Friday, May 29, 2015

Review: Revue by KM Golland

He was on a collision course.
… I had paved my way
He answered to no one.
… I respected authority
He wanted me.
… I despised him
He didn’t take no for an answer.
... NO!

When freelance photographer, Corinne Lee, is required to visually document the nationwide tour of Wild Nights Male Revue, she finds herself in a world of near-naked, testosterone-fuelled men on stage—not her photographic muse of choice. She also finds herself in the arms of Josh, the revue’s star performer.

Josh Adams thrives on the limelight, the stage and, most of all, the attention of women who endlessly throw themselves at him. He dances sex, speaks sex, breathes sex … is sex! Josh lives for sex, but never with the same woman. 

When both opinionated and headstrong characters are closely thrust together in a lust-ridden and sexually-charged environment, which of the two will break first?
Will Josh realise that Corinne could be the exception to his ‘no strings’ rule? Or will Corinne let go of the fantasy of finding Mr One and Only?

4.5 Stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Having read almost everything KM Golland has written, I am more than familiar with her often snarky, witty, clever style. But in Revue she has kicked this up a notch with her character, Josh Adams. He is the star performer for Wild Nights Revue, a male revue show. This guy brings new meaning to bag them and leave them hanging for more. In fact, our heroine, Corinne's  first view of him is his intense screwing of one of his groupie up against a vending machine. (Not sure if they made a selection for any of the treats in the machine) And when our hero is finished, he eyes up Corinne and asks her, "Want to ride my cock like this bitch just did?" (he's one suave guy isn't he?)

Corinne is stuck with being the revue's official photography as they make their way across Australia for the next 3 months. Her brother accepted the job, then got hurt and Corinne has no choice but to agree to do it. She prefers photographing landscapes versus people (they give her far less trouble) but that kind of work doesn't really pay the bills for their business.

The other guys in the revue are a little less full of themselves. One in particular, Brad, has a protective instinct when it comes to Corinne. These guys are luscious, built like gods and totally lickable. But they work hard to keep those hard bodies and most of them view this as a just a job. But not our man Josh; getting the next gorgeous girl under him is a way of life. As he tells Corinne:

"Why do you f#*k so many women?"
"Because I like to."
I stared at him. "That's it?"
"Yep. I like to F#*k. I like to f#*k women. They like to f#*k me. So...we f#*k."

Their love hate relationship spices things up. Josh is determined to have sex with Corinne before the tour is over; she insists that in spite of her lady bits wanting nothing more than to spread wide for Josh, she won't become one of his conquests. She senses there is more to him than just that gorgeous face and chiseled body made for sex. But is he worth ending her year long dry spell for?

"There's more to life than sex, you know."

Yeah, there is, sweetheart. Sex with me." Josh leaned closer, his breath hot on my neck. "And you're gonna experience that real soon."

Eventually ying meets yang and Corinne isn't going to keep fighting this losing battle. Josh seems to be changing little by little. He still insists love is a fairy tale (there's a whole heart breaking story on where that belief comes from) but can he go the distance? When he gets hurt he tends to self medicate with vaginas. Is that going to happen this time?

"I'm sorry, I...I didn't m-"
"Josh, don't I said exhausted. "There's no point. This was never going to work. We barely know each other, and jumping straight into...f#*k, I don't know, into something...was just stupid." 

Oh boy, cue my eyes getting wet.

There are lots of angsty moments in this story. Some really sad, gut wrenching ones too. Both Corinne and Josh make some stupid, hurtful decisions and the light of day makes them regret and question why they do the things they do. I found this book to be a pleasure for my reading eyes. It's funny when it needs to be, hot to the point that you may want to break out your own BOB (too much info?) and poignant when you need to remember that sometimes the heart can change even the most pig headed mind. This is one recommended read from me!

Love should be pain immersed in comfort. It should be fear wrapped in courage. It should never be easy. 

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