Title: Charlie, Rentboy
Author: JP Barnaby
My Rating: A-
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Working Boys #1
Main Characters: Charlie and John
Release Date: September 2013
Publisher: Wilde City Press
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
This series caught my eye because the third book just released and sounds really good (that working boy is a porn star), but because I hadn't read any of the books, I grabbed all three in the series and I liked this one.
I loved the premise of this story. John is an extremely wealthy CEO that had to take over his father's company at a very young age. He's deeply in the closet and has had to give up his own dreams of pursuing both men and art. He hired Charlie to act as his boyfriend for the weekend...but it's so much more than that.
There are layers to John and I was shocked and surprised every single time one of them was revealed...I loved that. Seriously, this back story on this one is great.
Charlie is a rent boy to pay for college. He doesn't plan to do it longterm, but it's better than flipping burgers at McDonald's. He plans to stop after this semester...besides he'd really like to be able to pursue a real relationship.
I loved the way the two characters connected. You would think with Charlie being a rentboy that this book would be all about the sex. It's not. In fact, the sex level in this book felt pretty low overall. It's about their connection and I loved watching the two of them connect at a relationship level although that's not what either of them ever planned.
Everything about this book worked for me. I definitely recommend it and am looking forward to reading the other two in the series, although I don't think they are interconnected at all...we'll have to see though.