Two for One
The Club Series
Ann B Harrison
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Available at Amazon
Nothing is going Lizzie’s way. Her sex life is unsatisfying, her job sucks and she has more debt than she needs thanks to her loser brother. Against her better judgment, she lets her best friend sign her up to be auctioned off at a high-rolling venue called the Club. Agreeing to a weekend of adventurous sex with a stranger is one thing, but being bought by the brothers who own the Club means Lizzie is up for a weekend beyond her wildest fantasies.
Ryan and Lizzie hit it off, in bed and out, but it’s his quiet brother, Trace, that has her heart pounding and her panties in a twist. But is Lizzie what Trace needs? Having been burned before, will he take a chance on what his heart is telling him or trust his instincts and send her home after their weekend is over?
“That can’t be legal, surely. And even if it was, no. No way am I going to let you auction me off to the highest bidder for a weekend of sex.” Lizzie sat stunned on the couch, her gaze on Bel.
“Do you have a better idea? There is no way you can lay your hands on that sort of money in a hurry anywhere else, not unless you become a drug mule or something totally gross.” Bel pouted her lips in distaste.
“And being sold for sex isn’t on your gross-out meter?”
“No, of course not. Sex is natural anyway, and you’re always complaining you never get anything worth talking about. Why not use your God-given charms to earn a decent living. It’s not like you have to do it all the time, but this auction is a big deal.” Bel ran a finger down a long, slim leg, feigning disinterest, and then looked up with a smile. “All the high rollers come out to play, and there are some very hot guys amongst them too, I might add.”
“Have you done it, sold yourself I mean?” Lizzie clasped her hands in her lap.
“Once or twice. I make enough money running the bar, but how do you think I got this flash condo? I needed a deposit and my boss’s said it was fine.”
Lizzie licked her lips and blinked rapidly.
“Ooh, you’re thinking about it.” Bel laughed and clapped her hands.
“I can’t think about it, look at me. Who in their right frigging mind would pay for sex with me?” She self-consciously tucked a lank strand of hair behind her ear.
“Let me get the guys to do a makeover for you. Allen is always asking if he can get his hands on you.” Bel rested her chin on her hand and watched Lizzie.
“But I can’t let him do me over. I just can’t.”
“Why not? Come on, Lizzie. There is no one out there with better taste than Allan. Let him have a go, please? I’ll even advance you the makeover cash.”
Lizzie sat twisting her hands together while her mind raced. “I don't feel comfortable anyone seeing me looking like this. Those makeover guys are so trendy and I'm not.”
“Exactly why I want them to work on you.”
“How much money are we talking about making here?” She risked a quick glance at Bel, kicking herself when she saw the satisfied smile on her girlfriends face.
“I got twelve-thousand dollars the first time and nine the last. A fresh face always brings in more money though.”
“But even with the right clothes, I know I wouldn’t look as good as you do.”
“I hate the way you don’t have any confidence, honey. Just let me call Allan, please? You don’t have to put in for the auction just yet. You have a couple of days to think about it, although I think you should just dive in with both feet.”
“Yeah, you would. I though, am just a little bit more cautious than you are. What if I get a weirdo who wants all kinds of kink, or someone whose idea of a good time is hurting me?” Evil thoughts were now racing through her mind as to why this wasn’t such a good idea.
“I can tell you for a fact no one will hurt you. My boss runs an elite club with clients who have tastes…how shall I say…a little different to those a normal escort agency provides for. Their lifestyles don’t allow them to explore their needs the same way most people would in a normal relationship, hence the Club’s service. They are all vetted and known to Trace, my boss. He makes them pay a huge bond, and if any of the girls get so much as a bruise they lose it and she gets a bonus. But hey, a bit of kink may be what you want anyway. You set the rules at the very start.” Bel smiled and raised an eyebrow at Lizzie. “Here is your chance to try out all of your wildest dreams.”
Lizzie squirmed in her seat as her list of fantasies raced through her mind. A delicious warmth spread between her thighs and she clamped her legs tight and took a deep breath.
“Okay, call him then. I don’t have to say yes to the auction, do I?”
“Well, it might pay to. I would hate you to get sick over owing me money for the makeover.”
A rush of fear swept up Lizzie’s throat, threatening to swamp her.
“Not that I would worry about it, you know that. But I know how it would eat away at you.”
“Just call Allan and let him do his worst before I change my mind.”
My Review: 4 1/2 stars
This was a great read from start to finish. I loved that Lizzie was so nervous at what she needed to do, to get out from under the mountain of debt that had been dumped in her lap. That just made things seem more realistic to me. I also really enjoyed that she had more than one reason for doing what she did. Ryan was a total alpha male, dominant, yet caring and understanding far more than I would have thought. Trace...he was something else. Also a total alpha male, but in a completely different way that Ryan. Where Ryan was open, Trace was guarded and fought his attraction to Lizzie. Tried not to make it mean anything, oh, but it did. Once Lizzie found herself with Ryan and Trace, she realized pretty quickly the differences between the two, and felt herself drawn to Trace. What happened after she went home was awful, but at the same time brought her to where she really wanted to be in the end. I was very happy with what happened with Trace and Ryan dealing with things that needed to be taken care of for Lizzie. I can't wait for the next book to see where things go. I'm loving this series Ann!
Ann swears she was born with a book in her hands and has never put it down. A lifelong love of reader has finally culminated in achieving her dream of writing...and publication.
She lives in the beautiful Hunter Valley with her own handsome hero of many years. Ann has always loved the ups and downs of life in small communities and she shares this with readers in her rural romances.
Strong sexy heroines with a good dash of sass thrown in feature in her stories. Of course these women need an equally strong hero. Bring on the outback hero and watch the passion ignite.
When not writing Ann enjoys reading, gardening, walking her very large dog Hugo and fighting with her computer.