Jack is an escort who lived with his
best friend and fellow escort Felix, up until Felix fell in
love with one of Jackís clients and moved out. Watching
Felix find love left Jack a little lonely, but heís not
terribly unhappy with his life. Then he goes to a holiday
party thrown by Felixís lover, Julian. At the party, he
meets limo driver Charlie and is instantly attracted.
Charlie seems to share Jackís feelings, but will that change
when Charlie finds out about Jackís job?
Better than Money is the
sequel to a story in the anthology Sindustry II.
Like the first story, itís a sweet read, but Better
than Money lacked the emotional impact I was hoping
for. Jack is okay with his profession, and his life,
although heís lonely. Heís not actively looking for
somebody when he meets Charlie, but is happy to meet someone
he likes so much. Itís all from Jackís point of view, so I
didnít get to learn much about Charlie, except that heís a
nice guy who is a lot less bothered by Jackís revelation
than I would have expected. Even when Jack brings his job
up at what I thought was a very inappropriate time,
Charlieís basically cool with it. When picking up a book
about a prostitute who falls in love, I expected a bit more
drama and angst. Of course, thatís my own bias, and others
might prefer the less dramatic route Taylor Lochland takes.
At any rate, Better than Money is a nice story
and will appeal to those who have read Felix and Julianís
story in Sindustry II.