Book Reviews

The Billionaire and the Escort by Evelyn Mahony at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Escorts/Porn Stars/Strippers / Age Gap / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 03-August-2021

Book Blurb

In the world of high-end escorts, getting personal is never part of the arrangement.

When Josh Roberts became a male escort, there was no room for emotions. They went against the job description. He had a full appointment book and enough clients to pay the bills. There was definitely no time to get attached to an older, extremely successful, incredibly gorgeous man who paid for his services.


But Josh can’t turn down the money that has started rolling in, along with the gifts and the opportunity to live in the lap of luxury as the man flies him around the world to play pretend as his boyfriend. How on earth is he supposed to say no? Especially once he starts falling for his client.


James Barnwell is the successful CEO of Winter Luxury Resorts who stumbled upon Josh Roberts in a dark, high-end bar in midtown Manhattan. The young man was cocky, young, beautiful and offered James exactly what he was looking for—the chance to be with a man who knew the ropes and offered no opportunity to get attached. James had a lucrative business to run and meetings all over the world to attend. Having someone by his side would just weigh him down—or so he thinks, until he finds himself caring deeply for the man he pays for companionship, and it completely changes his world.


Two men are trying to play make believe—until they realize their sham might be closer to reality than they thought.


Book Review

Gay “lit” frequently runs the gamut from “serious” (i.e., ordinary? classic? but concerning gay characters or events) to “porn” (where the plot may be important or may be merely incidental to the sexual depictions). It becomes a little tricky to classify and review a novel in which sex is prominently (and often!) presented. So, consider the reviewer’s need to be fair to the author, respectful of the authorial intent, while at the same time letting potential readers know what may be found.


Putting it quite politely, ‘The Billionaire and the Escort’ qualifies as a one-handed read. The well-prepared will get a flashlight and some tissues before crawling under the blanket with this tome. The essence of the story is in the title, and you’d be correct to demand a refund if it weren’t replete with sexual detail intended to erotically titillate. Fulfilling the usual trope, it will surely conclude with a HEA. What more is there to say?


The main characters are well-defined, though unrealistic. Josh, in his twenties, has quite a list of escort clients paying to have sex with him. The physical description certainly qualifies him as a potential porn star. James, a little more generic, is a very rich man in his thirties who, surprisingly, remains uncertain about the direction of his essential sexuality. More peculiarly, until a casual meeting up with Josh, James hasn’t used his position and money to fully explore the dynamics of any alternatives. So the story begins with the casual meeting of an assured and aggressive young man and a tentative, older man with tremendous wealth. Starting with barely disguised questionable entendre, they start a barroom conversation about romantic partners and women – setting the entire essence of what’s to come (cum?).


James: “…I’m thinking of trying something new these days…”

Josh: “So you’re looking to try something new?”

James: “I don’t have any experience, but it’s been on my mind for a while.”

Josh: “Well, as it happens, I’m very well versed in such activities. And ‘I’m sure you have women dying to sit on your c**k, but that ‘s not what I’m here for.”

James: “And if I want to sit on your c**k, is that what you’re here for?”

Josh: “You can sit on anything you want, Mr. Branwell. That is, in fact, what I’m here for.”


Sure! Were this a scenario for an x-rated anime, it would convey as much heated direction as any James Bond script. Now you know everything you need to continue reading.


Declining my wont at excessive quotation from the text to elucidate any points, I need to remember that Evelyn Mahoney’s writing is of sufficient purpose to romantically engage the interactions of our MC’s. Mahoney does it well and colorfully. The sex is really frequent, performed in lots of places, and presented with exquisite detail and variety. Josh, there for the money he charges, is quite the teacher. For an age reversal flip in contrast to expectations, the younger hero starts by being in control, and the more dominant, the older, wealthier businessman, wants someone else to take charge! He wants to experience everything.


Nonetheless, as they move forward together, one must notice that “Jamie” (the diminutive used by Josh) seems to morph. For example: “Please, Jamie. God, yes… Look at you. Please, Sir, I need it, Daddy.” And: “… such a good boy.” It was different for James to be the one doling out all the praise.” Guess what: as seems necessary for this genre, there is a social crisis (absolutely inexplicable), a predictable, though silly (but much too drawn out) resolution, and then the expected HEA – all encompassing (a) the top and bottom learning to occasionally switch roles, (b) at least once swapping the job of providing tender sexual “aftercare”, (c) some mildly passive-aggressive episodes, and (d) at last, lust blossoming into love.


A lot of book for the money, and enough detailed sex to encourage a postorgasmic cigarette.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 283 pages/81084 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-August-2021
Price $5.99 ebook, $12.50 paperback
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