PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela DuMond was a charmly dark, yet weirdly sweet read, that had me hooked from start to finish.
My first read by this author, and a bit of a first for this type of storyline. So you can say this read was out of my comfort zone. I’m happy I gave this book a chance, because it wasn’t what I was expecting and as I said, I was hooked pretty much instantly.
This book has a little bit of everything, from the growing love, to the mysterious stalker. It added that darkness to a otherwise sweet, not your normal, bubbling romance. I say not so normal because of how Evie and Dylan meet. Evie, isn’t your normal escort, not just because she’s strong, and independent, she’s a empath. That “gift” lets her feel her clients emotions, and with that she is able to “heal” them. Right away things with Dylan are different, a different she’ doesn’t know how to handle, and that difference could lead to something dangerous.
I love their back and forth; there’s a added past to present POV switch, that really adds that extra push to this already amazing story. Not to mention the added danger that is Evie’s stalker. That alone adds a another layer of darkness, almost burying the light at times. Even when there was happy times, that edge of dark was always present, making you feel unease, and not letting your mind drift too far away. Having such a multi layer and complex tone shifts, makes this book more than a romance, it makes it believable and a hidden diamond. The only other way for you to know what I mean, is to read this book.
In saying that, that is where I leave you, so please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval, that you will fall into this tale of love, danger, and learning that it’s okay to sometimes heal yourself.
Review by @eawalsh