Monday, February 24, 2014

Review & Excerpt from You Can See Me by A.E. Via

Title: You Can See Me
Author: A.E. Via
Publisher: Amira Press
Release Date: February 7, 2014
Genre: M/M/M; Contemporary Romance


World renowned chef Prescott Vaughan was at the height of his career. Right before he's to leave for Paris to work alongside his idol, a horrific car accident leaves him completely blind. 

His female fiancé leaves him in a state of desperation and depression.  He pines for love, companionship, and so happens to find it in the form of his very sexy neighbor.  Sexy male neighbor, Dr. Rickson 'Ric' Edwards. 

Prescott's not gay - at least he never considered himself gay - until Ric saves him from a date, gone terribly wrong. The two neighbors hit it off quickly and waste no time exploring and learning each other.  Things are great until Ric begins to have his doubts about meeting Prescott's many wants. 

When Ric insist he and Prescott take a breather, Pres finds himself lonely and lacking again. Enter, male escort and aspiring chef, Blair McKenzie to fill the void. 

In the meantime, Ric works on his issues that prohibits him from displaying the love he knows he has for Prescott. When Ric is finally ready and returns to claim Prescott he's not sure that Pres can let go of the sexy, southern, hotness that is Blair McKenzie. After Ric has his own personal encounter with the sinfully sexy man, he can't help but become entranced and crave more as well. 

Pres soon realizes that there's no need to choose between his two men, because when all three of them finally come together - grab a cold drink - the heat is going to go all the way up! 

​This is not your typical gay ménage romance. Everyone is not happy, skipping along, and loving life. These men are at each other’s throats. They live completely separate lives; fuss, cuss, and fight until they all realize exactly what the problem is...too damn much sexual tension.


Prescott Vaughan made me love him from the second he stumbled onto the pages. His life is one outside the ordinary in some aspects -being that he starts out as a renowned chef of the highest caliber with this impossibly lavish lifestyle stretching out before him that's he has managed to build up while learning to live his life as a blind man- yet it's one that I could easily relate to because I know what it is to start on top of the world only to fail. 

Everything a person knows really can change in an instant.

Pres loses his sight in a car accident on an average day. He rises above it, yet gets lost as an individual even as he finds success as a "brand" more than a man. His value to others seems wholly related to his bank account, cooking skills, or culinary expertise; he simply takes that since he's so alone in the literal darkness his blindness leaves him in as well as in the proverbial darkness he's living in from being isolated from others he just---Pres needs someone. His girlfriend at the opening clearly has been using him and reading as he's torn down by her cruelty? That was hard for me. It was nice to see Ric come onto screen.

Oh, Doctor Ric. 

I just want to swoon over the guy, really, since he's the burly, bear-type that makes me think that they're capable of making everything alright again. 

He does that for Pres for a while until he bails for reasons that are not obvious so I was left just as hurt and confused by his loss as Pres was---though Blair? Made up for it.

ENTER THE TEXAN: Blair! I feel like he deserves flashing lights as that's how he came into the book. He's an escort while trying to make his way into the culinary world himself; Pres hires him through a service out of sheer desperation in the face of Ric's betrayal of their burgeoning relationship. 

What made Blair amazing for me was that he chose to come to Pres because he really did have a fan-boy crush on him from the very beginning, not because he wanted the money, not because he wanted to get in with someone who could advance his career, Blair came because he admired PRESCOTT VAUGHAN which made all the difference in the world to me. 

Everyone starts seeing Pres as a man who can't see them; Blair sees Pres as a man that HE sees. 

Blair and Ric? How did that happen? It wasn't too surprising since Blair is defined as sexy, sex-friendlly, and involved in the sex industry (though he is an escort, not a prostitute) while Ric is a man who can appreciate another man. Ric's commentary on Blair is hilarious. I loved his jealousy. I loved Pres's lack of it. I loved Blair's casual acceptance of things. 

How it all came together? That was a fun ride. I am really glad I got to take it and I loved every character in this. I loved the pacing. I loved the storytelling. I loved the story as a whole. 

For me? This is A.E. Via's best work to date and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. I hope you give this book a chance because I really think it's a book that allows the reader to "see" all of the characters as individuals as well as people involved in a relationship. 


NOTE: I loved this book so much? I bought a copy as soon as it became available for purchase. It's that good. I will warn you that it's got some steamy sex that may make you need a cold shower and they talk about food enough that you better be planning to eat before you read it. Loved. This. Book.

~Shandra Torbett, Reviewer for This Redhead LOVES Books Blog
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About the Author

A.E. Via is the new best-selling author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths. 

When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, A.E. runs a very successful paralegal-for-hire business and in her spare time, she devotes herself to her family – a husband and four children – her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late great gay romance author ELynn Harris.

While this is only her second novel, she has plenty more to sit back and grab a cool drink, because the male on male action is just heating up!

Go to A.E. Via’s official website for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on up-coming work, free reads, and where she’ll appear next.
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