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.
Okay, not at all what I expected, but not in a bad way. This is one of those books that totally catches you off guard, at least it was for me. In the beginning I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole relationship. I found myself having the same doubts that Evan had, but once he voiced them, I realized that those doubts were unfounded.
The thing is, once I got to know both characters all that initial hesitation went away. Evan fought his feelings for Jamie to the point that he felt guilty about what he thought he was doing to him – emotionally. Jamie was a wreck over what had happened to him and was expecting Evan to treat him the way everyone else did… like he didn’t matter. The whole scenario was heartbreaking.
Beyond all the emotional stuff… and there was a lot of emotional stuff, the personalities of both these characters was priceless. Evan was sure of himself and knew what he wanted. He didn’t hide it, but regardless what he thought about himself, he didn’t force it either. His ‘cockiness’ was the perfect balance to Jamie’s stubbornness. There was a constant spark between these two and I loved it. They were smart, witty and the banter that bounced between the two of them was hilarious. I’m not sure that Jamie used the same pet name for Evan twice in a row – and none of them were endearing.
This was a book of acceptance, enlightenment and coming of age all rolled into one. It was also a perfect balance of romance, heartbreak and fun. It’s not for the squeamish though. There’s a fair amount of violence and some fairly graphic moments, so consider yourself warned.
I received Not His Kiss to Take as a free download from Smashwords on June 14, 2013.