The Companion Contract – Written by Solace Ames
Reading Source: Net Galley
Series: LA Doms
Book #: 3
Genre: Erotic Romance
Rating: 1.5 out of 5
I really wanted to like this book. That being said, I simply did not. It felt incredibly long. Perhaps if I would have been able to connect to the characters at all, then it would have been easier to read. If I were someone else, I may have really enjoyed this book. It is detailed and it’s not your average erotic romance novel.
Okay, so here we go, I’m going to try to summarize this book.
Amy Mendoza, who goes by Serena (some Japanese last name – Sakamoto?? – I can’t find it right now.) when she’s in porn star mode, is sick of being a porn star. She started doing porn when she was 18 after having a really crappy childhood once the rest of her family was deported to the Philippines. When her friend, who is also a porn star, ODs on coke at a Hollywood party, Amy goes into mama bear mode and saves the day. Field medic, porn star, Japanese, Filipino – what can’t she do? Well she can’t really entertain me, but she did get the attention of Emmanuel, Rock God from the band Avert. (He’s an Afro-Colombian albino – with a dangerous past.)
Emmanuel needs Amy for something special, and there will be sex involved. He wants her to be a “companion” to Miles, the junkie lead singer of Avert. Except Miles is getting out of rehab, and what he really needs is a playmate to keep him occupied. Yep – Amy decides that she’s still willing to have sex for money – she also decides the best way to seal the deal is by giving him a blowjob. Amy moves into a house with the band at this point. When the resident ocelot gets out and attacks a band member, Emmanuel calls in his niece/nephew – I’m not sure how to classify Xiomara – She’s a post-op transsexual. Her and Miles used to have a thing, after Miles and Emmanuel had a thing.
The best part of this book for me was the ocelot. I could relate to him. He was surrounded by people he really didn’t care about it, and despite his attempts to play with them, they were boring and he was hungry. I can’t blame him for taking a little nibble out of the bassist.
Look, this might be a great book – if it wasn’t so busy. And although I never know where the books I read will ultimately end up, I’m done reading and I’m still not sure where I am. After reading it, I thought “man, I hope this is her first book,” but it isn’t – this is actually the third book in a series. When I saw that other people liked it, I have to say, I was surprised. I just couldn’t even force myself to care about the characters.
Try it for yourself, I’m open to discussion. If I missed something deep or meaningful let me know.