Book Review: No Strings Attached by Kristen Strassel

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Title: No Strings Attached (The Escort #1)
Author: Kristen Strassel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 184 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis

Leah Godfrey has almost everything she could ask for—
She’s got an interior design business with an A-list clientele, a weekly spot on a national morning TV show, and a great daughter—but she doesn’t have a date for her twentieth high school reunion. It wouldn’t be a big deal, but her ex-husband was her high school sweetheart, and now he’s married to the slut Leah caught him with in bed. She won’t let the biggest failure of her life overshadow her success.

When her best friend suggests she hire a date, Leah thinks the idea is scandalous. But for one weekend, she wants to forget her mistakes and pretend she has everything her ex took away from her.
Jagger Holiday makes women’s fantasies come true—
But working as a male escort leaves him feeling empty. He turns to photography to fill the void. When Jagger gets a call from a lonely single mom who needs the same thing he does, he wants more. He wants her.

Leah and Jagger have no problem convincing everyone at the reunion they’re together. She should’ve known better than to think there’d be no strings attached.

After all, he’s a professional.

Michelle's Review

Leah Godfrey is an interior designer, with a nice clientele, she also has a nice weekly spot on a widely watched national morning show, with a teenage daughter.  Leah finally feels she has come to being the success that she was meant to be, especially after divorcing he douche bag of a husband, whom might I add, cheated on her with her high school rival.  Her 20 year high school is upon her, and she needs a hot date ASAP.  Her BFF Kari suggested she hire a hot escort just to rub it in her husband’s face.  Although apprehensive at first, Leah decides to meet this escort and see if she can grow through this façade.

 

Jagger Holiday is a hot commodity when it comes to the escort business.  His true passion his photography, although it really does not help pay the bills especially since he wants open up a gallery to show his work and works of other photographers.  When his boss tells him he has yet another job for him, Jagger really did not want to go, but since he really needs the money, he decides to meet this new “desperate” woman.  After their first meeting before the reunion, Jagger decides he will attend the reunion with Leah.

 

The chemistry between Leah and Jagger was all consuming from the very beginning.  Jagger found himself doing things with Leah that he has never done with this other clients (no you perverts, I’m not talking about sex).  Leah makes Jagger also feel things.  Leah is very impressed with Jagger’s photography.

 

Once at the reunion, people are taking notice of the new Leah with the hot guy, especially her ex-husband.  Oh boy I so disliked her ex Rich.  I really wanted Leah to give him a good tongue lashing.  Although Leah and Jagger were only going to meet for the reunion, they could not deny their attraction for one another. Oh boy did the shit hit the fan at around 80%. 

 

So here was my problem with the book.  The sexy times were really hot, like hot damn, I need a cold shower type of hot.  Although there is an HEA, it felt, to me, too open ended.  I really wanted to see how the characters were going to work through their issues, especially Jagger being an escort.  I really do not want to give too much away, but in real life, I don’t think Leah would put up with it for too long.  I really wish the author would have given me more substance towards the end.  If felt like a cliffhanger.  This is my first time reading Ms. Strassel’s work and probably will not be the last.  I hope maybe she would write a novella so I can know what happens with Leah and Jagger.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.

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