I'm a 21st Century Courtesan, the most coveted escort in Chicago.
Beautiful, broken men pay Ma Maison Agency ungodly sums of money to be with me because I'm empathic: I feel their emotions in my body. I track down the bitter belief that broke them and then I help them heal. The work is brutal enough but now someone's stalking me.
I've made enough money to support my family and I'm getting the hell out. I'm down to my last four clients. One wants to play me. One wants to buy me. One wants to marry me. And one wants to murder me. Can I can get out in time...
PLAYER: Book 1 When Dylan McAlister, beautiful, broken tycoon hires Evie, her empathic ability returns with a fury. Can she help him heal? Or will she break him like the first boy she fell in love with...
"Tycoon is breath-taking, beautiful, and brilliant. A must-read..." USA Today bestselling author Maggie Marr
USA Today bestselling author Pamela DuMond brings you 21st CENTURY COURTESAN -- a sexy, dark, addictive series filled with love, lust, family loyalty, deceit, revenge, and all the sweet little things in life worth killing for...
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Pam pitched the ERIN BROCKOVICH story to 'Hollywood.’ Her books have been adapted into mobile games by Chapters Interactive Stories, optioned for film /TV, and featured in Glamour UK.
A Midwestern girl at heart, Pam lives in So Cal where she’s busy reading, writing, and being bossed around by two cute, opinionated cats.?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 stars. Evie has not had an easy go of it. Her mother's bipolar illness has severely impacted her life, both as a child, and as an adult trying desperately to pay for the care the woman needs. (Note: I know, as we all should, that diagnosable mental illnesses come on a spectrum, and the majority of people with them lead relatively normal lives. Sadly, some people do not.) Enter the Ma Maison escort service. Evie discovers she can supplement her pitifully insufficient teacher's salary, just by wearing nice clothes, eating good food, and being arm candy for an evening. She doesn't even have to SLEEP with the clients. Although if she wants to... Enter Dylan, sexy professional gambler, who's lost his mojo. Evie joins him as his Lucky Charm, and discovers she can be more than just an evening's accessory. She may, in fact, have the key to helping her clients unlock their block, to heal their wounded places. Disclaimer: I'm personally acquainted with the author, and received a free copy of this work. I really like Evie as a character (which is good, because it's told in first person), wanted to bang Dylan myself, and was unsettled by the thread of a secret admirer... a stalker, perhaps? who is increasingly interested in what Evie is doing and who's she's dating. The book ends in a not-quite cliffhanger, but it is clear that some threads are not yet tied in a bow. Looking forward very much to the rest of the series.
PLAYER (21st Century Courtesan Book 1) by Pamela DuMond was a charmly dark, yet weirdly sweet read, that had me hooked from start to finish. My first read by this author, and a bit of a first for this type of storyline. So you can say this read was out of my comfort zone. I'm happy I gave this book a chance, because it wasn't what I was expecting and as I said, I was hooked pretty much instantly. This book has a little bit of everything, from the growing love, to the mysterious stalker. It added that darkness to a otherwise sweet, not your normal, bubbling romance. I say not so normal because of how Evie and Dylan meet. Evie, isn't your normal escort, not just because she's strong, and independent, she's a empath. That "gift" lets her feel her clients emotions, and with that she is able to "heal" them. Right away things with Dylan are different, a different she' doesn't know how to handle, and that difference could lead to something dangerous. I love their back and forth; there's a added past to present POV switch, that really adds that extra push to this already amazing story. Not to mention the added danger that is Evie's stalker. That alone adds a another layer of darkness, almost burying the light at times. Even when there was happy times, that edge of dark was always present, making you feel unease, and not letting your mind drift too far away. Having such a multi layer and complex tone shifts, makes this book more than a romance, it makes it believable and a hidden diamond. The only other way for you to know what I mean, is to read this book. In saying that, that is where I leave you, so please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval, that you will fall into this tale of love, danger, and learning that it's okay to sometimes heal yourself. Happy Reading. -E.A. Walsh
Player by Pamela DuMond is the first book in her 21st Century Courtesan series and what a fantastic first book. This book grabbed me from the first page and didn’t let go until the last page. I easily gave up all of my day to blaze through this one and can’t wait until the next installment comes out. Following the story of Dylan McAlister and Evie it was easy to fall in love with them. Evie is a woman of seduction by night and education by day. Becoming a seductress was supposed to be to help her family but the more she does it the more she falls in love with the power that it gives her. When Evie meets Dylan, she thinks he is going to be just another job, but there is something about Dylan that brings out a desire and passion from her that she wasn’t prepared for. When Dylan first set his eyes on Evie, he wasn’t prepared for what she brought out in him. His broken past kept him from connecting to others, but these two connected from meeting one. Can Evie help Dylan with the broken pieces of himself? Can Dylan keep Evie beyond their night together? There is a touch of suspense to this lovers tale, as Evie’s stalker isn’t happy with her budding love affair with Dylan. Can these two get past their dark pasts, or will they be pulled apart by differences. DuMond is a new to me author, but I am so glad that I picked this book up. The chemistry between Evie and Dylan was palpable, and the playful banter between them made this an easy story to fall into. If you are looking for a great story that will take you away from everything for a couple hours than this is the story for you. This book is a part of a series, and while I haven’t read book two yet, if it’s anything like this one I can’t wait to read it. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read and a new author!