Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Rent Me
Author: Brina Brady
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 260 Pages
Publisher: Brina Brady
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Available at: Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Rent Boy Brennen wants to belong to his lover Dmitri Dubrovsky. The Russian mobster controls every inch of his life in and out of bed. Brennen works for Dmitri’s escort service. His only desire is to please his lover. When Dmitri marries Nika, his lover moves him out of their home to an apartment in Beverly Hills and tells him nothing has changed. What is Brennen going to do now?
Review: I started out feeling one way about this book, and ended up feeling a bit different. There were things I really liked, and some not so much.
Dmitri and Brennan have a very different relationship. Dmitri basically saved Brennan when he was fourteen I believe, from his abusive stepfather. He took Brennan under his protection and offered him safety and security, as well as money and an education. However, when Brennan turned eighteen, they became lovers. They had been living together in a sort of D/S relationship with Dmitri the controlling dominant partner.
However, feeling he needed to keep his sexuality a secret from his Russian family and friends, he got married and moved Brennan to his own apartment. So, basically, at this point, Brennan is a kept man. To counter his having to deal with Dmitri’s marriage, Brennan works as an escort at Dmitri’s agency, much to Dmitri and his brother, Mischa’s, disapproval.
I actually really liked Dmitri for the most part, although his constant reassurances of working on a plan to fix things so he and Brennan could be together got a little tiresome. So too, did much of Brennan’s behavior. He was repeatedly begging Dmitri and Mischa to treat him like an adult, yet his behavior often spoke otherwise. Granted, he was at a bit of a loss after Dmitri’s wedding and his position in Dmitri’s life and really didn’t know how else to change things, but still, it was a bit much at times.
Underlying all of this is Brennan’s desire for Dmitri to be his dom, something which Dmitri continually tells Brennan he is not ready for. Other than some bondage and rough sex, and a few punishments/beatings here and there, none of this really came into play during this part of the story.
So, I was kind of going along unsure of how I felt about this story for quite some time. However, about 3/4 of the way through, the characters started to grow on me more and more. We started to see that there was more to Dmitri than met the eye, as more and more secrets unfolded. I still didn’t know who to trust, just as Brennan didn’t, especially when more lies were uncovered. By the end, I was riveted to see how things would turn out. Brennan finally grows a pair and goes out on his own, though he doesn’t last too long before he finds himself in trouble.
Things wrap up fairly nicely in the end with a sweet moment leaving me looking forward to seeing these guys again. I enjoyed the writing style and felt this was a solid story for a first-time author. I’m excited to see what she comes up with next.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*