Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Release Blitz Review: As I Am by Melissa Collins

As I Am
by Melissa Collins
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 25, 2018

Chase Hansen. Broke. College drop out. Male stripper.

My life wasn't at all what I imagined it would be. I should have been finishing up college, interning with a well-respected business, partying with my friends. But instead, I was raising my seventeen year old brother, struggling to make ends meet. Love wasn't even on my radar. Besides, what did I have to offer? A few crumpled singles pulled from my G-string? Defeated and exhausted, I knew I had zero chance of finding someone to love me just as I am.

Noah Carpenter. Angry. Betrayed. Doctor.

Just when I thought my life was going exactly as it should, everything turned upside down. With my final rotation in medical school complete, I finally achieved my lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. What I never expected was to catch the man of my dreams in our bed with the man of his. Beyond infuriated, I struggled to piece together the remnants of my life. Just when I'd decided to give up on love altogether, I found a man who loved me just as I am.

This is the extended version of the short story which originally appeared in the Drunk in Love Anthology.

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This is quite an angst-filled story about a male stripper and a doctor. Chase was forced to drop out of college after the tragedy that hit his family. In order to take care of his little brother, Benny, Chase ended up working as a male stripper, where he eventually met Noah. 

Chase and Noah are both characters that came with much baggage of their own. Is not all happy moments, in fact, their relationship development was quite poignant at times. Sometimes they don't communicate well, but that was mainly due to their past, which I thought it works well for the story. I find Chase can be unpredictable at times and he contributed to much angst to the story. Noah had a much smoother character development and have better control of things. Chase's brother, Benny was also an integral part of the story and I really love him. This is a lovely story about family and friends and supporting the ones you love through hard times.

Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.

Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.