#ReviewTour — Doll Baby by Kayleigh Sky plus Giveaway
DOLL BABY - KAYLEIGH SKY
Length: 330 pages
Todd Rifkin has sworn off love forever—until he loses his heart to a badly scarred rent boy and stumbles into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a brutal stalker out for revenge.
Struggling to make enough money to buy a friend’s bar and grill to fulfill a promise, Todd Rifkin vows to let nothing stand in his way. Nothing, that is, until a friend’s call for help. Bailing his friend out of trouble might cost Todd his dream. Now he is scrambling to make up the loss and reluctantly takes on the job of errand boy for his boss’ spoiled ex-lover.
Bliss Busby has no memory of the attack that scarred his face. Scared and reclusive, he has no interest in Todd’s intrusion into his life. No interest, that is, until somebody starts scattering cinnamon hearts at his door. Now Todd is the only one standing between Bliss and a mysterious stalker.
Years ago, Todd lost the love of his life in a violent twist of fate. After a night with a knife-wielding maniac, Bliss lost everything. Thrown together by circumstance, Todd and Bliss must unite to battle a hidden force from the past. As Bliss struggles to remember the attack that wrecked his life, and Todd struggles to save him from an attacker that is closer than either of them realizes, their reluctant friendship becomes a passionate love that just might have the power to heal their wounded hearts.
If they live.
Kayleigh Sky is a new author to me, and the blurb to Baby Doll sounded very interesting and right up my alley with a dark and dirty edge that pulls me in without much thought. However, it wasn’t quite the psychological thriller I was anticipating.
There is a lot of page time spent on—what I consider filler—that really had no relevance, imo. This is a very long story, consisting of 300+ pages, and the reader is wrapped in a cloud of mystery/confusion through 98% of the book.
With that said, the author writes in a way that keeps the reader intrigued and pulled into the story—during moments that were leading you somewhere—but there were so many characters at play, so many voices talking in their heads that never gave clues or answers as to what was happening, or what had happened, that I felt clueless until the very last chapter of the book.
Todd is hired to babysit Bliss—who was attacked years earlier—left for dead—scarred badly—and won’t go out in the daylight, and is positive someone is following him. They have a love/hate relationship that was kind of weird—definitely very strange—and there are several men involved in Bliss/Brice's life who pamper him, yet seem as though they also hate him, nor do they believe him about his stalker. . .but they want to keep him safe.
Brice is an escort but there are men taking turns having sex with him while he is drugged in order to get through the experience—I’m assuming this was the reason—which made no sense for the job he does so I was confused. Todd is also the bartender where this takes place and he watches from a distance.
It was strange—yet kind of addicting—as in you had to keep reading to know what was going to happen and who was the actual stalker. I knew, early on, who the stalker was, but I wanted to know what the reason was behind his obsession. If the story would have centered around the stalking, the "whodoneit" —I would have enjoyed it immensely instead of just okay, because when the truth comes out, it was pretty wild.
The author has creativity and the writing was good, as well, the story just needed to focus on less people and more on getting to the point. Overall, it was an okay read.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://signalboostpr.blogspot.com *
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Kayleigh Sky is a m/m erotic romance writer.
Kayleigh’s stories are tales of struggle and pain, loss and despair. Love is won in the battle to rise out of the depths of darkness. Victory is in the sweet bliss of happily ever after.
Once upon a time Kayleigh hid out in a cold dark garage reading a book her parents forbid her to read. She was nine years old. The book? Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, a story of love between two men–well, actually the story was a little more complicated than that, but hey, she was nine.
In the dark of the garage, a light, a passion, a sheer joy for love in all its manifestations awoke.
And love between two men–Hot!
Kayleigh’s men are often broken, always brave, and always memorable.
You can find Kayleigh here.