The Moral Line by Vanessa Bogenholm
After being rejected and left alone, Alexandria finds herself going down a moral line. Slightly desperate for money, she takes a one-time ‘job’ as a paid for companion by a not so attractive but very nice wealthy man. Is being paid to be in the company of men really such a bad thing if it feels good and maybe helps someone feel better about himself? She falls into a world of clients that are wealthy, powerful, successful men with fancy cars and country club lifestyles. She sees the fragility in all of these men, the loneliness, and need for acceptance that is part of the human condition. Alexandria becomes ‘Catherine,’ a high-end escort with a beautiful laugh who finds the goodness and attractiveness in all men, falling in love with all of her clients just a little.
Vanessa Bogenholm has created a seemingly unlikely heroine in Alexandria. Her obvious self-loathing echoes the feelings many women have when they have been repeatedly rejected by one they love. Alexandria’s reinvention of herself as Catherine and subsequent extracurricular activities is a beautiful rendition of the deepest, darkest day dreams of many. Unable to fulfill those fantasies ourselves, we fall instantly for Alexandria and her struggle to find herself again. Alexandria’s emotional depth is riveting and allows Bogenholm to delve into a world where women are objectified and used, in a unique way. She gives her character the ability to see through the crass and ugly side of escorts to what the clients and escorts are really feeling. Her in-depth character study is evident in the complex levels of her characters. If you are looking for an engaging and emotionally fulfilling read, Vanessa Bogenholm has nailed it with The Moral Line.
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