Narrated By: Joel Leslie
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.
A bit of enemies to lovers, a touch of coming out, a dash of revenge for high school bullying…and a WHOLE lot of drag queens. Did that get your attention? Good, because See Me is a great story that made me smile, laugh, shake my head and hit me in the feels with Adrian and Marty. There’s some great supporting characters with Adrian’s friends from high school as well as a whole cast of drag queens with some distinctive personalities.
I can’t express enough how much I adored Adrian/Adrienne. I was so upset for him as a teenager, and later so proud of him for turning everything around. He becomes a sassy, funny guy—no matter whether he’s Adrian or Adrienne—and I was glad to see him stick up for himself. Marty fell into the trap that a lot of high schoolers fall into—peer pressure to conform—and as a result winds up treating someone he actually cares about pretty crappy, all because he doesn’t want to admit who he really is. I get the whole conformity thing when you’re that age; almost no one wants to stick out, even if that means doing the wrong thing. This story is a great example of just how hurtful—and dangerous—that attitude can potentially become.
As adults, things are much different, and the tables get turned. It doesn’t make what Adrian does right, even if it does make him feel better…at least for a little bit. Both he and Marty get to experience bullying from both sides, making it easier for them to understand each other. Once he and Marty can see past it all, and come to terms with the past (both long ago and recent), things finally change between them and their relationship slowly evolves. I like that it’s not rushed, and everything flows naturally with their relationship. The drag aspect gives the story a whole lot of uniqueness, and made this an intriguing read.
Though this story is part of The Lightning Tales series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, See Me will surely pique your interest for the other books like it did for me. See Me was a solid 4-star read for me, and I would recommend it for any fan of M/M romance. It is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content.
The narration: Once again Joel Leslie does a terrific job. Separate, distinct voices for all of the characters that remain consistent throughout the story made it easy to follow along. He did an amazing job demonstrating the emotions of the characters through their voices, and I was easily pulled into this story right from the start. 5 stars for the narration, this was a great way to spend those five plus hours ;-)
Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings-writing about men in love was even hotter...
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it... it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer... and longer...
K.C. loves to hear from readers.
Joel Leslie is a UK transplant, growing up with American parents in a British commonwealth. A classically trained actor with an MFA in theatre from USC, he is often cast for his unique ability to deliver native, authentic combinations of American and British sounds. Among the m/m series he records are NR Walker's Red Dirt Heart, Haley Walsh's Skyler Foxe Mysteries, Sloane Kennedy's Protectors, Adam Carpenter's Jimmy McSwain Files, Perie Woolford's Sam Dorsey's Gay Popcorn, and Smith and LeNoir's Blackballed trilogy. His great range and ability to bring characters to life with honesty, wit and versatility delights producers and listeners alike.
He is proud to have a strong following with m/m listeners and an ongoing relationship with some of the finest writers in the genre. He loves that every day he gets to share these beautiful, inspirational and empowering GLBT characters with the world. When not in the booth he spends his time chasing after two loquacious wiener dogs. He records projects outside of the m/m genre under the name Joel Froomkin. Visit www.joelleslienarration.com for more and friend him on facebook at Joel Leslie Froomkin.
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