Author: K.C. Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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…
Mitch Jenkins is a high school teacher in NYC and is going through a low point in his life after breaking up with Jerry his latest lover whose parting shot after two years was that Mitch was boring in bed.
But when work associate, Aaron, introduces Mitch to the Black Lounge, a gay club, cum brothel and Mitch meets Nikko a young Japanese man who works there, everything changes.
While I’ve always had a soft spot for the fantasies of slightly older guys rescuing slightly younger guys, the danger level in “the Black Lounge” took the tension to a level that I was worried about. I was seriously worried that the story direction would veer into something that I was really not prepared for.
Nevertheless, I was intrigued by Mitch and Nikko’s relationship and I liked Mitch’s family enough to find the story worth sticking with.
The writing was well crafted and the story moved along well even through the dangerous bits that had me wondering. The story beyond that conflict was intriguing, and had me interested in what would happen beyond the end of the danger and beyond the end of the tale. Toward the end there are some really positive developments that had me wanting to know more and will probably have me checking some of the other entries in this author’s canon.
*** Note: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest and impartial review **