Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Book review: Kiss and Tell by Cherie Noel

Kiss and Tell (Kiss & Tell)Kiss and Tell by Cherie  Noel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Warning: This one is spoilery-- run away and don't read it if that bothers you.

Oh, boy, What to say about this one?

I'm just now working my way through the Hot Summer Days collection, so I'm a few months behind some of the other reviewers. And I gotta say, while I recognize that Cherie Noel has some writing chops, this story didn't work for me, on a few levels. First and foremost, I think it's inappropriate for an RN to take a mentally-challenged patient home and have sex with him (even if there's a space of time between them meeting and moving on to sexing). This is not to suggest that mentally-challenged people shouldn't have physical involvements (I'm pro that, within reason, because I have had a mentally-challenged friend and it made sense for him), but the relationship here seems to cross some important ethical boundaries (even if the social worker said it was ok).

Then there's the threesome aspect. I still don't get why Kevin feels the need to add a third to their relationship, and why one wouldn't super-vet anyone who might become a third. That this professor would become a third (after having questionable conversations with a mentally-challenged student at school), seems a bit far-fetched. I would be a little worried about participating in porno pics and/or videos of one of my former students-- let alone actually getting physically involved with said-student.  A lot here could be interpreted as taking advantage of Tony's innocence and/or his mental incapacity.

I am happy that Cherie Noel includes a person with a disability in a story-- we need more stories like that! I also like it when authors push my buttons, and win me over. But Kiss and Tell kept giving me a case of skeevies-- and it takes a LOT to skeeve me out. I will seek out Noel's other work, and see if we're simpatico. But for this one? Yikes!

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