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not his kiss to takeAsh’s review of Not His Kiss to Take by Finn Marlowe
Contemporary Erotic Gay Romance ebook released by Smashwords 15 Dec 12

Not His Kiss to Take is not something I would normally read, but a friend made a comment about it that just made me curious. It turned out to be a very…enlightening read.

I am drawn to ‘gay for you’ stories, and this one has an interesting premise that just really works. It probably isn’t the most realistic of scenarios, but I am a straight women so what do I know?

There are definitely scenes that made me pause, but Evan is one of my favorite characters ever and I would love to read more stories with these two.  I have to give Finn Marlowe credit for turning some things that I would not want to read about in an erotica into things that make total sense.

As for Jamie and Evan, I was rooting for them from the very beginning. What Jamie goes through, and the way Evan reacts to it and to his own feelings really drew me in. The whole time I was reading, they felt real to me, and that is all I can ask for from an author. It takes a lot for me to want to re-read something, but I would love to get back into their heads. I really hope there is more for this couple, cause I would be so happy to have Evan back again. I really don’t even know what I loved so much about him, but I know I want more.

Ashs iconGrade: B +


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 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 is 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…

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