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Fantasy for Hire by Erika Wilde

Fantasy for Hire by Erika Wilde

What’s your pleasure?

Austin McBride’s business is all about fulfilling women’s fantasies, but gorgeous, sexy Teddy Spencer has him doing some fantasizing of his own. Especially when she hires him to play the role of her adoring, hands-on significant other to waylay her boss’s unwanted advances.

But what starts as a casual, sexy arrangement quickly evolves into an emotional connection neither one of them anticipates. Falling in love was never part of the deal, but you know what they say about best laid plans…

Title:Fantasy for Hire
Author:Erika Wilde
Series:
Pages:166
Genre(s):Contemporary
Trope(s):Christmas Romance
Fake Relationship
Opposites Attract
Point of View:Third Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Location:San Francisco, California, USA
HEA:
Release Date:15th December, 2020
(First published 25th October, 1999)
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Fun and sexy romance

I originally read this book back in 2007 when it was called Christmas Fantasy by Janelle Denison, however, I admit that I couldn’t remember it and even the re-reading didn’t spark a memory! I would imagine that it’s been updated some since it’s original release (2000) but it’s likely more my memory that’s at play here!

Austin McBride is the owner of a company catering for female fantasies. From what I could determine, providing strippers/dancers dressed as your fantasy – but the nitty gritty details of the business are never really delved into. Regardless, Austin is making a transition away from the hands-on role of his company, but an emergency means he has to stand-in for an appointment as a sexy cowboy.

Teddy is the lucky recipient of said cowboy fantasy – although her embarrassed horror at someone stripping for her in a bar/club means it had the potential to be awful, even with Austin’s hotness. Luckily that, and any other discussion of Austin’s business and profession, were never tacky and never cringeworthy. Thankfully!

I half expected Austin to be a cocky, almost over-confident kind of hero. He was sure of himself, yes, but it was more in a naughty and fun way. He had humour and liked playing with Teddy – pulling her out of her shell. He also had his own hang-ups, and was delightfully grumpy with Teddy when he was mad. It was too cute!

“…a quick, fun and well-written story that has all of Erika Wilde’s signature heat and heart.”

Teddy was also a super character. She was an independent chick and determined to prove her worth to everyone. Yet she also had her fair share of insecurities which made her very real. I identified with her and was pleased that she never came across as a moaning minnie. Her ‘revelation’ felt real and I loved it.

I very much enjoyed the characters and the storyline, but it was the super sexiness of the book that won it for me. It’s just so delicious! The build-up, the kissing, the touching, the words… everything gave me that delightful jump in my stomach, our couple’s growing love was so palpable.

This story does take place over Christmas but ends a couple of weeks after. So yes, it’s got a certain festiveness to it, but you can read it at any time of the year!

This is a quick, fun and well-written story that has all of Erika Wilde’s signature heat and heart. It’s exactly the kind of read that’s perfect to heat up a cold night. 4 stars.

For those interested, Jordan McBride (Austin’s brother) got his own story in Valentine Fantasy by Jamie Denton.

Erika Wilde is a New York Times Bestselling author. She is best known for her super sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series, and has also co-written the Dirty Sexy Series and the Book Boyfriend Series with Carly Phillips, her best friend and writing buddy for the past twenty years. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she’s not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit her website at www.erikawilde.com and sign up for her mailing list for updates and news!

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