In Laura Marie Altom’s scorching new Shamed novel, perfect for fans of Kendall Ryan and Claire Kent, two broken hearts push one another to the breaking point—until love changes everything.
Having lost the woman he loves to his best friend, Nathan Black swears off dating and playing by the rules. He’s also tired of being broke. His new gig as a male escort isn’t exactly legal, but the cash will help him build a solid future. Then there’s the sweet, innocent woman he meets at the wedding. It’s not the last night that ends with the two of them in bed together, and Nathan sure could use a little stability. But how could a good girl like her settle down with a screw-up like him?
Feeling sorry for herself at her boss’s wedding, Carol Moore finds herself hooking up with a close friend of both the bride and groom. Nathan is hot, adventurous, and just a little bit dangerous. But when one of their sexy games goes too far, Carol discovers how out of control Nathan’s life really is. And before long Carol is forced to choose between her safe old life and the bad boy who makes her feel like the woman she’s meant to be.
The Shamed series: CONTROL | POSSESS | THE ESCORT | STEPPING OVER THE LINE
May be read as a series or separately.
Praise for The Escort
“I couldn’t put The Escort down! Laura Marie Altom delivers one hell of an exciting and wickedly hot story.”—Stacey Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin series
“The Escort is about much more than a man with a naughty profession who finds love; it’s about a provocative couple who fight against the odds to find happiness for themselves.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
“This is my first read by this author but it won’t be my last. I need to go back and read Liam and Ella’s story now.”—Fiction Fangirls
“Steamy!”—Thoughts of a Blonde (four stars)
“I am officially a huge fan of Laura Marie Altom!”—My Favorite Things
“Altom did a fantastic job of making The Escort unique and memorable. It is a book I won’t soon forget.”—Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews
“Under Carol’s self-righteous facade is a woman with secrets and pains—secrets and pains that eventually she shares with Nathan. When she does, Nathan turns into that protective, loving kind of guy I love to read about.”—Mignon Mykel Reviews
Praise for Laura Marie Altom’s Shamed series
“Touching, sad, sweet, and sexy, Control will have you cheering for Ella and Liam right up to the end. Then you’ll start counting the days until we get to find out how their story really ends. Or begins.”—Laura Drewry, USA Today bestselling author of Prima Donna
“Emotional, passionate, engaging . . . Liam and Ella are a couple to root for. Readers who loved Control will devour Possess in one sitting!”—Stacey Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author of Desired
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Altom's third Shamed erotic contemporary (after Possess) is hamstrung by a weak, unappealing hero who's mired in insecurity over being unable to support his girlfriend financially. The splendid wedding of previous protagonists Ella and Liam is an unhappy occasion for Nathan, Ella's best friend, who still has a crush on her, and Carol, Liam's ex-wife and current employee. Nathan and Carol soothe their pain by sneaking off for a quickie, and soon their connection grows. Nathan feels inadequate with his meager salary, so he becomes a high-end companion to wealthy women at charity events in the hopes of making some quick cash and getting out. But when Carol discovers his side job and demands that he abandon it, he realizes he can't escape so easily. Despite a title that hints at a variety of erotic adventures, the sex scenes are strictly between the main couple. Carol and Nathan never take control over their own lives and their emotions never run deeper than lust, protectiveness, or culturally approved jealousy. Altom fails to show how their connection progresses beyond a second-choice rebound.
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Love, Intrigue & Suspense
A great story filled with love, lies, intrigue and suspense. I loved that this story was from both their point of views. There was so much going on in this and a great story was created. This was entertaining with drama, intensity, adventure and a whole lot of sexiness.
Nathan and Carol are miserable, Ella and Liam are getting married today on a beautiful beach at sunset and each of them have been the love of their life. In order to forget about the wedding and this terrible day they slip away together and have meaningless sex.
Nathan leaves immediately after, not wanting to see Ella and Liam after they are married. Nathan is taken by Carol but even though he is gorgeous he has terrible self confidence due to his job of being a shelf stocker at the local grocery store. Barely making enough money to get by week to week with no car and no goal in life. How can he compete with Liam when he is a Billionaire and Carol's boss. He can't even afford to take her out to eat.
Carol is Liam's long time assistant and ex-girlfriend who has secretly been crushing on him since they broke up. She is such a workaholic she has no life outside of work and she definitely thinks Nathan is Hot! As these two come together for more hot sex, the chemistry is amazing. But when Nathan is approached by a customer of the grocery story to be an escort his time with Carol has to take the hit in order for him to learn manners and get sophisticated. Although Carol tries to warn Nathan about his new line of work, Nathan can only see the dollar signs he will be making. When Carol give Nathan an ultimatum about leaving his new line of work he says he will give up for her. But what will Carol do when she finds out he has been lying to her and she is in danger? Will they get their HEA! Will Nathan ever get the job that he wants and needs to help support Carol. You will have to read this to find out. You have got to check out the ending in this story, it will blow you away. Loved this story where it went and how it all came together.
Received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Repair My Heart
Nathan Black meets Carol Moore when the love of his life is marrying the love of hers. They have the pain and serious attraction between them, but honestly, what else? As they get to know one another, they are pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
Nathan wanted nothing more than to be with Ella forever. Then she married Liam. Carol understood the pain this caused and swept him away for a hot moment in time. The next time they see each other he is embarrassed to tell her he is too poor to take her to dinner. So he makes some rash decisions and sells his soul to make better money.
Carol just wants someone to finally love her for what she has to bring to the table. Liam helped put her in the right path, but obviously was never mean for her. She starts to feel that she has a chance with Nathan. He is just gone all the time and works all these strange hours. What is a girl to think?
Nathan finds he is truly falling for Carol. Unfortunately, the devil his soul to also knows. Threatened and scared, he continues to lie to Carol for her own safety. Can he convince her they have a chance at a future when they have so many lies between them? Trust becomes a real issue for this couple.
What an amazing book! This story had so much going on I thought about taking notes! I was loving all the characters and the suspense, though. If you enjoyed the first two books in the Shamed series, you will definitely love this one! This book can be read as a standalone read - but why do that if you can enhance it by reading all three? I loved it and found that I cannot wait to see what happens in the next installment.
***This ARC copy was provided by Netgalley.com and its publishers for an honest review only.
Review: Shamed #3: The Escort
The Escort by Laura Marie Altom 5 out of 5 stars
I am officially a huge fan of Laura Marie Altom!
I liked Nathan in the first two Shamed novels, but I loved him in this one, where he is finally the main character, finding the love of his life and getting over Ella. And he just happens to find it with Carol, Liam's assistant, who also deserves her own chance at love.
The only problem that these two happen to have is Nathan's ego. He can't stand being a poor nobody with nothing to offer Carol but his love, which leads to him becoming a male escort as a quick way to gain confidence and money. But, it also brings a whole boat load of problems because anything that sounds too good to be true usually is.
So, if you loved the first two books in the Shamed series, you won't be disappointed by the third and you will fall in love with Nathan and Carol even more! Enjoy!