Title: Royal Service (Men in Love and at War: Book Five)
Author: L.J. Collins
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Length: 146 Pages
Category: Erotica, Futuristic
At a Glance: My only real criticism is that there were parts of the story where the author chose to tell us what happened over a period of time. But, as a book I read over a vacation break, I enjoyed the time I spent with these characters.
Reviewed By: Taz
Blurb: Wherever Berkeley goes, or whatever he does, drama follows. Having recovered from the ordeal of being the victim of an internet scam, his life returns to normal working at a five-star hotel selling VIP vacation club memberships to wealthy clients, and being with the love of his life, Captain Rick. That is until he finds Rick cheating on him with a woman. Feeling sad and lonely, Berkeley is enticed by the prospects of high earnings and a jet setter lifestyle when he’s approached by one of his clients to be a high-class escort.
Whilst he revels in being treated like a prince, he has to accommodate some strange and unusual sexual requests, and before long he’s caught up in a web of espionage between a transport conglomerate and a client who is developing a futuristic technology that will change the future of transport forever. Only Berkeley knows how he’s going to weave his way out of his new-found problem.
Review: Royal Service is the first book I’ve read by LJ Collins. The sexy story follows Berkeley as he moves into a lucrative and somewhat compromising profession. But he has his looks, his smarts, and his charm to back him up. After all, he caught his lover cheating on him, so what did he have to lose?
The prospect of fast money, enough to retire on after about a year, was enough of a draw to get Berkeley interested, but what he hadn’t counted on was feeling real connections to the men he serviced. And he certainly didn’t expect to get caught in the middle of a multi-million dollar conflict. All of this set the scene for the fast-paced and steamy book.
The part I liked best were the sex scenes. Collins generously gives his “top” men plus-sized endowments which Berkeley takes full pleasure and advantage of. The book had a sort of Harlequin feel to it with names like Berkeley, Sebastian, and Frederick. Declarations of pleasure and desire were spoken, at times, as if the men lived in an earlier era. Although, the actual plot is firmly rooted in the most current, futuristic actually, technology.
The relationships our main character forms with two men in particular were fun to watch. Both Sebastian and Frederick turn out to be people who are far more than patrons of Berkeley’s “royal service”. Other characters have a slightly creep feel to them, but that added to the story as well.
My only real criticism is that there were parts of the story where the author chose to tell us what happened over a period of time. Sometimes this was done to move us forward in time. It also happened close to the end. I’ve always been a firm believer in show, don’t tell, and the author did do a bit of telling here.
But, as a book I read over a vacation break, I enjoyed the time I spent with these characters and feel that the journey was worth it.
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