Luck, happenstance, whatever you call it, love finds a way.
Clark James works hard. And though he’s not wealthy and he sometimes struggles to pay the bills, he is happy. Though many see being gay as a burden, Clark knows it’s who he is and moves on. He has dreams to set in motion. When he helps an elderly woman who fainted in the street, Tae Won Kim walks into Clark’s life.
When Tae Won Kim finds out about the man who saved his mother, Tae knows he must reward him. But the infuriating Clark James refuses to take anything from him. The more he pushes, the more he sees Clark as a man he could really bring into his life. Clark is kind, sexy, loving but hellbent on keeping Tae at arm’s length.
Have you ever read book after book and you weren’t sure why you had a hard time with certain ones, only to know you had and then one day you read a book and the light comes on… DING!
The two main characters in Tempted to Touch are from two different walks of life. Tae is wealthy and has never learned interpersonal relationships well (which is strange when his family history is revealed. With such a happy family, I would have expected his ability for interpersonal relationships to be better than it was.) Clark is poor, works as a waiter, and is a really nice guy. His life is thrown upside down when he helps Tae’s mother who fell down in the street.
It took so long to try and figure out why the two might love one another that the book was almost done by the time I had a faint clue. Which was frustrating. Truthfully, if the book had been marked a anything besides a romance, it wouldn’t have bothered me so much. But lust and sex do not equal love. They can lead to it sure, but in a romance, the love/romance of the couple is supposed to take precedence. Not the sex. Unless it shows the romance going forward. I didn’t feel like it did. I felt more like we had 90% of the book being about Tae getting what he wants and 10% of the book going “Oh, they’re in love. How did that happen?”
There was one scene, that as someone who is into spanking and DD, made me frown in a HUGE way. Clark is over at Tae’s and they start to passionately make out. Suddenly Tae tosses Clark onto his face, rips – yes folks, rips – his pants and underwear, and starts spanking him on his bare tush. WTF? Totally made me go cold. As spanking never really came up again, I do not understand why the author threw it in. And I won’t get started on the subject of consensuality.
I’m giving it a 2 as I have never read a Duchene and am giving the author the benefit of the doubt.