Book Review: Hired for the Holidays by Raquel Riley

Hired for the Holidays

Author: Raquel Riley
Series: Hearts for Hire, book 5
Publisher: Independent (no date)
Kindle edition, 142 pages
Romance, Adult contemporary M/M romance, Holiday romance (Christmas)


He only hired me for a week. Can our instant connection turn one Christmas into a lifetime of memories?

Adam Wells
How could I know when I was hired for the holiday that it would change my life? I was positive I’d never met a more egotistical jerk than Jones Marin, but the more I got to know him, the more confused I became. When he touched me, I burned, until I was falling head over heels for a client I assumed was a one-and-done affair.

Am I the only one being consumed by the fire?

Jones Marin
Adam is an escort—a rent boy. Disposable enjoyment. I hired him to be my date for a week of corporate holiday parties. It was supposed to be temporary. But Christmas is over and I don’t want Adam to leave. If I had unlimited income, I would hire him for life.

Would Adam stay if he wasn’t being paid?

Hired for the Holidays is an opposites attract, age gap, Christmas escort romance with meddling besties and a naughty/nautical HEA. This is the fifth and final book in the Hearts For Hire series.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute, hot, whirlwind of a Christmas romance. It’s a little bit instalove-y, which isn’t really my jam, but I still really liked it. Jones has a whole Grinch/Scrooge thing going on but make it 50 Shades of Gray. The chemistry between Jones and Adam is – whew!- lava hot, and the tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife.

This is a quick and what I would usually call “fluffy” holiday read, but what’s the exhibitionist on a yacht version of fluff? That’s what this is. Smutty fluff. Smuff. Love it, the perfect book to turn your brain off and kick back with a mug of peppermint spiked cocoa and just enjoy the ride.

This is the fifth book in the Hearts for Hire series, and can be read as a standalone. You’ll likely want to read the rest of the series though, as the MCs show up as side characters in this one!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.