Reviewed by Kimberley
TITLE: Tempted to Touch
SERIES: Love Finds a Way
AUTHOR: Remmy Duchene
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 121 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 5, 2016
Luck, happenstance, whatever you call it, love finds a way.
Clark James works hard. And though he’s not wealthy and he sometimes struggles to pay the bills, he is happy. Though many see being gay as a burden, Clark knows it’s who he is and moves on. He has dreams to set in motion. When he helps an elderly woman who fainted in the street, Tae Won Kim walks into Clark’s life.
When Tae Won Kim finds out about the man who saved his mother, Tae knows he must reward him. But the infuriating Clark James refuses to take anything from him. The more he pushes, the more he sees Clark as a man he could really bring into his life. Clark is kind, sexy, loving but hellbent on keeping Tae at arm’s length.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of spanking.
I really liked this story. Truth be told, I like this particular author as she’s one of two authors in this genre who actually consistently incorporate and feature characters of color. They aren’t peripheral characters, they’re the MCs. There are no stereotypes or ridiculous racial/ethnic tropes in this story. There are never any racial stereotypes or ethnic tropes in any of her stories which is refreshing in this genre. I just enjoy reading about men of different ethnic and racial backgrounds falling in love. I like how she writes both men as headstrong. Even though one may have more in way of wealth, she makes these men equal. There’s no power play or inequalities in her books. Both of them are always equals.
You have Clark, a waiter, who has a great personalilty. He’s hardworking, kind and considerate, caring and honest. He has dreams and he’s working towards them. His life changes when he assists an elderly lady.
Tae is a wealthy businessman, he’s a bit standoffish? Cold? He’s definitely socially stunted in the sense he doesn’t communicate as much or as well as he should. He’s not a mean man, he’s just all business. His world is turned upside down when he comes into contact with the handsome waiter who assisted his mother.
These two men fit perfectly together. I think that Clark balances Tae’s personality. Clark is warm where Tae is cool. Clark is the only man that calls him on his stuff and genuinely likes him and not his wealth. I think this is one of the reasons behind Tae’s attitude in the beginning. Tae warmed up once he realized that Clarke was the real deal.
What I like about this story, as with all of this author’s other works is that it’s straight, no chaser. There’s no unnecessary or contrived drama or scenarios used to drive the story. It’s simply put on a platter and served to the people.