Beautiful, penniless American girl meets handsome, wealthy Scotsman.
Sounds like the beginning of a fairy-tale romance?
This story begins with a contract.
And an exchange of money.
A lot of money.
An angel perches nervously on one shoulder.
A devil lounges smugly on my other.
And even that dark little bastard is leery of what I’m doing.
Maxwell Hutcheson wants the girlfriend experience.
All of it.
And I’m going to give it to him.
I’m not supposed to enjoy being his whore.
I’m also not supposed to fall in love with him.
But I do. Both.
When our contract expires, I will walk away.
Because I have to.
But he’ll always have a piece of me.
I’ll mask my sorrow with a smile.
I’ll hide my love with indifference
… all while it’s killing me softly.
A fairy-tale romance.
It isn’t mine to have.
And this man I’ve come to love so dearly isn’t my happily ever after.
*** While the characters from Eighty-One Nights are entirely new, their storyline is a combination of fresh material and carefully selected themes, scenes, and settings from The Beauty Series, The Sin Trilogy, Dear Agony, and Indulge. This is intentional. I chose some of my favorite elements from previous releases and interjected them into Hutch and Lou’s story. Let’s call it a “story fusion” between our old favorites and new material. ***
Hutch stole my heart
4 stars for - Eighty-One Nights - book one in the Beautiful Illusions duet by Georgia Cates. As with almost all duets this book ends in a cliffhanger that leaves you yearning for more of Hutch and Lou. The author states she took beloved elements from some of her other series and intentionally weaved them into this duet. Honestly, except for a couple cameos of previous characters, this seems pretty original to me. With Georgia’s signature style of romance and sexy seduction this is one book you won’t want to miss.
Maxwell Hutcheson is in a really bad situation so a friend brings him to a party to meet the perfect girl. A girl that can give him everything he needs, wherever he needs it but it may just cost him everything when all is said and done.
Lou is a broke American college student living in Scotland with one semester left to go before she’s done with her degree. Having no money and no idea how to pay her way through school she decides to work with her roommate at Inamorata as a companion. She never thought she’d meet a man like Maxwell Hutcheson her very first night but as they say...everything happens for a reason.
I could not handle the cliffhanger this story had! I wanted to continue reading to find all the answers to the all the questions! Cait is a student trying to finish her degree and make ends meet after being cut off from her father, which adds to the complex family relationship she originally had. In the process of determining options, her roommate mentions the new job she obtained with Inamorata and decides it’s her only option to get her foot in the right direction. At her first party, she meets Max and he is immediately intrigued by her and while reluctant to the situation, wants to put a spin on the typical arrangements provided. While both Cait and Max have pasts that dictate their presents, they develop feelings and support each other and make life enjoyable and bearable. When a misunderstanding occurs and people insert themselves into the situation, Cait flees although it is too late as the feelings are already there. I cannot wait for the next book and for all my questions to be answered. This was such a great read from Georgia I’m definitely a fan!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Can’t wait for book 2
It was refreshing reading a new Georgia Cates book. This isn't my typical read anymore but I will always pick up a book by this author and this duet is exactly what I would expect out of this author.
This was an easy read for me but was still full of angst and steaminess. I can't wait for the second part of this duet to see how things work out.