Fantasy for Sale by Sage Marlowe
What’s the price of reality when a fantasy is for sale?
Cam is young, sinfully sexy and willing to play without limits, a combination which makes him a fantasy turned to flesh for men and women alike—and he’s for sale.
Nate is curious when it comes to carnal delights but hasn’t found the right man to explore his desires with.
When a friend buys Nate a few hours of pleasure with Cam, it’s not much of a surprise that Nate ends up intrigued. He keeps coming back for more and the attraction between them
appears to be mutual but while Nate finds himself falling for the sexy hooker, Cam makes no secret of the fact that for him, sex is just a job.
Determined to win him over, Nathan tries to show him that sex is about more than physical satisfaction but Cam’s walls seem impenetrable until a dramatic event forces him to
reveal some of his secrets and Nate begins to understand that Cam pays more than just the price for the reality behind the fantasy.
This is a fairly typical troupe of a customer falling for a rent boy. I will say there are some twists to the story and the ending wasn’t what I expected at all. Nate’s best friend buys an escort for a party she must attend and though she told him she wouldn’t sleep with the escort she does. The next morning when Nate meets “Cam” Nate’s friend decides Nate needs to get laid and proceeds to buy more time with Cam for Nate.
I will admit I was a bit disappointed to see Nate fall so fast to having sex with Cam. The beginning seems to imply that Nate is a little more ethical than that. So I could get Nate sleeping with Cam and even falling for him, which seems to happen with little cause, it’s the back and forth of Nate’s character I didn’t like. One minute he is straight laced and the next sleeping with Cam or back to his boyfriend Keith. I really didn’t like that. This is a romance and I was seeing a lot of sex and not a lot of committed love.
I think the writing was good. The plot develops in a logical way and the descriptions aren’t overblown and too much for the overall feel of the book. The characters are well developed. Cam/Noel is a wonderful character that draws you in and makes you hurt for him. Keith, Cyn, and Nate are interesting characters. We see little of Keith but what I did see made me wonder why Nate was with him. Cyn is also not seen a lot but seems a bit jaded and callus. Nate flip-flopped in his character a lot. He wasn’t very consistent. One minute he is straight laced acting like he would never do…and then he does it and never seems very bothered by it. He wants a monogamous relationship but settles rather easily for the open on the open one with Keith. He won’t sleep around on his boyfriend but does with Cam. It’s on and on like that. I could buy a character like that except he is never bothered by his own changes. I think the characters are well written except for that.
I could not like the characters of Keith, Cyn, and Nate. I just was off put by the way they were all slinging around whore, hooker, trash, and rent boy. They seemed very unfeeling of what the others would feel by saying these things and others and yet are all suppose to really care about each other.
One other thing is that the author created a relationship that just happens. There doesn’t appear to be any growing feeling or reasons for them until suddenly Nate loves Cam/Noel. Then everything that happens at the end of the story just jumbles all together and it’s suddenly over with little closure for the relationship. I just didn’t care for that.
Overall, the story just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t care for most of the characters or understand how Nate falls for Cam. Most stories that involve prostitutes don’t have the sleeping around by the other character that this one does. You expect it for a while with the prostitute character but not the other especially after they proclaim they are falling for them. The ending was a big disappointment as well. The thing that was good was the plot. Though it wasn’t an original idea the author did a wonderful job turning it into something unique.
Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014, in Book Review, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, TJ, Two Roses and tagged M/M Romance, Novel, Sage Marlowe, Totally Bound Publishing, Two Roses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.