Stella Lane excels at her work, but not so much at dating socializing. After her parents announce that they want grandchildren soon and her jerk of a coworker suggests she “get some practice” at dating and sex, Stella decides to hire an escort for help. As Stella and Michael’s feelings for each other grow, the line between what’s real and what’s “practice” becomes blurred.
I had heard a lot of mixed things about this book, so it was such a surprise when I became sucked into this story immediately! I was a bit worried that the relationship would feel insta-lovey, but I didn’t think that was the case at all. The chemistry between these two was off the charts and I lived for every second.
I read The Bride Test first and was pleasantly surprised to see Kai and Quan in this book! They’re both relatives of Michael and I loved seeing them (and makes me doubly excited for Quan’s book!) We also see a lot of Michael’s family members, and I absolutely loved seeing his relationship with them.
My one downside is with Stella. I felt like we didn’t get to as much of her life as we did with Michael. While her insecurities are incredibly relevant and relatable, we don’t see much else from her. I also felt like the reasons keeping them apart during the climax were weak and due to miscommunication/characters not saying how they really feel, which was frustrating.
Other than that, this book made me really excited for The Heart Principle! Why is May so far away?