Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Break My Shell
Author: K.A. Merikan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 207 Pages
Publisher: Acerbi and Villani, Ltd.
Release Date: December 7, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: — He was supposed to never leave prison. And then he was in my bedroom. —
Dayton is always on time to work, always organized, always ready to do overtime. The perfect receptionist-waiter-cleaner. Employee of the month. But Dayton has a secret side to him. A kinky, filthy side full of dark and dangerous fantasies that should never see the light of day.
He explores his taste for submission in one way only. For three years, he’s been writing letters about it to Max. Convicted to life in prison for the murder of three men and unlikely to ever be free, Max is the safest outlet for Dayton’s frustrated fantasies.
Only that he does leave prison. He finds Dayton. And he won’t settle for anything less than what he was promised in the letters. Too bad Dayton is nowhere near ready to indulge Max. Or himself for that matter.
Review: This blurb sounded so delicious! Three years of dirty, kinky confessions coming to life! Sign me up!
Unfortunately, aside from the initial scene where Max makes his initial appearance, there wasn’t much of what originally lured me in in the first place. Dayton works his butt off for some whacky woman who takes full advantage of him time and again. She refuses to pay him for his work crying about how the hotel doesn’t have the money and is barely afloat. Yet, she has no trouble spending money on herself. She continually guilts Dayton into doing other jobs (again without paying him), and for much of the story, he just lets her walk all over him with the reasoning that he doesn’t really have much choice.
As far as Max goes, he was awesome! I loved him. Here you have a guy who made it through prison with the help of Dayton and his letters, only to find a completely different person when he finally gets out and meets him. He is starting over from scratch, but he has a plan and is always working towards making things better. Lucky for Dayton, Max tries to include him in on his plans for making a future. Max was a true gem and gentleman. After their initial explosive sex, Dayton basically puts the kibosh on wanting any sex at all. This 180 was pretty much where the story started losing me. Although I initially felt bad about Dayton and his situation, I had a very difficult time caring about someone who never tried to take charge of his own life and was so indecisive about everything, especially where Max was concerned when it was clear that Max was a real stand-up guy and clearly the better catch of the two.
Dayton does finally stand up for himself eventually, but after all the buildup, it felt very rushed. So, while there were things I enjoyed about this story, much of it just did not wow me. I kept thinking I would have rather read about the time when Max was still imprisoned and getting the letters, still thinking of Dayton as the kinky fantasy-laden man who found a connection with someone he hadn’t actually met. As such, I will chalk this up to it’s not you, it’s me.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*