We both joined The Club and made an arrangement. I got the money to pay my mortgage and he got access to my body, whenever and however he wanted it...
SAPPHIRE BEAUTIFUL, a new full-length, stand-alone novel in Ren Monterrey's THE CLUB series.
I never imagined that I'd be starting my fifth year as a faculty member in the Medieval Studies department as a thirty-two-year-old widow. I'm sure to be the butt of every joke around campus as the collateral damage of a sex scandal that made national headlines. And my husband left me completely broke after he killed himself.
I don't want to lose my house and all the money I invested in it so I make an arrangement through The Club. I'll get what I need...money to get out of the financial ruins my dead husband left me in. And Dante McNally will get what he wants...access to my body...whenever and however he wants it...
There's only one catch. Dante is one of our new graduate students and the recipient of a prestigious research fellowship funded by his billionaire father. And this is the year I'm supposed to be applying for tenure.
Ren Monterrey is the one pen name I had not yet read by this author. So, when the opportunity to review this book came up, I was glad to take it. These are definitely darker and steamier than her other books!
I can't imagine being pushed to the point where I felt like I needed to sell my body to solve a financial problem. Sure, it is something we all joke about, but don't usually take seriously. Mary is pretty easily tipped to that point when she overhears the opportunity.
I have to admit that I found Dante a little creepy, especially at first. He is very intense, somewhat possessive, and tries to use his wealth to influence Mary's behavior. I have to wonder about people who feel the need to pay others for company and affection. However, his intensity is the foil to her vulnerability and they find that they are able to truly fill a need for each other.
In some ways, their relationship and story reminded me of 50 Shades of Grey, but not abusive and less gratuitous. There are signs of a real relationship and real feelings in their story.
There are a couple of slight twists that I wasn't quite expecting, that also added some depth to the plot.
I did enjoy this quick read. It is a standalone in the series, but I have gone back to download the first one in the series, to experience more of the world of The Club.