Friday, February 26, 2016

ARC Review: Tartan Candy by K.C Burn

Tartan Candy
From the blurb:

Finlay McIntyre (aka Raven) is a successful adult film star with a penchant for kilts, until an accident cuts short his stardom and leaves him with zero sexual desire, lowered self-esteem, and no job. He knew his porn career wouldn’t last forever, but he wasn’t prepared for retirement at twenty-eight. While trying to figure out the rest of his life, Raven agrees to attend a high school reunion. That’s when a malfunctioning AC unit in his hotel room changes everything.

Caleb Sanderson, an entrepreneur with his own HVAC business, has no idea what to expect when he steps into Raven’s hotel room to fix his AC unit. They’re attracted to each other, but Caleb, closeted, can’t afford a gay relationship, not with his mom pressuring him to produce grandchildren. If he wants to keep Raven—who no closet could hold—he’ll need to tell his family the truth. But Raven has a few secrets of his own. He refuses to reveal his porn past to Caleb, a past that might be the final obstacle to Caleb and Raven having any kind of relationship.

Heather's rating:

I've read a TON of porn star books, and they usually tend to be angsty affairs. This one was no different. I really enjoyed the slow relationship development (but with lots of attraction right from the start), and the plot, though I had a few niggles that dropped down my rating a tad.

Raven is a former porn star who is trying to find his way after an accident leaves him unable to work in the adult film industry. This book is totally hurt/comfort, which I've read time and time again but can't really get enough of. Raven is shy about his body after his accident, and I liked how Caleb was patient in breaking down his barriers.

To be honest, I had a hard time picturing Raven as a porn star. He is a quiet, introverted person, and doesn't have that exhibitionist streak that I sometimes see in porn star characters. I know that Raven has some trauma and hang-ups after his accident, but this book leaned a little towards "magic healing dick" syndrome for my taste. Caleb brought back Raven's sexual desire really easily, though their physical relationship took a long time to develop, which I appreciated.

I also tend to like closeted characters, and I enjoyed how K.C. Burn portrayed Caleb. He was sexy, kind, and patient, and a good match for Raven. I liked the chemistry between the two guys, though the whole kilt thing felt just kind of thrown in there for the heck of it. I mean, Raven isn't even Scottish or anything! I have yet to see someone casually wearing a kilt in public just like a pair of pants.

My biggest beef with this story was the ending, which wrapped up WAY too nicely and easily for my taste. I would, however, love a follow-up story with Jaime, Caleb's cousin, or Raven's geeky Ren Fair friend. I sense some good things to come!

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Buy this book: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Kobo

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