Lap Dog by Kate Sherwood ~ Book Review by Karen

lap-dog-coverTitle: Lap Dog

Author: Kate Sherwood

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: AJ Korza

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/01/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary

Blurb:

Tristan Beck sells his body for a living; Simon Yeung sold his soul for his family.

Simon’s job is to make things run smoothly for his uncle’s business, and he does his job well. When he’s assigned to convince Tristan to work for a family ally, Simon develops a strategy and then implements it. Nothing personal.

But when “convincing” really means “forcing” it couldn’t be more personal for Tristan and his friends. Tristan may be a prostitute, but as an independent he was in control—not of individual encounters maybe, but at least of his client list and what he was willing to do for them.

As Simon gets to know Tristan better, he begins to question his own beliefs, and when Tristan’s friends get involved, Simon realizes that a family you choose can mean a lot more than a family you’re born into. Thanks to Simon’s actions, Tristan has to choose between staying with his friends or losing his freedom–unless Simon takes desperate steps to free the man he’s coming to love.

My View:

I think I read the wrong blurb when I asked for this book, it read as something quite light about a Vet and the owner of a show dog ! Bit I’m really glad that I got to read this.

Lap Dog takes an often used romantic situation, the sex worker who falls in love, and does something quite different with it. Tristan, our whore, is unapologetic a bit damaged maybe, but not broken and not looking to get fixed. The situation he finds himself in via the Chinese connection really grates on him. Tristan makes his choices and lives freely.

Simon works for his Uncle, and it’s his job to get Tristan to work for his Uncle, which he does, but this act is a catalyst for Simon to start to change and accept himself.

The relationship between Tristan and Simon moves slowly, and starts to become a real partnership, Tristan and his friends open Simon up to see that there is a different way of living, and Simon has to make choices, and think about other people.

I’ve never read Kate Sherwood before, but I thought that this was a thought provoking read, about how we see others, and how far people will go when the need to do the right thing. Also for a book about a sex worker, the focus was on the emotional connection between Tristan and Simon, and it was rather lovely.

 

Recommended.

 

Links

Lap Dog on Goodreads
Self Published
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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