Florida's Palm Beach
The three women in Girlfriends on Demand are young and struggling to make ends meet. They have college loans to pay off and other debts to deal with so the pressure is on. When they decide to sell their time to wealthy men, their circumstances improve. But they still live off-island in a tough part of the city just over the bridge. Their clients live in luxury on the nearby island, where much of the story takes place.
Coconut City and Coconut Island are imaginary places, but are very loosely based on the city of West Palm Beach and the nearby ultra-luxe island of Palm Beach. Here is a glimpse of what the girls appreciate about the pretty island for rich people. No wonder they want to move up in the world, or over the bridge into the heart of tropical luxury.
The beaches are pristine and scenic; day or night they are rich in natural beauty:
On the island, exotic wildlife abounds:
The island beauty is exotic, alluring, irresistible:
And so is the shopping:
It's paradise—so near, and yet so far away for those without the means to afford it.
About Mickey J Corrigan
Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan writes tropical noir with a dark humor. Novels include Project XX about a school shooting (Salt Publishing, UK, 2017) and What I Did for Love, a spoof of Lolita (Bloodhound Books, UK, 2019).
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Champagne Books has provided a reboot of the contemporary thriller Sugar Babies, including an update on online arrangements for sexual relationships. In light of all the attention one Florida politician is getting, the insights into the sugar life may be of interest to curious readers. Is agreeing to sex for pay (in the form of rent money, tuition payments, or travel and gifts) the same as prostitution? Or is it just what we do in economically unequal partnerships?
Three women: I broke one’s spirit, I broke another’s neck, I married the third.
This is how a mysterious narrator begins his story of three working women in their 20s living in a contemporary tropical city. He shares the intimate details about Maire, Esme, and Niki, smart girls using their bodies and their wits to pay and play their way to a better life.
Maire O’Rourke works as a girlfriend on demand for a Coconut City multimillionaire. But Maire has bigger plans: she’s about to launch an international business to help others seeking to trade sex for funding.
Southern gal Esme Grant came to Coconut City in order to find herself a rich man willing to fund her—as well as her hometown boyfriend and their Mayberry-gone-bad dreams.
Niki Stephanopoulos is a grad student and multicultural artist who struggles with guilt, poverty, and anxiety/depression fueled by her economic woes. She reaches out to Esme and Maire for help.
Niki, Esme, and Maire want what every woman wants: romance, safe shelter, a decent future. In the tropical paradise of Coconut City, one becomes lost, another faces desperate odds, while the third falls in love with the wrong man—over and over again.