At Your Beck & Call by Jane Harvey-Berrick: Review and Giveaway

At Your Beck & Call by Jane Harvey-Berrick: Review and GiveawayAt Your Beck & Call by Jane Harvey-Berrick
on May 28, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance

Hallen Jansen has it all. At 28, he has a flashy car, a great apartment, and a job he’s good at and that he loves – as an escort – working at your beck and call.

His life is easy, with no emotions or attachments slowing him down – choosing to keep moving, always running from the past.

But when a new client awakens unfamiliar feelings, all bets are off. Can he convince a recently divorced woman twenty years older to trust men again – to trust him? Can Hallen trust himself not to screw things up? Surrounded by people who choose to judge them, will they make their relationship a reality, or is it heartbreak for both?

Not all services are professional.



Alexis says…

By now, you should know that one of my favorite storylines is the escort theme. I don’t usually find myself so emotionally invested in them as I was for “At Your Beck and Call”. Then again, this book did not depict the warm fuzzies and flowers that I have read about before. No, this book detailed the ugliness and loneliness that can happen when your self-worth is completely stripped away. For that reason, this book is my favorite in this theme. I fell in love with Hallen and his tale of what it was like to be at a woman’s beck and call.

“I fuck women for money.”

Yes, that pretty much sums up exactly what Hallen does for a living. Faced with student debt and high living costs, he takes up an offer that sounds amazing. Who wouldn’t want to escort a woman to a wedding, dinner, the theatre and get paid for it? Then add getting paid to sleep with the client sounds like a win-win for a 21-year old, correct? At first, it was a pretty great job until the reality starting to sink in and appointments blurred from one to another.

“Some nights I felt like I could never get clean again.”

The beginning of the book is written almost diary-like detailing his encounters. My heart wanted to break for him in certain situations. The way his clients treated him was utterly despicable. Most of the women seemed to get off on treating him as nothing more than sex object. For that reason he pretty much writes love off permanently.

Laura is a recent divorcee who is not looking for anything serious. She is 20 years older then Hallen and has two grown children. What starts as work turns into something more and sets Hallen back onto a path of self-discovery.

“I want a relationship that lasts longer than a night and isn’t billed by the hour!”

But these two have obstacles to overcome: age, Hallen’s previous job, heartbreak, Laura’s divorce, and her children. More people than not, threatened to hinder their relationship.  The biggest supporter was Eloise, Hallen’s madam. To be honest, I thought I would dislike Eloise for obvious reasons.   But she was became the mother-figure that Hallen did not have in his life. Eloise also treated him like a son, she took care of him when he needed her the most.

“I’ve had sex with hundreds of women, Laura, but I’ve only made love to one.”

What I loved most about this book is that it made me feel. I understood what made Laura feel the way she did about not only her age but also how she felt about her appearance. I also felt how ashamed Hallen was of himself and how people viewed him. This book shows that love has no bounds and that it’s not perfect. You also can’t help who you fall in love with but once you find it, you need to embrace it.

“Love doesn’t come in neat little boxes-it’s messy and disorganized and a pain in the ass.”

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About Jane Harvey-Berrick

I lived in London for over 10 years and have a love affair with New York. It’s only since I have moved to the countryside, that the words have really begun to flow.

I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beachside walks that I have all my best ideas.

Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.

Comments

  1. sheena lumsden says:

    Thank you for a great review ladies xxx

  2. Thank you so much for that wonderful review, Alexis! I love that Hallen’s story made you feel so much for him. He could hardly bring himself to use the word “prostitute” and I felt the same when I was writing it – he was a person, not just a character in a book. Thank you for understanding 🙂 jx