Friday, January 18, 2013

Not His Kiss to Take by Finn Marlowe 3/5 Stars

Not His Kiss to TakeNot His Kiss to Take by Finn Marlowe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Published: Dec. 15, 2012
Words: 78,053 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301016075

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Book Description/Review Below:

Currently free at Smashwords Words: 78053 (approx)
A single kiss could change both their lives forever, but it’s not his kiss to take…

Dr. Evan Harrison has become a recluse, a prisoner inside his own house, felled in his prime by a migraine headache without end. All he'd ever wanted was to be a doctor, and now he's nothing - until chance delivers a beaten and battered Jamie into his care. Fourteen years his junior, gorgeous, mouthy, stubborn and...completely and unquestionably straight. Maybe. Or maybe not...

Jamie doesn't know what hit him, other than there were three of them, and that he's broken and in pain and he doesn't know the identity of the kind stranger with the cold stethoscope and warm eyes taking care of him. And he sure as hell doesn't know why he likes his bossiness or finds him sexy....

Chance may have brought them together, but a shared attraction keeps them together long after Jamie’s bruises have faded. As Evan enjoys the longest pain-free stretch he’s known in two years, they begin to explore their attraction, the caresses of a kind Jamie’s never known. But even as Evan revels in his young lover’s first, tentative touches, the guilt is never far from his mind. Jamie’s never looked at another man romantically and Evan’s never looked at anything but. And Jamie won’t kiss him. That would be… gay.

Evan wants Jamie’s kiss more than he’s ever wanted anything before in his life, but it’s not his kiss to take, its Jamie’s to give. Evan knows wanting Jamie is wrong, their relationship unethical, a relationship forbidden with just cause. He swore an oath to do no harm. And it’s not only his oaths that are going to get broken--he’s never given his heart away before.


Nearly 300 pages of sex, sex, sex and more sex and, surprisingly enough, there was still a story written in there.

I understand this was written for a writing challenge, but I have to wonder if the challenge was to come up with as many clever sayings as you could in one book. There are just too many to choose from, but I have to share a few of my favorite nick-names Jaime has for Evan:

Dr. Depravity, Dr. Ain't-Puttin'-Out, Dr. Beyond-Bent, Dr. Bossy-as-Fuck, Dr. Oh-So-Proper-I-Iron-My-Jeans


Dr. Evan Harrison - Kind eyes. Soul of the devil. Evan finds comfort and more when he helps Jamie recover after a disturbing attack.

Jamie (James) - God, the boy was all legs and prickles. Twink-like Jamie is full of self doubt. His one liners are surprising and I started looking forward to what would come next.


Evan brings Jamie to his penthouse to help him heal. Jamie has survived his attackers, but he doesn't trust Evan at all. This strange story of "alternative medicine" has an interesting progression of quirks. There's just a little heartbreak and longing mixed with tons of sex and kinks.


I found Finn Marlow's writing better than I expected. Knowing ahead of time that this was a writing challenge I guess I didn't expect much. Instead, I liked the characters, was surprised at the detailed descriptions and enjoyed the humor.

"You're such a little orgasm slut."
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