Drop dead gorgeous, kind to a fault and good in bed, twenty-six-year-old graduate student Luca Gregorio meets all the requirements for The Dean’s List, a university society that offers alumni anything they desire—for a price. Weeks from graduating, Luca loses his most valuable client. Determined to graduate debt free, he needs new patrons to cover his shortfall. His once easy job at Concierge Services becomes complicated once he meets Mim Knight, a woman he can’t ignore.
She was worth more.
Cultured and beautiful Mim Knight isn’t looking for anything but a quick end to a frustrating workday when Luca Gregorio shows up on the other side of her desk. Despite his too-good-to-be-true looks, he’s different from the trust fund boys she’s used to. He’s fearless, genuine, and sexy as hell.
They say money is the root of all evil, but they’re wrong.
Drowning in lies of omission, Luca knows one misplaced step will lose Mim forever, but like his dream of financial freedom, he can’t let her go. In the world of commodities, everyone has something to sell. What price do you demand for your honor? What price do you put on love?
“Who is she?” Jade asked.
“That’s Mim.” When I closed my eyes, I could see her smile and hear her laughter. “She’s the assistant for my new professor. She’s different. Bad attitude. Cute smile. Sexy accent.”
River reached across and held my hand. “I’m so happy for you.”
“It’s not like that. I asked her to dinner and she told me I was taking her out on Thursday. So now I have to decide if I’m going to show.” Deep inside I knew I’d go because even though Mim was frustrating in the few encounters I had with her, she was the realest thing I had right now besides these two.
Jade sat up and leaned in. “I call bullshit. You get a soft, warm look on your face when you say her name.”
“She says she loves Italian.” I bit my lip in that sexy way women liked and winked at my friends.
“Yes, but you can love Italian, or you can looove Italian. Which is it going to be?” River asked.
“She was all sweetness and sunshine to the tired-looking barista. She was vinegar and hot sauce to me, but I like flavor in my life.”
“For a woman in her forties, she had a rockin’ body, but I was pretty sure it was because she devoured lesser men for sport.”
“She was everything virtuous and pure, and I was Hester Prynne with a penis.”
“We chatted about funny things like why hot dogs come in packages of ten and buns come in packages of eight. Why airline travel is suppose to be safe, but they call the airport a terminal.”
“She was the yin to my yang. The light to my darkness. She smelled like lilacs and tasted like honey. I felt like a hungry bee around her.”
Kelly Collins never fails to entertain. Her characters always seem to have dark secrets or are somehow tainted, yet they are also highly likable if not lovable, as well as intelligent and intriguing. Honor Roll provides an interesting twist on the campus hired escort service as this time it is the male perspective on being a hired escort. Something I had never contemplated. The story line is enjoyable and the writing is relevant, steamy, and insightful. I am curious to see who will be the next player in this addicting series.
Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive.
Always a romantic, she is inspired by real time events mixed with a dose of fiction. She encourages her readers to reach the happily ever after but bask in the afterglow of the perfectly imperfect love.
Kelly lives in Colorado with her husband of twenty-five years. She loves hockey, shiny objects and has a new found appreciation for green smoothies.