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Not His Kiss to Take

Not His Kiss to Take - Finn Marlowe Evan is a trust fund guy and good thing as a never-ending migraine and ensuing drug addiction have lost him his license to practice medicine. He hides in his darkened penthouse doing yoga and lives a holistic lifestyle to the point he makes his own laundry detergent. On a rare pain-free night, he goes to a local bar. The embodiment of his ‘type’: young, blond, slight, too beautiful to qualify as a twink, walks in, obviously meeting someone. Just as obviously, the blond is straight. Evan admires him from the shadows wondering how someone so perfect can get stood up. When the blond disappears and doesn’t return to his table, Evan finds him, beaten and assaulted, but alive. The victim, Jamie, desperately does not want to go to a hospital and Evan has a personal pharmacy/medical supply superstore at home so he takes him back to his penthouse and treats him.

At twenty-one, Jamie is fourteen years younger, blue collar. After high school, he escaped an indifferent mother and her brutal boyfriend, bypassed Seattle and headed for Spokane to look for the father who abandoned him. He wants to go to college so he’s been working 70 hour weeks at three different jobs. [Here’s where maybe being from another country (Canada) from her characters the author makes a mistake. In the real world, coming from a low-income, single parent household and having taken math honors in high school, Jamie would have pretty close to a free ride at the university of his choice].

Evan takes care of Jamie, sometimes very personally, and wrestles with his ethics and overwhelming lust for Jamie. Jamie wrestles with memories from the attack, the freakiness that Evan desires him, and that he begins to enjoy Evan. They spar verbally and when one of the treatments is unexpectedly very arousing, Jamie becomes pissed off. Eventually this leads to very hot sex minus kissing (hence the lame title) and intercourse.

Nobody will ever conjugate the word ‘perverse’ as far as Jamie whose byplay with Evan and inner monologue is funny and usually strays from outright angst, unlike Evan. Caring for Jamie and loving him pulls Evan from his pity party and being loved and valued by Evan proves to Jamie he isn’t the throw away his parents made him feel. Beyond that, this book is sex, sex, and make-up sex. Yes, it is a bit squicky when Evan is turned on by Jamie when he is so defenseless, but he’s not turned on by the helplessness and he waits for Jamie to come to him.

I got it free but it’s better than many books I’ve bought and been disappointed by.