Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: Illicit Kisses by Kim Baile

Title: Illicit Kisses
Author: Kim Bailey
Genre/Age: Romance/Erotica
Series: Here and Now Series (Book 1.5)
Publisher: North Mile Books
Format: ebook via Give Me Books
Rating: ✺✺
SynopsisLost in a past love, he never guessed his future lingered in not one kiss, but two. 

Dylan McCoy had a goal: win-over love, do right by his son and take back control. He didn’t anticipate Chantal’s allure or expect Sean’s seduction. Two unexpected encounters. Two unpredictable people. Neither easy to forget. Both impossible to resist. 

When pleasure for two turns to passion for three, Dylan is forced to examine his choices. Can he hold on to the past, a love that’s already gone, and a plan that’s already failed? Or should he change his goal, play a new game, and let two new lovers show him that even when he lets go, he’s still the one in charge? 

This book contains graphic language and scenes that are sexually explicit. This includes M/M and M/M/F scenes. Recommended for readers 18+

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Just didn't love this one...

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Dylan isn't handling his ex's new relationship very well. He still wants to be the one she turns to and he's determined to find a way back into her and his son's lives. But after several encounters with a gorgeous woman and a handsome hockey player, he's starting to wonder if someone else is meant to be in his bed. And he wants the both of them.

This was a novella and it seems to be a between-book, more of a teaser before our main character, Dylan, has his full story told in a future book. It was a short read and I'm glad because I'm not sure if this were the story being told if I would have wanted to read an entire book about it.

There was a lot that annoyed me about this book. For starters, our main character is a big, confusing mess. I can handle a character who is, in general, an asshole. I can even overlook a few selfish decisions because we all make them. Yet, Dylan was such a hot-and-cold character, I had trouble understanding him, at times.

The way he treated Sean was just ridiculous. Even though I didn't particularly care for Sean's exaggerated and downright obnoxious personality, I don't think he deserved to be treated nearly as bad as he was. Dylan was rude and dismissive of Sean and yet we're supposed to believe that Dylan cares for Sean? Not sure if I'm buying it. 

And though Chantal seemed to be a decent character, I never really understood why she was drawn to Dylan because I just didn't see any chemistry between them. To be honest, the two love interests barely had any conversation at all with the main character. It was mostly just Dylan's internal thoughts and half the time his mind was on his ex.

In closing...
This one wasn't for me. Had it just been a story of a man having a fun time with two other people, I could have probably enjoyed it. But adding in a baby mama, brooding main character, and that confusing supposed camping trip, it was just plot overload for me. Two suns!

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