Review: Fantasy for a Gentleman (A Planet Called Wish #2) by Caitlin Ricci

For two decades Corbin Leroux has worked on the planet Wish as a high-priced companion. He loves his life where physical pleasure is encouraged and has no intention of quitting it. Corbin sees his clients almost as part of his family. Not even when bounty hunter Emmanuel Leoniste comes to kill him will Corbin roll over and give up his lifestyle.

Despite being a hired killer, Emmanuel lives by a strict moral code. Killing whores is acceptable, and easy. Or it was until he met up with Corbin. Worn down by the pesky Corbin’s resolve, Emmanuel accepts Corbin's bribe and calls off the hit. But the truce might not last. Emmanuel’s mounting desires for Corbin cause problems. He refuses to allow anyone close enough to become intimate with him, especially someone like Corbin. Yet with each smile and soft kiss, Emmanuel’s emotional shield is dismantled piece by piece.

Emmanuel can't stand that Corbin is a high-priced companion. And he really can't stand that he wants Corbin all to himself. Emmanuel's all mixed up inside with contradictory feels.

Corbin has been working on Wish as a paid escort for some time now and he loves his job. He loves that he's there for his clients when they need him most, whether it's for sex or not. To him and his clients, his work is important.

And then there was a hit set on him and Emmanuel was hired for the job. Well, he was unsuccessful (obvs) and got more than he bargained for when chatting it up with Corbin.

Emmanuel went from assassin to keeping Corbin safe pretty quick there. But, hey, a guy wants what a guy wants. And he did want Corbin, but he hated Corbin's profession. I mean he really really loathed it and was constantly calling Corbin names. I get it. It can't be the easiest thing to see someone your attracted to get paid to be with other people. But Emmanuel was a hitman. Dude doesn't really have much room to talk about professions. But he was there for Corbin when it really mattered, so it made up for the name-calling. Somewhat.

While my feelings for Emmanuel are a bit wishy-washy, I really like Corbin. Yeah, he was paid to be with people and have sex with them and do (almost) anything they desired. And he didn't care one bit. He loved his job and wasn't going to justify himself to anybody. Especially not some hitman guy who can't seem to make up his mind about Corbin. He let Emmanuel have it when he was being contradictory. He wasn't going to be pushed around and let Emmanuel know he couldn't have it both ways. I like a character than can stand up for themselves, but still be a kind-hearted person. Corbin wouldn't be bullied, but he had a lot of love in him to give. It was obvious from the way he cared for all his clients. Not to mention, the way he's taken care of his brother over the years. He was just a great character to read about.

There wasn't too much of a plot, aside from the romance. There were some shenanigans where rescuing was needed, but it didn't take too much page time. This story was a romance first, which is what I prefer in sci-fi stories. I like sci-fi, but I want the couple to be the focus, not the world-building and/or mystery. And that's exactly what I found here.

All in all, Fantasy for a Gentleman is a good sequel in what's shaping up to be a fun series.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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