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Friday, January 31, 2014

ARC Review: You Can See Me by A.E. Via

You Can See Me 
by A.E. Via
Expected publication: February 7th 2014 by Amira Press Publishing
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Review based on eARC sent by author.

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

World renowned chef Prescott Vaughan was at the height of his career. Right before he's to leave for Paris to work alongside his idol, a horrific car accident leaves him completely blind.
His female fiancé leaves him in a state of desperation and depression.  He pines for love, companionship, and so happens to find it in the form of his very sexy neighbor.  Sexy male neighbor, Dr. Rickson 'Ric' Edwards.
Prescott's not gay - at least he never considered himself gay - until Ric saves him from a date, gone terribly wrong. The two neighbors hit it off quickly and waste no time exploring and learning each other.  Things are great until Ric begins to have his doubts about meeting Prescott's many wants.
When Ric insist he and Prescott take a breather, Pres finds himself lonely and lacking again. Enter, male escort and aspiring chef, Blair McKenzie to fill the void.
In the meantime, Ric works on his issues that prohibits him from displaying the love he knows he has for Prescott. When Ric is finally ready and returns to claim Prescott he's not sure that Pres can let go of the sexy, southern, hotness that is Blair McKenzie. After Ric has his own personal encounter with the sinfully sexy man, he can't help but become entranced and crave more as well.
Pres soon realizes that there's no need to choose between his two men, because when all three of them finally come together - grab a cold drink - the heat is going to go all the way up!
This is not your typical gay ménage romance. Everyone is not happy, skipping along, and loving life. These men are at each other’s throats. They live completely separate lives; fuss, cuss, and fight until they all realize exactly what the problem is...too damn much sexual tension.

There was something different in this story I just read. You Can See Me is about two men who fell for each other but then had a falling out because of a misunderstanding.  In comes a third man and the plot becomes vague and the readers are left to wonder. When the three reach an understanding, we have a menage. 

This should not have read as interesting and exciting as it did. This had a formula I had never read before. Well, this is the first I have read of an A.E. Via book so I was on unfamiliar ground so to speak. This new ground left me wondering, at odds on how to react to the plot unfolding, almost reluctant really. Thing is, I found I could not put this down to the point that when I did reach the end, I just wanted more. It is a lengthy book, and yet I wanted more. I just wanted the story of these men to go on. That was when I realized that I was falling in love with them. 

Here we have three men: Pres, Ric and Blair. The first part of the story reads how Prescott Vaughan, a superstar chef at such a young age, loses his sight, loses direction, loses hope. He changes in more ways than one and readers are left with the image of one broken man, even if he still manages to become a financial success. 

On a date gone terribly and horrifyingly wrong, Dr. Rickson 'Ric' Edwards comes to save the day. They had come to meet and know each other a bit as they were neighbors, and Ric is shown to be attracted to Pres. Ric soon takes over, showing his domineering side, treating Pres like delicate china. This is where the story turns from the formulaic to my saying: okay, now where is this going? This is not how the formula usually goes!

Pres started showing a side readers were not aware of. Showing his independence, his strength and his determination. Instead of the two going for the awwww-how-romantic, we get a clash of wills. A flash of the indecisive does not even diminish the integrity of either men. A break in what was supposed to be an HEA story.

As Pres moves on, he meets Blair McKenzie. Blair is an aspiring chef, a good one at that, but to pay for his expenses before he gets his diploma, he works in an escort business. When he and Pres meet, another detour from the formula is seen and this is the point where readers will begin to wonder frustratingly on what is going to happen next. This is the point where putting down the book was a futile move on my part. 

The story of a menage is a much overused plot, but only a few do manage to get a grip on it and have a success. You Can See Me is one of those successes I have read and I have read quite a few. It is a hotly erotic book but it plays second fiddle to the beautiful, oh-so-real romantic story of the loving relationship between Pres, Ric and Blair. The men who love each other, get into each others' throats, and yet find their happily-ever-after.


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