Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Price
Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 17, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Hunter Wolf is a highly paid Las Vegas escort with a face and body that have men salivating and paying a great deal for him to fulfill their fantasies. He keeps his own fantasies to himself, not that they matter.
Grant is an elementary-school teacher who works miracles with his summer school students. He discovered his gift while in high school, tutoring Hunter, a fellow student. They meet again when Hunter rescues Grant in a club. Grant doesn’t know Hunter is an escort or that they share similarly painful pasts involving family members’ substance abuse.
After the meeting, Hunter invites Grant to one of the finest restaurants in Las Vegas. Hunter is charming, sexy, and gracious, and Grant is intrigued. With more in common than they realized, the two men decide to give a relationship a try. At first, Grant believes he can deal with Hunter’s profession and accepts that Hunter will be faithful with his heart if not his body. Both men find their feelings run deeper than either imagined. For Grant, it’s harder than he thought to accept Hunter’s occupation, and Hunter’s feelings for Grant now make work nearly impossible. But Hunter’s choice of profession comes with a price, which could involve Grant’s job and their hearts—a price that might be too high for either of them to pay.
Review: I’m a sucker for rent boy stories. Here, Hunter is a high end escort in Vegas, living the high life, or so he thinks. After a rough start in life, he has become successful and rich by becoming a highly sought after escort. He has money, good looks and popularity, but he finds that he is lacking quite a bit when he runs into his old high school acquaintance, Grant.
Hunter meets grant in a club after Grant’s date ends up taking him to the back room where Grant was really not comfortable. The two reconnect, and their friendship grows. They face a few obstacles though, one of which being their respective occupations really not being good for one another. Grant is a teacher, and Hunter’s current occupation could have some very negative effects on Grant’s profession. Hunter is reluctant to tell Grant what he does, and it takes a while for him to come clean. But, the two have a connection, and after the truth comes out, Grant decides he can deal with Hunter’s job if he doesn’t put too much thought into it, so they decide to take things further.
It doesn’t take long for the issue to start causing problems for them. Between the danger some of Hunter’s jobs put him in and what that actually means as far as Grant’s job goes, they hit some pretty big bumps. Hunter struggles with wanting to keep Grant safe, not knowing if he wants or is able to give up the only job he has been successful at, how he feels when he is with Grant, and generally what is really important to him in the long run. Grant mostly struggles with the actualities of Hunter’s job, i.e. him being with other men.
I really enjoyed the actual struggles these guys faced. It seemed very real and honest, and I loved seeing how the two were together – how having sex was different with Grant than with his customers, etc. It was easy for me to feel the difference, but I could easily see how that didn’t matter in the long run.
This was a solid, easy read. It was fairly predictable, but well written and quite an enjoyable friends to lovers story. As with all of Andrew’s stories, this has a real genuine feel to it. Give this a try if you’d like to see how these guys decide if the price is worth it. I’m looking forward to seeing if some of the other guys figure it out as well.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*