Author: SC Wynne
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/12/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Beau Dexter is a male escort with zero belief in love. He had a rough beginning in life, and he’s not looking for anything other than a full roster of satisfied clients.
Seth Fontaine is blind and grieving the loss of his lover five years ago. But even a broken-hearted man has needs, and that’s where Beau comes in.
Neither one of them is looking for anything other than a little superficial fun. But when these two damaged men connect on a much deeper level than expected, Beau’s extreme fear of emotional intimacy almost derails them before they even begin.
I have generally enjoyed the stories I have read from SC Wynne, so I decided to give Kiss and Tell a shot. While I am not a huge consumer of the rentboy-goes-straight trope, I have read my fair share. They can be everything from completely unbelievable to unhealthy relationships to hot as hell to sweet and perfect. Unfortunately, Kiss and Tell kinda falls to the left end of that spectrum.
Neither Beau nor Seth ever really caught my heart. I wanted to like Seth, but I just didn’t know him well enough. We are told there was a terrible accident that took his sight and his lover’s life, but I never felt his grief or his state of mind at all. He was very two-dimensional. As for Beau, I just didn’t like him much. I tried, but I just didn’t.
I also took issue with the scene leading up to the big breakup. I didn’t understand why his late lover’s family and friends were so hostile to Seth. That scene needed something more.
Overall, I kept needing more. The backstory and characters are too complex for the length of the story. It ends up being very superficial and mostly telling instead of showing. There is no connection to the characters or between them.
Combine those issues with a few plot inconsistencies and errors, I just can’t recommend Kiss and Tell.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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