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I've been an avid reader for as long as I can remember and a romance junkie since the twelfth grade. These days I read M/M romance novels almost exclusively. I can't help it - I love boys who love other boys! If you don't believe in equality or that all love is beautiful, we probably won't have a lot to talk about. But, if you do, feel free to make a friend request, comment on a review, or recommend your favourite guilty pleasure. I'd love to hear from you!

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Special Forces - Soldiers - Directors Cut
Marquesate, Aleksandr Voinov, Vashtan
Double Up
Vanessa North
Hard as You Can
Laura Kaye

Stripping the Pain

Stripping the Pain - Kathleen   Lee What do you mean there is no actual stripping in this story?! But... but... The title! And the cover! There should be strippers in this story. *sigh* The old bait 'n switch - I see how it is. Draw me in with your alluded to promise of strippers and then give me computer geeks. Buff computer geeks, but geeks nonetheless. Couldn't they at least be geeks who STRIPPED?!

All kidding aside, I thought that Stripping the Pain was a totally serviceable friends-to-lovers short story. It followed a predictable arc and the characters were both ones that I have seen done before (both better and worse), but it got the job done. I did end up feeling sympathy pangs for both main characters and their circumstances by the end of the story, so I give the author kudos for being able to illicit an emotional response from me. However, I couldn't help but feel as though this story tried to deal with too many big-ticket issues (e.g. sexual abuse, BDSM) in too short a time-frame, ultimately making those aspects feel a little exploitative.

Also, the misuse of the word "precede" (when she clearly meant to use its antonym) killed a little piece of my soul.