Blog Tour - Love, Your Concierge (Concierge #1) by Jessica Ingro ~Ava, Bianca, Kat & Stacy's Reviews and Giveaway!
Title: Love, Your Concierge
Author: Jessica Ingro
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 25, 2014
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?
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"I dreamed of a woman who would make me feel loved. Who would make me feel complete. I dreamed of you, Elizabeth."
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
Love, Your Concierge was my very first book by Jessica Ingro and it was one that I enjoyed. I liked the storyline of Elizabeth being a personal concierge for the rich and famous and going against her ‘strictly no relationship with the clients’ rule. The story wasn’t as drama and angst filled as I was expecting but it was still an entertaining, romance all the same.
Elizabeth worked hard to get to where she was. Having to carry the burden of supporting her mother as well as herself, she found her niche in being a personal assistant of sorts for high profile clients. She did all the jobs they loathed to do and she was paid a pretty penny doing it. The elusive Grant Morgan hires her, his reputation precedes him and although Elizabeth is hesitant at first, as strong as she may be, she is hopeless to the charms of this powerful, sexy man.
The name is Grant. Grant Morgan and he is definitely the newest book boyfriend in town! *swoon* I loved that grant was a successful lawyer, sure he was filthy rich but it wasn’t because he was a CEO of some company. He was good at his job and it felt realistic to me. What I loved most about him was that he truly wanted something real with Elizabeth. Even though his public image was that of a playboy, he made it clear from the start that this wasn’t who he was. He wined and dined Elizabeth and had me crushing on him. He commanded attention and not in your usual dominant way, he was a man who just liked to take charge and he was oh so hot when he did so!
“Invite me in, Elizabeth. I won’t leave here until I’ve had you beneath me, writhing and moaning and calling my name…invite me in.”
“If I want to kiss you, I damn well will. If I want to fuck you, I’ll do that too. And if you even think about telling me it’s a mistake again. I’ll gag you.”
“Don’t you see? You were made for my pleasure. Why do you keep fighting it?”
Don’t get me wrong, the man was far from perfect but then again perhaps that made him all the more real. I did get frustrated with he and Elizabeth jumped to conclusions and didn’t communicate with each other. Then a threat by the name of Corrine popped up (what is it with catty ladies by this name? ;)) Towards the end of the story, I did question their situation as I thought surely they would have bumped into each other sooner but nonetheless, I’m glad they both came to their senses.
I felt the pace of the story was a little uneven in parts, some events were drawn out, with little happening when others were skipped over and I felt like I missed some important stages, especially with some of the time jumps near the end. However, the author’s writing flowed well and was easy to read. I do wish we got Grant’s POV sooner and a lot more of it. I wanted to know in the beginning what attracted him to Elizabeth and why he sought her out. When we did get into his head, I loved being privy to all his thoughts.
Grant and Elizabeth’s story is all wrapped up in a romantic little bow. Their friends Travis and Maya featured heavily in the story and I was surprised to learn their book is next. As I know how their story ends, I hadn’t given much thought to them but perhaps it will be interesting to get their story from the beginning.
Love, Your Concierge was a good book and one that I think many people will enjoy. You need to check this one out today, if for no other reason than to drool over Grant Morgan.
“Whoever said chivalry was dead, didn’t know Grant Morgan.”
“A few minutes later the reply that came from Grant made me swoon once again. You’re worth all that and more. I couldn’t help it. I was falling in love with that man.”
“You wouldn’t,” she hissed and her face blanched. “Don’t push me. You won’t like how far I’ll go to protect Elizabeth.”
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The moment I started Love, You Concierge I was hooked. Don't plan on getting anything done until the very last page.
Elizabeth Ward is a personal concierge for the rich and sometimes famous, and the privileged. I absolutely loved her! She is sassy, fierce, independent, and confident. She typically doesn't meet her clients as she maintains a business only relationship with them. However, one particular client is different.The minute she meets Grant Morgan she is consumed by him. He is a super powerful attorney and she cannot stop thinking about what it would be like to be with a man like him. Little does he know that Grant is desiring her just as much. But, Elizabeth does not believe in mixing pleasure and business.
"Invite me in, Elizabeth. I won't leave here until I've had you beneath me and moaning and calling my name...Invite me in."
Grant Morgan. Sweet. Baby. Jesus. He is the one of the most beautiful man I've ever read about. Besides being devastatingly sexy, he is powerful, and intense. Elizabeth can't help but be drawn to him, business or not. But he is known for being a playboy. He's typically not seen with the same women. As his concierge she becomes privy to this endless list of women. But Grant wants her to know she's unlike any woman he's ever met. Soon enough, she gives in to Grant and their lives are forever changed. They love with a love that neither knew exist. It is powerful, all consuming, and beautiful.
"I dreamed of a woman who would make me feel loved. Who would make me feel complete. I dreamed of you"
The chemistry between Grant and Elizabeth is unparalleled. They connect on such a deep level and that is why their story resonated with me like it did. I felt all the ups and downs of this story.Grant and Elizabeth both have insecurities due to their pasts that lead to circumstances neither one saw coming. This is unlike any story I've read. The story is original, the characters are genuine, and the emotions are raw.
"When you're missing a piece of your soul, it's hard to go on as anything other than a shell of a person you used to be"
What I love about Jessica Ingro's writing is that she grabs you from the beginning and does not let you go until the very end. You become so involved in these characters and they stay with you even after the story ends. She makes you yell at your kindle because you become so wrapped up in the story. You cry, you swoon, you simply fall in love. Love, Your Concierge has all the components of a good romance, love, steam, and angst.
So Grant Morgan, will you be mine?
When Elizabeth miss-I-don’t-date-my-clients Ward, meets the one and only Grant naughty-bedbossy-stud Morgan, her new client, a re-evaluation of her rules are in order. Because when a guy like Grant says “Invite me in”, you had better damn well invite him in! No thinking about it is necessary, Elizabeth, just do it! Luckily for her (and us otherwise there’d be no story), she was smart enough to step aside and let him into her life.
Their passion and heat is undeniable and their journey to it was loving and sweet. Grant’s prowler-esque skills in the bedroom are definitely worth checking out. But like any love story there will be bumps in the road, and these two really gave me ride in the frustration department.
Jealousy, miscommunication and hell, lets even throw in a crazy ex and a hoity, toity, bitchy family, it’s no wonder why they completely crumbled under it all. Grant turns into a major A-HOLE and Elizabeth runs for the hills. They spent too much time apart, and all the while I was sure they had fun at watching, me as a reader, go through that pain and frustration of it all. I wanted to bash their heads together and make them wake the Fuck up! Just say something Elizabeth! I understand why you didn’t speak up, Elizabeth, but for the love of all heartache, just do it!!
Eventually events push them back together, but not really, not totally together on the same page. How can two people live together and not communicate is beyond me?! I mean I know it’s done in real life all the time, but why do my book people have to put me through that? Anyways…They finally open up, and come to terms at where they are in their lives and how they want to live. They once again find the love and passion they once shared so freely. I loved the ending and how Jessica gave them a…ugh so hard to explain without spoiling it for you…
Jessica’s books seem to frustrate me a lot, and I usually find myself yelling at her characters. This is in no way a bad thing, its good angsty frustration that eventually comes to a beautiful and fulfilling end. It gives you that big ole sigh that makes you sit back and smile after reading the story.
“There are Legendary stories circling the city about his stamina, his endowment, and how well-versed he is at using both to exact pleasure from his partner.”
Meet Grant Morgan… Easily New York City’s most eligible bachelor and most definitely the Man with the naughtiest reputation. If you think you’re going to read a book about a HOT, successful, dirty talking playboy who ZONKS women into near coma’s with his light saber, well then you’d be exactly right. The one exception being that there’s only one woman that Grant wants to zonk, that would be his lovely personal concierge Elizabeth Ward.
Meet Elizabeth… Personal Concierge to some of the most ridiculous clients in New York, but when she lands the job with Grant Morgan her curiosity peaks and the pull she feels towards him can’t be denied. This will make Elizabeth’s outstanding control issues go all bonkers and make her feel all flushed and school like around him, and the whole time Grant is just as cool as can be. Almost like he’s unaffected, which is so obviously not the case TRUST ME. Once you get in his head at some point it all starts making sense.
So there are actually quite a bit of secondary characters in this story that aren’t a bunch of filler, as opposed to some other stories that I’ve read. There is no way to name them all but something that was brought to my attention while reading was that some of Elizabeth’s friends are actually crossover characters from Belle Aurora’s Friend-Zone Series, crazy right? I just thought that was so cool! Okay moving on… We also meet SWEET Matt who I just loved! He’s Elizabeth’s Friend with benefits who wanted more than the benefits with Elizabeth. I won’t spoil it for anyone but here’s to hoping he gets a story or hooks up with a certain someone, *winking* at you Miss Author Lady! And then we have the people that I sweetly referred to as slutty-whore, douche, and cunt. Yes I used all three of those adjectives proudly on three different people and I’m not telling who! You’ll just have to read it, but gahhhhh I get so defensive over my beloved book boyfriends and girlfriends!
Okay so back to E & G… These two completely stole my heart! The way they evolve together is not only HOT, but also sweet and so romantically sexy. Grant has a dirty mouth on him that could rival the best dirty talkers around, but that’s not all. He has a soft side that is so beautiful that it brought me to tears. Apparently he has a big meanie-pie side too because he says some things to Elizabeth that really pissed me off! He’s also a tad on the jealous side, but I found that totally cute and funny especially when he says stuff like this in regards to Elizabeth taking his car:
“That’s nothing you have to worry about. Just take it. Please. I’ll worry about you if you don’t. It will be really hard for me not to stalk you if you force me to worry.”
“What kind of old friend are we talking about here? The kind that braids your hair or the kind that pulls your hair when he’s inside you?”
I just really loved everything that came out of his mouth! Except for the previous thing I mentioned further back of course! I did not like that Mr. Morgan at all! But in the end I’d have to say that I’m extremely satisfied with the way things turned out. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely some angsty parts which had me crying and gasping, but I can’t complain one single bit, Grant stole my heart completely in this book! Some of my favorite moments include The Starlight Room, The “bedroom”, the slow sexy “moment” walk, The Punishment window, and the fact that I got to read a Valentine’s Day scene on actual Valentine’s Day! How cool is that? So I know people that haven’t read the book won’t understand my references AT ALL, but I’m looking forward to seeing if my favorite stuff is everyone else’s favorite stuff! I’m a dork that way. Also, I read this book in half a day, on Valentine’s Day while making Pot Roast for my family. That’s my kind of love, and this story had that same quality love just warm, sweet and pure. The book was however MUCH steamier than my pot roast.
“When I was a young boy listening to stories from my grandfather about my grandmother, I dreamed of a woman who would make me feel loved. Who would make me feel complete. I dreamed of you, Elizabeth.”
Jessica is the author of the Love Square series. She grew up in Central New York, where she spends her days as a Security Analyst at an IT consulting company. In her free time, she enjoys 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. It has always been a dream of hers to be able to share her stories with the world.
Jessica currently lives in New York with her husband and three dogs.