Book Review: Courting Trouble by Kimberly Dean
Updated: Jul 28, 2021
I love finding new erotic authors and I got excited when I found Kimberly Dean. My last steamy read was Courting Trouble.
When times get tough, how bad does a good girl have to get?
Sienna Blakely is bright, articulate, and woefully underemployed. In order to get by, she’s forced to rely on the one asset she vowed never to use – her looks. With bills piling up, Sienna signs a contract with Luxxor Escort Services. A contract that strictly forbids any sexual contact with clients…
And then she’s assigned to escort Jason Sloan.
Just meeting the hockey player turned business shark causes a full-body jolt. Arrogant, powerful, and sexy, he’s trouble. He can see beyond the façade she’s erected, right down to the intelligent and sensual woman underneath. He challenges her wits, and he challenges the rules.
When he gets Luxxor to upgrade her to an exclusive and more lenient contract, just how far will Sienna go to pay her rent? And to explore her deepest, most intimate desires?
Overall score: 3 stars
Heat score: 4 peppers
The story was promising - a woman seeking to overcome financial hardship turns to being an escort. I was expecting hot and steamy action as the MC comes into her power, finding her way through a fringe of society rarely seen, explored or discussed.
Unfortunately, that was not the case. The escort service was white washed with a 'contract' that prohibits sexual contact - sort of. The MC spends the majority of the book struggling with sexual insecurity, societal norms and an inability to masturbate. When she finally comes into her power, it is so anticlimactic you might miss it - unless you equate buying a pair of crotch-less panties with empowerment. The element of a 'work contract' semi-obligating the MC to have sex with the leading man also irritated me.
The cover was titillating and appealing. Though well written, something in the flow is jarring and challenging to read.
Having said that, the sex scenes are super steamy and utterly satisfying. There was enough steam and heat to keep me reading till the end.
If you like books about men leading women - on the cusp of consent - into their sexual self discovery, this might be the book for you.
It was an okay read, but I cannot imagine I will read more from this Kimberly Dean as her style is not to my taste.
Regina Grimm is the author of erotic fairytales, written for the uninhibited readers 18+.