Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Release Day Review: Stained by Chris T. Kat #Review #Giveaway

Author: Chris T. Kat
Book: Stained
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: June 1, 2016
Length: 119 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Blair Clark has reached his breaking point. Forced to leave one job because of sexual harassment, he’s having difficulty finding another. Since no one believes what happened, Blair’s left with a stain on his employment record that he can’t get rid of. He’s had to move back home with his mother. As if that’s not bad enough, he realizes his crush, Travis, is simply using him. His romantic life looks as hopeless as his job search.

Jack Ross is sure he’ll never find anyone who’ll love him for who he is. All anyone sees is the port-wine stain on his left cheek—not the man behind it. Even his mother thinks he should get rid of it. But the procedure is difficult and painful.

When Blair applies for a secretarial position with Jack’s firm, both men learn that beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder. It’ll take a lot of trust to chase away their insecurities, but if they take a chance on one another, love will find a way.

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I really loved the premise of this story. I liked the lesson to be learned here and I loved how the main characters have as much in common as they do.

Blair Clark has pretty much spent his entire existence being bullied because of his effeminate appearance. Even from so called friends.  Not a lot of support and defense for him when it came to the constant attacks against the way he looks. Now, if you’ve never been bullied in your life you may find Blair’s attitude toward it and lack of backbone a bit annoying and frustrating. Keep in mind, we all handle things differently.

Jack Ross, who becomes Blair’s boss has a dark red birthmark adorning one side of his face. He’s not a stranger to odd looks and bullying himself. So when Blair and Jack come face to face you realize how much they can both relate to each other.

Jack is stained on the outside. Blair is stained on the inside. They really do discover so much about who they are with each other. It was rewarding to see them find that sort of love.

The emotions run high in this book. Hate to love and everything in between. 

I would have liked this book to slow down in parts. I felt rushed in some situations and I wanted to pause so much to try and absorb the moment but like a sudden breeze the moment was blown away.
Another issue I had was too often I found myself saying “I think this and I think that.” I thought too much so to speak. Many times emotions, or whatnot were unclear. I wasn’t sure if Jack or Blair felt a certain thing or if I was in the right mind frame for a scene.  More clarity was needed.

This was a sweet yet emotional book and even humorous at times.


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  1. Sounds like an interesting read! The cover is delicious!
    I wanted to comment directly to the reviewer: AWESOME... I liked how you reminded us everyone reacts differently to things! YES TO THIS!!! (Thank you!)
    Hugs, Z.

  2. Sounds intriguing! I have read only one other book by this author but I remember enjoying it a lot.

  3. Sounds great! Looking forward to reading it.