Fantasy for a Gentleman by Caitlin Ricci
Series: A Planet Called Wish, Book 2
Published by: Dreamspinner Press on February 19, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)
Corbin Leroux is an Aspasian, a high-priced companion on the planet Wish. He’s good at what he does, and that brings him some of the best clients. They treat Corbin well, and he returns in kind. Which is why Corbin never expects one of them to hire someone to kill him. Emmanuel Leoniste has no problem killing those he thinks deserve it. And whores like Corbin fall in that group. Corbin offers to hire Emmanuel to protect him, hoping he can use money to entice him. Emmanuel agrees, though he makes it clear he doesn’t approve of Corbin’s work. As Emmanuel gets to know him, he sees that maybe “whores” like Corbin aren’t all like he thinks. He’s soon forced to face his own ideas about intimacy…and about Corbin too.
I rather liked To The Highest Bidder, the first book in this series. While Corbin is in the first book, it’s more about his younger brother. We get bits of Corbin’s motivations in the first book. But I felt there was more to him when I read it. The chance to come back to Wish and learn more about Corbin was a welcome one.
Corbin doesn’t expect a relationship any time soon. And the idea wouldn’t even occur to Emmanuel. Two reluctant men make for quite the slow burn. But the story has no problem staying engaging. And I am again impressed with Caitlin Ricci’s development of this world and characters. I am not sure if there’s another character to focus on, but I wouldn’t mind more stories set in this world at all.