Field, Ryan. "The Virgin Billionaire", Ravenous Romance (July 15, 2010.
Looking for Something
Luis Fortune is a male escort who spends his nights escorting rich older gentleman to parties, nightclubs and restaurants. But we must question as to whether or not he really is an escort because there is never any physical touching between himself and his clients. Because he is so good looking, he is able to charm them with little more than his attitude. He listens to their boring stories and he laughs at their bad jokes. He knows what is expected of him and he does it all except giving up his body. Luis looks at this kind of work as temporary because when the right man comes along and wants to settle down, then he will be ready. He is looking for reliability and dependability and he is determined to find it.
Then along came Jase Nicholas, a forty year old billionaire who looks ten years younger than his age. Jase ran from himself for the first half of his life because he did not want to acknowledge that he was gay. Now he wants to find out what he missed. He tells his family and friends he's is going off on his own for a couple of months, and he drops out of sight so he can deal with and understand his sexuality also finally lose his gay virginity. What he did was rent a small apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side and he changes the way he looks and takes a swan dive into the gay lifestyle. When he meets Luis, he realizes that his life will never ever be again what it once was. When Jase and Luis first they begin a no strings relationship that was only sex. They are both vainly into themselves. Appearance is important to them and they may be selfish but neither is stupid. Luis was enamored of the better material things in life and he sees no reason to hide his feeling from anyone. Jase, however, tried to deprive himself material things to see if people really wanted him only for himself. Ryan Field evidently has quite an active sex life because the sex he writes about seems very real. Yet this story is not sex overloaded. Even with that, the characters are very real and the reading goes quickly, It is written with Field's excellent prose.
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Luis Fortune spends his nights escorting affluent older gentleman to parties, nightclubs and restaurants. And though he's not officially a rent boy because there's never any physical contact, he is paid well. He charms them with his looks and his carefree attitude. He makes them smile by laughing at their jokes and listening to their dull stories. But Luis is only doing this temporarily, until the right older man asks him to settle down. He's looking for something he can depend on, and until he finds it he won't even give the stray dog that followed him home a name.
While Luis is searching for money and security, he takes comfort in reading a blog written by a woman in France he's never met, Elena's Romantic Treasures and Tidbits. She adores gay men and romance, and she posts artistic photos, wonderful stories, and endearing posts about gay men that bring Luis a sense of comfort and security on his darkest, scariest days.
Jase Nicholas is a forty year old high-profile billionaire who can pass for thirty. He's spent the first half of his life running from the fact that he's gay. And now he wants to find out what he's been missing all those years. So he tells his family and friends he's going on a pilgrimage for a couple of months, and then he drops out of sight so he can come to terms with his sexuality and finally lose his gay virginity. But instead of going on a pilgrimage, he rents a small apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. He changes his appearance and plunges into a ...