Title: Kiss Me Forever
Series: Dreamspun Beyond 17
Author: MJ O’Shea
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (3rd April 2018)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: 💖💖💖 2.5 Hearts
Blurb: Forever is too long to be alone.
Professor Avery Cook has spent his career researching the mysterious side of New Orleans. Superstitions, legends, and lore—Avery has an academic explanation for all of them….
Until one night when he walks into a bar and his life changes.
In a sea of impossibly beautiful people, Tyson stands out, and he sweeps Avery off his feet with his old-world charm and romanticism. But there’s a darkness in Tyson too, and Avery discovers Tyson is part of a world he thought existed only in books and stories—the paranormal tales he studies at the university.
Tyson’s been lonely for a long time, and he’s falling in love with Avery. But his past is a long one, and it’s full of enemies and danger. The best way to keep Avery safe is to push him away….
Review: Kiss Me Forever is a book by MJ O’Shea as part of the Dreamspun Beyond line. MJ O’Shea is one of those authors I’m familiar with, I’ve read a handful of books and have at least enjoyed most of them.
The story is about Avery Cook, he’s a college professor and has achieved a lot on the professional front by the time he hits thirty. Avery meets Tyson and Tyson knows that he must have Avery. Tyson is an old world romantic and very lonely. He wants Avery but with danger stalking him he doesn’t want to see Avery harmed and decided (as any male romance hero does) to push him away. The paranormal element of this story is that Avery is human, while Tyson is something. He’s basically immortal, has been around for a number of centuries and has to drink to stay alive/young (essentially a teetotaling version of the philosopher’s stone).
To be perfectly honest, I really struggled with this book.
While I enjoyed it enough to finish the book, I was left feeling, well feeling just meh. The story just didn’t grab me from the start. It’s just that certain aspects of plot felt a little flat and contrived to me (I wasn’t sold on the whole mystery and the villain’s reason for being). Which is weird because this type of book I’m usually all over like white on rice.
All in all, the actual romance is sugary sweet, but the sexual chemistry and tension just wasn’t quite there. Being set in New Orleans is somewhat predictable but I liked the imagery that O’Shea provided with her descriptions. Since I’ve enjoyed MJ O’Shea in the past, ultimately I was left feeling a little disappointed, which I really hate to admit, but hey, this is an honest review.