REVIEWED BY CINDY
TITLE: See Me
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells
NARRATOR: Joel Leslie
LENGTH: 5 Hours and 11 Minutes
RELEASE DATE: May 31, 2017
Adrian DeSoto spent most of his time in high school being bullied and beaten up, simply because he was perceived as gay. Always slight, effeminate, he was the perfect victim for guys like Martin Cavanaugh, one of the high school jocks. When it all got too much, Adrian was faced with two options, one more devastating than the other. Eleventh grade saw a new Adrian, one who hid his fears and pain behind a mask in a bid to survive.
Eleven years later, and Adrienne is one of the top drag acts in Orlando. She’s fierce, funny, and exuberant. A face from the past gives her a shock, and after that there’s only one thing on her mind – revenge.
Marty Cavanaugh has a particular kink. He loves it when a drag queen goes down on him. But that’s as far as it goes. He won’t admit to himself what’s under that tight-fitting dress. And then he meets Adrienne and his whole world goes into a tailspin…
Warning – Contains men in drag, honey! You have been warned.
We meet Adrian while he is at his lowest. High school is hell for so many people and he’s no different. My favourite part of this story is watching Adrian come into his own and figure out how to be comfortable in his own skin.
Liking Marty at first is difficult but it doesn’t take long once the reader is given a glimpse into his life.
These two men are easy to cheer for once the story gets going. Both of them are figuring out how to come to terms with their past and the author does an amazing job of portraying their struggles, making them easy to relate to.
The side characters in the story are just brief glimpses of the people around our two main characters but those glimpses help us understand why Adrian and Marty became the people they did. I’ll be honest, I’ve only ever seen drag queens perform once, but I absolutely adored them and in this story, the support the offer Adrian is wonderful. Marty’s co-workers turn out to be good friends as well, with on exception.
The sweetness of this story was offset perfectly by the sexiness of the love scenes and the angst that got the story started helps the reader appreciate the HEA ending even more.
It did move a little fast for me however and I would have like to have seen a little more time for the story to build, before all the forgiveness started. I don’t think it would have been that easy in real life.
I did however have a problem. It took me a long time to get through this story because the narrator just didn’t work for me. I don’t know why, but most of the time I was left feeling annoyed and while I’m sure it’s just a personal preference for me, it did dim my enjoyment of the story.
All in all it was pretty good but it won’t be going into my read again file.