Title: Love Me Louder
Author: Christina Lee
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: June 29, 2018
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, escort
Page Count: 220 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Noah Dixon is damaged goods. After an accident leaves him physically scarred and emotionally vulnerable, dating isn’t in the cards, so he throws himself head-first into his retail job. When he’s obligated to attend his best friend’s engagement party on Fire Island, it dawns on him he’s about to spend yet another weekend feeling totally invisible and alone among a swarm of gorgeous men.
That’s when the idea of an escort comes in.
After Will Crossen was forced to put his theater major on hold in favor of two jobs to tackle his ailing mother’s hospital bills, he tells himself becoming an escort isn’t that big of a deal. It’s just another form of acting, right? He doesn’t expect his newest customer to be the cheery, overconfident sales associate he avoids like the plague at his day job. Talk about awkward.
But what happens on Fire Island stays on Fire Island…especially when a smoldering attraction sparks into flames. Will doesn’t feel so alone anymore, and for the first time, Noah realizes someone is seeing him behind all the scars. But between their jobs, Will’s massive familial responsibilities, and Noah’s vulnerabilities, they don’t stand a chance unless they find a way to let love speak louder than their demons.
This book blew me away completely. It was such an amazing read with equally amazing people in it. I love a book that has an escort with someone who has paid for his service. What makes these types of reads so special is 99 percent of the time, when the characters least expect it, they end up finding the other half of their heart. With this book, there is the added plot to it of one of the main characters having scarring that keeps others from even wanting to have even a hook up with him.
Noah is in desperate need of someone to attend a birthday party/engagement party with him on Fire Island with his friends. He is so tired of always going to these things by himself and having to look at people that are beautiful and that will not have anything to do with him other then pity. So when a co worker of his drops a business card with the name of an escort service on it, Noah decides maybe it is worth looking into.
Will is his co worker and also an escort at the business on the card that Noah found. He believes that he has dissuaded Noah from calling his agency. Will has his reasons for becoming an escort. He needs the extra income to help someone he loves so much. So when he gets an escort job for the weekend with a man, he is excited about the extra income.
What neither Will or Noah realize is, Noah has hired Will’s escort persona. When they find out both almost back out. That is until they sit down and talk a real conversation for the first time ever. In the end, both men decide to keep the gig and for Will aka Max to go along with Noah.
What starts out as a regular job ends up being so much more. Will things change between them after the job is complete or will everything turn out to be fun and games for the time they are on Fire Island together?
This was an incredible read. I truly loved this book and hope that there will be another book in this series. If so I will be reading it as well. Christina Lee did an incredible job on this book and definitely makes me want to read more of her work.