Erryn reviews ‘The Foxxxy Gentleman’s Club (Foxxxy Book 1)’ by Nikole Knight. This book was released on March 22, 2021 and is 262 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was released May 10, 2021 narrated by John York and is 7 hrs and 47 mins. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I was intrigued.
Foxxxy Rule Number One: Never fall for a client.
Christian Webber is femme, fabulous, and an absolute freaking mess. Although he loves his chaotic life, his cherished friends, and his job dancing and escorting at the exclusive Foxxxy Gentlemen’s Club, he’s also 29, single, and facing down the very real possibility of turning into a lonely, old cat lady. But an encounter with a client’s jaded son may change everything.
Gordon van Dierman has his life figured out. He owns a business, a house, and a dog with his partner of seven years, but when he learns of his partner’s infidelity, the grumpy Dutchman abandons everything he’s built and returns to his childhood home in America to lick his wounds in peace. But a run-in with a feisty, gender-fluid escort may be just what the doctor ordered.
When Chrissy and Gordon’s lives collide, it’s hate at first sight, to be sure, but the fire between them may be more than simple loathing. You know what they say: Love and hate are horns on the same goat – or however that expression goes.
Chrissy knows better than to fall for a client. But the rules don’t say anything about a client’s son, do they?
This book as a cute meet-cute. Chrissy is an exotic dancer who does some escort work on the side. But many of those jobs are simply providing company for lonely men. One such man is an older Dutch man whose children have, for the most part, abandoned him. He came out as gay after their mother passed and they have not been understanding. Well, his son Gordon has been – sort of – but living in Holland, he hasn’t been around much. He’s back in Boston and staying with his dad while working to mend a broken heart. Then Chrissy shows up, and he’s certain this man is taking advantage of his father.
In truth, Chrissy is providing and wonderful service and doing something virtually no one else can. As gender fluid, Chrissy often chooses between dressing as a man or, on special days, dressing like a woman. He’s lithe and lovely, and Gordon is interested. If he can get past the whole escort thing. The hate on sight turns to eventual friendship and then more. I liked how the relationship developed.
I also LOVED Chrissy. Irreverent, he says whatever is on his mind. “Holy Harvey Milk, is there a gay mafia?” he asks his boss. He also references tons of celebrities in a funny manner including Helen Hunt and Humphrey Bogart. He kept me on my toes and he kept me laughing. There are plenty of antics in this book.
And Mr. Jingles. The diffident Mr. Jingles. Chrissy’s cat who only likes Gordon who isn’t enamoured with cats. Yeah, been there, done that. Capricious and fickle creatures.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this book delighted. Made all the more special by John York. He did a decent Boston accent and carried the story well. This is the first book of the series and more are set up so I can’t wait.
8.5/10 Pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
Nikole Knight is a born and bred Hoosier living in a top-secret location in Europe. She’s the lone female in the house, unless you count the dog, and she writes love in all its forms. When she’s not racing after a half-naked toddler or arguing with a child’s logic, Nikole can be found in her writing nook, typing away as her fingers turn to nubs.