Friday, November 22, 2013


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The Fifth FavorGenre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: 11/5/13
Format: ARC
Pages: 336
Source: Received from publisher for review
Rating:  5 stars

Imagine a world where a woman’s every pleasure, every wish and wildest fantasy is granted by the man of her dreams…

Such a world exists inside the walls of Avalon, an elite private club that caters to women’s deepest desires. Billie Cort, a reporter from the raunchy magazine Illicit, has come to Avalon to interview the club’s most popular escort, the breathtakingly sexy Adrian.

Expecting nothing less from a place like Avalon, Billie is still stunned at how effortlessly Adrian brings out her sexual side. Adrian, too, is surprised to find himself thinking about Billie long after their interview is over. Adrian, of course, is irresistible, but Billie isn’t accustomed to being pursued by outrageously attractive male escorts. Adrian wants her, but soon realizes that she can fill a role in his life that’s more than just physical.

What an interesting, mysterious and sexy story! The Fifth Favor is a book that I was curious to read, because after reading Price of a Kiss (by Linda Kage), I've realized that apparently, I love (fictional) gigolos and escorts. So in that respect, I was more than interested. But, I got more than I anticipated with The Fifth Favor, and that made me a beyond happy reader.

The Fifth Favor is more than the blurb indicates. This is more than the story of an escort and the writer who wants to expose his lifestyle. This is the story of a lost man, so withdrawn from the world that he only feels "safe" behind the mask of Adrian, protected by the world of Avalon. Billie enters  to see and expose the world of Avalon, and its most famous escort. She finds a man who's centered around the control he creates. Billie finds a man who can see her for a passionate and closed-off woman behind the cool exterior. This is a love story, begun with hesitation, but over the time spent together, becomes one built on faith and trust. It will lead the two on an unimaginable path, full of passion, intrigue, broken barriers, and angst.

The Fifth Favor is an erotic romance, so it might seem weird that I haven't gotten into the steam. This is definitely a sexy book. The sex does not drive the story or characters, but is a by-product of the intense chemistry that surrounds them. It is full of passion ,and the promise of more passion to come. It was exceedingly sensual and gorgeous.

I'm a low-drama person, in my life and in my reading preferences. I tend to avoid situations and people who will cause me angst, and I choose a lot of my books in the same manner. The Fifth Favor made me rethink this. And by that I mean, I actually do like angst, when it is so brilliantly done as it was here. Nothing is contrived or overdone, the angst is spot-on and precise. Everything Billie and Adrian experience and feel felt organic, completely true to their situation. This is a story that not only appealed to the physical side of passion, but also the emotional. A good friend of mine is also asking our book group to recommend a book that will "grab her by the balls". The Fifth Favor is a book that will most definitely grab you by the bits, and will not release you until the last page.

Favorite Quotes

  It wasn't until she looked into his eyes at such close proximity that she understood. Promises of ecstasy glittered there, diamonds in an obsidian sea. In that instant, all his youthful exuberance slid away and exposed the wild, worldly creature she'd expected. He was Avalon's favorite son for a reason, and the reason was written in that black, black gaze.   ~pg. 4

  He was a stranger, an alien creature, impossible to reach or understand. And she still wanted to try. "Tell me what you need."
  "This," he whispered, watching her lips move against his palm. "Just this."  ~pg. 91

  "Billie," he whispered.
  Nothing more. But a million emotions crossed between them, riding on the back of that one breathless word, and then he pushed his fingers through her hair, sought her gaze in the darkness and lowered his mouth to hers, kissing her in desperate gratitude until she felt bruised. Until she held no thoughts except one: she would never be the same.  ~ pg. 126

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About the author
At the age of ten, Shelby Reed wrote her first romance with Prince Charming — literally! — as the hero, and it's been non-stop story spinning ever since.

Despite the idealistic place from which she embarked, she's partial to writing realistic, flawed, multi-faceted characters, lush emotion, and the ever-possible happy ending.

While currently published in the sub-genre of "Romantica" with Ellora's Cave, she hopes to explore other literary horizons such as suspense, fantasy, and young adult romance in the future.

When not pecking away at the computer keyboard, Shelby enjoys creative projects such as portraiture and decorating, dabbles in Tarot, and lives a bucolic life with her own Prince Charming in North Florida.

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  1. This sounds like a great read friend. I'm glad that the sex did not drive the characters or the story. Passion, intrigue and angst! This sounds like a book I would love. Especially if it grabs me by the bits! LOL Awesome Review!!!

  2. I've heard about this book and I have it on my wishlist for a while now - I just completely forgot about it.:((( Great review Andrea.
    You should read Escort by Clair Kent if you like this type of stories.

    BTW, I love this idea about Sexy Saturdays - can we join?:DDD

    Glass @ Way Too Hot Books

    1. You can! Just email me at

  3. Wow, Andrea! This sounds amazing!! I love the sound of Adrian and how he and Billie can see past their facades. And I that even though it's an erotic romance, the sex isn't the story. Thanks for the fantastic review, hon! And for adding yet another book to my TBR! ;)

  4. "I've realized that apparently, I love (fictional) gigolos and escorts." I love the fictional clarification. Made me spit my coffee out. LOL This one sounds good.

  5. Escorts, huh? Sounds interesting.

  6. The sex does not drive the story or characters, but is a by-product of the intense chemistry that surrounds them - this is what I want from a good erotica.

  7. I'm so glad to read your review. I have this one to, but haven't started it yet. Now I can't wait to read it.

  8. I haven't heard of this book before but it sure does sound interesting.
    Thanks for the great review!

  9. "Nothing is contrived or overdone" <-- That's the kind of angst I like too. I get all happy happy when an author does it right!

    My first (& favorite) gigolo story is Cara McKenna's Curio series. Then again - I love everything she writes.

    1. I'm going to start the Curio books soon! Wooo!

  10. I love angst when it is done well, I tend to avoid erotica, but just read a book that I didn't know was classified as erotica and loved was hot but no more hot than some of my historical romance novels.


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