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.
Fantasy for a Gentleman at the Dreamspinner Press website
Title: To the Highest Bidder
Author: Caitlin Ricci
Published: July 13, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher’s Website: link
Thierry Leroux has been admitted to the Intergalactic Star Pilot Academy and his dreams are all about to come true. But the academy is expensive, and as a Sythe orphan, it’s unlikely he will be able to come up with the tuition. His brother, Corbin, works as an escort and gives Thierry the suggestion of auctioning off his virginity to pay for his schooling. It’s not something Thierry is very interested in at first, but as deadlines draw near, he gives Corbin the go ahead to set it up. Corbin’s boss, Monroe, is more than willing to help arrange the transaction, and they are both pleased when they get a bidder who will more than cover what Thierry needs. The buyer, known only as “Dragonfly” and insistent on wearing a mask when they meet, goes out of his way to make Thierry’s first time special, and Thierry is agreeable when the “Dragonfly” asks for them to meet again. After a few such meetings, Thierry realizes he might be developing feelings for his would-be suitor, though he has no idea who is hiding behind the mask. Will finding out ruin the magic and destroy everything?
This was my first Caitlin Ricci title, but I was not disappointed. The character of Thierry is so well-written. Seeing him go from where he is at the beginning of the book, to making his decision, to following through with it, and to living with everything that happens after is an interesting journey. There’s subtlety to it, but the dynamic is clear. I certainly look forward to picking up more from this author.