Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: May 27, 2016
Length: 254 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Two months after Mitch Jenkins had the rug pulled out from under him when his two-year relationship came to an abrupt end, he is still hurting. A colleague’s attempt to cheer him up brings Mitch to a secret “club.” Mitch isn’t remotely interested in the twinks parading like peacocks, until he spies the young man at the back of the room, nose firmly in a book and oblivious to his surroundings. Now Mitch is interested.
Nikko Kurokawa wants to pay his debt and get the hell out of the Black Lounge—where he is forced to not only have sex, but sometimes suffer abuse to please clients. Earning his freedom isn’t proving easy, especially when he starts attracting interest. Life becomes that little bit easier to bear when he meets Mitch, who is nothing like the other men who frequent the club. And when Mitch crawls under his skin and into his heart, Nikko figures he can put up with anything. Before long he’ll be out of there, and he and Mitch can figure out if they have a future together.
Neither of them counted on those who don’t want Nikko to leave….
Well…. That was a recreational ride for my heart. I’m not sure where to begin here. I’ll start with the characters. Mitch… I call him the hero of the story. His weapon of choice? His heart. The target of his affections? Nikko. Nikko is NO damsel in distress. He’s the brave, strong Knight willing to fight beside Mitch to make a better life.
These two together are unstoppable. There was elements of this story that were hard to read. Not unbearable and not bad like it was the writing. KC managed to take us into the belly of the beast with this story. Though Nikko was living this nightmare to save someone he loves, what he endures is very rough. Only because of Mitch and a few friends does he get through it.
There’s serious suspense throughout the story. Whether it’s “Oh god please don’t die.” Suspense or “Oh dear don’t leave him.” Suspense, it was there and it was nail biting.
This is a love story. One that doesn’t play easy on your heart. KC Wells makes her characters work for it and she makes us readers suffer lol.
This is not a story that you will EVER be bored reading. It’s wonderful. I did find myself wondering some things at the end that weren’t addressed but it ended with me realizing it will all be okay. I can live with that.
This is a story you should totally read because you’ll fall in love with Mitch’s family just like Nikko did.
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