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March 4, 2014

Love, Your Concierge by Jessica Ingro + Giveaway

Series: Concierge 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: February 24, 2014
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Organization – that’s what I do. Control – it’s my middle name.

Hello. I’m Elizabeth – your personal concierge. My job is to play fairy godmother to the rich and famous.

The universal rulebook may say to never mix business with pleasure, but its author never worked for Grant Morgan, my sexy and brooding client. As a top attorney in Manhattan, Grant is used to calling the shots and dominating everything he touches. He also changes girlfriends as often as I pick up his dry cleaning. A part of me still wishes I could let him command my body and take me in ways I’ve never imagined, though.

One moment of weakness is all it takes to change everything forever.

Addicted – I can’t get enough of him. Consumed – He’s all I think and dream about.

The book has officially been thrown out the window. I’m in love and completely terrified. With lines blurred, I find myself lying, cheating and stealing to protect myself from being hurt. But my choices affect more than just me and now I’m not so sure what I’m trying to protect myself from.

Will love be enough to erase all I’ve done? Or have I made the biggest mistake of all?

LOVE, YOUR CONCIERGE is Jessica Ingro's latest romance novel. For those of you who've read her Love Square books and have the same expectations here, let me set it straight: LOVE, YOUR CONCIERGE isn't as raw and provocative as Love Square but it's just as intense and maddening. LOVE, YOUR CONCIERGE is a rich-boy-meets-the-help, fell in love and lived happily ever after. And like fairy tales, there are wicked people about who will try to bring the sweethearts apart. 

Although I'm a little wary of rich playboys wooing hardworking average girls, I still like the plot of LOVE, YOUR CONCIERGE. I enjoyed the flirtatious start of Elizabeth and Grant's relationship. Grant is Elizabeth's latest client, he's a successful lawyer and NYC's most eligible bachelor and Elizabeth if a concierge or personal assistant to New York's elite. The sexual tension was there as both went on a limb to seduce the other which resulted to a torrid romance. The conflict lie on countless misunderstandings between the two and how awful they are at reading signals. It's quite frustrating on several occasions because the situation are super obvious if only the MCs took the time to sit down and analyzed things objectively. 

I personally didn't quite connect with Grant or Elizabeth although I like them as characters. Grant is your typical rich Alpha male who gets what he wants complete with a shadowed (aka tortured) past. He's gorgeous, successful, intense and magnetic. Unfortunately, Grant's family are horrible people which explains why he could be cold and callous at times. What didn't work for me regarding Grant is how gullible he can be. For a lawyer, he's quick to jump on a conclusion, barely with any evidence. "Innocent til proven guilty" but I guess it's easier to think someone is guilty over proving their innocence.

As for Elizabeth, she's relatable. She's self-made, loves her mother, hardworking, controlling, loyal and knows how to play the field so to speak. Her game just got skewed when she got involved with Grant because she fell too hard, too fast for the man. Elizabeth frustrated me too because she knew what she was getting herself into and yet she kept on expecting the opposite from Grant every time and would go all huffy and puffy or play the victim when things didn't got her way. With all the misunderstanding between the two and the mediation they needed to get to their happy place, I was doubtful of their HEA for a minute there and expected a sequel or something. Thank God that wasn't the case. 

The other characters were great additions to the story. Aside from Grant's vile family and bitchy exes, Elizabeth's friends were engaging especially her BFF, Maya. I wouldn't be surprised if Maya gets her own book or even some of Elizabeth's other close friends. However theirs won't be a story about getting an HEA, it'll be about maintaining the happy in their respective ever afters because they're all married. Still that would still make for a great story, marriage can still be thrilling and romantic right?!

The conflict resolution was a little painful for me to read not because it's bad but because Elizabeth and Grant are so self-absorbed they've lost their objectivity. One scene even had me shaking my head because it was so WRONG for Elizabeth to even attempt doing such a thing considering her situation (sorry for speaking in tongues, don't want to give out spoilers). But that's JIngro for you, it won't be her book unless the heroine does something questionable or shocking. Which is why I love reading her books. I love how JIngro's mind works, I love the plotting behind the scenes and even if her characters usually frustrates me, I will always come back for more. 

Anyway, LOVE, YOUR CONCIERGE is a complete, adult HEA story, it's passionate, intense, erotic and full of drama. 





Copyright © Jessica Ingro

Arms in the air, hips swaying, I lost myself in the sounds of 112’s, “Peaches and Cream.” Matt moved up behind me, pulling me back against his hard chest, grinding his hips into mine. His hands glided teasingly down my arms and sides, causing a slow burn in my belly. His hand moved my hair over my shoulder so his lips could skim along the side of my neck, sending shivers down my spine.

Feeling like I was being watched, my eyes opened and looked directly into the blazing, heated gaze of Grant Morgan. I had made myself forget that he was here, but apparently he hadn’t forgotten I was. He sat forward in his booth, his one arm propped on his leg – watching me. He was the master of his domain and of his body. You could tell he was at ease with himself and knew how to command his body. He had a powerful aura now that I was closer to him. And if I wasn’t mistaken, his jaw seemed to tick when Matt ran his hands intimately down my thighs as he danced behind me.

From that moment forward, I danced for Grant. It was beyond my control. My imagination went wild with thoughts of him behind me, moving me sensually against him. Matt or not, I only wanted him to watch me. Only wanted him to touch me. Only wanted him to want me. It was dangerous. It was reckless. It was everything I wasn’t. 

Grant watched me the whole time. Even when waitresses brought him what looked like whiskey or scotch. Even when Nik came back to talk with him. It was a rare occasion for me to look his way and not see his eyes on me. The heated look in them made my skin tingle and my panties grow wet with desire. I might as well have been naked, for the way his eyes stripped me bare. 

At one point, I caught him subtly adjusting himself. When he did that, I closed my eyes, overcome with a wave of need. I ran my hands over my breasts and down my torso, further stimulating myself. I could imagine my hands down his pants, feeling his hardness beneath my palm as I squeezed it and made him hiss with pleasure. And when my hands skirted farther down my body, I imagined it was his, seeking to give me the same pleasure that I was giving him.

And that was how I spent the rest of the night. Seductively beckoning Grant to join me. Secretly wishing he would answer my unspoken call. When a man I didn’t know came up and pulled him away, I watched him leave the club and felt an odd sense of loss blanket me. What was happening to me?



Jessica grew up in Central New York. She spends her days as a Security Analyst at an IT consulting company. She spends her free time reading books and developing ideas for her own stories. Writing is her secret passion that she’s been fostering since elementary school, when she wrote her first book about a puppy. Writing has always been one of her secret dreams and she can't wait to share her stories with the world.

She currently lives in New York with her husband and three dogs.


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28 comments:

  1. Hmm, not sure if this one is for me. I just finished a dramatic contemp and I can only do a handful a year. I understand about struggling with the characters and the resolution that was my experience with my book as well and it was a let down.

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    1. I feel you, I too can only take Drama in small doses. I prefer action and laughter over tears. Real life is hard as it is, don't want my escape to be tough like that too

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  2. This does sound like a pretty captivating story, even if Grant and Elizabeth aren't your favorite characters ever. I'm not sure what I'd think about them being so self-absorbed, I guess I won't know until I start reading, eh?

    Great review, Braine, I love that you were able to love the story, and that you still managed to let us know what didn't work completely for you.

    Happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. They just frustrated me! They need work on reading signals LOL

      Thanks for stopping by, Lexxie! :)

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  3. I was so sure I posted already...weird

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    1. I guess this time it worked well :)

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  4. I think some weirdo shiz is happening with posting comments as I have had readers say something to me about my postings and their comments not showing up, sometimes. I too replied on my own posting and it didn't show or be in spam. So go figure?? Anyhoo...

    Awesome review.! Wicked people trying to keep peeps apart. I can relate. Honest thoughts. I like to connect with lead characters and sometimes find myself connecting more with sub characters. Sounds a great read :D

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    1. That's important for contemporary reads for me because there's no myth and world building to fall back on. Contemporary reads are character driven stories so when I can't connect with the characters, it can be a problem.

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  5. Oh! I've been very curious about Love Square, and now I'm interested in Love, Your Concierge. I adore this trope and think this would be a great fit for me.

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    1. It's stand-alone too, I think, which is always a plus

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  6. Love, Your Concierge sounds like a great read, Braine. It must be an interesting story, and well-written, if you love it despite not exactly connecting with the MCs. That excerpt was a little awesome.

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    1. I just love how Ingro's mind works. That's what fascinates me LOL, she always manages to push my buttons and I love it!

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  7. Even though this does sounds good, I hate not connecting when characters. It's hard for me to enjoy the story if so.

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    1. I feel you, esp when it comes to contemporary romances huh

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  8. What a lovely review! I normally aren't really that interested in romance/erotica books, I do read a few of them but your review has provided an awesome overview of this book. I like the sound of the characters of Elizabeth and Grant both being powerful and successful but as you said some things were frustrating.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. Glad to give you some input with this one

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  9. Sounds like I might enjoy this one. Thank you Braine <3 Added to GR.

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  10. I'm not familiar with the author or the books so it was nice to read through the post and your review for my introduction. I have to admit that these two sound like they'd get me irritated with all the misunderstandings. Sometimes I can get past that and enjoy the story and sometimes I can't. Looks like there is some balance there.

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    1. In hindsight, I guess there is. It's just so hard to watch two people who are meant for each other but are so caught up with their shit they can't see the obvious!

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  11. Ohhh this author is new to me, but her books sounds like something I would enjoy. I love it when the characters are shocking. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! Her other series, Love Square is great too!

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  12. I'm glad you liked it even if you didn't really connect with the characters, it's something something difficult for me I confes... The flirtation seems cute, it makes me want to see how they behave with each other. thanks for the review!

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    1. They behaved really bad! Because they can't keep their hands off each other LOL

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  13. The plot sounds like it might have been fun. Thought shame he is your average rich alpha male that always thinks he has his way.
    Sorry to hear you did not connect with the characters, but glad to hear you still enjoyed it.

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    1. I'm getting wary of Alpha males, especially the rich ones, they can be so entitled sometimes. I miss the decent average joes.

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  14. I miss the average joes too Braine :), we need more of them. Too much drama is just that...too much. I love my drama...but can't deal with frustration. Great review and thanks for sharing it though.

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    1. Yeah, I love to escape but sometimes I need my escapes to be realistic too. I haven't really seen a lot of Alphas in real life, it's either I'm looking at the wrong places but all I've met are Joes.

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