So when my cousin -- who regularly chastises me and my penchant for dating unavailable men -- invited me to his 27th birthday party, I hesitated at first, knowing I'd be mainly among couples.
I wanted to bring a guy with me to spite my cousin, but there was no one in sight: I currently am not dating anyone seriously, and the only male friends I have are gay or straight and taken. And then I had a stroke of genius: I would hire someone to pose as my boyfriend for the night. I'm straight-up worn out from hearing, “You're pretty cool and smart, so why can't you find a guy? I reached a point where I was so bored with my love life that I was willing to try anything once. I could have picked someone up at a bar (my tried-and-true tactic).
I told him I'm a journalist determined to get a good story, and fortunately, he didn't run for the George Washington Bridge. “You shouldn't have to do this.”“I don't have to,” I said.
“But I want to.”We approached the curb outside the restaurant, where my cousin and his friends were already standing. They shook his hand in awe and approval.“See that guy over there?
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I am a 24-year-old woman who is perpetually single. My parents left India for America in their mid-20s to give their future children opportunities they themselves didn't have.
So Rent A Gent sent me my runner-up, accommodating my demands quite nicely: His name was Alec.
I don't know if it was the alcohol or the fact that he was unavailable, but I fell in love for the night.“I'm just your project,” he'd joke. Though, later on, the thing felt so natural that I forgot I'd hired someone to pretend to love me. I respectfully declined.“Oh,” he went on, “and I won't charge you for those extra two hours.” I thought, wiping dribbles of sweat from my forehead.
Three glasses of wine into the night, I sat back in my chair heady from the tapas and happiness. Alec was the guy every girl wanted to be with, and every guy wanted to be his friend. I wouldn't have been able to afford him any longer than an hour, anyway.
Now, I know what you're thinking: this Sheena chick must be A) high, B) butt-ugly or C) hands-down the most desperate single woman in New York to have entertained such an idea. ” Society condones asking women questions like this without stopping to consider how they feel. I could have even asked my gay friend to accompany me and fake being a straight dude for the night -- but those options were too easy.
If I was going to do this, I was going to do this right. Rent A Gent is a male escort service that "rents out" attractive men for a hefty price.