“Money makes the world go round – that’s what twenty-something Grace Reeves is learning. Stuck in a grind where everyone’s ahead apart from her, she’s partied out, disillusioned, and massively in debt. If she’s dumped by another rock-band wannabe, squashed by anyone else at her cut-throat fashion job, or chased by any more bailiffs, Grace suspects she’ll fall apart…
So when older, sexy, and above all, wealthy art-dealer Vaughn appears, she’s intrigued against her will. Could she handle being a sugar daddy’s arm-candy?
Soon Grace is thrown into a world of money and privilege, at Vaughn’s beck and call in return for thousands of pounds in luxurious gifts, priceless clothes – and cash. She’s out of her depth. Where’s the line between acting the trophy girlfriend, and selling yourself for money? And, more importantly, whatever happened to love?”
I bought this book because I had really enjoyed two other books by the same author (you can find my reviews here), they were both books that stayed in my mind long after I had finished reading them and I assumed I would enjoy this one just as much. How wrong could I have been – this was even better and I couldn’t get enough of it!
The opening chapter set the scene well, it caught my attention fully and made me want to know more about Grace and the mysterious Vaughn. As I read on I decided that I really liked Grace, she had been dealt some difficult blows and didn’t always handle her problems in a good way (hiding overdue credit card bills in a box and ignoring them is definitely not the best way forward), there was something about her that I liked though and I found myself hoping everything would work out well for her.
Vaughn was an interesting character, not only was he a sexy, rich man but he was also moody and bossy – I guessed there were parts of his life that had affected the way he treated and reacted to others. Grace referred to ‘Vaughn World’ a few times and I felt this summed it up perfectly – it was like he lived in a bubble (an expensive bubble!). I became concerned over the whole agreement/contract idea but I was pleased to find out that it didn’t go down the route I began to think it would and it ended up being a fascinating part of the book for me.
Like the other adult books Sarra Manning has written, this was quite sexual but in a very good way – she really knows how to write sexy and write it well, it didn’t seem to overshadow the actual storyline in any way.
I loved the fashion side of the book, designer handbags, heels and sparkly dresses helped create the expensive feeling that ran throughout. I found myself swept along by Grace’s crazy life, there were times when I laughed, times when my eyes filled with tears and times when I felt rather angry, this book caused a rollercoaster of emotions within me.
Towards the end there were some unexpected twists and turns so that I wasn’t sure which way it was going to go. I just loved every minute of this book and even though there were 562 pages I still didn’t feel ready for it to end! Grace and Vaughn are a couple who will stay in my mind and I would love to read more about what happened next for them.
This book was completely unputdownable, I would definitely recommend it and I look forward to reading more from this fantastic author.
To find out more about Sarra Manning visit her website.