Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Kiss Me
Author: Scarlet Blackwell
Heroes: Dexter Anderson and Logan Maden
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 237 Pages
Publisher: Extasy Books
Release Date: February 1, 2014
Available at: Extasy Books & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Dexter is a rent boy falling for his new client. Logan is a homicide cop falling for his rent boy. Now madly in love, Logan discovers Dexter is dangerously in thrall to a gangster whose clutches he can’t escape. When the gangster finds out about the two of them, he targets Dexter’s friend in revenge. The quickest answer is a safe house, but how long will it be safe?
First and foremost, I already know going into most Scarlet Blackwell books that they are not going to be light and fluffy reads. And, if anything, Kiss Me was the complete opposite of a light and fluffy read. But I could not put it down. I was fortunate enough to read with a friend so we were able to say “OMFG” back and forth to each because yeah, it was dark, it was harsh, it was shocking, it was controversial, and it was graphic. Not for the faint of heart, not for those looking for the fairytale, but oh my God, I loved every minute and really, I could not put it down.
Kiss Me is told in three parts. The first is the longest and at first I was I amazed at how sweet but sad it was. Logan was adorable beyond belief and I just wanted to cuddle the big lug. He is a homicide detective who fears being touched. A big man with small boy innocence and I was instantly in love with him. Watching Logan fall for Dexter (his rent boy) and Dexter not allowing himself to fall for Logan, but doing it anyway was mission impossible. The back and forth was killing me and I wanted to smack them both. But, they both have secret pasts that are eerily similar and played a huge role in how they viewed themselves.
I loved Daron and Ennis, best friends of Logan. Daron was also a rent boy who is in the process of getting out of the business, and Ennis is the love of his life. They were also fiercely protective of Dexter; to the point of even getting arrested to protect him. Better friends Dexter would never find. But they also broke my freaking heart. I will not give anything away, but man that was harsh. On a good note: Ennis’s mother and how she treated Daron was amazingly beautiful. She restored my faith in how women are portrayed in MM romance. She had such a small role but her presence was huge.
During the back and forth between Logan and Dexter we learn that he is the plaything of a mob boss. One who beats the crap out of him, threatens his family, and won’t allow him to leave. The man is a pig and Dexter doesn’t see how he can get out of his clutches. His friends plead for him to tell Logan, since he is homicide detective but unfortunately things turn tragic before he gets a chance. Dexter you goofball…you should have told Logan!!!!
Parts two and three are very short, but really emotionally charged. This is where things get a little controversial and I foresee many readers unfairly dropping stars over a single issue, but as they say, to each their own. I prefer to read the nitty-gritty myself and as long as I get that HEA then I am a happy girl. Like I always say, I like my guys to work for it, but these two have more than their fair share of work and I was shocked where this one went. I didn’t expect Logan to do what he did, I wasn’t surprised what Dexter did, but I was thrilled beyond belief that the book ended with that elusive HEA. These guys had to dig themselves out of huge hole and then climb to the top of the highest mountain, but they did it. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t easy, and it won’t be for everyone, but it was real. And I will take real any day of the week.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*