Beg, Borrow or Steal by Susie Tate
Published: September 28th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Jamie is proud of everything he’s achieved. A consultant anesthetist and the Medical Education Director – he’s a pretty big deal. So when one of his medical students falls asleep, right in the middle of a tutorial, he is furious. He’s a bloody good teacher, damn it! For Libby, pride is a luxury and beauty is currency. Pregnant at seventeen and an aspiring doctor, she couldn’t afford to be proud, so she cashed in on her looks instead. She will beg, borrow or steal to achieve her dreams and give her daughter the life she deserves, even if she has to forgo sleep – even if she has to leave her dignity behind. This book is a full-length contemporary romance of approximately 90,000 words with no cliffhanger and its own HEA.
*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
I loved everything about this book. Susie Tate weaved a fun, sexy, and interesting tale of love, hardships, and the differences in society and the citizens in it. The story is about Jamie a hard working, stick in the mud consultant anesthetist and the Medical Education Director. He comes from a life of luxury and the finer things in life. Then you have Libby a stunningly smart and beautiful equally hard working single mother and medical student who also so happens to work at a Burlesque style strip club to make ends meet. She’s had a rough life and does all she can to take care of her daughter. The way the story unfolds for these two is beautiful and has a lot of growth.
I really loved the side character’s like Kira who is that wildly sexual hilarious friend. Pav is the friend that laughs when you fall but also tell you like it is when you get to full of yourself at times. Amy was a wonderful woman who really spoke the truth about the misogyny regarding strippers and how men love to see them but how dare they enter into the everyday world. Steve and Barry from the club were amazing. I love how they treated the women with such respect and made sure they were safe. Dr. Morrison was a cute character and told with such accuracy to people who have anxiety with regards to anything social.
Going back into what Amy said in my comment earlier I loved how the author handled slut-shaming. Every time it happened the author had someone shut it down someway or another. Libby always stood up for herself and never let herself be treated badly about what she did. I loved when she told Toby off and ALWAYS said she could take care of herself and she did it. Jamie starts out super judgmental but in the end, he see’s how talented Libby is and even wants to see her talent expanded and comes around to her job. His growth was amazing. His possessive nature to me didn’t go to unhealthy extremes and I liked that. At times it was sexy and sweet lol like when he called her baby before they started dating or how careful he was their first time.
The best thing about this story was that Libby never quite for Jamie. She quit when she had enough money to take care of everything and on her own terms but she was still going to help out at the club. Also, their love came together really beautifully and naturally. Plus Jamie’s mom was so awesome with how non-judgemental she was with Libby. Overall it was awesome and I loved it.