Book of the Month

Posted March 28, 2016 by Camille Funk in Book of the Month, Mature Novels, Romance Novels / 0 Comments

Calendar Girl- January

635882874203603379-January-new-cover Thank the heaven’s above! I finally finished this book! The truth is, it’s hard for me to leave a book unfinished. It’s happened before, but it’s a rare thing. Luckily, Audrey Carlan’s Calendar Girl didn’t fall into that category. However, I’m the type of girl who will read a book I love over and over again, and this book didn’t fall into that category either.

So when last we chatted our MC, Mia, had bedded her first client Wes. Since then, she’s continued to grow on him. They’ve gone to a few social functions together, he renamed the female lead in his movie after her, and he even bought Mia a surf lesson. Aw…? Mia ends up opening up a little to Wes, and giving him the bare bones as to why she’s become an escort: to help with her father’s debt.

So Wes knows this when he mentions to her that he doesn’t want to have to let her go in a few more days. But Mia reminds him this is the way it has to be. My question is: why? 

Wes obviously wants her. I mean he spent the whole night in her bed, and we all all know what that means! *eye roll* The only reason Mia can’t be with Wes is because she’s got to continue selling herself to pay off this debt.

Finally, Wes offers to take care of the debt for her. In what I think is supposed to be a noble move, Mia declines, partly because old Wes can’t say he loves her out loud, and partly because this debt is her problem, not his. (*Kids at home, this is not noble. If a man you’re completely into offers to pay your father’s debt so you don’t have to sell your body, say yes.)

We quickly are introduced to Wes’ costar on the film, Gia (a character I’m pretty sure was based on Angelina Jolie). Who treats Mia like dirt and fawns all over Wes. I think I can see where this is going. Can you?

So, despite everything Mia and Wes decide to let each other go for the next year. They’ll still keep in touch, but Wes will work on his movie, and Mia will continue to…work? And if after a year they’re still interested, they’ll se where things go. A truer fairytale I’ve never heard.

Now Mia is off to her next client, Alec Dubois, a artist wanting to use her as his muse for a month, and we’re supposed to be off to the next book Calendar Girl- February, only I’m not. This is where I end the ride.

I’m going to go ahead and predict that Mia meets a bunch of different guys who mold and shape her in different ways. She has a falling out with Wes because of a misunderstanding about Gia the actress. Maybe something comes up with the ex-boyfriend and her father’s debt and Wes ends up saving her? Regardless they’re together buy the end of this book. I think I might’ve just saved myself a lot of money here. If you happened to have read the rest of the series, I’d love it if you’d let me know if I nailed it or not. Remember you can by Carlan’s book here:

Again though, I really can’t say anything bad about Carlan’s writing. Personally, I just found the whole plot pretty cliched and predictable. The sexy scenes were definitely sexy, but I wasn’t invested in them because I wasn’t invested in the characters. I’m sure many people are going to have a completely different reaction to this book, but I seriously doubt it’ll be quite the cultural phenomenon that Fifty Shades of Grey turned out to be.

So, I’m happy to say I’m on to a new book. I’ll see you next week with Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher’s, Never, Never. Here’s the blurb:

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

Pretty vague, huh? But certainly intriguing. If you’re interested in reading along with me, you can buy the book here:


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