Hired for the Holidays (Hearts for Hire #5) by Raquel Riley

Raquel Riley's Hired for the Holidays is the last book in her Hearts for Hire series. Find out if our reviewers were happy with this conclusion below!

From the Blurb

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.

tatted_book_freak's Review:

An explosively, combustible quick and enjoyable read! Adam and Jones were a match made from the stars, with two completely opposite personalities, making for a feisty, snickering story. Adding in the EWC and our beloved beginners, a masterpiece is destined to be magically available for purchase!

π”Έπ••π•’π•ž 𝕨𝕒𝕀 𝕒 𝕨𝕠𝕣π•₯𝕙π•ͺ π• π•‘π•‘π• π•Ÿπ•–π•Ÿπ•₯–𝕙𝕖 π•œπ•Ÿπ•–π•¨ 𝕨𝕙𝕒π•₯ 𝕀 π•¨π•’π•Ÿπ•₯𝕖𝕕 π•’π•Ÿπ•• 𝕣𝕖𝕗𝕦𝕀𝕖𝕕 π•₯𝕠 π•˜π•šπ•§π•– π•šπ•₯ π•₯𝕠 π•žπ•–.

These two were flirtatious with an infuriating connection. Their banter was meteoric, with a touch of insanity. Jones’ dominant personality was challenged by Adam’s need to control his sanity, both failing beautifully. Their chemistry was stormy with an uncontrollable connection. Perfect read to put anyone in the Christmas spirit πŸŽ„

Rating: 5 Stars

Sarah C's Review:

Raquel Riley hit on something great with the Hearts for Hire series. The final book only proves this even further, giving us a great story, two perfectly matched men, and enough heat to set my Kindle on fire.

Jones is a workaholic who didn't get to where he is by getting distracted. However, he knows that he needs to have someone on his arm for work events - and so he typically hires escorts. When his usual service is all booked out for the holiday season, his manager finds him Lucky Match - which leads him to Adam. Adam is not the type he usually requests, because Adam is his actual type and Jones doesn't want to risk distraction. But desperate times call for desperate measures.

And immediately, Jones finds himself challenged by Adam. Something that intrigues him. Add to the mix the fact that Adam has a natural charm and is incredibly good with people, quickly gaining favor with the Executive Wives Club, and Jones is hooked. The two embark on a business arrangement that quickly turns into something more.

The characters feel really well developed, including the side characters even if they aren't on the page as often. I do wish we would've gotten more time with the other boys from Lucky Match, given that this is a finale and I loved their found family vibe in the other books I've read, but I don't feel like we were really missing out on much by not having them. It was more of a personal wish list.

There was a part near the end that I wasn't a fan of, a scene that should've definitely had some communication before Jones made a particular choice, and I was incredibly glad when Adam called him out on it. I was even happier when they communicated about the issue and didn't let it devolve into some kind of 11th hour drama. So while it was a situation that I wasn't overly fond of, I loved the execution of it and the way it showcased the healthy communication style between Jones and Adam.

All in all, 
Hired for the Holidays is very low angst with a decent heat level and great characters. It was the perfect ending for the series and I cannot wait for the spin off. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Janet's Review:

Hired for the Holidays is in the Hearts for Hire series. This was a fantastic addition, sweet and steamy. Jones is a workaholic and needs a date for the week of corporate holiday parties. Enter Adam, who is not who Jones would usually hire, because he is Jones type to a T. Adam is charming and all the wives love him. Jones becomes hooked on him too. I adored Jones and Adam! Their interactions were fantastic! Their chemistry was sooo freakin hot and steamy!! Overall, a fantastic addition to the series! Well written with addicting pacing!

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

I have loved the entire Hearts for Hire series and Hired for the Holidays is just as wonderful.  One of the things I have loved about this series is how entirely different each book is, and how differently each character responds to their chance at HEA.

Pair the sexy workaholic business owner with the college student trying to make ends meet by escorting and sparks fly!  I love just how much Adam pushes all of  Jones' buttons and how he makes his own way instead of fitting into the prescribed mold Jones usually sets for his escorts!  Plus - who knew that ugly Christmas sweaters with fornicating reindeer are really a thing...

I really enjoyed watching the changes in both Jones and Adam and their ultimate holiday HEA!   I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the spin-off series and highly recommend picking up this book, which can easily be read standalone, or as the ultimate holiday ending to a wonderful series.

Rating: 5 Stars

Nicole's Review:

I'm so sad this series is over!  I absolutely loved every book, though I was slightly less enthralled with this story.  It's probably because we don't know Adam as well as the other Lucky's escorts (not living in the house), and we jumped right in without a lot of leadup.  A lot of people seem to have really disliked Jones, but I can't agree.  Yes, he's heavy handed and snobbish, but that's a lot of his appeal for Adam.  He can provide that dominance that Adam seems to thrive from!  This is a very fast paced novella, and had a perfect HEA.  I'm hoping the spinoff series can match the original!

Rating: 4 Stars

Hired for the Holidays is available for purchase on Amazon and as part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription.