Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: Into the Fire (Gorgeous Entourage #1) by E.L. Todd

"Are you really that cocky or do you just act that way?" - Alessandra

Into the Fire
Series: Gorgeous Entourage #1
Author: E.L. Todd
Publisher: Fallen Publishing
Release Date: January 30, 2016

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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 professional.

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.

Holy hot damn! Not only is 2016 starting off with some fantastic new-to-me authors, it is also offering up a lot of new eye candy and book boyfriends. Once again, I picked up another book at the most inopportune time and, once again, I was up way too late because I could not put the damn book down. E.L. Todd's Into the Fire was an explosive combination of a flirtatious romance, raw attraction, and one sizzling, yet cocky hero that you'll want to take for a ride just to see if the rumors are true. The characters were fabulous. I loved the banter and the sometimes innocent friendship between Ash and Alessandra. From the beginning, Ash is drawn to Alessandra. He wants to look after her and won't take no for an answer. I loved watching him as he slowly wore her down until she finally dropped her guard. Ash can be very persuasive, but yet very clueless about his budding feelings. Alessandra is a strong, independent character. She knows the risk that comes with her job, but she's not willing to give up a piece of herself to appease anyone. She is who she is whether you like it or not. Ash and Alessandra were two characters that really have not experienced the true wonder that is falling in love until it happened with each other. I think that is one of the elements that I loved the most about Into the Fire. Not only do they stumble about, they also learn what it takes for their relationship to work as they go along. Things are not all sunshine and daisies for them and, as harsh as it sounds, I liked their ups and downs. I felt that it made them that much stronger in the end. 

I loved Into the Fire. It is in dual first person perspective. Yes! After finishing a book with only one perspective, I was so happy that we got Ash's POV. I do have one problem with most books that are written in first person and that is the choppiness in the first couple of chapters. I did experience that with this book and it took me two or three chapters before I got a true feel for the author's writing. I'm excited that this is the first book in the Gorgeous Entourage and imagine my surprise that it is actually a spin-off series. I'm curious to see who will be in the next book and how the series will play out. 

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.

1 comment:

  1. Great review! Thank you for hosting INTO THE FIRE today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours