Author: KC Wells
Publisher: Island Tales Press
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/08/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay Romance
Trent Sutton doesn’t ‘do’ monogamy. He spends his days on the road in his truck, and his nights hooking up with anyone who catches his eye. Casual sex, no strings – Trent likes his life just the way it is. He sees what his friend Connor has, but he’s just not interested. Until he meets Aaron, who gets under his skin, into his head, and finally to the spot no one has reached in a long time – Trent’s heart.
Aaron Calder doesn’t ‘do’ casual. After a few health scares and a couple of traumatic relationships, he’s decided that love – and sex – are not for him. He concentrates on his charity fundraising and ignores the offers that come his way. Until he meets Trent, a man whose dictionary does not contain the word ‘monogamous’. He shuts down Trent’s advances and tries to keep away from Costello’s, the gay bar where they first met.
Except Trent is proving hard to resist….
Love Me just became my favourite of the Lightning Tales series so far and it’s all because of Aaron. Actually the writing was good as always and I enjoyed the storyline…but…yeah, Aaron.
Love Me is the story of two men who at first glance are completely different. They both live with a fear that causes them to protect their hearts, their fear is real and it rules their lives and actions. It’s their actions that are in fact different as underneath all the layers of protection they have covered themselves in – they are actually very similar.
Trent Sutton seems to have everything he wants. Trucker by day and a man whore by night works well for him. He doesn’t date, he doesn’t sleep with the same man twice and he definitely doesn’t think about relationships. He is a character that seems detached from life in a lot of ways but then he meets Aaron and gets turned down, probably for the first time in his life, and the whole thing leaves him shaken and stirred.
Aaron, oh lawd Aaron. I can imagine every reader just wants to take him home, wrap him up and tell him things will be ok. This man had ZERO self-confidence yet in reality is so brave. A lot of characters we read about come with baggage from past relationships but this man had enough baggage for a small town – yet still he pushed himself, he still he walked into that bar and then completely overwhelmed he shot down Trent in an instant.
I loved the slow burn in this one. Aaron and Trent become friends and although both secretly hope for more neither man pushes and it makes for some great sexual tension. There is a great cast of secondary characters. They find a common cause in helping Trent’s nephew showing that homophobia is alive and kicking but there is help out there – that’s such an important message.
I think you will like this one folks and KC we NEED Kaden’s story now!
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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