Sunday, October 8, 2017

Book Review: 'The Sex Tourist' by Olivia Wild

New England author Ruth Cardello was born in Rhode Island and has lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, and New York but ha now returned New England where she has been an educator (kindergarten primarily) and now has turned her attention to writing a multi-series billionaire world with a combination of escapism and realism that that has become so popular that she has been honored by the NY Times and USA Today. She has published nearly thirty books to date!

Ruth’s passion for Billionaires is evident in the manner in which she introduces the lead character of this novel Asher Barrington: ‘Asher had been old enough to be shamed by his father’s scandal. When his classmates had heartlessly taunted him, Asher had discovered how very different he was from his father. He hadn’t retreated from confrontation. He’d gone after those who’d found enjoyment in his pain and had taken them down with whatever means was at his disposal. He’d been smart enough to keep the evidence of his retaliation off the radar of the school and his parents. Except for the time he’d taken on a bully. He’d made sure that fight was both public and final. No one had laughed at him after that day, and that win helped shape the man he’d become. He’d taken his trust fund from his grandfather and built a financial empire with it. He’d taken his trust fund from his grandfather and built a financial empire with it. Regardless of how successful he became, he had yet to hear his father say he was proud of him. When they did speak of his business his father would only caution him to soften his approach, tread more carefully, risk less. That wasn’t how Asher operated nor was it how he wanted to. He had goals for himself and his company, and if that meant crushing his opposition, it was nothing more than the way of the world. Eat or be eaten. Expand or perish. Asher’s father had been a great man, but he should have fought harder for what he had. Asher was determined to not make the same mistake.’ That is character development in less than a page!

The summary Ruth shares goes to the core of the story – ‘‘When it comes to getting what he wants, Asher Barrington is a hammer who is known for crushing his opponents. From the moment Emily walks into his office and challenges him, winning takes on a whole new meaning. The only thing standing between Emily Harris and her goal to open a museum for the blind is an arrogant, sexy as hell billionaire, who thinks sleeping with her will not complicate the situation. He won’t change. She won’t back down. But together they sizzle.’

And sizzle is what happens on most every page. Ruth has her style down so smoothly that it begs reading a book in one sitting. She is a Pro. Grady Harp, January 17

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