BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND EXCERPT: Eighty-One Nights by Georgia Cates

Eighty-One Nights (Beautiful Illusions Duet #1) by Georgia Cates

Release Date: April 9th

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Beautiful, penniless American girl meets handsome, wealthy Scotsman.

Sounds like the beginning of a fairy-tale romance?

It’s not.

This story begins with a contract.

And an exchange of money.

A lot of money.

An angel perches nervously on one shoulder.

A devil lounges smugly on my other.

And even that dark little bastard is leery of what I’m doing.

Maxwell Hutcheson wants the girlfriend experience.

All of it.

And I’m going to give it to him.

I’m not supposed to enjoy being his whore.

I’m also not supposed to fall in love with him.

But I do. Both.

When our contract expires, I will walk away.

Because I have to.

But he’ll always have a piece of me.

I’ll mask my sorrow with a smile.

I’ll hide my love with indifference

… all while it’s killing me softly.

A fairy-tale romance.

It isn’t mine to have.

And this man I’ve come to love so dearly isn’t my happily ever after.

About Eighty-One Nights:

While the characters from Eighty-One Nights are entirely new, their storyline is a combination of fresh material and carefully selected themes, scenes, and settings from The Beauty Series, The Sin Trilogy, Dear Agony, and Indulge. This is intentional. I chose some of my favorite elements from previous releases and interjected them into Hutch and Lou’s story. Let’s call it a “story fusion” between our old favorites and new material. This work was briefly released under a pen name and was titled The Girlfriend Experience.


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My Review

1 Contract…2 People…81 Days…81 Nights…Too many secrets to count…

That’s the situation that Maxwell (Hutch) Hutcheson and Caitriona (Lou) Louden find themselves in when Hutch’s loneliness becomes too overwhelming to bear and Lou finds herself in dire straits financially and makes the only decision she feels she can.

Even though Hutch and Lou meet under unusual circumstances and venture into a ‘Girlfriend Arrangement,’ their connection is instantaneous and their mutual attraction makes their exclusive agreement for the summer a little less awkward and hopeful something that they can both enjoy despite their varying reasons for becoming a member of the exclusive dating service, Inamorata.

Hutch’s backstory is both saddening and perplexing; his past holds so many secrets – ones that can possibly answer why he feels such a sense of loyalty and responsibility when it comes to the people in his life. And, now that he’s on his own and has to weather the maelstrom of emotions and life’s circumstances by himself, he feels incapable and he needs an outlet before his loneliness and doubts pull him under for good.

A physical connection/release is one of the main reasons that Hutch turned to Inamorata, and let me tell you, he gets what he wants and needs from Lou in that respect, but I don’t think either of them counted on the emotional link that they would feel…the pull of more than just their bodies to one another…the desire to know each other on every level. But with an expiration date to their arrangement as well as a bevy of outside interference, it’s unclear if what they’re building is something that can withstand the circumstances they find themselves in after their 81 days.

Eighty One Nights is a duet, which means part one ends with a cliffhanger, but I truly felt that Georgia Cates provided readers with a comprehensive view of the start of Max and Cait’s contract/relationship, providing the ins and outs of situations that occur and the words that are said. The undeniable connection that these two seem to have from the beginning of the story becomes something that they can build on as they experience the summer together and get to know all that there is to know about the other.

The fusion of Cates’ ‘most favorite parts’ of her previous storylines adds a unique twist to Eighty-One Nights but Hutch and Lou’s book also remains fresh due to the complexities of the characters, their back stories, and the situation that brings them together, and with what happens at the end of part one, I have no idea where Cates plans to take her characters next, but I want to find out!

4 Poison Apples


“No one gets to call you a whore.”

“You can.”

He stops eating and looks at me. “I’d never degrade you by calling you a whore.”

“Not a whore. Your whore. There’s a difference.”

I can almost see the wheels turning in Hutch’s head. “You’re my whore?”

“Yes. Only yours.”

“My whore.” He grins. “I don’t think that I’m supposed to like that, but I do.”

“And I don’t think I’m supposed to like being your whore, but I do. Very much.”

He reaches out for my hand and brings it to his mouth, kissing it. “You never cease to amaze me.”

“Dirty talk. Never underestimate the power of it.”

About the Author

Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her music and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.

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