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Finishing this book I was left thinking about a very serious issue; which is the more sexier – Colin Firth’s wet shirt in Pride & Prejudice or Michael Fassbender in his nightshirt in Jane Eyre??

And there lies a huge problem I had with this book. Written 200 years before “Call Girl” the other two books were of a time when a woman didn’t even kiss a guy until they were engaged and even then it was shocking. So a modern reader really has to use their imagination to see the hidden passions. In today’s MTV/fast food way of life everything is often given to you with no thought at all and this book fits right in.

There’s nothing in here to actually make you use your imagination, the reader is told everything. I’d say in great detail but she doesn’t even do that. It’s all quite flat and for a book about sex; cold, clinical at times and basically really boring.  The first few graphic scenes would be a shock if you weren’t expecting them but after a while it gets a bit same-y.

I wanted to like it. I think the premise is a good one but there’s no substance to any of it. No real reason for her turning to prostitution and prostitute she is despite feeble attempts to glamourise. I know it’s meant to be a fun book but Belle never seems to think or discuss her motives for being a call girl (she got into it by a recommendation because her friends think she’s “amoral”), there’s no thought as to why the men wish to pay for sex. But there’s also no character development. Her friends are all reduced to abbreviations, her on-off lover is The Boy but he is treated so lightly throughout that when they have their final break up, what could have been a touching scene simply came across as meh…

Looking at the reviews I saw a lot of people who preferred the TV series. I haven’t seen it yet but know it stars Billy Piper. Hopefully the writers were able to flesh out the characters.

All in all I think this book had the potential to be so much more under the care of a better writer. It would make a good book for a beach read maybe but it’s not one that will be a keeper.