See Me by KC Wells ~ Book Review by Caroline

25927088Title: See Me

Author: KC Wells

Publisher: Island Tales Press

Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/29/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

Adrian DeSoto spent most of his time in high school being bullied and beaten up, simply because he was perceived as gay. Always slight, effeminate, he was the perfect victim for guys like Martin Cavanaugh, one of the high school jocks. When it all got too much, Adrian was faced with two options, one more devastating than the other. Eleventh grade saw a new Adrian, one who hid his fears and pain behind a mask in a bid to survive.

Eleven years later, and Adrienne is one of the top drag acts in Orlando. She’s fierce, funny and exuberant. A face from the past gives her a shock, and after that there’s only one thing on her mind—revenge.

Marty Cavanaugh has a particular kink. He loves it when a drag queen goes down on him. But that’s as far as it goes. He won’t admit to himself what’s under that tight fitting dress. And then he meets Adrienne and his whole world goes into a tailspin….

Warning – Contains men in drag, honey! You Have Been Warned.

My View:

If you have been a victim of bullying then the first couple of chapters may make for uncomfortable reading. Adrian is slight and pretty in high school and just those small things make him a target for the jocks and the bullying is destroying him. Following summer break he returns to school owning his look and appearing stronger, at least outwardly, but the damage has been done and Adrian is hurting.

Appearances can be deceiving and this is true for Martin Cavanaugh as he lives through the challenges of high school. Every day he lives with the pressure from his peers and an overbearing father and it isn’t until much later in life that he realises how damaging to others just following the crowd can be.

Over a decade later Adrian has an alter ego that is everything he isn’t. Adrienne is fierce, sassy and unafraid. She has friends in the business, she works hard and has developed a fan base. She has moved back to her old stomping ground but when the make-up and clothes are removed so is much of the confidence. Being bullied at school has left its mark on Adrian a fact that is compounded when Adrienne comes face to face with Martin, or Marty as he goes by, in the middle of a show. Adrienne keeps her game face on and finishes the show but inside Adrian is dying which quickly turns to anger and thoughts of revenge.

The problem with planning and executing revenge with the idea of hurting and humiliating someone is that it only works if you are a horrible person at heart and Adrian isn’t. His gloating and moment of feeling satisfied is short lived and then he begins to feel even worse. After over a decade Adrian has to dig deep and find the courage to face his nemesis and his old high school crush and try to put things right.

Although this book touches on some heavy topics it also has much lighter moments. I could almost see myself sitting at the drag shows – they were very in your face and held a lot of humour. It was also good to see the couple from the previous two books and Ric in particular is entwined in Adrian’s story.

Links

See Me on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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