I received a copy of this book for free from the author Brandy Ayers in exchange for an honest review.
Quick fire review
I think I’m hooked on Ayers writing. I had previously read (and loved) The Arrangement so I jumped at the chance to read this. My gosh am I glad I did because I ended up devouring it in one sitting. Harper and Jax are a great pair and I was really intrigued by the dark underbelly of the club world where the majority of this book is set. With great twists, some steamy sex scenes and electrifying chemistry from the main characters this short novella will keep you hooked until the very end.
When FBI agent Jackson Povero agreed to go undercover as a bartender at The Beanstalk, he knew there would be danger. After all, they suspected the owner of running an elaborate human trafficking operation out of the seedy strip club. What Jackson didn’t expect was the instant pull he felt the first time Harper took the stage.
Harper Ryan’s life had been hard. And it wasn’t getting easier anytime soon. After losing her sister to drugs, Harper gave up on her dreams and dropped out of college. She found herself taking off her clothes at The Beanstalk so she could care for her orphaned niece. She wanted nothing to do with the men in the club. Or men in general. But when the new bartender, Jax, turned out to be equal parts sexy and sweet, she couldn’t help but let her walls down, piece by piece.
As their feelings deepen, will Jackson allow his need to protect Harper get in the way of closing the case? Or will he sacrifice the first woman he’s ever loved to complete his mission?
Before I jump into the review, just note that this book contains explicit sex scenes so if these make you uncomfortable, this might not be for you.
Jax is an undercover FBI agent who starts working at The Beanstalk as a bartender so he can get close to the owner and his dancers in an attempt to bust what the FBI thinks is an underground sex trade. From the get go it is obvious Jax is a good guy at heart and that he really cares about his mission…that is until he sees Harper, one of the club’s dancers, perform for the first time. After that his main goal is to save Harper from this world. Needless to say he has all the alpha male qualities that guys in erotica books have.
Harper is one of the club’s top dancers who has a thick skin and takes shit from nobody. I really like that Harper isn’t a victim to her job and while many of the girls are drugged up and used to satisfy the big boss, Harper uses her job solely as a way to make a steady living for herself and a little girl in her care.
This is a novella length story that you will easily devour in one sitting. What I love about Ayers writing is that she makes everything count. There wasn’t a moment where I felt the plot took a strange turn for the sake of filling a word count.
Ayers exploration into the underground sex trade was equally sad and interesting. The way she describes the dark underbelly of this club world, the misogynistic owners and the drug riddled exotic dancers is extremely vivid that you can easily picture yourself in the club with Jax and Harper. I can also picture myself needing a shower afterwards.
Both characters balance each other really well and their chemistry is electrifying from the get go. If you are looking to read something a little more adult but you aren’t sure if it is for you, pick this up for a quick steamy read that will keep you hooked from start to end.
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