Book Blitz: Personal Escort by Ainsley Booth

Personal Escort (Billionaire Secrets #2) by Ainsley Booth
Publication Date: October 24, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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She needs a face fiancé. He’s secretly falling in love. Cara Russo needs to get married. Or at least, make it look like she got married. Toby Hunt can’t let his best friend’s little sister rush into anything foolish. So when she needs to hire an escort, he says he’ll take care of it. Now he’s waiting for her at St. George Station. This billionaire rom-com modern fairy tale was originally published in the Love in Transit anthology. It has been expanded for single title publication.

 

Excerpt

“I can’t stop thinking about our kiss,” Cara whispers into her phone. “How if things were different, it might have been the start of something.”

I fold myself into the armchair in the corner and lean back, closing my eyes as she talks. I picture the words sliding over her lips.

Don’t think about her mouth.

Too late.

“Why did even we stop kissing? That was a mistake. You could have taken me back to your hotel that night, you know. We could have done so much more…”

I swallow hard. If I say something, if I push the conversation where I want it to go, she might stop me. If I say something, I might stop me. The spell might snap and I’d realize how stupid an idea this is.

You know how stupid—

I turn off my brain because thinking is definitely going to ruin this moment. “That’s exactly what would have happened, too. I’d have done everything to you that night. Kissed every last inch of your body and made you scream my name.”

If I thought that would shock her, I underestimated her. She makes a soft, sweet sound of acquiescence instead. “Yes…”

One word. All I needed to hear, and my blood is pounding. This isn’t how I was going to do this. Tomorrow, I’m going to show her everything in my heart that I’ve foolishly held back.

Tonight, though, I can share other secrets I’ve kept from her. Every dirty desire she’s enflamed, every secret fantasy I hope to play out together.

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The Billionaire Secrets series:
Personal Delivery – Jake and Jana
Personal Escort – Toby and Cara
Personal Disaster – Marcus and Poppy (currently available in the Rogue Desire anthology)
Personal Interest – Ben and Skye, coming soon

About Ainsley Booth

Mom by day and filthy romance writer by night, Ainsley is super grateful for caffeine, banana and blueberry muffins, and yoga pants. She is the USAT bestselling author of Prime Minister and Hate F*@k and also writes sexy small town and military romance as Zoe York.

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Let’s talk about: Talking about books

What do you do when you overhear people talking about books in public?  Do you jump in or let them be?  I always wish I could jump in, but I am awkward, introverted, and incredibly anxious, so it never happens.  But it just so happened that I was on public transit (which is so gross here and I hate it but it’s the easiest way to get to Manhattan from New Jersey) and these two strangers behind me introduced themselves to each other and proceeded to talk about books right behind me for like an hour.

They were going back and forth for a little while and I felt like such a creeper, but I kept tuning them out and then back in as they discussed their reading habits and favorite books.  When we started getting close to Newark, one of the women brought up Judy Blume’s In the Unlikely Event.  I really wanted to jump in at that point because I loved that book.  I love Judy Blume in general, actually, and this conversation was one I really wanted to participate in.

And then one of the women said, “Judy Blume? I love her!  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was one of my favorites when I was little!”  Um.  Excuse me.  That book is not by the great Judy Blume.  That book is by Judith Viorst.  Unfortunately, you can’t just jump into a conversation screaming about books.  It doesn’t matter how much you want to correct someone.

They went on to talk more about Judy Blume’s books and how someone’s sister had really loved Are You There God?  It’s Me, Margaret but somehow, neither of them had read it.  Maybe it’s because I’m an adult that still reads YA, but I cannot imagine going through life without reading Judy Blume’s classic young adult books.  Even if you don’t love them, they’re like a rite of passage.

But let’s step away from Judy Blume.  The real heresy is coming up next.  One of these women was a librarian.  I just about spun around in my chair at that moment because I love libraries and I wanted to be a librarian for years, but various high school and college advisors convinced me not to.  But then she said that she doesn’t read.

A librarian that doesn’t read.

I get it.  Not everybody has a schedule that permits as much reading as mine does.  Not everybody prioritizes reading over a social life like I do.  But for a librarian to flat-out admit that she doesn’t read?  I was floored.  How does she do her job?

But I didn’t say anything.  I just sat there stewing in my train seat, hoping that one or both of these women would just get off the train already before I snapped and said something I’d regret.

So, questions, if you’d like to discuss:

  • Do you jump into conversations with strangers about books?
  • Have you ever met a librarian that doesn’t like to read?
  • Do you ever want to correct people who attribute books to the wrong author?
  • Am I just crazy?