Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Gift
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Las Vegas Escorts #2
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 225 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 10, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Ember is a drop-dead gorgeous Las Vegas escort. He notices Alejandro in some of the classes he teaches at his side business—a yoga studio. Then, color-blind Alejandro further captures Ember’s attention when he’s momentarily blinded by a quick change in light and needs Ember’s help at a club. What Ember doesn’t expect is the way Alejandro touches his heart.
Alejandro never intended to develop feelings for Ember. He’s in Las Vegas for a year to sow some wild oats. But Alejandro quickly sees more in Ember when he sets out to make some of Alejandro’s dreams come true—including a trip to the Grand Canyon and the beaches of LA. Alejandro’s wild oats could turn into something memorable.
Ember knows keeping his escort job from Alejandro isn’t the right thing to do, but he wants to be liked for who he is. Alejandro keeps his own secrets for the same reason. But Alejandro’s family obligations, along with Ember’s profession, could make it impossible for the two of them to stay together—unless they can figure out how to make the most of the gifts they’ve been given.
Review: This is yet another sweet story by Mr. Grey.
We know Ember from the previous book as the interesting zen-like escort who worked with Hunter. He likes his job as an escort, but he also runs a yoga studio where he spends time centering himself before and after his various encounters. He realizes his chances at finding someone to form a relationship are not good due to his profession, but has resigned himself to that fact.
Alejandro is a prince from another country who is taking a year to spend time living without the familial responsibilities that await and allowing himself to experience being gay before returning to the life set out for him. He meets Ember while attending the yoga studio and asks Ember out on a date.
Things go very well, but the secrets they each hide – Alejandro’s position and Ember’s profession – cause some major hurdles for them. Once past that, they decide to make the most of the time they have left together, even though they both realize heartbreak will be the result.
These guys take their time getting to know one another and were really sweet together. There are some interesting side characters, and I loved seeing the other guys again. There are a few twists to keep things interesting, and though most of it was predictable, it was nice to see how the happy ending played out. All in all, it was a solid enjoyable read.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*