Sapphire Beautiful is the latest book in Ren Monterrey's The Club series. While I had not read the first few books of the series, I learned that this one could be read as a standalone novel--so I decided to give it a chance. What was my review of Sapphire Beautiful by Ren Monterrey?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review. All opinions are my own.
Quick Summary of Sapphire Beautiful. We both joined The Club and made an arrangement. I got the money to pay my mortgage and he got access to my body, whenever and however he wanted it... SAPPHIRE BEAUTIFUL, a new full-length, stand-alone novel in Ren Monterrey's THE CLUB series. I never imagined that I'd be starting my fifth year as a faculty member in the Medieval Studies department as a thirty-two-year-old widow. I'm sure to be the butt of every joke around campus as the collateral damage of a sex scandal that made national headlines. And my husband left me completely broke after he killed himself. I don't want to lose my house and all the money I invested in it so I make an arrangement through The Club. I'll get what I need...money to get out of the financial ruins my dead husband left me in. And Dante McNally will get what he wants...access to my body...whenever and however he wants it... There's only one catch. Dante is one of our new graduate students and the recipient of a prestigious research fellowship funded by his billionaire father. And this is the year I'm supposed to be applying for tenure.
Sapphire Beautiful was not the book I had expected. Certainly, this book contains a lot of steamy scenes and a very adult oriented theme--but, it was also a life story. It sat on my reading list for several weeks before I decided to try to read it. Once I opened the book; I really could not put it down. I was caught up in the storyline and the characters to the very end.
Sapphire Beautiful is a quick, easy read--but, with an actual story. If sex scenes are your thing--you will find those in this book (so I wouldn't recommend it for younger young adults). However; within Ren Monterrey's pages, you will find deeper stories that flow well and engage readers. The writing is straightforward and easy to read; but it is not so simplistic that the storyline loses its power.
Would I recommend Sapphire Beautiful by Ren Monterrey? I was surprised by how quickly this story caught my interest--and by how well it held my attention to the end. Don't let the prostitution angle cloud your judgement of the book. The storyline, the characters and the relationships evolve far beyond The Club. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy romance novels with a little deviation from the norm. I did like Ren Monterrey's writing style and I would read other books from her.