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You get what you pay for… It’s my thirtieth birthday. It’s also Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure which one sucks most. My best friend, Sarah, begged me to go out with her and her husband for dinner, but I’m not in the mood for celebration. I’ve worked hard all day, run for an hour, and now I plan to spend the evening alone playing video games and eating a whole tub of c You get what you pay for… It’s my thirtieth birthday. It’s also Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure which one sucks most. My best friend, Sarah, begged me to go out with her and her husband for dinner, but I’m not in the mood for celebration. I’ve worked hard all day, run for an hour, and now I plan to spend the evening alone playing video games and eating a whole tub of cookie dough ice cream. But when I get home, I discover a man sitting on the carpet in the corridor outside my penthouse apartment. He’s tall, gorgeous, wearing an expensive suit, and carrying the biggest bouquet of red roses I’ve ever seen. He also has a huge red bow tied around his waist. “I’m from Casanovas,” he says. Hmm. That sounds vaguely familiar... He gestures at the bow, and his smile turns mischievous. “Sarah says Happy Birthday.” Oh. My. God. * A standalone sensual contemporary romantic fantasy by USA Today bestselling author Serenity Woods.


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You get what you pay for… It’s my thirtieth birthday. It’s also Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure which one sucks most. My best friend, Sarah, begged me to go out with her and her husband for dinner, but I’m not in the mood for celebration. I’ve worked hard all day, run for an hour, and now I plan to spend the evening alone playing video games and eating a whole tub of c You get what you pay for… It’s my thirtieth birthday. It’s also Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure which one sucks most. My best friend, Sarah, begged me to go out with her and her husband for dinner, but I’m not in the mood for celebration. I’ve worked hard all day, run for an hour, and now I plan to spend the evening alone playing video games and eating a whole tub of cookie dough ice cream. But when I get home, I discover a man sitting on the carpet in the corridor outside my penthouse apartment. He’s tall, gorgeous, wearing an expensive suit, and carrying the biggest bouquet of red roses I’ve ever seen. He also has a huge red bow tied around his waist. “I’m from Casanovas,” he says. Hmm. That sounds vaguely familiar... He gestures at the bow, and his smile turns mischievous. “Sarah says Happy Birthday.” Oh. My. God. * A standalone sensual contemporary romantic fantasy by USA Today bestselling author Serenity Woods.

30 review for Casanova (Three Wise Men, #4)

  1. 4 out of 5

    ★ Belle The Bibliophile ★

    “But what if she’s fat? Or really ugly?” I’m genuinely interested. Yeah instant delete. No thanks.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    2.5 stars, rounding up This is a new-to-me author. I liked some things about this book a lot and others not at all, so I'm rating it smack dab in the middle. Things I liked: - really amazing chemistry between the protagonists - the sex scenes were steamy and frequent but not tiresome; not overly graphic, but still satisfying, and consent was handled well - I liked that Elise was the billionaire here, so that was a bit of a trope inversion, and Nik never has any insecurities about her being wealthier 2.5 stars, rounding up This is a new-to-me author. I liked some things about this book a lot and others not at all, so I'm rating it smack dab in the middle. Things I liked: - really amazing chemistry between the protagonists - the sex scenes were steamy and frequent but not tiresome; not overly graphic, but still satisfying, and consent was handled well - I liked that Elise was the billionaire here, so that was a bit of a trope inversion, and Nik never has any insecurities about her being wealthier than him Things I really did not like: - there's a lot of... gender essentialist language in this? if that's how to describe it? lots of this is what makes a man manly, etc. and it's so unnecessary, imo. just say you like chest hair because it's hot, y'know? - really--again, totally unnecessary--references to nonwhite things being "exotic," for the love of god. there's even a Kama Sutra mention. dear lord, stop using this text in books about sex. seriously, just say you read a magazine article about new sex positions or something??? - I'm not 100% sure if the author is white, so part of me wants to share some thoughts about biracial characters but... I'll refrain - really on the fence about the sex worker rep. I found this fell into same trap as TKQ, which on the surface portrays sex work as something Nik isn't ashamed of, but it's actually a problematic setup with a Moral Reason for doing sex work, as if that makes it more palatable. I really don't think most romance gets this right, even when authors are clearly trying. so, idk, I'm kind of over male escorts in books right now.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erin Lewis

    5 Star Review of Casanova by Serenity Woods   What an unusual story line which hooked me and reeled me in from the first to the last chapter. When her best friend Sarah, hires Nikau, an escort from Casanova’s to entertain Elise on her 30th birthday, her first instinct is to turn him away. However, putting on her big girl panties, she invites him in for a drink, or so she thought. After their initial night, Elise cannot stop thinking about Nik and decides to hire him for two weeks. With the money h 5 Star Review of Casanova by Serenity Woods   What an unusual story line which hooked me and reeled me in from the first to the last chapter. When her best friend Sarah, hires Nikau, an escort from Casanova’s to entertain Elise on her 30th birthday, her first instinct is to turn him away. However, putting on her big girl panties, she invites him in for a drink, or so she thought. After their initial night, Elise cannot stop thinking about Nik and decides to hire him for two weeks. With the money he can earn, Nik will be able to use the money to pay for what he needs to. After a great deal of discussion with Elise, Nik accepts and they agree he will spend from 6pm to 6am with her for a month. The dynamics of their relationship intrigued me and I fell hard and fast for Nik. When circumstances tear them apart, Nik cannot understand what has happened, particularly since Elise refuses to talk to him, he has to enlist her friend to help him. This was an emotional roller coaster of a read which had me in tears on occasion and then laughing out loud. Never have I wanted a couple to get their happily ever after as much as I wanted it for Elise and Nik. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.        

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    I am a big fan of Serenity Woods, having read 36 of her books, and I think she is really trying to kill her fans in Casanova. She has created every woman's fantasy here with a wonderful man who is there just to pleasure a woman. Who cares that he is being paid well to do it, which is legal is New Zealand where the book is set. And he is trained to bring a woman to ecstasy!! Elise is bordering on being a recluse who works from home 7 years after she suffered personal losses (no spoilers!) and her I am a big fan of Serenity Woods, having read 36 of her books, and I think she is really trying to kill her fans in Casanova. She has created every woman's fantasy here with a wonderful man who is there just to pleasure a woman. Who cares that he is being paid well to do it, which is legal is New Zealand where the book is set. And he is trained to bring a woman to ecstasy!! Elise is bordering on being a recluse who works from home 7 years after she suffered personal losses (no spoilers!) and her friend and partner in business Sarah decides to send her a male escort from Casanova. In this reverse Pretty Woman story, Nik manages to charm and seduce Elise and she sees what she has been missing. She makes a deal to pay for Nik's company for a month and in return he can afford to pay for expensive Alzheimer's medicine for his father. For her, paying for an escort is a safe way to have sex and companionship without the emotional involvement of a relationship. Any man that she is dating probably would not stay around as long as Nik does, since he is paid to be there. Elise has a lot of secrets and baggage that keep her at arm's length from people.. The book alternates the narrative between Elise and Nik so you get both of their points of view. The dialog is great and you will fall in love with the characters. However, can they really continue to claim no involvement after a month of companionship and sex? Does love creep in when they are not looking? This story is incredibly hot and sexy, but also deep and emotional and, oh so romantic.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Casanova by Serenity Woods Sizzling sensual story of a male escort gifted to Elise by her best friend and business partnerr for her thirtieth birthday. Now, Elise is not in the market for a man of any sort...definitely not an escort...or is she? With smooth talking Nik there it doesn’t take long for her to ask him inside, offer him a drink and challenge him to a video game and that leads to talking and thinking and then...what Nik was paid for in the first place. This is indeed an adult romance bu Casanova by Serenity Woods Sizzling sensual story of a male escort gifted to Elise by her best friend and business partnerr for her thirtieth birthday. Now, Elise is not in the market for a man of any sort...definitely not an escort...or is she? With smooth talking Nik there it doesn’t take long for her to ask him inside, offer him a drink and challenge him to a video game and that leads to talking and thinking and then...what Nik was paid for in the first place. This is indeed an adult romance but it is more than spicy scenes because the author has created two believable and lovable characters that so deserve to have a happily ever after together. Both have suffered losses and both have life issues to deal with but together I do believe they are stronger than they are apart and they are so very good for one another. I know that when I read a book by Serenity Woods I will be entertained and educated and meet characters I would like to know in real life. This book is a keeper and one I will read again. Thank you to the author for the ARC that I voluntarily read – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary Willard

    How about a Pretty Woman reversal. Geez, I’d like to find a handsome hunk in a tux waiting on my doorstep with roses for my birthday. How come I don’t have a girlfriend like that to send me one? He’s funny, he’s geeky, he’s genuinely nice and ssssss, he’s hot as hades. Although the book is a standalone , it was a real treat to catch up with the Three Wise Men and Love Comes Later books characters. If you haven’t read them, you should. You’ll enjoy them all. Serenity Woods certainly has a way wit How about a Pretty Woman reversal. Geez, I’d like to find a handsome hunk in a tux waiting on my doorstep with roses for my birthday. How come I don’t have a girlfriend like that to send me one? He’s funny, he’s geeky, he’s genuinely nice and ssssss, he’s hot as hades. Although the book is a standalone , it was a real treat to catch up with the Three Wise Men and Love Comes Later books characters. If you haven’t read them, you should. You’ll enjoy them all. Serenity Woods certainly has a way with words.

  7. 4 out of 5

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  8. 4 out of 5

    Diana in SC

    An instant romance classic! OMG, this book is so wonderful! I was captivated from the very first page to the end. Elise and Nik had such a strong initial connection, and they started to have deep feelings for each other from the very first date. The story setup is like a reverse “Pretty Woman” scenario, but the author makes the story better, not sordid, and full of depth. It takes place in New Zealand. Elise is a 30-year-old self-made billionaire in the data security industry. She is very down-t An instant romance classic! OMG, this book is so wonderful! I was captivated from the very first page to the end. Elise and Nik had such a strong initial connection, and they started to have deep feelings for each other from the very first date. The story setup is like a reverse “Pretty Woman” scenario, but the author makes the story better, not sordid, and full of depth. It takes place in New Zealand. Elise is a 30-year-old self-made billionaire in the data security industry. She is very down-to-earth, not arrogant. Her best friend/business partner, Sarah, and Elise had gotten rich quickly since college. Elise is rather reclusive and lonely, so her best friend gave her the birthday present of a high-priced escort. Nik has only been an escort for 2 months, and he would like to get a normal job as soon as possible. He had been a lieutenant in the army, but he recently got out to care for his father with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Nik couldn’t get a good-paying normal job in the economic slow-down, and he has medical bills to pay. With all these details, Nik is such a regular, good-hearted guy (aside from being totally hot and great in bed). FYI, Nik is half Maori (the Pacific Islanders in New Zealand), not Eastern European, as I assumed from his name in the book blurb. Nik and Elise communicate really well. They help each other deal with serious personal problems. Their chemistry is explosive! There are a bunch of love scenes, some a little kinky. The scenes are exquisitely intimate. Their first love scene was gorgeously romantic, one of the best I have ever read! I recommend this novel to everyone who loves steamy contemporary romance and to anyone who likes the movie “Pretty Woman”. The writing is extremely brilliant. It is one of the best romance novels that I have ever read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan Page

    This is a lovely story. It has quite an unusual beginning for a romance. On her thirtieth birthday Elise goes out for a run, and when she arrives home to her lonely and luxurious penthouse there is a man, dressed in a tuxedo and a large red ribbon, waiting for her, holding an enormous bouquet of red roses. Nikau works for an escort agency, Casanovas, and has been hired by Elise’s best friend Sarah, to spend the evening with Elise. She has become something of a recluse since her world imploded ar This is a lovely story. It has quite an unusual beginning for a romance. On her thirtieth birthday Elise goes out for a run, and when she arrives home to her lonely and luxurious penthouse there is a man, dressed in a tuxedo and a large red ribbon, waiting for her, holding an enormous bouquet of red roses. Nikau works for an escort agency, Casanovas, and has been hired by Elise’s best friend Sarah, to spend the evening with Elise. She has become something of a recluse since her world imploded around seven and a half years before. She almost only goes out for the occasional run. Elise’s first thought is to get rid of him, she doesn’t need company; but Nikau is persistent, and persuasive, and they have a lovely evening together. Nikau tells her about himself, why he has taken a job as an escort after leaving the army, and she is very touched by his honesty and his story. She cannot stop thinking about him, and a couple of days later she telephones the escort agency to book his services for two weeks, twenty four hours a day, and has paid up-front, he will earn $268,800, enough to pay for all the things he needs to do. She is very wealthy, it is no hardship for her, and she wants to help him, knowing he wouldn’t just accept the money as a gift. Nikau goes to see her to discuss it. He has responsibilities, and once she has persuaded him to take this opportunity they agree that he will stay from 6pm to 6am every night for a month. They get on very well, falling for each other without ever mentioning it. Mostly they stay in, but do go out together, once for dinner with her friends, where Nikau gets offered the chance of a good job, but regretfully turns it down because he would need to admit his current employment and doesn’t want to embarrass Elise. Their other outing becomes exceedingly embarrassing and almost breaks them up. However, almost at the end of their time together events cause Elise to tell Nikau to go, and he just doesn’t understand why. He sends her flowers every day, but she won’t speak to him, her telephone is always switched off. Of course, this is a love story, it cannot end there. With just a little help from her friend, Nikau saves the day, we are going to have a happy ever after! This is an extremely emotional book, both characters make you laugh and cry in equal measure. Nikau is a wonderful character, life has been hard for him in recent years, and although he needed a lot of money none of it was for himself. When he left the army he had extreme difficulty in finding a decent job that would pay for his needs, which is why he took the job as an escort. Elise had several events, all close together, that broke her, and made her determined to never make herself open to such unhappiness ever again. Serenity Woods is so good at writing emotion, you feel you are there, part of the story. This is a quite unputdownable story, well worth reading.

  10. 5 out of 5

    A.M.

    Casanovas is an escort agency for ladies. Pick a guy from the catalogue and he’ll do whatever you want; even your ironing … nude. But the guy waiting at her door with a bunch of roses and a giant red bow around his waist wasn’t booked by Elise; her business partner and friend Sarah hired him for her birthday. Elise hasn’t dated for years or even had sex in that time. Nik’s been waiting for an hour and Elise can’t turn him away without offering him a drink at the very least. *** This ties in with her Casanovas is an escort agency for ladies. Pick a guy from the catalogue and he’ll do whatever you want; even your ironing … nude. But the guy waiting at her door with a bunch of roses and a giant red bow around his waist wasn’t booked by Elise; her business partner and friend Sarah hired him for her birthday. Elise hasn’t dated for years or even had sex in that time. Nik’s been waiting for an hour and Elise can’t turn him away without offering him a drink at the very least. *** This ties in with her other series; the two play Dark Robot and Sarah and Elise are tech billionaires who use their hacking skills to design security software. It started very sweet. Nik is a charmer; a Maori army vet who has become an escort for the pay rate and available hours. He has responsibilities. And Elise can only cope with it if she tells herself it’s as if she picked him up in a bar. And this works for him as well. [which is kind of a cop out - either he’s an escort, or he isn’t. This is neither - if that makes sense.] Elise Bennet? [yeah ikr] and her ‘wound’ (the thing she’s carrying from her previous relationship) is a bad one. But … (view spoiler)[after one night, Elise hires him for a fortnight at the full rate of a thousand an hour and for twenty four hours a day. Which is just under NZ$300,000. She even pays it upfront before she has asked him. And he’s pleased and a little overwhelmed but he takes it. And that feels… not right. And she’s given it to him BECAUSE she’s developed feelings for him after one night together. I have feelings for Nik, and I know it’s dumb, and I’m only in lust, but I’m kinda crazy about this guy. I’m such an idiot. Only I could fall for a male escort. Damn Sarah and her birthday gift. She should’ve known I’d somehow manage to make a hash of it. *makes a face* Date him for real and give him the money. But booking him makes it problematic for me. A lot of the questions Elise asked him, about his work were also super awkward. ‘What if she’s fat or ugly?’ oh, Elise… (hide spoiler)] Man, I don’t know. 3 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Not my usual preferred genre or writing style but... Sadly, I was in such a hurry to read more by this author that I completely forgot to review the trio I read that preceded this book! I guess I'll just have to borrow it again so I can do that when I've finished with this review and hope that she understands that it's only because I enjoyed her writing so much (despite it not being my usual choice {which I'll explain in a moment}) and that she'll forgive the delay! LOL! Normally I prefer to read Not my usual preferred genre or writing style but... Sadly, I was in such a hurry to read more by this author that I completely forgot to review the trio I read that preceded this book! I guess I'll just have to borrow it again so I can do that when I've finished with this review and hope that she understands that it's only because I enjoyed her writing so much (despite it not being my usual choice {which I'll explain in a moment}) and that she'll forgive the delay! LOL! Normally I prefer to read anything with some sort of paranormal angle to it...particularly if it's a paranormal romance, but that trio that I mentioned above? THAT was a trio of Christmas romance stories and it IS that time of year, after all! So...despite the fact that I knew, going in, that there wasn't anything (besides the "Magic" of the Christmas season) paranormal in that trilogy, I read it & despite the "writing style" (which I'll explain further in a moment) not being something I ACTIVELY seek out, I so enjoyed the trilogy that I couldn't wait for more! Which brings me, finally, to this book! The reason why I wrote it the way that I did was so that you can understand where I'm coming from. If the author hadn't recommended that THIS book be read first as a continuation of the trilogy I, quite possibly, may have missed it altogether! As I said, not my genre and this time it wasn't even a Christmas book! As for the writing style...I'm not saying that she has a bad writing style! Don't misunderstand me there! I just don't generally SEEK OUT books with the sex scenes SO graphically written! I'm no prude! Clearly I enjoy her writing or I wouldn't have read on & plan to continue reading the rest of the billionaire King stories she has! And...THAT is what I LOVE about her writing! She made me care about the characters! The same thing happened with this book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    ✿❀ Lauren, aka Coffee and the Bibliophile ❀✿

    I had a hard time figuring out whether to 4.5 or 5 star this one. This book was sexy as hell, but also emotionally charged. Elise is a heartbroken woman with a traumatic past. She comes home on her 30th birthday, which also happens to be Valentine's Day, to find a sexy man waiting by her door with a ribbon tied around his waist. Nik is a loving son who left the army and took a job as a professional escort to help buy medication for his dad. And I LOVED him. Oh jeez, this girl's smarter than Eins I had a hard time figuring out whether to 4.5 or 5 star this one. This book was sexy as hell, but also emotionally charged. Elise is a heartbroken woman with a traumatic past. She comes home on her 30th birthday, which also happens to be Valentine's Day, to find a sexy man waiting by her door with a ribbon tied around his waist. Nik is a loving son who left the army and took a job as a professional escort to help buy medication for his dad. And I LOVED him. Oh jeez, this girl's smarter than Einstein and a complete geek. I think I'm in love. And did I mention this book was sexy AF? "You squeeze me like a tube of toothpaste," he says. "Is that a complaint?" "A little. If you could make your orgasms a tad less powerful, that would be cool." "'s your fault," I mumble. And the emotions? My heart ached for Elise and Nik soothed it with his steadfast attention. He makes me feel alive. Without him I'm a tree without sunlight and rain, turning brown, the leaves falling to the ground. When he's kissing me, making love to me, I unfurl and flower, I reach for the sun. While I loved this story, something held me back. My 5 star ratings are definite. Since I'm hesitant, I'll stick with 4.5 stars for now. But seriously, this was a wonderful story with a hot amount of steam and just enough angst.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Wright

    Casanova is the start of a new series that hooks us up once again with The Wise Men who we met in a previous series, that being said you don’t need to have read those books to love this story. Serenity Woods has a way with words she makes you feel like you are catching up with friends when she introduces you to her characters and she also describes New Zealand so well in fact I always think I’m going home even though I have never visited this beautiful country. Nikau works for an escort agency, h Casanova is the start of a new series that hooks us up once again with The Wise Men who we met in a previous series, that being said you don’t need to have read those books to love this story. Serenity Woods has a way with words she makes you feel like you are catching up with friends when she introduces you to her characters and she also describes New Zealand so well in fact I always think I’m going home even though I have never visited this beautiful country. Nikau works for an escort agency, his job is all about pleasing woman and he has been hired by Elise’s best friend in the hope of giving her a surprise she won’t forget.... Elise arrives home after a run to find a handsome hunk sitting on her doorstep dressed in a tuxedo and holding the biggest bunch of roses she has ever seen. The first thought is he needs to go but as she try’s to convince him of this she starts to think what’s wrong with a night of fun ..... I loved getting to know this couple, they are both dealing with issues and doing what is needed to survive. Opposites in so many things but also having so much in common can Nikau be the man to draw Elise out can he be the man to make her live outside the walls she has built around herself. This love story is a breath of fresh air, it’s moving and vibarant and it will certainly captivate you so make sure you have time to finish what you start. I can’t wait to see where Ms Woods takes us next with this series and what new characters she will introduce us too. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Casanova marks the welcome return of one of my favourites from Ms. Woods’s series, the Three Wise Man. The story is sweet and very romantic, skilfully designed to provide an escape into a dreamy and heart-warming parallel universe. Ms. Woods is well known for creating captivating and unforgettable male characters. With Nik, she once again succeeds in depicting an original, strong minded, intelligent and incredibly caring and sweet persona. Elise, the heroine, is no less. Extremely intelligent and Casanova marks the welcome return of one of my favourites from Ms. Woods’s series, the Three Wise Man. The story is sweet and very romantic, skilfully designed to provide an escape into a dreamy and heart-warming parallel universe. Ms. Woods is well known for creating captivating and unforgettable male characters. With Nik, she once again succeeds in depicting an original, strong minded, intelligent and incredibly caring and sweet persona. Elise, the heroine, is no less. Extremely intelligent and a computer genius, she is a successful business woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid of coming across as unconventional and outspoken. Her emotional journey throughout the story is vibrant, moving and extremely captivating. Nik and Elise’s tale is fresh and very sweet, capturing and fascinating the reader at all times. Most of the characters of the Three Wise Man populate the story, some of them even playing an important role in it. Ms. Woods’s readers will surely appreciate the continuation of the stories of these treasured characters, while new ones will have the opportunity to get to know them and read more of their adventures in the upcoming episodes of this new series. Overall, Casanova is, in many ways, a return to Ms. Woods’s original style and inspiration. I personally welcome this development, and I hope to see more of these stories in the near future. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. Opinions and comments are solely my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jinx

    Quirky, fun, but soul searching read. Elise Bennett, at 30 receives a Casanova (escort) from her best friend for her birthday. Unsure what to make of the beautiful man standing outside her door she throws caution in the wind and invites him in for a drink... one drink and then he’ll be on his way, she tells herself. But as that drink turns into two, she decides maybe she may just take this opportunity and have what’s on the menu. Nikau Rogers isn’t sure what to make of the beautiful woman whose Quirky, fun, but soul searching read. Elise Bennett, at 30 receives a Casanova (escort) from her best friend for her birthday. Unsure what to make of the beautiful man standing outside her door she throws caution in the wind and invites him in for a drink... one drink and then he’ll be on his way, she tells herself. But as that drink turns into two, she decides maybe she may just take this opportunity and have what’s on the menu. Nikau Rogers isn’t sure what to make of the beautiful woman whose penthouse he’s standing in, but when he sees her casual and down to earth style he wants to know more, he becomes fascinated with her. And after an Unforgettable night he thinks he won’t see her again... But she wants to help him and the only way is to hire him for two weeks. They spend a month together and it becomes increasingly obvious they’re falling for each other, but she has deep seeded issues from her past and he’s got a sick father to look after, when it’s all over will that be the end of this? Can she let him go? Will he just walk away? I loved this story, the characters were well developed and had me cheering on their relationship from the start. Geek girl billionaires need love too, as do hard working ex army lieutenants. Well worth the read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Brant

    Wow! First book of 2019 for this author and she hit it out of the ballpark! I love characters that are complete opposites, rather complex, smart, sassy, damn sexy, and end up with so much in common you start rooting for them to make it from the get go. Elise is a self made billionaire in computer security, she’s not social, loves gaming, has had a tragic past and doesn’t stray far from her penthouse that overlooks Waitemata Harbour. She has everything but a man in her life and she’s perfectly co Wow! First book of 2019 for this author and she hit it out of the ballpark! I love characters that are complete opposites, rather complex, smart, sassy, damn sexy, and end up with so much in common you start rooting for them to make it from the get go. Elise is a self made billionaire in computer security, she’s not social, loves gaming, has had a tragic past and doesn’t stray far from her penthouse that overlooks Waitemata Harbour. She has everything but a man in her life and she’s perfectly content. Nik is sex on a stick, and works for an escort service called Casanova. And lucky Elise has just been gifted a night with Nik by her partner Sarah, because she thinks getting Elise laid will be a step in the right direction for her. I loved these two characters right from the start. As with all the books this author writes, you’re sucked into the story right from the start, and you can’t put it down until the very last page. Didn’t see Elise’s tragedy coming at all, and I adored what she did for Nik and his dad. Great story and great characters makes this book a must read. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christie

    Okay, I'm officially obsessed with Serenity Woods; I literally haven't been able to read anything else by another author in weeks! This is a standalone romance (though it features some side characters from other series) about Elise, a billionaire recluse, who's best friend hires an escort for her as a birthday present. Initially skeptical, Elise invites Nik into her apartment for a platonic evening playing video games, and soon the two develop a strong connection. It took me a little while longer Okay, I'm officially obsessed with Serenity Woods; I literally haven't been able to read anything else by another author in weeks! This is a standalone romance (though it features some side characters from other series) about Elise, a billionaire recluse, who's best friend hires an escort for her as a birthday present. Initially skeptical, Elise invites Nik into her apartment for a platonic evening playing video games, and soon the two develop a strong connection. It took me a little while longer to get fully absorbed into this book than with most SW reads, but once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed this. The plot was pretty unique and the chemistry between Elise and Nik was FIRE. As with all books by this author, both Elise and Nik were well developed characters with interesting and sometimes tragic backstories, and I loved how their connection developed. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Elise and Nik are actually the parents of characters that appear in the Billionaire Kings series (the series which initially got me hooked on Serenity Woods), and it made me even more excited for the next two books in that series to release later this year.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    Can a romance that begins with a financial transaction feel believable? When it's Serenity Woods writing Casanova, it sure can! While this is currently a standalone, I would be more than happy to have more material like this from Woods in the future. Elise lives to work, rarely getting out for more than her run, so her friend, Sarah, hires her a birthday escort. Nikau isn't put off by surly Elise, and is more intrigued with her the longer they talk. A few fine whiskeys and video games later, Elis Can a romance that begins with a financial transaction feel believable? When it's Serenity Woods writing Casanova, it sure can! While this is currently a standalone, I would be more than happy to have more material like this from Woods in the future. Elise lives to work, rarely getting out for more than her run, so her friend, Sarah, hires her a birthday escort. Nikau isn't put off by surly Elise, and is more intrigued with her the longer they talk. A few fine whiskeys and video games later, Elise relents to a night with Nik. After their night together, Elise books Nik 24/7 for two weeks. While Elise did enjoy her time with him, she wanted to help Nik afford a medical treatment for his father. Knowing he would only accept her help by earning it, Elise re-booked his time. Elise doesn't expect Nik to actually spend all that time with her, but Nik insists he spend his nights with Elise for a month, so he can still care for his father during the day. While Casanova is a bit steamier than Woods's more recent books, that does not come at the expense of the characters. I still felt like there was good character development. Nik and Elise weren't just attractive people with no depth, they both had heartache in their pasts. There was so much to like in Casanova! Having a woman work as a serious programmer was a nice turn, as it's usually males taking the "nerd work." I liked Elise's relationship with Sarah. It was refreshing to see to very successful women who have taken different personal paths with their success, but continue to support each other. While a few characters from some of Woods's other series slip in, we really get to see the "Three Wise Men" crew. It didn't feel forced or awkward to see them again, and really fit in with the Casanova story line. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Serenity Woods has given the reader a sexy, steamy story in Casanova. It has an outrageous beginning that is truly fantasy material. While it sizzles completely from beginning to end, it also has heart. It is closer to the Like a Boss series then it is Three Wise Men but still a fully and seamlessly developed story not fluff. The description of the book gives the reader the overview but it is never that simple with a Serenity Woods’ book. The heart, head and emotions all come into play in this st Serenity Woods has given the reader a sexy, steamy story in Casanova. It has an outrageous beginning that is truly fantasy material. While it sizzles completely from beginning to end, it also has heart. It is closer to the Like a Boss series then it is Three Wise Men but still a fully and seamlessly developed story not fluff. The description of the book gives the reader the overview but it is never that simple with a Serenity Woods’ book. The heart, head and emotions all come into play in this story. The characters are fun, likable and the kind of people you would want as a friend. In fact, it is Elise’s friend that gets the ball rolling in the story. What a gift. What a fun book for these dreary winter days here in the northern hemisphere. Just the book to brighten things up. The publisher/author gave me a complimentary ARC of the book which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    Elise is a very successful businesswoman, but she doesn't have a personal life. Her best friend and partner pays for a Casanova escort to spend the night of her 30th birthday with her. Elise isn't impressed, but they spend a lot of the evening talking and finding out about each other. Nik is an ex army lieutenant who left the army to look after his father who is suffering from Alzheimer's. The is a new medication that might make a difference, but it is very expensive. The next day Nik is surpris Elise is a very successful businesswoman, but she doesn't have a personal life. Her best friend and partner pays for a Casanova escort to spend the night of her 30th birthday with her. Elise isn't impressed, but they spend a lot of the evening talking and finding out about each other. Nik is an ex army lieutenant who left the army to look after his father who is suffering from Alzheimer's. The is a new medication that might make a difference, but it is very expensive. The next day Nik is surprised to get a phone call from work saying that Elise wants to hire him 24/7 for two weeks which would give him the money he needs for the medication. What is going to happen when their time runs out? Why is Elise so shut in? Another great read by Serenity Woods. I voluntarily received a copy of this ARC for review

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Sexy, steamy, intriguing read! Elise is a loner, loves to game and works from home hacking into computer systems for fun and then selling the company more secure software. Today is Valentines Day and her birthday. She is going out for a run then coming home and just relaxing. What is waiting for her after her run is Nic, a gorgeous guy, wearing a suit with a red bow around his waist and an armful of roses. Surprise, he is her birthday present from her best friend Sarah. Nic is from Casanova’s, a Sexy, steamy, intriguing read! Elise is a loner, loves to game and works from home hacking into computer systems for fun and then selling the company more secure software. Today is Valentines Day and her birthday. She is going out for a run then coming home and just relaxing. What is waiting for her after her run is Nic, a gorgeous guy, wearing a suit with a red bow around his waist and an armful of roses. Surprise, he is her birthday present from her best friend Sarah. Nic is from Casanova’s, an escort service. He’s stunned when he sees Elise, he can’t believe the beautiful woman in front of him doesn’t have a husband to share this day with. Before the night is over Elise knows she wants much more of Nic. A must read if you love hot steamy passionate nights. Ms. Woods is an amazing Author. I highly recommend her books to everyone!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Wow. This is Serenity Woods at her best. I've loved every book I've read by Serenity, but I think this is my favorite. Elise is alone on her thirtieth birthday by choice until she finds a gorgeous man on her doorstep. Not just any man, but an escort hired by her best friend who will do anything he's asked to do. I loved the banter between Nik and Elise. He knows how to push all her buttons and leads her into a relationship hot enough to burn the house down. Elise has sworn off all men and when you Wow. This is Serenity Woods at her best. I've loved every book I've read by Serenity, but I think this is my favorite. Elise is alone on her thirtieth birthday by choice until she finds a gorgeous man on her doorstep. Not just any man, but an escort hired by her best friend who will do anything he's asked to do. I loved the banter between Nik and Elise. He knows how to push all her buttons and leads her into a relationship hot enough to burn the house down. Elise has sworn off all men and when you find out why your heart just aches for her. Nik is a decent guy working to get enough money to get treatment for his dad who has alzeihmers. Neither is seeking a relationship so they work out a contract and enjoy each other as long as they have. I can't say enough about how much I love these two characters. I know you will too. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michele Williams

    Casanova was not what I expected. In all honesty I didn’t read anything about the book prior to buying it, so I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was about a male escort and that was about it. So obviously my mind went to sexy erotica - it was sexy but not so much erotica. There was so much more to this book than sex, including caring for a sick parent and losing a child to SIDS. Nic was a gift for Elise’s 30th birthday. Elise is woman with so many issues she feels its best if she just stays Casanova was not what I expected. In all honesty I didn’t read anything about the book prior to buying it, so I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was about a male escort and that was about it. So obviously my mind went to sexy erotica - it was sexy but not so much erotica. There was so much more to this book than sex, including caring for a sick parent and losing a child to SIDS. Nic was a gift for Elise’s 30th birthday. Elise is woman with so many issues she feels its best if she just stays in her tower and avoids people altogether. When they meet there is an instant connection, not just physical attraction but a friendship too. It was nice to catch up with a few characters from The Three Wisemen. I look forward to reading about all of these characters in the new series The Billionaire Kings.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I think Serenity Woods is a terrific author and have enjoyed many of her books. I liked this book and enjoyed the characters, but I found the ending a little weak. One thing I discovered is that prostitution is legal in New Zealand (I checked one outside source to confirm this). Before checking, I was a little surprised at the cavalier manner in which Elise and her acquaintances accepted her “paid for” date, Nikau (Nik). Nik is perfect and helps Elise work through a number of difficult personal I think Serenity Woods is a terrific author and have enjoyed many of her books. I liked this book and enjoyed the characters, but I found the ending a little weak. One thing I discovered is that prostitution is legal in New Zealand (I checked one outside source to confirm this). Before checking, I was a little surprised at the cavalier manner in which Elise and her acquaintances accepted her “paid for” date, Nikau (Nik). Nik is perfect and helps Elise work through a number of difficult personal issues. Nik has some family issues to resolve as well and Elise steps up and really helps him. These are warm characters that evolve quickly and it’s wonderful to see. And Nik’s persistence pays off. I simply feel that more unpaid time together would have laid the foundation for a more solid ongoing relationship.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diana Reeves

    Great story! Nikau Rogers (Nik) sounds like a dream come true. Nik was in the military but eventually left to take care of his father who has Alzheimer’s. Nik is qualified for higher paying jobs but is having trouble finding one that pays well enough, that’s when he signed up to be an escort. Elise is a recluse who lives in a fancy penthouse and is fearful of heights and social gatherings. She and her best friend Sarah run a computer security company. Elise refuses to date but Sarah purchased Eli Great story! Nikau Rogers (Nik) sounds like a dream come true. Nik was in the military but eventually left to take care of his father who has Alzheimer’s. Nik is qualified for higher paying jobs but is having trouble finding one that pays well enough, that’s when he signed up to be an escort. Elise is a recluse who lives in a fancy penthouse and is fearful of heights and social gatherings. She and her best friend Sarah run a computer security company. Elise refuses to date but Sarah purchased Elise a male escort for her 30th birthday, that’s how she met Nik. The story unfolds beautifully and the only suggestion to the author who be to stick to either American English or British English. It makes the reader have to stop and figure out what the British terms are meant to be in American English.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Viper Spaulding

    Emotionally intense, sensual, opposites-attract love story I was pleasantly surprised by how powerful this quiet, introspective romance really was. The author makes excellent use of the first-person POV style to really get deep into the hearts and minds of her characters, showing us all their hopes, fears, and insecurities as they forge a friendship that hints at being so much more. Nik is working as an "escort" because it pays enough to help cover his father's medical bills. Elise is an introvert Emotionally intense, sensual, opposites-attract love story I was pleasantly surprised by how powerful this quiet, introspective romance really was. The author makes excellent use of the first-person POV style to really get deep into the hearts and minds of her characters, showing us all their hopes, fears, and insecurities as they forge a friendship that hints at being so much more. Nik is working as an "escort" because it pays enough to help cover his father's medical bills. Elise is an introverted billionaire hacker with enough tragedy in her past to make her never want to risk her heart again. The push-pull between these two characters was so gentle and sweet; it perfectly showed not just the obstacles that stood between them but also the gradual shifting of those obstacles so that they could find their happiness together. There is no external drama at all; there doesn't need to be because there's plenty of internal drama going on for both Elise and Nik. The pacing is detailed and not at all rushed, giving the reader plenty of time to really get to know these wonderful characters. I'm not familiar with this author's other works (yet) so the inclusion of characters from other books mostly went over my head, but it wasn't at all necessary to have read anything else as this book is a complete standalone. I really enjoyed this story, and highly recommend it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Randi

    This newest book but Serenity Woods, is a beautiful, Sexy, romantic story. When Elise’s best friend hires her an escort, Nikau, for her birthday, she has no idea her life will be changed. One night turns into a month, and through many amazing evenings and heartfelt conversations, they fall in love. Both Nikau and Elise have had numerous hardships in their lives, which makes their HEA all the more sweeter. Serenity’s writing hooked me from the very first page, and never let me go until the very l This newest book but Serenity Woods, is a beautiful, Sexy, romantic story. When Elise’s best friend hires her an escort, Nikau, for her birthday, she has no idea her life will be changed. One night turns into a month, and through many amazing evenings and heartfelt conversations, they fall in love. Both Nikau and Elise have had numerous hardships in their lives, which makes their HEA all the more sweeter. Serenity’s writing hooked me from the very first page, and never let me go until the very last page. It was also great to catch up with the characters from the Three Wise Men series. I highly recommend this book, as well as all of Serenity Woods’ books! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel. All opinions are strictly my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    CarolKat

    Sarah and Elise made their billions by hacking companies and then selling their services to make their sites secure. While Sarah is happily married with two children, Elise is single and refuses to even date. Her heart can't take it. When for her birthday Sarah hires an escort from Casanovas, she isn't interested at all. That is until they have a drink, play a video game and talk. He does finally manage to seduce her, and she gets out of him why he works as an escort. Once he's gone she finds herse Sarah and Elise made their billions by hacking companies and then selling their services to make their sites secure. While Sarah is happily married with two children, Elise is single and refuses to even date. Her heart can't take it. When for her birthday Sarah hires an escort from Casanovas, she isn't interested at all. That is until they have a drink, play a video game and talk. He does finally manage to seduce her, and she gets out of him why he works as an escort. Once he's gone she finds herself still thinking about him, and after a call from Sarah she decides to do something more. An interesting take on the billionaire falls for an escort scenario, one I fully enjoyed. Lots of sizzling heat, laughter, fun and more. I know I will be reading more of Serenity's books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Casanova is a slow, sensuous seduction of heroine, Elise and of Serenity Woods’ readers. Nik is an escort sent to Elise by her best friend as a birthday present. It was just to be for one night but circumstances and fate decreed that this couple would have more time...and what a time they have. Readers will be drawn into the story as the author skillfully reveals the personalities of her characters. Readers will get updates on previous characters from The Three Kings series and will cheer as Eli Casanova is a slow, sensuous seduction of heroine, Elise and of Serenity Woods’ readers. Nik is an escort sent to Elise by her best friend as a birthday present. It was just to be for one night but circumstances and fate decreed that this couple would have more time...and what a time they have. Readers will be drawn into the story as the author skillfully reveals the personalities of her characters. Readers will get updates on previous characters from The Three Kings series and will cheer as Elise and Nik navigate finding their happily ever after. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book. Highly recommended.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    A sexy heartfelt story. Nik is an escort in order to care for his dad who has Alzheimer's. That alone got me as I believe we all have known someone suffering from it. Elise keeps herself cut off from people, staying busy and working hard, to keep from risking getting hurt again. Elise's friend hires Nik as a birthday present for her 30th birthday. Not only do they hit it off, but they end up falling in love and getting their HEA. In usual Serenity Woods fashion, we get cameo appearances from som A sexy heartfelt story. Nik is an escort in order to care for his dad who has Alzheimer's. That alone got me as I believe we all have known someone suffering from it. Elise keeps herself cut off from people, staying busy and working hard, to keep from risking getting hurt again. Elise's friend hires Nik as a birthday present for her 30th birthday. Not only do they hit it off, but they end up falling in love and getting their HEA. In usual Serenity Woods fashion, we get cameo appearances from some of her other stories. Heat level is HOT! If you love Serenity Woods other works, you'll love this one just as much. I know that I did. *I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book.

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