Title: Keep Me Wanting
Authors: Avril Ashton
Publisher: Sinner’s Haven Publishing
Release Date: October 1, 2015
Page Count: 107
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The last thing on Damian Archer’s mind is a relationship. He’s focused on running the family business and keeping up appearances. He’s fine with the way things are, until the tattooed help at a friend’s party takes one look at him and calls him on his bull.
Fired from a brand new job, Fin Thornton is homeless and penniless. He knows men like Damian. He abhors men like Damian. Despite the wealthy man coming to his aid when he desperately needs it, Fin is hesitant to lower his guard. Yet Damian insists on being in Fin’s face, demanding things and offering help.
In spite of their differences, something keeps them wanting each other. The same connection that has Damian desperate to stake a claim on the skittish Fin. But it will take a ghost from Fin’s tragic past to show both men that what they have is worth more than money.
Whoo. This was intense, irritating, shocking, sweet, exasperating, and endearing all in one small well written package.
Fin is on the run trying to escape his past. He’s been evicted, lost his job, and lands another job he desperately needs. The reader knows he’s scared and angry and barely has his crap together. Then he meets Damian and the emotional roller coaster begins.
Damian knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after the delectable but haunted Fin. Somehow he senses the anger Fin lashes out with isn’t necessarily directed at him, but at life in general and Damian is willing to push his way past it to find out more about the younger man.
Which leads me to my two small complaints with the book: Fin behaves like a complete ass to someone who is trying to be nice to him. He jumps to totally unsubstantiated conclusions; for example: Damian and Zachary had a fling. Zachary still works for Damian and has for a long time. Fin just assumes Damian still pines after Zachary and accuses Damian as such despite repeated assurances he doesn’t. Fin’s anger that Damian didn’t tell Fin Zachary still works for him was irrational and bounced me out of the story a bit. Then Fin does the same thing with Sienna because he saw them together at a gala fundraiser event. This unfounded anger and accusations grated on my nerves in that fingers on a chalkboard kinda way, in what is otherwise a fantastic story.
My second point of contention is I thought the story could have benefited from a bit more background filler. I thought the climatic conclusion could have been fleshed out and expanded upon – not necessarily more after the ending, but more before the ending. The background plot is definitely good enough to have warranted more.
What I especially liked about Keep Me Wanting was it wasn’t a saccharine sweet story. It’s raw. It’s an emotional tug of war between someone fighting for what they want, and someone fighting against the world. And when Damian and Fin do start to connect, the chemistry smokin’ hot.