Reputation is everything, a fact Keegan Lauri knows all too well. A political PR strategist by trade, he makes his living creating and protecting the image of men, protecting them from women like Gabrielle Kitrick. She’s a threat to every man who falls for her. Beautiful, innocent, young, and available … for a price… Gabe is the shiny little trophy men of power seem to desire. But possessing her is a risk, a risk Keegan is responsible for removing from his client’s life.
He’s not above manipulating her for his own professional gain. He’s not even above seducing her and enjoying every second of it. But he finds out quickly her looks are a façade, and the more he comes to know Gabe, the more difficult it becomes to ignore her humanity. Because behind her beauty and crimson-lipped smile lies a young woman fighting for a better future, a future his very involvement with her jeopardizes.
When Keegan’s professional responsibilities threaten to expose her, will he choose to do his job or protect the young woman he’s become so attached to?
(ARC provided by author)
Keegan Lauri is a gorgeous 33 yr. old ambitious man who comes from a politically connected wealthy family from DC. He is a political analyst/strategist who makes a living protecting the reputation of men in power. In his line of work, image is everything. He’s very good at his job & known for his discretion. Currently, he is spending time in Chicago working with a CEO of a huge company. He has to make sure this future politician stays out of the bad press, so when a stunning woman named Gabrielle Kitrick keeps showing up on his client’s arm, Keegan takes it upon himself to get rid of her.
This beautiful woman is simply a risk to Keegan’s client he can’t allow. She needs to be removed & Keegan can’t have his client’s shiny new toy showing up in photos. She’s too gorgeous to enter a room & not be noticed. Keegan decides he will do whatever it takes to make her go away even if it means going to extreme measures that even include manipulating & seducing her for his own professional gain.
Things get pretty hot between these two & lines get very blurred. They can’t get enough of each other. As Keegan spends time with Gabrielle, he gets to really know her & discovers she’s a real person with feelings, & not just a pretty face.
Suddenly he’s very involved in her life, & she means something to him. He learns there’s so much he doesn’t know about her secret life. She’s trying to just get by & survive. She was dealt some bad circumstances & is a young woman fighting for her future & a better life. She’s desperate & has felt alone for a while now. Her future & privacy are jeopardized when she becomes involved with Keegan, & his job threatens to expose her secrets. He wants to help her, be there for her, & fight for her. She doesn’t see her own worth & is broken. When everything blows up, will Keegan choose his career or the woman he’s grown to care deeply for? As usual, I love Elizabeth Finn’s writing! This was a fabulous sexy read! Hope we get a book for Jessa next! 😀
-Most men seemed to see through me, as though I was only partially there, but since the very moment I’d met Keegan, he’d treated me as though I was a solid thing.
-I couldn’t rationalize why I was drawn to her the way I was. She was beautiful, but it wasn’t her beauty that made my heart race.
-No man before Keegan had ever…kissed my soul in the way he had.
-I would never get tired of kissing this man. He made it exceptional every time, and it was never just some random thing for him.
4.5 ~Kiss Me~ Stars*****
(ARC kindly provided by author by recommendation of Allison. Thank you!)
Decadent and forbidden. A very passionate story that swallowed me whole from the very first chapter. My skin was burning; every word created chaotic and wicked sensations inside of me, that were impossible to resist. Kissed was so good! It’s one of those books you immediately miss after you’ve just finished reading.
Keegan Lauri, thrives in his career as a political PR specialist. He is known for his experience, and sharp strategies to achieve the best results. His latest project has him in Chicago following on the trail of a very important aspiring politician, that has his eyes set on getting into Congress. This very powerful man has a lot of potential in a career in politics but he has a small problem, he is single, but only enjoys the company of high priced escorts, and lately he’s been found in the company of a gorgeous woman with red lips.
That is how Keegan meets the beautiful Gabrielle Kitrick aka Gabe. She is a very beautiful, young woman whose difficult life has forced her into a life where she needs to sell her body to survive and provide for her younger sister.
The attraction between Keegan and Gabe is explosive, undeniable, but the circumstances surrounding them, are nothing if not complicated. One night they get together and their desires will make the world around them disappear, in a game where these two characters pretend to be simply a man and a woman who are desperately falling for each other. After one night and a fiery kiss, will they be able to simply go back to their lives as if nothing happened?
Even though this novel has a bit of a taboo theme, with the heroine being a high priced escort, I really felt compelled by her. The story was carefully written, making the reader feel engaged and understanding toward her situation. The Hero was amazing, very sexy, and elegant, he just fell for Gabe so strongly. It was simply magnificent to read about.
I always enjoy Elizabeth Finn’s novels not only because she’s an exceptional writer but her stories are so bold and unique. I really would recommend this book to any reader looking for an intricate and sexy story, that starts with only a kiss.