Two years after their breakup, Detective Kyle Shelton didn’t expect to see his lying, cheating, closeted ex. Especially not behind bars for prostitution. Bailing him out is one of the stupidest things Kyle has done in a while. Although letting his ex back in his bed probably ranks higher on the dumbass scale.
Dustin Eldridge’s lies about his sexual preferences have left him with nothing. Literally. He’s lost his home, his family, his job and, worse, he’s lost Kyle. On the streets, with no one to turn to, he’s resorted to selling his body to survive. Then Kyle-of all people-comes to his rescue. Dustin can’t fix the past but maybe there’s hope for a future.
Unless Kyle really believes Dustin added serial killer to his resume, along with hooker.
After reading the the blurb for River Of Need it was clear to me that Dustin is not the kind of guy that inspires romantic feelings. But, this is a romance novel and I dug into this book assuming that Dustin was just getting a bad wrap and it would all come out that there was a serious misunderstanding and he’s really a great guy worthy of Kyle’s love. Much to my surprise, Dustin actually is a lying, cheating, prostitute. He is no longer closeted since his wife caught him in the act with Kyle. Kyle did not know that Dustin was married…to a woman.
Maybe I should have stopped reading once I caught on that Dustin was not my kind of romance hero, but my sympathies were with Kyle and so I continued to read hoping that somehow this would all come together and be okay. My heart went out to Kyle because he’s still in love with Dustin even though he was dishonest and betrayed him. Kyle is willing to bail Dustin out of jail and give him a place to stay even though he knows he should turn around and walk the other way. I felt bad for Kyle and I just kept hoping that somehow the author would offer up some amazing twist that would allow me to forgive and root for the happily ever after. Unfortunately there was no twist and no reason for me to get on board with this romance. Although Dustin seemed truly sorry for his actions it wasn’t enough. Of course he’s sorry, his actions ruined his life and he ended up on the streets selling his body. Who wouldn’t be sorry?
There is some mystery in the story and it presents yet another reason for Kyle to mistrust Dustin. At this point Kyle knows he is fully in love with Dustin despite his past betrayals and yet he still he puts his faith in his lover. Perhaps if this story had been longer and Dustin had been given the chance to earn redemption I might not have had the urge to shake some sense into Kyle. That old saying, “Love is blind” certainly applies in this case.
While this romance fell flat for me, the story still kept me reading. But in the end, I was left disappointed.
River Of Need by Shayla Kersten
October 27th 2010 by Ellora’s Cave
Contemporary Erotic GLBT (m/m)
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