Beth reviews ‘Love Starved’ by Kate Fierro, published by Interlude Press on April 21, 2015, 304 pages.
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Artwork by Valerie Schroedl, cover design by BuckeyeGrrl Designs
Make me believe it, even if it’s just for one night…
Micah Geller considers himself lucky: At 27, he has more money than he needs, a job he loves, a debut book coming out and a brilliant career in information security before him. What he doesn’t have is a partner to share it with—a fact that’s never bothered him much.
But the romantic in him isn’t entirely dead. When a moment of weakness finds him with a contact to a high class escort specializing in fulfilling fantasies, Micah asks for only one thing: “Show me what it’s like to feel loved.”
Pages or Words: 304 pages
Categories: Fiction, gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
Angel’s shoulders were broad and strong; his hands kept a warm, steady pressure on Micah’s back, holding him so close that he could feel the movement of Angel’s chest with every breath he took. They stayed near the edge of the impromptu dance floor, swaying with the music. Micah felt safely surrounded, contained—in the familiar song, in the arms that felt as if they were made to hold him, in the magic of this evening. He turned his head, just to glance at Angel’s face, and couldn’t turn away, mesmerized by the look in his eyes. They held the world within—the world of affection, of caring. Of desire. It made something stir in Micah’s belly, a long-banished want.
Angel’s eyes flickered down to Micah’s mouth, and then back up. He bit his plump lower lip.
Around them, people were dancing, music was enveloping them in its sweet enchantment, and night air cooled Micah’s cheeks. Inside, he had suddenly only one desire. And he could have it. He’d been told to take what he wanted tonight.
I grabbed this book sample from the ‘zon because a bookie friend of mine (that is, a book reading friend, not a legit “bookie”) wrote such an amazing review, I wanted to check it out for myself. After devouring the sample, I was so intrigued that I bought the book so I could continue reading the story.
I am so impressed that this is Author Kate Fierro’s debut novel. Love Starved has a rock solid story line, with well-developed main characters and secondary characters. I really fell for both guys; hook, line and sinker. The more I read, the harder I fell.
Sweet Micah is a successful young man with his own business, and he’s been screwed by Cupid. Only ever having had one boyfriend, he feels like a real relationship is just not in the cards for him. His past relationship tainted the way he viewed himself and his ability to have a sexual relationship. His best friend, Daphne, always tries to get him out in the dating world, to no avail – so one day she passes along a card for a male escort that she is acquainted with. And one lonely night, when Micah is feeling some liquid courage, he messages the escort, Angel. To his surprise, the escort messages him right back, and they proceed with making arrangements for Micah’s “perfect date.”
It sounds weird, I know. Why would a young successful, likeable man like Micah, need to pay for a date? Well, why not? All he wants is one night where his fantasies can come true. One night where Micah’s faith in himself and in romance can be restored. So he can feel normal. And loved. And confident.
And so enters Angel. He’s amazing. He’s handsome and charming and confident, all of the things that Micah is seeking. He takes Micah out for an amazing date and they have a wonderful time. Micah enjoyed himself with Angel so much that he ends up contacting him (and paying him) several more times for more dates.
However, as time goes on, we get a sense that not everything is copacetic in Angel’s life. The more time they spend together, the more attracted Micah becomes to Angel, and the harder Angel tries to maintain a barrier between being professional, and being personal, with Micah.
I don’t want to give away the plot line, suffice it to say that there are some unexpected twists and turns along the way to the HEA that these boys deserve in the end. It becomes a bit of a tangled web as we find out what Angel’s back story is, and what he is dealing with. I felt as if I was on the proverbial emotional roller coaster with this book, feeling so giddy and high reading about Micah and Angel’s emerging relationship, to crashing to sadness over some of Angel’s personal convictions, which led to the boys’ separation.
I really enjoyed this story, and fell in love with these two extremely engaging and likeable characters as they traversed along the path to their ‘Happily Ever After.’ I look forward to reading more by new Author, Kate Fierro. If you are looking for a fun, romantic story with a unique plot and a happy ending, this is the book for you.
Kate Fierro spent ten years translating, editing, and reviewing other people’s words before making an impulse decision to write down some of her own. She hasn’t been able to stop ever since. Kate lives in Europe and is bilingual, with more love for her adopted language than her native one. With nearly a million words under her belt, Love Starved is Kate’s debut novel.
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