Politics, phallic statues, and pretty women.
Literally everywhere you look, you see an old man and a gold-digging cling-on wrapped around their wrinkly arms.
Luck had not gone my way when Warren Shipley, one of the nation’s wealthiest men hired me to play arm-candy in order to save face with the other one percenters he did business with. At least that’s what I thought when I arrived in Washington, DC, until I was met by old man Shipley’s debonair and insanely handsome son. Aaron Shipley was notably the youngest senator in the history of politics voted Senator of California at the tender age of thirty-five. Single, beyond rich, and the face of every political magazine around the US. Women everywhere wanted a taste of that power.
Me, I’d always thought politics were boring…boy was I wrong. Democracy had never been more exciting.
In the sixth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Still on her mission to save her father, she embraces the life of a gold-digging whore to allow her client to get close to other very powerful men.
Each installment in the Calendar Girl Serial will release every month throughout 2015. The stories will feature Mia’s journey as an escort to twelve clients in twelve different locations.
Ok so I think I made the mistake of picking an ARC from a series rather than a standalone novel. Easily done but did feel that it made it harder to get into the back story of why Mia is doing what she is doing, what her character is really about and what she has gone through already.
So you have Mia who is working as an escort for her aunts company to pay off a debt her father owes or he will be killed. This month’s instalment saw her travel to Washington to pretend to be the arm-candy of the very wealthy Warren Shipley to help him fit in with some of his peers to help get a project off the ground. It seems like an easy enough job to do and while she is there she thinks she could easily pass the time with the man’s son Aaron. Now he came off as a bit smarmy to begin with, knowing he looks good and feeling very privileged thinking that he can get whatever he wants. This all changes at the end of the book however where all you want to do his beat him up along with Mason for what he does to Mia.
Throughout the story you have Mia connecting with some of the men she has been with in the passed months but focusing mainly on Wes – love the saucy texts between them! I think he is the one guy she could see herself with but is too scared to go forward with it – not that she really can with how this year is all planned out. She seems to still have a very close relationship with all the men she has ‘helped’ for the past months and you can see that they will be friends/family for life.
The only issue I had was with what Mia goes through at the end of the book, as I’m not really sure how she can continue with being an escort after it happens. I mean she was assaulted and almost raped and after only a few days resting up she feels perfectly fine to continue along with her journey – I mean she has to for her father but still! Then in the next preview instalment her first thought on seeing the guy she is working with is that she wants to jump him – I guess she wasn’t that traumatised by her ordeal.
Having said that I did find the book overall a good read, it’s well written but would definitely be better if you start at the beginning of the series. Mia’s tattoo says it all really ‘Trust the Journey’ and what a journey it will be.