CALENDAR GIRL #10 – OCTOBER
Written by Audrey Carlan
Published by Waterhouse Press, February 12, 2016
My star rating: 3.5 stars
Warning! This is the 10th book of a series so pretty much anything I say will be a spoiler if you haven’t read the books before this one!
I’m going to start off by telling you a bit about the series. This is an erotic romance series that I HIGHLY recommend! It’s not like the usual fluffy chick lit stuff that centres more around the romance and leaves the plot behind. These books have taught me so much about how I look and feel about myself, my life and mainly my relationships with people. The main character, Mia, takes a job as an escort so she can make enough money to pay off her fathers gambling debts. The man who lent her father the money beat him within an inch of his life and now her father is in a coma. Her escort job isn’t what you would expect. She is to take on a new client each month and is NOT being hired for sex. She is hired by rich high status men who require her services for 30 days for all different reasons. One hires her as an artistic muse, another hires her to model for a swimsuit line, another hires her to be in a music video, and another hires her to be his fiancée so that no one knows he’s actually gay. So sex isn’t even the motivator with these clients. BUT, if she does sleep with the client they are required to pay a bonus fee. What she learns throughout this journey as an escort is just so beautiful. I started looking at myself a little differently after reading just a few of these short stories.
In the month of October she settles into her new home in Hollywood with dreamy Wes. Her debts have now been paid off so she takes the chance at a job for herself. She meets Drew Hoffman, Doctor and TV show host, and takes on the task of doing her own spot on the show surrounding the theme of beauty. On top of the challenges of the show, she is also helping her man Wes deal with the aftermath of a traumatizing situation.
I’m having a hard time deciding what I thought of this one. This month definitely took a different direction from the rest of the series. This is the first month where she wasn’t traveling to meet a new client so that was different. But it was the emotional temperature that changed. Wes had experienced a significant trauma in the last book so this month they were dealing with the aftermath of his return. I didn’t necessarily have a problem with this. We got to see a different side of Mr. Confident Wes, the strength of their relationship, how Mia handles jealousy, and we learned exactly what happened to Wes and Gina when they were held captive. I liked that this one included mental health issues and that he looked for help from a therapist.
The other thing I’m not quite sure about is her job. Something just feels off about the job and the Dr. – I just can’t figure it out! I think that there were just so many changes in this book it’s going to take me a bit to get used to it. I think the best way to describe this one is that it just feels unrealistic. From what happened to Wes and now Mia is a TV star – it’s just a completely different tone from the rest of the series. Even the ‘sexy times’ changed a little bit due to the context of it all.
Now, having said all that, I still did enjoy this! It was Mia, Wes, Ginelle, – it was a Calendar Girl book! This will forever remain my favourite romance series! Only two books left….. I may cry now!