Saturday, June 30, 2018

Release Blitz Review: Love Me Louder by Christina Lee

Love Me Louder
by Christina Lee
Release Date: June 27, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance

Noah Dixon is damaged goods. After an accident leaves him physically scarred and emotionally vulnerable, dating isn’t in the cards, so he throws himself head-first into his retail job. When he’s obligated to attend his best friend’s engagement party on Fire Island, it dawns on him he’s about to spend yet another weekend feeling totally invisible and alone among a swarm of gorgeous men.

That’s when the idea of an escort comes in.

After Will Crossen was forced to put his theater major on hold in favor of two jobs to tackle his ailing mother’s hospital bills, he tells himself becoming an escort isn’t that big of a deal. It’s just another form of acting, right? He doesn’t expect his newest customer to be the cheery, overconfident sales associate he avoids like the plague at his day job. Talk about awkward.

But what happens on Fire Island stays on Fire Island…especially when a smoldering attraction sparks into flames. Will doesn’t feel so alone anymore, and for the first time, Noah realizes someone is seeing him behind all the scars. But between their jobs, Will’s massive familial responsibilities, and Noah’s vulnerabilities, they don’t stand a chance unless they find a way to let love speak louder than their demons.

Love Me Louder is such a sweet romance. Will is 29 and Noah maybe around mid 20s, but the way they act around each other makes them seems much younger. Both of them dealt with a lot of insecurities, Noah insecure about his body and Will had to resort to working as an escort to support his mum. Noah and Will are co-workers that hardly communicate with each other, but when Noah found out that Will works as an escort, he decided to hire Will for a weekend getaway at Fire Island. 

I always game for these fake relationship stories and this one sounds right up my alley. The difference is that Noah is so much more shy than I could imagine. He is so insecure about his body and no matter how kind and accepting Will is towards him, Noah just couldn't believe it. There are some push and pull in regards to their budding friendship because Noah keep questioning everything Will did and most of the time chalked it up to Will being a 'professional'. While Will is often in dilemma due to his work as an escort, he feels that no matter how he feels about Noah, it didn't change his circumstances. 

I do consider this as a slow burn romance, as Noah and Will spend most of the book being unsure about embracing their feelings for each other. All the tentative touches, longing feelings is just too much to bear. Initially, I wish for more page time whereby Noah and Will are simply happy together as oppose to second guessing everything. However, when the final chapter came around, I find myself totally satisfy with how things turn out even though it took some time. 

Will’s thumb pressed against his bottom lip, making his mouth prickle from the contact. “You could at least pretend you’re into me.”
If only Will knew that Noah was totally into him and fighting his body all the way.
Noah’s tongue slipped out, and he licked the pad of Will’s thumb. He heard the all too authentic groan in the back of Will’s throat, and Noah’s cock stirred to life. Holy shit.
“That’s hot,” Will whispered as he watched Noah’s tongue flick against his skin again.
Encouraged, Noah hollowed his cheeks and sucked Will’s thumb into his mouth. He increased pressure as he circled with his tongue before releasing it with a pop.
He arched an eyebrow. “How was that?”
“Nicely done.” Will’s gaze was hungry, and Noah liked that he could surprise him. “Had you kept going, I would be hard as a fucking stone.”
Damn. Will was so incredibly sexy.
Noah bit his lip and batted his eyelashes. He could play along too.
Will tore his gaze away from his eyes, and as it slid down to his mouth, for a split second Noah thought Will might kiss him. His pulse spiked as he admitted to himself that he would want that. So fucking much.
Noah cleared his throat. “Anybody watching us?”
Will glanced around the party. “Definitely.”
He grinned. “Good.”

Once upon a time, Christina Lee lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. She spent her days getting in cabs, shopping for photo shoots, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at her favorite hangouts.

Now she lives in the Midwest with her husband and son—her two favorite guys. She’s been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn't until she wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that she realized she could turn the fairy tales inside her head into the reality of writing fiction.

She's addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing. 

She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.