankfully he does not do too much damage and the way he is handled will make many readers happy I am sure.
Fans of Mr. Erno’s are sure to love The Escort. I cannot wait to see what the author will bring us next and think The Escort is a great book for anyone wanting to give this author a try.
Reviewed By: Lydia
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