It takes more than perseverance to recover from tragedy…you also need love.
Following a horrific accident that leaves him blind, renowned chef Prescott Vaughan loses his fiancé and all hope for his career. Recovery and confidence in his skills come slowly, along with feelings he hasn’t experienced in a long time when he meets his new neighbor, Dr. Rickson Edwards.
Unlike Prescott, Ric is open about his attraction to men yet has issues that complicate their relationship. A brief separation threatens his hopes for an eventual reunion when Prescott befriends the handsome aspiring chef Blair McKenzie, who wants more than cooking advice.
Ric doubts Pres can let go of the charming southerner, but after an encounter with the sinfully sexy man, he can’t help his attraction as well. Pres feels he must choose but realizes…does he have to?
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives.
I’ve been listening to Nothing Special series and Prescott was mentioned several times and it was obvious he had a book. (I’ve finished the series since writing this and the triad will appear more significantly in Nothing Special IV.)
This was OK, but not great. Preston’s “before” life gets a lot of page time – which was nice, but highlighted how rushed other parts felt. Ric’s issues were understandable but also way OTT to be resolved so quickly. I think the fact that there were no chapters from Blair’s POV hindered my ability to connect with him as a character and to feel like he was a solid/loved member of this grouping.
There were a lot of well written/hot sex scenes – but the relationship aspects felt very insta and skimped on in comparison. A character would internally say he was in love and then talk about how hot he was for the other guy. (That’s not love.). There were also all these nicknames that were kind of odd – Strawberry? I mean, the story explains it, but it just didn’t work.
I’m not sure I would have finished it if I hadn’t listened to a few of the Nothing Special books and wanted the back story. Especially since it really isn’t one. Day is in here for about a minute and it’s a plot point that was sort of left hanging – but not in a compelling way. You Can See Me didn’t really contribute anything to Day’s story or the Nothing Special series to this point.
I acknowledge it’s possible that if I came to this story all on its own, I wouldn’t have been as disappointed. It doesn’t purport to be part of the Nothing Special series, but it’s hard for me to separate that out now that I’ve listened to Nothing Special and Embracing His Syn.
About the author:
A.E. Via is a best-selling author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. She’s been reading gay romance exclusively for ten years before she decided to submit one of her own stories for publication. Her writing embodies everything from spicy to scandalous. Her novels often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths. When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, A.E. devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.
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My Favorite Quotes
Don’t assume that I have some ulterior motive for wanting you. – You Can See Me by @AuthorAEVia #MMMRomance #GFY #PolyTweet
He had the urge to squeeze his eyes shut at the pleasure, but he’d had his eyes closed for five years. He needed to see it all. – You Can See Me by @AuthorAEVia #MMMRomance #GFY #PolyTweet