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Player (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela DuMond, Review by Sue Kemp

Player (21st Century Courtesan #1)Player by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Player (21st Century Courtesan Book 1)
By Pamela Dumond

Ok so I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started to read this book. Let me tell you it wasn’t long before I couldn’t put the book down. What we have here is not your normal romance book, which was a nice break away from our everyday romance stories. So, we have Evie who is a teacher, Dylan who is the son of a church leader who has left the church. Evie has most of her life looked after her mom who suffers from mental health issues and her younger sister. But now with mounting bills, Evie decided she needs to earn extra money. One of her friends suggests that she becomes an escort, at first, she says no but now she is buried under a mass of bills and decides to join her friend at Ma Maison Agency. Evie had no idea that she would be such a good escort. Enter Dylan one of the agencies clients. There was an instant spark between Evie and Dylan but was falling in love with him in her plans? Dylan was not having any luck at the poker tables and is hoping Evie who he sees as his lucky charm will change things at the tables for him. What I liked about this book was that the story just flowed and that’s what made it an easy and enjoyable read. If book one is this good, I think we are in for a good series.

Reviewed by @sussieau

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Player (21st Century Courtesan #1) by Pamela DuMond – Review by Sheri Schrader

Player (21st Century Courtesan #1)Player by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

PLAYER by Pamela DuMond is the first book in the 21st Century Courtesan series. The story follows Evie who works as a kindergarten teacher by day and an escort at night. I was not sure what to think before I started the book but was pleasantly surprised. Evie is a well developed character who has good reasons for the second job she holds. She has standards and is not a common prostitute. She meets Dylan, who she is attending poker events with as a lucky charm. The two have an irresistible pull towards each other. Their relationship causes Evie to reevaluate her treatment of her clients. I do not want to give too much away so I will stop with describing the story.
The characters are well written and I enjoyed the various settings. It was an interesting take on the competitive poker games. We all see what happens on television but behind the scenes is different. I liked that there was a bit of suspense thrown in as well. The story kept me involved and curious as to what would happen with the characters. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Review by @sherimichelle1

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PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela DuMond – Review by Candida Hopper

Player (21st Century Courtesan #1)Player by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1)
By Pamela DuMond

As soon as I started reading this book I could not put it down. I found this story to be intriguing and riveting. I loved reading about Evie and Dylan. Evie is a high paid escort and a teacher, and I loved her character. There is definitely a lot of chemistry between her and Dylan. Dylan is a broken man and needs healing and Evie might be the only one who can heal him. What will happen between them? What will happen when someone starts stalking Evie? This book will take you on an emotional journey you won’t want to miss. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I highly recommend this book.

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PLAYER by Pamela Dumond – Review by Erin Wolf

Player (21st Century Courtesan #1)Player by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela Dumond, 4 stars.

Evie is an escort that gets paid lots of money to help men with their problems. But it wasn’t always this way. She needed money fast so she did what she had to take care of her mom and sister. This is the story of when things finally turned for her. It all started with Dylan. A man who wanted a girl on his arm for the high stakes poker tournament. But what he needed was much more than that. He was broken and empath Evie was just the girl to help him. She had to at least try, didn’t she? Was he also going to steal her heart in the process?

This was quite an interesting book. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect since this author is new to me. It was incredible. As soon as I started it, I could not put it down. Evie is such an intriguing main character. An empathic escort is something that I never even heard of in a book and this was refreshing to me. Some story angles have been done man times, but this on definitely breaks the mold. The story grips you from the start. There is heartache — deep rooted grief and heartache. But there is also fun and laughter. And hot and heavy scenes too. I cannot wait to see what the next book has in store. Evie is a new favorite character of mine.

If you like romances on the edgy side, with a bit of darkness thrown in, this book is for you.

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Player by Pamela Dumond – Review by Anna Hirsch

Player (21st Century Courtesan #1)Player by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Player by Pamela Dumond
4 Stars

Evie Berlinger is a kindergarten teacher by day, escort by night. Evie had a whirlwind of a childhood where she learned to suppress her empathic abilities. Now that she’s all grown up, she realizes that she can use this “power” to heal her clients. These men pay enormous amounts of money to the Ma Maison Agency just to be with her.

Though the blurb on the back of the book speaks of four different clients, this book mainly focuses on one in particular; Dylan McAlister. I’m assuming each book in the series surrounds a client in particular. Dylan is swoon worthy. Him being a gambler kind of turned me off a little but other than that, he’s the man. I believe he’s also good for Evie and I would like to see them together in the end. This story is about Evie becoming who she was meant to be and believing in herself. Dylan helps her with that and more. There is a bit of drama with Glenn (the pervert), some mystery with her fan (stalker?) and many sizzling moments with Dylan. There were a few parts that I found a little long but the story overall kept me interested to keep reading.

There is not a happy ending. This story is a part of Evie’s life. I’m interested to see what will happen with her next client and curious to find out who her fan is. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
Review by @annahirsch

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PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela Dumond – Review by Sara Oxton

Player (21st Century Courtesan #1)Player by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Player by Pamela DuMond a royal flush of a five-star read. This is the first novel in the 21st Century Courtesan series and my first from this author and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into book 2. I don’t know hat I loved most about this one, it was all so sublime. There was love and drama as well as a darkness that will thrill you. This is one of those reads that you will read the surface and then pick up the undercurrents and they will grip you so hard, sometimes that can get a little confusing for me, but this author has a way with words that just flows so well you can keep up with it all. I don’t know if it was Evie as a character that helped me kept me so hooked or just the storyline. This is one of the first reads for this year and I suspect it’s going to be one of the best.

Review by @saraoxo

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Player (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela DuMond – Review by Jessica Leombruno

Player (21st Century Courtesan #1)Player by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Player is the first book in the 21st Century Courtesan series by Pamela DuMond and my first book by this author. I will admit the blurb is what caught my eye and it didn’t disappoint. The book started a little slow but you need to understand where Evie’s life took a turn. By halfway, I couldn’t put this book down because things just took a turn and I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Evie and Dylan were so comfortable with one another that I can see why Evie didn’t want to go back to her life in Chicago. Now, I have so many questions that I need the next book ASAP!

Reviewed by @jbruno26

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Player (21st Century Courtesan) by Pamela DuMond – Review by Julie Lounello

Player (21st Century Courtesan #1)Player by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Player (21st Century Courtesan) by Pamela DuMond is a five star novel. I am a poker player and it was really fun to read a book that has poker as a part of the story. Also, hearing someone describe their view on other people’s tells was also great to read about. I loved how he analyzed her while he was working her up to have his way with her. Evie is a high end escort but not the kind that sleeps with her clients. She always makes sure to keep that separate, until she meets Dylan. He keeps her at arms length first but then realizes that neither of them can stay away from the other. Evie works to help men who are aging a difficult time to heal. After growing up with a rough life and something she feels guilty for, she knows she needs to help these men so that maybe she can heal herself as well.
Review by @julie-lounello

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Player (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela DuMond – Review by Caralee Loonat

Player (21st Century Courtesan #1)Player by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Player 21st Century Courtesan Book 1 by Pamela DuMond
4 Stars!!!!

I love finding new authors. This is the first book in the series and the first book by this author I have
read. I found this book to be quite refreshing. The concept was very unique. I just couldn’t put this book down.

I found myself really drawn to Evie’s character. I found that the author really made it unique. The fact that she is an empath really hit home with me. I also found the author’s use of her past in this book really added to the drama. The underlying stalker as well adds to the tension in the book and really grabs the reader. I really look forward to reading more from this series and this author. I really am anxious to see what plays out and will happen next in this series.

Reviewed by @caraleeloonat

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Player (21st Century Courtesan #1) by Pamela DuMond – Review by Michelle Austin

Player (21st Century Courtesan #1)Player by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Player was a great 5 star read and book one in the 21st Century Courtesan series. I was pulled right in from the beginning with a childhood memory that was heartbreaking for Evie. I actually finished this book in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down.

I am not a rickety shed. Will I survive the storm that blows through? -Evie

Evie is a teacher trying to take care of her mother and sister and is barely paying off her student loans. A friend offers her an opportunity to make some good money, at first she turns it down but quickly changes her mind.

She is now a very popular escort in Chicago with Ma Maison. There are several people interested in Evie. Evie is considered a problem solver and can help people. She was just about to take a 30 day leave to spend time with her family but she was personally requested by someone who needed her badly. Dylan is desperate for her help, she goes with him to a high-stakes poker party and things progressed from there. Things take an interesting twist for Evie with her family, and an unexpected stalker.

I really liked Evie’s story. There is something about her that drew me right in. All of the secondary characters added a great element to the story. We get past and present POV’s which added to the story as well. This is my first read from Pamela and I loved it, she pulls you right in with her writing. The ending isn’t what I expected and now I’m anxiously awaiting the next book to see what happens. If you’re looking for a different type of read with danger, sex, love and so much more I highly recommend this book.

Reviewed by @mab54615
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