28 October 2015

Masters For Hire by Ginger Voight

Hey everyone,

I saw Master for Hire by Ginger Voight on Netgalley and as you may know I can’t resist a book about escorts, particularly male ones. Do not ask me why! We don’t need to do any deep psychoanalysis of my reading tastes, thank you very much. 

The book:

By all appearances, Coralie Cabot seems to have it all. Pedigree? Check. Money? Check. The right boyfriend, a ‘nice’ guy hand-picked by her father? Check. Everything is going along according to plan. There’s only one problem. It’s not her plan.

Coralie’s safe, predictable life has all but been decided for her, and that leaves her itching to take a walk on the wild side. 

Enter Devlin Masters, an elite male escort whose sole purpose is giving Coralie whatever her heart desires. As though he knows her down to her core, Devlin says and does all the right things—far better than her so-called Mr. Right back home. Hello, Mr. Wrong!

For a price, she can sow her wilder oats with this sexy ‘bad boy,’ no strings attached. Pretty soon the question isn’t, “Should a good girl have sex with a naughty hottie for hire”. It’s, “Will she ever want to stop?”

My thoughts:

I’ve never read a book by Ginger Voight before so I went into Masters For Hire a little blind in terms of what to expect. It had such promise as book but it unfortunately fell just a little short in my opinion. Probably in part due to the questionable formatting, some sentences were split in different chunks of texts. Also don’t get me started on the random use of hashtags throughout the books to show Coralie’s emotional state.

“Devlin,” I tested, and his name dripped like honey from lips even though my voice shook. Part of me hoped he wouldn’t notice. Part of me hoped he did.

Partly because I didn’t like being inside Coralie’s head. In the beginning her wealth and privilege is such a huge factor of her personality it was off-putting. She comes across as just the tiniest bit spoilt and out of touch with the real world. Yet at the same time Ginger Voight was clearly trying to make the reader feel sympathy for Coralie and to some extent it worked. Mainly because her father and 'boyfriend' constantly make her feel inferior due to her weight. Despite her family owning a chain of department stores Coralie hardly ever finds clothes that make her feel comfortable in her own skin, let alone sexy and desirable. As a slightly curvier lady myself I could relate to this.

“I felt beautiful in it,” I told her with a smile. “As someone who needs to shop both in plus and petite sizes, you know how rare and random that is for me”.

So at the urging of her best friend Coralie turns to a male escort. Originally its just meant to be one night of freedom but it quickly turns into so much more. Like Coralie though I found it difficult to tell if Devlin was just spinning the fantasy of a loving partner or was he actually falling for her. The scenes between them where steamy but nearly always sex-focused. When Coralie attempts to spark a deeper connection Devlin shies away. This is an angst heavy book told exclusively from Coralie’s perspective. Her and Devlin’s relationship is a constant back and forth, which is understandable given how they met. Trust is a huge element for their relationship, particularly due to Devlin’s job as a male escort.

He needed no instruction to take control of our date, he simply took it. He’s a taker, I decided with a shiver, watching as he expertly navigated my tech-savvy car with ease, using GPS to direction him home.

Another main reason I disliked Masters For Hire was Devlin’s  alpha-hero behaviour, which became more prominent towards the end. I particularly didn’t like the end scene of the book as I felt Devlin crossed the line from caring and protective to paranoid and zealous. It also struck me that this was probably the direction of the next book, which is definitely not something I enjoy. I love an Alpha-hero but only when they’re written really well; being confident and in charge doesn’t mean shouting the loudest.

“It’s not part of the job, Coralie. It’s just two people who want to spend time together. In fact,” he said with the hint of a wicked grin, “I’d like to be in control of the weekend, and I can’t really do all that if you’re paying for everything.” 

It had all the elements I usually love in a contemporary romance but I found myself disengaged with the plot. Everything happened too fast and the relationships and friendships Coralie had felt superficial. I wanted less drama and more emotion between the two leads. Also the ending was a definite HFN with the promise of more books to come. I’m not a huge fan of multiple books about a single couple. Therefore I doubt I’ll be continuing this series. Overall Masters For Hire was a book I enjoyed reading but could have also easily stopped reading so a low three star rating from me.

My rating:
Happy reading and see you next time!