Author Name & Publisher: K.C. Wells (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 27, 2016 – 254 pgs
Two months after Mitch Jenkins had the rug pulled out from under him when his two-year relationship came to an abrupt end, he is still hurting. A colleague’s attempt to cheer him up brings Mitch to a secret “club.” Mitch isn’t remotely interested in the twinks parading like peacocks, until he spies the young man at the back of the room, nose firmly in a book and oblivious to his surroundings. Now Mitch is interested.
Nikko Kurokawa wants to pay his debt and get the hell out of the Black Lounge—where he is forced to not only have sex, but sometimes suffer abuse to please clients. Earning his freedom isn’t proving easy, especially when he starts attracting interest. Life becomes that little bit easier to bear when he meets Mitch, who is nothing like the other men who frequent the club. And when Mitch crawls under his skin and into his heart, Nikko figures he can put up with anything. Before long he’ll be out of there, and he and Mitch can figure out if they have a future together.
Neither of them counted on those who don’t want Nikko to leave….
You could feel the attraction that these two men felt for one another from the very first moment they met. Mitch took one look at Nikko and it was like he was smitten with him. I think that is what kept Mitch coming back to a place he did not like and into a situation that he was not proud of being in, I think it took a lot for Mitch to get over the fact that he was paying to spend time with Nikko but at the same time I think he also sensed that something was not right about where Nikko worked from the get go and he wondered just how safe Nikko was and that is why he kept coming back even though he was putting himself in debt by doing so. I think that he not only kept coming back because of the feeling man he had for Nikko but because he thought that Nikko was in trouble and he wanted to keep him safe.
Nikko in my opinion is grateful for all the time that he spends with Mitch. Mitch is what is keeping him sane in a totally insane situation. I fear that if Nikko would not have had to look forward to seeing Mitch then he would have let his abusers break him completely. Mitch gave Nikko hope and he showed him what love truly is.
The two things that I want answers to is what happened to Aaron and what about Itchy and the trial and do him and Nikko get to reconnect. So I am really hoping there will be another book to tie up lose ends.
But even so, this book was very good and very intense.
The only issue I had was what happened to Ichy, Aaron and the rest of the men at the brothel. Hopefully there will be a follow-up book as I really love to find out more about Ichy and everyone else in this story.
I was so excited to read this book after reading the blurb. However, the blurb was the best part for me. I really struggled to get through this book. I found myself skimming it several times, I was getting bored. The whole premise of the secret club was one thing, but then when you find out what the actual debt is that Nikko is repaying it just seemed a little farfetched. I don’t think Mitch could afford to keep going back on his teacher salary and even though it was mentioned that he maxed out his credit card you never know how much he really spent. Things just didn’t seem believable to me, well everything except the chemistry between Mitch and Nikko, that did seem real but they both had so many doubts too. Then when Mitch finds out about the debt and then does something about it the next day BAM there is action. Again, not very believable. I am sure others will enjoy this book, it just wasn’t for me. If there would have been more Mitch and Nikko like there was at the end of the book I might have loved the book.
Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative.
An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….