Title: Use Me
Author: M.J. Fields and Chelsea Camaron
Series: Caldwell Brothers
Release Date: 3/21/2017
Genre(s): Sports Romance, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 331
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
He’s not just a piece of meat—he’s got a story to tell. And she’s got all night to listen. In this tantalizing romance, MJ Fields proves that when life knocks you down, you get up swinging.
They call him “Kid.” At seventeen, he killed a man with his bare hands. Showing no remorse, he spent seven years in Baraga Correctional Facility. Now, at twenty-four, Kid has stepped back into the world with no family, no job, and nowhere to go. Luck has never been on his side. But love just might be. . . .
Tatum always wanted to write the kind of gritty, important books that are supposed to make a difference in the real world. But to make ends meet, she’s considering a new genre: romance. She knows she needs a muse, like the half-naked hunks on all of those trashy covers. Tatum just has no idea where to find one—until she catches the eye of a hard-bodied bad boy who’s so sexy it’s almost scary.
Kid is shocked when cute, squeaky-clean Tatum approaches him with a very forward proposition. Will Kid let a woman use him, or will he fight the desire he feels?
Use Me is so different and imaginative, and I adored this world. I was charmed to my toes!
For the lust of all things unholy, he’s…glorious.
Imagine you’re a new romance author and you’re out walking around, minding your own business, when BAM! Your muse walks right past you—over sex feet of muscle, wicked tattoos and long hair in a messy man bun. That’s how the plot of Use Me goes, and it hooked me right from the start. How fun is this premise?
Tatum is used to writing nonfiction but after something tragic happens in her past, Tatum just goes about her day, not really living. That changes when she catches a glimpse of Angelo, aka Kid. This sweet girl is so awkward and shy, but she has these vivid fantasies about him. All he’s doing is trying to order his first coffee (and hey, I don’t blame him. There’s so many options!). Tatum steps right in with her awkward and ends up semi-stalking him because how do you proposition a man to let you use his body? And for research? I laughed so much at Tatum’s exploits and actions. She was a gem!
Then there’s Angelo himself. There’s a note of innocence to him. A lot, actually. I’ll let readers figure out how much. But what really got me? There’s a world weariness that dug right into my soul. Because of his past, Angelo spends some of his life behind bars. When he gets out, he has to recalibrate almost, and he’s filled with such rage. Angelo’s focused on it—containing guilt and sadness—that he drifts into a routine, shielding himself.
The setup, quite simply, makes these two perfect for each other. I appreciated how the story was told. Some of it is in love letters—graphic scenes written by both Angelo and Tatum in a journal. And when they become reality? It’s explosive. These parts are so creative and ingenious! Dang, do their words light these two up!
But the sexual nature of their relationship quickly morphs into more. This book is very romantic, the emotion rounding out to a stunning level. I will say that towards the middle some of the inner thoughts became a bit too much. It felt off, almost forceful. But then the conflict ramps up again, and I adored the ending.
Use Me is the fresh, creative story that I was looking for! If you like a man-bun rocking, emotional hero that challenges his shy, but bold heroine and vice versa, I would pick this one up.