With or Without Him by Barbara Elsborg: Joint Review

With or Without Him by Barbara Elsborg: Joint ReviewWith or Without Him by Barbara Elsborg
on November 1, 2013
Genres: Erotica, Love & Romance
Pages: 427

"The most dangerous refuge could be his lover's arms. "

Everyone has at least one deep-seated fear. For Tyler, it's being in debt. He's so desperate to get out and stay out of it, he'll do almost anything-including selling his body at Saturday night sex parties.

But he refuses to open his mind to anyone, especially the men paying to use him however they want. The only time he's truly happy is during the week at college, when he can escape into his music.

The moment Haris sees Tyler playing piano at a concert, he falls hard, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to make the guy his. Even if it means-for the first time in his life-opening his wallet as wide and desperate as his heart.

20,000 to live with a good-looking guy for four months? How can Tyler resist the chance to ditch the sex party scene for good? But neither man realizes how much they're risking. And when outside forces close in, ready to destroy them, the trickiest part about the next four months could be just surviving.

Alexis and Stacia say…

I (Alexis) stumbled upon With or Without Him on Goodreads the other morning and immediately knew I was going to love it. But I felt like I needed a buddy to read this one so I immediately made Stacia buy it and boy am I glad I did.

With or Without Him is a bit like Pretty Woman or I guess in this instance Pretty Man. But it’s more than that…it was a never-ending ride that we didn’t want to get off.

“I’m a slut.
Do I care? 
Not enough to walk out.”

Tyler is a male prostitute working his way through college at sex parties. The most important thing to him is being debt-free at whatever cost it will take. Tyler meets Haris one night that things turn disastrous for him. The minute that Haris lays eyes on Tyler he knows he must have him.   Haris offers him twenty thousand pounds to be with him for four months. This sounds like an amazing deal to Tyler as it also gets him away from his past dealings. What could go wrong?

Gah…this story had us in absolute tithers. We messaged back and forth with status checks, thoughts, feelings, etc. To begin with, I think this may actually be the hottest book I’ve (Alexis) ever read…and I’ve read a lot. The passion between Haris and Tyler was absolutely off the charts. One minute they are mad at each other and the next they are ripping clothes off each other. Cigarette anyone?  I completely agreee with Alexis. If I (Stacia) had to rate this on a chart of how skokie (Three Girls special word for a hot/sexy book) a read this one was, it would definitely be a 10!

“As far as I’m concerned, your past doesn’t matter to me, unless it matters to you. It’s your future I’m interested in.”

But in all honesty, this book had it all. Both of their pasts come colliding into their “relationship” and completely uprooting everything they were working towards. Both seemed to be fighting for someone to love them and yet found each other in the middle of that storm. The action and intrigue was dialed up a few notches in the book and kept us both on the edge of our seats. Some of it was mildly graphic but didn’t turn us off from reading it. It actually might have had the opposite effect. Oh and the angst between Tyler and Harris was there…trust us. The push and pull was a bit much at times. The two having such trust issues was the root of it.

“Because there’s no place I’d rather be. You feel like home to me.”

Another fab part to this book was Wilson. Oh Wilson. He was the sassy, hypochondriac butler who stole our hearts. At times, his humor and highly hypocondriac ways made this book that much better!

If you are looking for a serious #skokieread and want to lose yourself in a book…well here it is guys!


About Barbara Elsborg

Barbara Elsborg lives in West Yorkshire in the north of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Vulcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.

After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.

Her books feature quirky heroines and bad boys, and she hopes they are as much fun to read as they are to write