Virtual Tour: Love Starved by Kate Fierro ~ (ARC Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)
Author Name: Kate Fierro
Book Name: Love Starved
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Artwork by Valerie Schroedl, cover design by BuckeyeGrrl Designs
Micah Geller considers himself lucky: at 27, he has more money than he needs, a job he loves, a debut book coming out, and a brilliant career in information security before him. What he doesn’t have is a partner to share it with—a fact that’s never bothered him much.
But the romantic in him isn’t entirely dead. When a moment of weakness finds him with a contact to a high-class escort specializing in fulfilling fantasies, Micah asks for only one thing.
Show me what it’s like to feel loved.
Pages or Words: 304 pages
Categories: Fiction, gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
Angel’s shoulders were broad and strong; his hands kept a warm, steady pressure on Micah’s back, holding him so close that he could feel the movement of Angel’s chest with every breath he took. They stayed near the edge of the impromptu dance floor, swaying with the music. Micah felt safely surrounded, contained—in the familiar song, in the arms that felt as if they were made to hold him, in the magic of this evening. He turned his head, just to glance at Angel’s face, and couldn’t turn away, mesmerized by the look in his eyes. They held the world within—the world of affection, of caring. Of desire. It made something stir in Micah’s belly, a long-banished want.
Angel’s eyes flickered down to Micah’s mouth, and then back up. He bit his plump lower lip.
Around them, people were dancing, music was enveloping them in its sweet enchantment, and night air cooled Micah’s cheeks. Inside, he had suddenly only one desire. And he could have it. He’d been told to take what he wanted tonight.
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Micah is a workaholic, to the point of blocking everything else from his life, even his family and friends for months at a time. He’s been feeling lonely though, and envious of the happiness his parents, sister and best friend had found. He just wants to feel loved and after his best friend, Daphne, gives him the card of a fantasy escort who could make his dreams come true, he decides to give it a try at a moment when he’s feeling vulnerable after a few drinks.
He meets up with Angel, who gives him the romance and the dream date that he’d always wanted, but while there’s chemistry between them, it’s no quite enough for Micah. Fate conspires to bring them together again and again, and a friendship is forged between the two. Micah falls for Aiden (Angel’s real name), but there are circumstances that prevent them from being together.
I loved Micah, even if at times he was just too nice. He would get angry, but he was so beyond understanding at times that I just wanted to shake him up a bit. Still, he was just what Aiden needed and they were both so love starved, even when neither of them had realized they were. He was supportive and encouraging and everything you could ever want your friend to be. And boy, when he pulled out his claws to defend Aiden and himself from a threat, he really delivered!
Aiden was more complex, what with his job and his reasons for doing it and for not wanting to be with Micah. I loved him, too, but Micah was definitely my favorite of the two. Their chemistry was amazing and while I would have loved that their love scenes were a bit more detailed, I was pretty happy with what I got.
Daphne, Claudia and Micah’s parents and employees were awesome additions to the story, giving it more depth, same as with Richard, who I hated so much!
All in all, a fast paced, fantastically written story, with engaging characters and a great storyline that grabbed me from start to finish.
Rating: 5 Stars.
About the author:Kate Fierro spent ten years translating, editing, and reviewing other people’s words before making an impulse decision to write down some of her own. She hasn’t been able to stop ever since. Kate lives in Europe and is bilingual, with more love for her adopted language than her native one.
With nearly a million words under her belt, Love Starved is Kate’s debut novel.
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