Title: Memoirs of a Gigolo: Volume One
Author: Livia Ellis
Rating: 5/5 Stars
“Oliver Adair enjoys a life of women (sometimes men), travel, and sex. Unfortunately these things cost money – something he doesn’t have a lot of. When he’s offered an opportunity to get paid for doing what he loves, he happily signs on to become a male escort. But first, he has to pass the interview process. The madam of the agency has one of her girls put him to the test. Oliver quickly discovers that in this world, not only is being a mans man a la James Bond still desirable, but expected. By embracing his masculine sexuality, he makes a name for himself in the world of escorts.” (description from Amazon)
Title: Memoirs of a Gigolo: Happy Halloween Oliver
Author: Livia Ellis
Rating: 5?5 Stars
“Oliver is back for Halloween. He is invited to one of THOSE parties in Paris where we see him and his life as an escort from an entirely new perspective.” (description from Amazon)
Review: Volume One
When I first say the title of this book I was intrigued. What would a gigolo have to say about his life? And this is an erotica story, so I knew there’s be a lot of sexual aspects to it as well. Yet I was pleased that it wasn’t all sex.
Memoirs of a Gigolo Volume One is the great kick off to the new series. I feel that it established the story-line in a great way. There’s a good amount of background to establish the main character and his financial situation, leading to him decide the next stage in his life.
I’m always pleased when there’s a balance between sex and story in erotica. When there isn’t I don’t feel like it’s worth reading. But like in this story, when there’s just the right amount to get a reader aroused (what I think is what erotica tries to accomplish) as well as keeping the story going forward, I enjoy it. It’s well written throughout and I’m going to continue with the series as soon as I can.
I’m confident in saying Livia Ellis has a hit on her hands.
Review: Happy Halloween Oliver
After reading the first Memoirs of a Gigolo novella, I felt compelled to continue following along with Oliver’s life. Lucky for me, this month is October. With October comes Halloween. And with Halloween, this year, comes this great short story from Livia Ellis.
Because this was a side story to the main Memoirs of a Gigolo series, I think the author felt that she could take the liberty of changing the POV. Instead of following along with Oliver narrating, the readers gets to see Oliver from the outside, from another character’s POV. Happy Halloween Oliver is a story from Olga’s view-point. This really was a good choice I think. The reader gets a small glimpse into her character in book one, but this shows a much different side of her.
Is this Halloween special spooky? Well, no. It’s not that kind of Halloween. It’s a sexy Halloween. It’s everything you’d expect when the main characters are escorts and big spending clients. I think the setting, a party full of alcohol, barely dressed and naked men and women, and over the top extravagance, was great. The descriptions throw you in the story. I was there beside the narrator experiencing the various “acts” that she witnessed and even those she took part it.
I think it was also great to get glimpses of some of the interesting characters, clients and escorts alike. I have a feeling that they’ll come into play later in the series and I can’t wait.
After reading both of these stories, I’m awaiting November 1st for the seconds installment of Oliver’s story. If you’d like to check up on it, it’s up on Goodreads now.
About Livia Ellis
Were I to write a personal ad about myself it would read as follows:
Blond. Blue. 5’6”. A lady never discloses her weight, but I’ve never had any complaints. I only run if I’m being chased by a gun wielding maniac, but I do love yoga. Bit of a shoe hound. Have had issues passing up handbags. Trying to learn to play the Irish harp. Enjoy both theater and concerts. Love to read fantasy and science fiction. Am not ashamed to admit I adore Star Trek. Have a picture of myself (dressed as a nun) and the late Patrick Swayze (dressed as a medieval warrior) in a frame (Yes – I did cry when he died). Perpetual student with advanced degrees that are mostly useless when seeking job opportunities outside academia. Vivid imagination. Sexually adventurous only on paper. I never know what to say when people end a conversation with ‘god bless’. Occasionally play the lottery – but generally only when I’m feeling really poor. Love to travel. Fluent French speaker. Seeks readers whom enjoy what I write.