A quick (36 pages, 1 hour) listen, this is a short story that focuses on the women who work as escorts for VIP, a personalized ‘matchmaking’ service. This is Ivy’s story: a young woman with a huge issue with commitment and no room for love. Ivy is self-obsessed and over-reaching in her personal charms. Obsessed with her look, her clothes and the labels they bear, she’s not a particularly convincing ‘companion’ for public outings, especially as the organization that she works for is meant to provide companions for the more sophisticated businessmen, accompanying them to business functions.
Jax is her ‘client’ and the two know each other from childhood. I didn’t find or sense a solid emotional component to their reunion: while their conversation hinted toward an emotional connection, it was completely missing from the delivery of the narration or the words. While the sexual component was reasonably well designed, the odd asides from Ivy’s point of view kept her involvement removed and separate, I didn’t find it steamy, merely uncomfortable and formulaic.
This is, again, a short story: where development and growth of story and character is often limited with time/word count restrictions, but the initial development of the characters was only half-complete, and left me wanting more that gave a sense of reality.
Narration is provided by Elizabeth Meadows, and I will say that I was very disappointed with both her delivery and her diction. Multiple mispronounced words: Italian is not eyetalean, breasts do not feels tight, chiffon is not chifin and the receptionist is not ‘all women’ but all woman. These, combined with the flat, near monotone delivery with little regard or variation in pacing except to speed up for conversations did not present me with an enjoyable listen, and I would not be inclined to choose another audio title with her as narrator.
I had hoped for a short and steamy listen, but sadly I received the short and feel that the steamy was missing. Too many odd hesitations and asides, a curious mix of retro word choice, more suited to 1970’s bodice rippers were peppered throughout the scenes, and action skipped illogically, with the final climax being Ivy’s realization that she was in love. Really? I don’t believe it, and think that while the premise for the VIP series is clever, it missed on too many levels for me to continue.
Stars: Overall: 2 Narration: 2 Story: 2
Title: At Your Mercy
Author: Rhyme Devereux
Series: VIP The Pink Collection #1
Narrator: Elizabeth Meadows
Published by: Self-Produced
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 1 Hour: 1 minute
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon ♦ AllRomance
Welcome to VIP, a personalized matchmaking agency catering to professional executives. Satisfaction, and so much more, guaranteed.
Working as a VIP Companion, Ivy gets to see the world, accompanying businessmen on social events and business trips. She refrains from all lures of forming romantic relationships, especially with her clients. As far as Ivy’s concerned, falling in love weakens you. Now her newest client is Jax, a childhood friend. He was the one who kept her safe through a rough time in her life. His seductive charm and soothing caresses are difficult to ignore. Those piercing blue eyes captivate her. Her wildest fantasies about him have her suffocating with an intense need descending from her supple skin and lips, straight to her core. He arouses her, in every way. It might be time for her to make an exception to her rule...
As President of his family business; Sterling Vacation Resorts, Jax gives orders to everyone. No questions asked. He spends most of his time and energy on work, leaving no room for dating. In need of a companion, Jax decides to contact VIP. Sparks fly when he sees Ivy. He hadn't expected to meet up with this feisty redheaded woman, whom he had known a long time ago. However, she isn't that fragile, young girl with low self esteem he once protected. Her beautiful face and sensual curves are breathtaking to him now. Jax will stop at nothing ‘til he has her moaning in his bed.
Will Ivy let her guard down and revel in the pleasures of a man for the first time? He might be off-limits, but Jax will shatter all her inhibitions. At Your Mercy, will excite you and your palate will crave seduction.
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.