Bare by Lynn Kelling ~ Book Review by Caroline

32129904Title: Bare

Author: Lynn Kelling

Publisher: Forbidden Fiction

Cover Artist: Siol na Tine

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/15/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: BDSM, Gay Romance


Ev Myers is a former high school football star and Republican State Senator’s son, raised in a strict Southern Baptist household where his only option was to be silent, behave and, no matter how he might be feeling, to put on a happy smile. Desperate to escape the pressure to be the man his family insists he become, Ev has fled Kansas to attend college and is working to find out who he really is beneath the lies and carefully composed public image. But when he applies for a job as a nude model for a life drawing class out of a desire to be seen in a way that shatters all of his family’s taboos, it’s just the first step on a path that leads him away from everything he’s ever known. Handsome and headstrong adjunct arts professor, Adam Buchanan, is the first person to recognize Ev’s potential, and his determination to have Ev realize the importance of truth and stark honesty, as well as the beauty of flawed vulnerability provides the hope Ev needs to escape a world rife with kidnapping, brainwashing and deadly determination cure homosexuality, using whatever means necessary.

My View:

From reading the blurb you may suspect that this will be another of Lynn Kelling’s darker tales but it’s actually not. Although there are some scary moments and some horrifying facts this story for me was more about hope and watching Ev slowly become the person he was supposed to be.

Growing up Ev has had it tough – he is a Republican Senators son from a devout Southern Baptist family where appearances are everything and no matter how Ev felt or what he believed he was just supposed to shut up, put up and smile. College means escape and he grabs at it with both hands determined to finally have a say in how he leads his life. One of the first things he does is sign up to model nude for an art class and this brings him to the attention of Adam. We get a little more insight into Ev when he starts modelling – he likes that people are looking at him – he likes it a lot.

Adam Buchanan is totally smitten with Ev from the moment he sets eyes on him. He sees his beauty and recognises his potential and he wants it all. He needs Ev as his model for a future exhibition that will focus on vulnerability and although Ev is nervous he agrees. This is where it gets interesting as Ev is forced to face feelings he is not entirely comfortable with which in turn makes him think back to events that happened at home with John – John who now stares back blankly from photographs – John who is soon to married and who never seems to smile – John who was sent off to a secret camp and came back like a stepford man.

There are dark undertones about Ev’s past that Adam must break down to stand any chance of a future. Lynn’s writing as always flows and delivers the story perfectly. The master/slave element fitted perfectly and wasn’t overly heavy but definitely right for their dynamics. This one was a total hit with me.


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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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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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