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Private Lives

by Mimi Francis

Sofia thought getting paid to have sex with Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor would be a breeze. Only problem? She didn’t count on falling in love.

No strings attached, that was the deal. If only their hearts listened.

Living in Hollywood, Chris Chandler has just about everything that he could ever dream of; a People’s Choice Award, lead actor in an acclaimed television series, anything and everything money could buy. Most people would be happy with all of that, but not Chris. As Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, it is difficult to find the one person he wants to spend the rest of his life with, especially living under the constant scrutiny of the paparazzi. Every relationship he’s had with a woman, from friends only, to dating, to semi-serious, they all get delved into, dissected until there’s nothing left. What he needs now, what he wants, is something with no strings attached.

Sofia Larson is a not your typical escort. She works for Private Lives, a company where the women they employ and the men that seek their companionship, sign contracts, swearing themselves to silence and secrecy. What happens with each encounter is up to Sofia; while companionship is a guarantee, sex is not. Having an obscene amount of bills to pay, Sofia is only in it for the money. Her motto is ‘Don’t get involved, don’t get emotional, don’t bring the job home.’ And then she meets Chris Chandler.

There are so many ups & downs for both Chris and Sofia – it is easy to get caught up in expectations and what others think that sometimes you forget to be true to yourself.  That’s especially true for Chis … and it is causing him nothing but stress. Then he finds a connection with Sofia, a calm spot in a crazy world.  Except neither of them are the best at being open & honest, instead letting their doubts take over, adding to their difficulties.

When I first read the blurb for this one I thought “uh, no, thanks”.  I’m so glad I changed my mind!  Francis does a fabulous job of humanizing her characters and making sure that you understand where they are coming from.  All you have to do is look at our virtual world today to see how people can forget that those we see on-screen are real people with actual emotions.  Here we get just how hollow and hurtful this kind of life can be.

Private Lives is sexy and teeming with drama, but it is also touching and full of emotion.  Chris is at a point in his life where he could break, but with support from those who truly care for him he just might figure things out.  And you’ll be so glad you came along for his journey.

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