Title: Sapphire Beautiful
Series: The Club Series (#4)
Author: Ren Monterrey
Genre: Erotic Romance
Rating: 3.5 ♥‘s
Without a doubt, my favorite part about Sapphire Beautiful was the character of Dante. He’s everything most male protagonists aren’t. Too young, too quiet, too scrawny, too not that alpha male – and yet, he is. He makes nerdy and introverted hot. He makes inexperienced and awkward endearingly sexy. And he definitely has an alpha streak that shines through at all the right moments!
Dr. Mary Pine is trying to recover from the nightmare her husband left her in, after his entire Anthropology Department was slammed with a sex scandal which led to him taking his own life. Not only did he leave her shamed, mortified and heartsick, but with a whole lot of debt. On the verge of losing her house, Mary learns about The Club, a place that conducts ‘arrangements’ for wealthy men to find exclusive ‘girlfriends.’ Girlfriends they ‘gift’ a monthly payment to and it’s way more than Mary makes as a Professor of Medieval History. It’s enough to save her house, so she can focus on getting tenured and on with her life. Preparing herself to become the mistress of an older, wealthy man was her first mistake…
Dante McNally is the epitome of ‘the black sheep,’ especially where his wealthy, snobby family is concerned. Dark haired where they’re light. Introverted and introspective, where they’re boisterous and vain. His grandfather was the only one who ever cared about him, leaving him the sole beneficiary in his will. Now, Dante’s a 22 year old multi-millionaire, with no desire to spend a penny on anything accept a woman that would be his and his, alone. When he discovers that they share a love for Medieval History, for Dante Alighieri and The Divine Comedy in particular, Dante knows he will do anything to keep Mary. He’ll pay off her mortgage, he’ll pay her more money a month, but he will never end their arrangement, because he fears it’s the only thing keeping her by his side.
Trouble comes in so many different packages for Mary and Dante, but the biggest one is when Dante ends up being the new graduate research fellow for the Department of Medieval History after they already have an arrangement in place. It was bad enough to discover she’s ten years Dante’s senior, quite another to find herself in a situation far too similar to the sex scandal her late husband had been charged with!
Hot sneaky antics will ensue, mixed with family and work drama stirring up a whole lot of demons from both their pasts, all trying to thwart the reluctant romance blossoming beyond their control. There were some good twists, and there were predictable twists. Some of Mary’s choices and reactions left me scratching my head, but I enjoyed following her and Dante’s story and would recommend this entire series (I went back and read The Club Series #1-#3) to anyone looking for something a little outside the norm.
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