Title : Rent Me Word Count : 436 pgs
Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance
Blurb : Russian mobster spanks his rent boy. Ouch!
Rent Boy Brennen wants to belong to his lover Dmitri Dubrovsky. The Russian mobster controls every inch of his life in and out of bed. Brennen works for Dmitri’s escort service. His only desire is to please his lover. When Dmitri marries Nika, his lover moves him out of their home to an apartment in Beverly Hills and tells him nothing has changed.
What is Brennen going to do now?
Brennen does not understand his lover’s Russian culture not allowing homosexuality. Two different cultures and age difference clash.
My Review : Brennen and Dmitri engage in a very combative relationship. Brennen is an escort at the agency owned by the Russian mobster Dmitri. This is just the tip of the iceberg of their connection. Dmitri has saved Brennen from a horrible past, he has been taking care of him since he was twelve and their relationship moved into the sexual realm once Bren became of age. Even though it is obvious that Dmitri loves and cares for Bren deeply, there are certain strictures in the way he lives his life. Within his very strict Russian upbringing, he is expected to marry a Russian beauty and have children. That is exactly what Dmitri has done to please his father; he has recently married the beautiful Nika. This has put a strain on his relationship with Brennen and the hurt and pain has caused Bren to lash out by creating havoc. Mischa, Dmitri’s brother and Bren’s protector try to keep him in line as best as possible.
Another bone of contention between these two volatile lovers is Brennen’s job, Dmitri hates the fact that his lover is an rentboy. Dmitri sets Bren up financially so that he doesn’t need to work but Bren keeps his job out of defiance. He uses it to hurt Dmitri as much as he is hurt by Dmitri taking a wife. It is no secret that Bren is jealous of Nika and wants her out of his lover’s life. It is also no secret that Dmitri wants all of Bren’s clients gone . He finally gets his wish after Bren starts to see the ugly side of being a rentboy. He is humiliated and abused when he caters to a party of rowdy Russians who don’t take no for an answer. Mischa is furious when he picks up Bren and sees the dismal state he is in. He calls in reinforcements in the form of Dmitri. Dmitri is devastated and sick to see his beautiful Bren in pain. He forbids him to work as an escort again.
Their problems intensify even more when Brennen decides to try dating a girl in his class. Mischa encourages him as he is tired of seeing the hurt his brother is causing this sweet young man. Dmitri goes ballistic when he interrupts Brennen’s compromising position with the young lady. Underlying Dmitri’s rage is a sense of acute hurt and betrayal. A lot is said between the two lovers out of anger and hurt. Brennen decides to cut all ties with the two brothers and ends up staying in a motel room to lick his wounds.
For the first time , he is independent of the two Russians or so he believes. Brennen decides to pick up guys for money when he starts running low on cash. However, his luck runs out when he is picked up for solicitation by the police.
When the two brothers post his bail ,he realizes that they have been keeping tabs on him all along and that he was never really alone. They form a truce since Bren has to live with Dmitri and his wife while on house arrest. It is uncomfortable for both of them , but Dmitri is so happy to have his Malysh, his little one back in his life. Dmitri has begun to reassess his life choices and he knows that he made a terrible mistake by getting married, especially when he had all he ever needed in Bren. Bren has also matured and he acknowledges that he didn’t make Dmitri’s life any easier by becoming an escort and acting up.
Things come to a head between Brennen and Nika and they end up in a shoving match. Dmitri is displeased by both of their actions , but it solidified everything in his mind about the changes he knew he had to make for their future. It doesn’t take him long and before he knows it Dmitri is a free man and ready to make the ultimate commitment to his boy. He proposes to Brennen who gladly accepts. I enjoyed this book, but there were times when it had a disjointed feel to it. The right premise was there for a background story , but I feel like it didn’t flow very well. I will definitely give the second book in the series a chance and see if I feel any better. I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try.