Thursday, March 20, 2014

You Can See Me by A.E. Via

Title: You Can See Me
Author: A.E. Via
My Rating: B-

Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Pres, Ric, and Blair
Release Date: February 2014
Publisher: Amira Press
Links to Purchase
Amazon  
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
World renowned chef, Prescott Vaughan was at the height of his career. Right before he's to leave for Paris to work alongside his idol, a horrific car accident leaves him completely blind.

His female fiancé leaves him in a state of desperation and depression. He pines for love, companionship, and so happens to find it in the form of his very sexy neighbor. Sexy male neighbor, Dr. Rickson 'Ric' Edwards.

Prescott's not gay - at least he never considered himself gay - until Ric saves him from a date, gone terribly wrong. The two neighbors hit it off quickly and waste no time exploring and learning each other. Things are great until Ric begins to have his doubts about meeting Prescott's many wants.

When Ric insist he and Prescott take a breather, Pres finds himself lonely and miserable again. Enter, male escort and aspiring chef, Blair McKenzie to fill the void.

In the meantime, Ric works on his issues that prohibit him from displaying the love he knows he has for Prescott. When Ric is finally ready and returns to claim Prescott he's not sure that Pres can let go of the sexy, southern, hotness that is Blair McKenzie. After Ric has his own personal encounter with the sinfully sexy man, he can't help but become entranced and crave more as well.

Pres soon realizes that there's no need to choose between his two men, because when all three of them finally come together - grab a cold drink - because the heat is going to go all the way up!

​This is not your typical gay ménage romance. Everyone is not happy, skipping along, and loving life. These men are at each other’s throats. They live completely separate lives; fuss, cuss, and fight until they all realize exactly what the problem is...too damn much sexual tension.​
My Review:
There were portions of this book that I absolutely loved and portions that drove me nuts. I adored the story line, but there were times when the characters literally drove me batty. But my issues with the book were entirely based upon the characters...not the story writing or even the overall story. They were little niggling things about the characters that I didn't like. Just like you don't click with every person you meet, that's how I was with these characters. I don't think they are people that I would "click" with in real life...and yes, that affected my overall rating on the book, but has nothing to do with the quality of the book. The characters and their personalities just didn't quite work for me with my personality. 

And honestly as I write this I'm thinking about it. Two out of the three guys are definitely betas....in fact, even the third has moments where he falls into the beta category. And that's probably really my issue. I'm an alpha girl when it comes to my heroes. I like a take-charge kind of guy and these three weren't that. Ric had his moments and was definitely the closest to the alpha, but in the middle he even lost that aspect of his character and stepped back from what he wanted. In my romance, I want the guys to be confident and go after their love. That wasn't this book, although they did get there eventually. But again...that's my issue as a reader...nothing wrong with the book at all. 

But the book was good and definitely kept my interest from page one. It's a fascinating story following these men and their journey to finding each other. At the core is Pres, and the difficulties that his blindness brings him. Although he manages it overall and still maintains a very successful lifestyle, he still feels very isolated in his blindness and is definitely missing intimacy in his life of any sort. He doesn't even really have friends. Ric is the first to cross over that isolation and eventually Blair finds his way into Pres's darkness too. That was the best part of the story. Watching this man find happiness and hope.

There are several aspects of the story that I really enjoyed. All three men have fascinating careers which play heavily into the story. Pres is a chef and critic. Ric is a doctor. And Blair is an escort, but finishing his thesis to become a chef. All of those three entwined to make for some interesting twists in the book. 

For my ratings, I rate based upon my personal enjoyment of the book. As a result, I'm giving this book a B- or 3.25 on a star rating. That looks low, but again I say that it is a character issue for me, not a book issue. I definitely need a little more alpha in my leading men...at least one of them. 

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