Title: The Art of Hero Worship
Author: Mia Kerick
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: October 29, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Suspense
Page Count: 186 pages
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
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Oh, boy. I wanted to really like this story of Liam and Jason who bond together in the aftermath of a terrifying shooting at a college theater performance. The plot immediately grabs your attention from page one as Liam saves Jason's life and drives him to safety.
But after escaping the horror with their lives, they do NOT call the police and let them know about the active shooter, and more importantly that they know his identity. Later on, a similar instance occurs ...
Both men identify as straight, and it does take a while for both men to come to terms with their attraction to one another. But is it because Jason hero-worships Liam, while Liam desperately needs to be someone's hero? There are so many things here that make me wonder if Liam and Jason are truly entering into a healthy relationship:
"And before I was touched by the hand and heart of a man who I simultaneously crave and abhor."
"Isn't being on the receiving end of penetrative sex the ultimate in hero worship?" (Me: Umm, no?)
"Both of us are doing the best we can to be the 'man' in the relationship, which makes no sense because we're both men." (Jason mentions quite often that he is surprised that Liam may have feelings for him because Liam is so "manly" or "masculine.")
"Stay still ... and take what I give you."
"You're mine ... I saved you, and now it's my job to take care of the big stuff and the small stuff - everything you need." [...] "Hands at your sides, please."
"I need to know you're always gonna be safe, and here for me ... so I need you to let me look out for you however I see fit ... and I need to be able to take you ... in bed ... the way I want ... because then I'll know you're really mine."
For this reason, "The Art of Hero Worship" just did not work for me. I frankly found the relationship somewhat disturbing. 2 stars.