Marc reviews ‘Touch Me’ by Chris Scully. This book was published by the author on September 23, 2014, 64 pages.
Chris Scully has written a wonderful Guest Post about the challenge of writing erotica and you can check it out HERE! 😉
Massage therapist Erik Morgan offers a very special after-hours service to a handful of select clients. From a young man anxious to explore his sexuality, to a stroke patient who fears he’ll never be a man again, Erik touches them all. But no one touches him. Not anymore.
Faced with a very personal tragedy, Erik loses himself in helping others. Until one brave client turns the tables and gets under his skin, and Erik finds himself touched in unexpected ways.
Warning! This gay erotic romance novella is intended for an adult audience. It contains explicit scenes of erotic massage, edging, rimming, m/m sex and a vibrator or two.
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Cover: I love how the title jumps out at the reader on the cover, the model looks very relaxed and has a cute smile. It is a nice cover, but the appliances on the little table next to the cover model don’t seem to have anything to do with the story.
Title: Short and attention-grabbing! With touch being so important for the story, it really suits it!
Story: This story has only about 64 Pages, so it is fairly short. I had no idea what to expect, but I really liked what the author wrote in her guest post (link above) and was excited to start.
I’ve never (to my knowledge) read a story by this author, but the story jumped in right at the beginning of the action and I liked the style instantly. Now I’ve read my fill of erotica stories, but they are often devoted merely to getting the reader of, instead of telling an erotic story in a beautiful, sensual way. This one really surprised me. There were only ever three other LGBT erotica stories that stood out for me. At least from the top of my head. The first two books from the Market Garden series by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt (haven’t read the others yet), Country Mouse by Aleksandr Voinov and Amy Lane and Try by Ella Frank. Most other erotica stories full fill the purpose they were written for, but are rather unremarkable and forgettable after that. Perhaps some of you have other suggestions for well-written LGBT erotica stories? PLEASE share in the comments!!!
Anyway, this story is divided into three sections. Each section is titled for the person getting an erotic massage. The first client is rather young, but thankfully legal. Erik, the main protagonist, selects his clients carefully and does one erotic massage every month, free of charge. He loves to help people, but has other reasons as well as we find out. I really liked though, that before anything happened the consent was recorded and age verified for the record. At a time where too many authors assume that non-consent is hot… I think that full consent is SO MUCH hotter!!! Thank you for that, Chris!
With that and the nice, professional massage set-up, it is quickly apparent that Erik is not some weird, sleazy pervert. He is likable and good at his job and the first massage is very sensual and erotic. i didn’t mind one bit that Erik was much older than his client or that Erik was hot for him as he massaged. The first exploration of sexuality, willing and curious and by the hand of someone gentle and experienced was very intimate and well-written. But there is more to Erik and why he does what he does and it prevents him from getting closer to this client, even if he is more attracted and drawn to him than to any of the others.
The next part is a month later. The client is older than Erik, struggling with a body that is failing him. He does not know exactly why he is there, but again consent is important before anything else happens. It is a beautiful scene with a touch of bisexuality in it. Not just sexual, erotic, but extremely intimate. Beautiful. Very different from the first part in a way, it shows the range of clients Erik takes on and the ways he can help people with it. It is very important to really understand him and what he does.
Part three is where past and future collide in a dramatic, heart-wrenching way that really made me feel strongly for Erik and the pain he had to endure. It is bittersweet as all the moments of joy he had in his past and that would be in his future are easy to see, but the present is not easy for him to handle. Good that he doesn’t have to handle it alone 😉
This book went way beyond my expectations. It feels completely rounded and didn’t leave me unsatisfied, even though it was short. It was very sensual and erotic, but never cheap and easy. There is lust, romance, love, loss. It is just a beautiful story that works in every way and I can very highly recommend it! 10 out of ten pots of gold 😉
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CHRIS SCULLY lives in Toronto, Canada and grew up spinning romantic stories in her head. When the tedium of a corporate day job grew too much, she took a chance and found her escape in writing. Now she longs for the day she can make writing a full-time career. Tired of the same old boy-meets-girl stories, she found a home in M/M romance and strives to give her characters the happy endings they deserve. She has written several M/M romances for Dreamspinner Press and her debut novel, Nights Like These will be released in early 2015. Touch Me is her first foray into self-publishing and more erotic content.
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