Being a professional escort comes with its vices. To keep women from getting too clingy, stop them from dropping their panties, and silence them before they can blurt the L word, Rhett has made certain rules. He never breaks them.
1. No Kissing.
2. No Feelings.
3. And definitely, absolutely, no sex.
But when Aspen, a beautiful brunette, hires him to help repair her image to her family, things get complicated. Rhett's never had a problem separating work from pleasure. But now work and pleasure seem to be one and the same.
Review by Ashley
I had never heard of E.L. Todd before she approached me about reading her work. I am so glad she did because I really enjoyed her writing style. It was fast paced, laced with wit and humor and gave me a great cast of characters that I found both realistic and likeable. That being said, there were a few inconsistencies that popped up BUT they did not detract from the book overall.
Beautiful Entourage follows the story of Aspen and Rhett. It is told in a dual POV which I always enjoy because it helps me really connect with the characters, as it did here. I loved that Aspen is such a hard worker and dedicated to what and who she believes in. It is obvious in the way she continually swallows her pride and puts the greater good of her father's company before her feelings. And while she didn't have the best home life or luck with relationships, she still lived her life on her terms; monster sundaes and all. However, when her jerk (and that is putting it mildly) of a father makes yet another ridiculous demand, she is forced to take action. This causes her to seek the help of the escort service, Beautiful Entourage, which is how she meets Rhett. Oh Rhett. He is as compassionate as he is handsome. Though he has a lot on his plate, he still manages to make time for the things that matter. I loved his relationship with his brother, Chase. While they didn't see eye to eye on some things, he would still be there at the drop of a hat if he was needed. I also liked that Rhett was a charmer in every sense of the word, he wasn't overly showy unless he needed to be.
One of the best things about this book for me was how easy, carefree and light Rhett and Aspen's relationship was. It started in a most unconventional way but their bond was no less meaningful or honest. They instinctively "got" each other. And as Rhett quickly learned, she was worth breaking the rules for. But not everyone was happy about the change Aspen's life had taken. Her past just wouldn't let her be. There was more than one time I wanted to hop into my kindle and give that Isabella and John what for. Those two were something else to say the least and they truly deserved each other. When Aspen finally had her break through moment, I let out a sigh of relief. It was a long time coming and she earned every point she made. And Rhett in the aftermath of her blow up was perfection, any other reaction wouldn't have been him.
Overall, Beautiful Entourage was a great start to a series. There is good cast of characters that was introduced. Two of my favorites were Harper, Aspen's best friend and Troy, Rhett's best friend. Those two were along for the whole ride and provided some of the funniest moments in the book. Harper's one liners were the right balance of sassy to Aspen's sweet. And Troy's antics had me laugh-snorting more than once. I am very much looking forward to diving into his story next.
About the Author
My journey to this profession was slightly unorthodox. I received my bachelor's degree in biological sciences, worked as an award-winning researcher, and worked various jobs to pay the bills. While I enjoyed every moment of this adventure, it wasn't my passion. I've been writing since I was a young girl and have read anything that I can get my hands on. When people ask me what my favorite book is, I always respond, "All of them."
After I showed my work to my closest friends and gained their confidence, I realized that this is something I could commit my life to, something that I love. I never imagined--dreamed--that I could make a living as a writer. This is the greatest profession that I ever could have asked for, and I am so thankful for the support from everyone in my life. How many other jobs let you work in your pajamas?
I'm very grateful that I've had success with my various series. The Forever and Always Series is very close to my heart. I realize all the characters are fictitious, but in reality, they are real people living in my mind...as creepy as that sounds.
The Hawaiian Crush Series, The Essence Series, The Soul Saga, and the Southern Love Series are all also extensions of who I am, just played out in word. It's the greatest job in the world to explore different places and people and actually get to write about it. What makes it even better is when people love reading it.
When I receive fan mail through email, my website, or on Goodreads, I'm extremely flattered and humbled that people take the time out of their lives to compliment my work. I appreciate all the love and support. Without it, I would be nothing. I really would.
With an infinite number of ideas in my mind, I will continue to write as long as people wish. I'm just grateful I have such a wonderful audience.
People have asked me personal questions about my life. I'm flattered that people show any interest, especially since I'm not very interesting, but here are a few things you may not know about me:
I'm a lefty. But I also write upside down (not on the computer.) I'm pretty weird...
I hate strawberries but love them in my oatmeal.
I have an unusual obsession with dogs, cats, and all pets, but I don't own one...yet. Let's see what the hubby says.
I worked in a lab for a long time then became a high school science teacher. I loved my job very much, and adored my students. But writing is my dream job, and I was fortunate enough to pursue it.
My closest friends are the people I met in high school, but I've made even closer connections with peers from college. And now I'm fortunate enough to have some amazing author friends.
I love sweets. I love sweets. It's a sickness....
My favorite band (currently) is Mumford and Sons. I've placed a few of their lyrics in my novels because they are totally awesome.
Connected by the Sea (Hawaiian Crush #1) has some factual knowledge as a basis. Years ago, when my boyfriend took me to the aquarium, we stared at the seahorses for a long time. That's when he locked his pinky with mine and said, "Seahorses mate for life. Will you be mine?" Super cute! I know!
Only for You was originally called MegaShake. For those of you who've read it, you'll understand why.
And I don't share milk products with people...that's also something I incorporated into my books.
That's all I can think of...but that may have been too much information.
Thanks for all the support. You totally rule!