What a beautiful cover, right? I love the color theme. I love the simplicity of the whole. And after having read the synopsis and a few Goodreads reviews I decided to buy this romance stunner.
Beautiful, penniless American girl meets handsome, wealthy Scotsman.
Sounds like the beginning of a fairy-tale romance?
This story begins with a contract.
And an exchange of money.
A lot of money.
An angel perches nervously on one shoulder.
A devil lounges smugly on my other.
And even that dark little bastard is leery of what I’m doing.
Maxwell Hutcheson wants the girlfriend experience.
All of it.
And I’m going to give it to him.
I’m not supposed to enjoy being his whore.
I’m also not supposed to fall in love with him.
But I do. Both.
When our contract expires, I will walk away.
Because I have to.
But he’ll always have a piece of me.
I’ll mask my sorrow with a smile.
I’ll hide my love with indifference
… all while it’s killing me softly.
A fairy-tale romance.
It isn’t mine to have.
And this man I’ve come to love so dearly isn’t my happily ever after.
There´s also a little info notice under the online book description over at Goodreads.
About Eighty-One Nights:
While the characters from Eighty-One Nights are entirely new, their storyline is a combination of fresh material and carefully selected themes, scenes, and settings from The Beauty Series, The Sin Trilogy, Dear Agony, and Indulge. This is intentional. I chose some of my favorite elements from previous releases and interjected them into Hutch and Lou’s story. Let’s call it a “story fusion” between our old favorites and new material.
(This title was very briefly released as The Girlfriend Experience under a pen name. This edition contains new and updated material different from that of the original release.)
Oookay. I´m not sure if I needed to know all this since I had never read any previous works from the author. I´m totally clueless. But hey, it´s there. Might as well take notice.
I went into this book with an eager mindset, thinking I´d get my average romance fix. Something romantic. Something heartbreaking. It was what I was looking for. The title indicates that something will happen within 81 nights. That´s a little over 2,5 months. A lot can happen in that time frame. I had a slight feeling this book would also be some sort of escort/client romance. I wasn´t wrong. I was looking forward to reading an escort love story. It´s been a hot minute since I read the last one.
I started reading and ended after chapter 4. Why?
- The writing. It wasn´t for me. I know many readers who love this type of style but I just couldn´t.
- The dialogue was another thing that was off-putting for me. There was too much of it and it was also a tad choppy. I missed a nice flow of conversation between characters.
- The beginning wasn´t strong enough to hold my attention. Which is a shame because I was really looking forward to reading about the struggles of an escort´s romantic life.
- The beginning also has an info overflow. I´m one of those readers who likes bits and pieces thrown at me throughout the entire story instead of getting a full character description within the first few pages.
- When the Heroine referred to herself as a “dumbass American”. Two things: Either the author wanted to emphasize how little the Heroine thinks of herself or there was a wish to point out how Europeans perceive Americans. Either way… this was a turn off for me. What´s next? Frog leg eating French? Cheese-head Dutch?
With that being said- I´m a little gutted `Eighty-One Nights` didn´t meet my reading expectations.
Even if I wasn´t into what this book had to offer I can still see why others would go absolutely ape-shit over this read.
If you´re interested in reading Eighty-One Nights by Georgia Cates then be sure to get your copy now!