Book: Whatever The Cost
Author: Lynn Kelling
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction
Genre: M/M Romance (Contemporary)
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
This was good–no mistake about that. I’m not surprised at the number of 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon. The book delves deeply into how sexual abuse can forever damage a person and the struggle they may need to go through in order to recover from that. Lynn pulls no punches; this is raw and at times even uncomfortable to read.
It was the discomfort for me that led to my somewhat lower rating. The sex was hot–blisteringly hot. But it seemed like the best scenes also came with the most baggage. Kelling plays with the meaning of “consensual” and the gray areas where consent may be given but not felt. It made me feel a bit dirty afterwards, frankly. The book was so uncomfortable to read that I didn’t enjoy it as much. That’s why rating it is hard. The raw emotions and psychological damage were well dealt with, but I think it just wasn’t the story I’d expected at the beginning and wasn’t entirely prepared for.
I think I just wish the blurb had given me more of a clue about where the plot would head. I expected a light read. This was not a light read.
So if you love broken men and a lot of hurt and comfort on a more emotional scale, you’ll enjoy this. Just be forewarned that what looks pretty on the outside may be full of pain on the inside.