Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: CURIO by Cara McKenna

by Cara McKenna
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Release Date: September 28, 2011

Caroly Evardt never expected to find herself patronizing a male prostitute. Then again, she never expected to be weeks from her thirtieth birthday and still a virgin.

When a friend mentions that a gorgeous male model in Paris sells his body as well as his image, Caroly's intrigued. Finally, a chance to sample the gifts of a beautiful man—no strings, no stakes, no fear of rejection.

But she soon discovers that Didier Pedra amounts to more than a striking face and talented body. He's a kind, charming, damaged man, and after a few evenings of pleasurable education, Caroly's interest blossoms into something far deeper than mere lust. Her simple arrangement is suddenly feeling downright dangerous . .

I originally bought Curio thinking it would be a quick raunchy read with a kinky gigolo. I was pleasantly surprised to be reading a very deep emotional book about a gorgeous but broken male model who moonlights as a male prostitute. Caroly was the caring woman who unwittingly helps Didier to overcome his fears.

Caroly has decided that it’s time to let go of her virginity. She has concluded that she is never going to find the perfect man to fall in love with. She sees a portrait of Didier at the museum she works at she is intrigued after learning that he sells his body not only for modeling but also for pleasure. Caroly makes an appointment with Didier and meets him at his apartment. He is completely not what she expected. Instead of a smooth operator he seems quite down to earth and normal. I was expecting a suave player type but he is actually a really nice guy who seems to genuinely care about Caroly’s needs. 

The two spend a lot of time talking about their childhoods and families. They seemed to be growing into friends more so than lovers. Didier finally does divest Caroly of her virginity. The love scenes were beautiful and full of emotion. After a couple more meetings Caroly informs Didier that she can’t see him as often as she would like as she simply cannot afford him. I thought that would be the end of their story but then I was so surprised with the ending. 

I truly enjoyed this emotional story. It was beautifully written and heartfelt. Cara McKenna is a new to me author and I am definitely a new fan. Curiowas an incredible read. 


  1. This sounds like a great book! Thanks.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Lori. I really loved how emotional this book was.


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