Stained (Belen’s Review)

StainedLGTitle: Stained
Author: Chris T. Kat
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1st 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 112 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.8 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Blair Clark has reached his breaking point. Forced to leave one job because of sexual harassment, he’s having difficulty finding another. Since no one believes what happened, Blair’s left with a stain on his employment record that he can’t get rid of. He’s had to move back home with his mother. As if that’s not bad enough, he realizes his crush, Travis, is simply using him. His romantic life looks as hopeless as his job search.

Jack Ross is sure he’ll never find anyone who’ll love him for who he is. All anyone sees is the port-wine stain on his left cheek—not the man behind it. Even his mother thinks he should get rid of it. But the procedure is difficult and painful.

When Blair applies for a secretarial position with Jack’s firm, both men learn that beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder. It’ll take a lot of trust to chase away their insecurities, but if they take a chance on one another, love will find a way.


Blair has been mistreated by schoolmates and people, mostly men, his entire life. Slight and effeminate he’s constantly taken advantage of and hurt. He’s a bit of a nervous nelly doormat, with good reason.

At his last job his boss sexually harassed him, and the proof he had went missing in police custody. Now without a job and with a black mark on his record Blair’s moved back in with his mom and is just trying to find a new job.

Blair loves being a secretary even though his (not so) friend-with-benefits and cronies makes fun and berate him for it. When Blair get a job interview with Jack Ross he almost bungles it, but gets the job with a two year contract.

After Blair’s initial discomfiture with Jack’s port wine stained face, he quickly stops noticing the birthmark and the two settle into a nice rhythm. Jack immediately takes the slighter man under his wing and when things get ugly with abusive Travis, Jack comes to Blair’s rescue.

Personally, I felt like the relationship with Jack seemed to come a little bit out of left field, Blair was a little heavy on the waterworks sometimes, and things got tied up a little too quickly and neatly, but overall this was a quick read and I was happy with Blair and Jack’s HEA.

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Galley copy of Stained provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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Fast Connection Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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