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No Souvenirs

(Florida Books #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,042 ratings  ·  168 reviews
A vacation fling. No complications. No connections. And no regrets.

Trauma surgeon Jae Sun Kim has just lost the job he wanted more than anything else in his life. Looking for a way to hit the reset button, he takes a scuba vacation. He didn’t plan on seasickness, or a dive master who is sex-on-the-beach personified.

Shane McCormack’s tendency to drift away from complicated
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Published March 9th 2010 by Samhain Publishing
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Julio Genao
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Julio by: Vanessa North
holy shit, that was excellent.

fun, and sexy, with some solid body-blows in the emo department.

i especially liked the tasteful disposition of angsty tropes, which somehow, in their elegance, failed to make me feel like an objectified monkeyturd.

asian MC!

and the sex is, like, nuclear.

there's too much of it unless you read this over a period of days; halfway through i was wondering whether to switch to another book until my dick stopped feeling so fapped-out.

but it felt organic (heh) and integral (
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Alex Akira
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to laugh because when I first spied this book on Amazon, I read the blurb and frowned. Hmm, doctor? 'Not interested…' Scuba diving? 'Know nothing about that…' It takes place on a ship? 'No, no, not for me…' Then I looked at the cover, and well, Jae Sun Kim's image kind of got to me. I am so glad I purchased it, because I would have missed reading what I believe is one of the best male/male contemporary romances ever written.

I love this story and have read it no less than eight times. I'm
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The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
To say I absolutely LOVED this book just doesn't say enough as to how major awesome this book was, especially after the epic FAIL of the last book I read featuring an Asian male character. I am now adding Kim and Shane to my slowly growing pantheon of favorite couples.

No Souvenirs is M/M romance done RIGHT! The characters are men, not thinly-disguised stereotyped females. The characters have flaws, but they are also humorous at times. There is real emotion and chemistry between them. I especial
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Kassa
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
KA Mitchell has a pretty devoted following and her writing is an easy explanation for why. This offering fits well with the backlist as a solid story but not the best. No Souvenirs starts poorly with a sluggish beginning, too much sex and not enough plot, but soon picks up with trademark great writing and breathes life into the somewhat anemic characters to finish with a strong ending. The beginning is difficult to get into as the plot limps along, the characters have sex but rarely speak, and t ...more
L-D
Jae Sun Kim was introduced in Collision Course as Aaron's doctor friend that flirted with Joey a bit. I actually liked Kim in Collision Course as a peripheral character because he kept Aaron on his toes, and helped Aaron to appreciate Joey more.

In No Souvenirs, Kim is on vacation after a fellowship that he was interested in didn't come through. On this trip, he rooms with dive master Shane McCormack. I'm not really into redheads OR southern accents, but I just thought Shane was adorable. But ag
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Wicked Incognito Now
Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, bdsm
This m/m romance is what I wish all erotic romance would be: full of the hawt hawt sexy time that is part of a realistic and believable STORY.

I'm sorry, but with the exception of KA Mitchell and Megan Hart (who is not strictly an ER writer, I maintain that her books are genre-defying), I have not read a whole lot of erotic romance that is strong in the believability department. Hot, yes. But the story inevitably sounds immature, like a Playboy story, a porno narrative, or somebody's fantasy--not
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DaisyGirl
3.5 Stars

Jae Sun Kim is a trauma surgeon and all-around arrogant prick. On a diving vacation in Belize he strikes up a sex-fest with the dive-master, Shane McCormack. Both have issues with love and commitment but neither can deny their irrepressible attraction to each other both in and out of bed.

This was another satisfying sequel to the Florida Books series. True to form, this installment had a lot of hot sex, a tiny bit of angst, and very light romance. I enjoy K.A. Mitchell’s books but someti
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Serena Yates
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
I realy liked this story. Cool and unemotional trauma surgeon Jay has his entire life planned out by the second. But then not only do his professional plans come apart, his personal life receives an unexpected shock as well when he meets Shane. Shane is almost the exact opposite: a drifter who has a different profession every few weeks, and who feels worthless, despite the fact that he has multiple advanced degrees.

When they go through a life-changing event together, both men change. Shane accep
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Feliz
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, m-m
Two wonderful protagonists! For Jae Sun, arrogant control freak, rendered almost autistic by an old trauma, everything is about skill and knowing all the answers. Feelings don't figure into his conception of the world. Shane, hedonist and drifter, has a propensity to get into trouble because he is used to follow his instincts. He hides his vulnerability behind a the facade of a dumb hick and his insecurities behind his seemingly careless swagger. How can those two match? They do; in fact, they'r ...more
Christina
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-romance
2.5 stars

No Souvenirs redeemed itself in the second half of the book. The first half was boring and moved along too slowly. I also didn't really feel the attraction between Shane and Kim at first. Kim was detached and unemotional. The only thing that saved him was his streak of arrogance. By the second half of the book I started warming up to Kim more. The plot picked up and I found myself wanting to know more about Kim. I was glad to see him open up at the end but of course he took his feelings
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❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
3 Stars~because


Man of War....I loved that part so much!

But, I freaking had a hard time loving Kim...
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Heidi Cullinan
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have had a draining week, and I'm trying like hell to work on my own writing, but I'm bone-weary of the world, and it's like wading through a bog. I decide I have deserved a break and finally act on Sarah Frantz's insistence I read No Souvenirs. God damn, but I'm so fucking glad I did.

I think this book was perfect for me because it was so much catharsis. It'd be good on any day, I'd think, but for me this week I really, really needed to watch Kim's order get broken down by love. I don't know p
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Adam
I read book 2 in the Florida series, Collision Course, back in June of 2012. I liked it a lot, and I remember I'd planned on getting to 'No Souvenirs' soon after. I didn't get to it until February of 2016.

Well, better late than never I suppose.

It would be very easy to get fed up by both of the MCs and their actions. Jae is emotionally stunted, the result of his rigid upbringing and suppressing his desires. On the other hand, Shane isn't very mature, and has never been able to settle on anything
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xbmbgrl
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have said this before but it still holds true. KA Mitchell writes very compelling characters that have realistic baggage and issues that must be overcome. That is standard for books that I have read by her. This one is no different. She also writes very well with fantastic imagery and some great lines of thought.

I loved this book. Both Jae Sun (Kim) and Shane are interesting and I cared about them both quickly. I wanted them to be happy and to find what they needed in each other. The book is
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Renee
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reread: moved my rating from 4 to 5 stars. I think I enjoyed it even more the second time around. I can see this becoming a true comfort read.

Loved this series! And, I hope that there will be more.

Jae Sun's romance with Shane was a great read. I loved how Jae Sun opened up, especially after reading about him in Collision Course. And, while Jae's still sort of stiff at the end, he still grew, while not having a personality transplant. (Which was good, because I liked him the way he was.) One thin
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Susan
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-read, free, z-2013
Kim and Shane meet on a diving trip in Belize and there is an instant sexual attraction. The bond between them is strengthened after they experience a life-changing event together. Things are still uncertain for them when, on impulse, Shane travels to Florida to visit Kim. It's hard not to love Shane. He's like an open book and he throws himself out there with boundless enthusiasm. Kim is a harder character to warm up to and his inability to communicate is incredibly frustrating at times. Both m ...more
Nichole (DirrtyH)
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, m-m
I really wanted to give this 5 stars. I love K.A. Mitchell's writing, I'm a total fangirl, and she did an awesome job with this book as always. Her sex scenes are the best in the genre, hands down. And her stories are never formulaic. She's awesome at keeping her characters and her plots and her storylines fresh. I really really really enjoyed this book.
I think the only thing keeping it from being a 5 star read is that the end just wasn't as satisfying as I wanted it to be. Which is actually kin
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Kristie
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked this. Shane is sweet and uncertain, even if he is totally an in the moment person who can't stay in one place too long. It was great getting under Dr. Kim's carefully structured surface. But given how the characters personalities are, I can't help but wonder what would happen after 3 years. And with the ending suggesting what it did, how that would even be possible. I'm willing to forgive a lot here though, just because I like the two of them together so much.
Vio
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, sexy and intriguing love story!
Elisa Rolle
K.A. Mitchell continues in her light BDSM series: it’s light since it’s a type of BDSM that can be right for a wide audience, and above all, it’s not in your face. The type of BDSM in these stories are not the type you see inside dungeons or private clubs, but it’s more a thing of power play inside the relationship.

Jae Sun Kim is the very interesting and a bit aloof doctor that in Collision Course was the antagonist of Joey’s love interest, Aaron. It was clear that the love story was between Jo
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Hannah
This was a great novel. I liked it even better than Collision Course, the previous book in K.A. Mitchell's Florida series. In No Souvenirs, the emphasis was a little more on the story and the development of the relationship than in Collision Course, where the sexual content took up more space. While Mitchell writes a hell of a sex scene, I enjoyed seeing her characters coping with a few more external situations and problems in this book.

Mitchell is very adept at creating complex and fascinating
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ElaineY
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
This started out rather weak and I thought it was going to be nothing more than mild erotica. Neither protag was appealing and I had to think back to which K A Mitchell book I enjoyed that made me look forward to this one. I'm not sure but I think it featured another Asian guy.

Anyway, to my delight, NS picked up and I ended up liking both men because they pushed past their own weak spots when they realized the other meant more, much more, than a vacation quickie. Shane is not the rough, devil-ma
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Barb ~rede-2-read~
I liked this story much better than Collision Course, the previous book in the series. I never read book 1 because those MC's were seen in book 2, and I didn't care for them. Nearly the same thing happened here. I didn't care for the book 2 characters' role in this story, but that's really the only thing I didn't like.

This is the story of Dr Jae Sun Kim, the ER doc in book 2, and his love interest Shane, who he meets when he takes a vacation to Belize to be recertified in scuba diving. The chem
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Betryal
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow talk about a lengthy story and this is it in a nutshell. Not my favorite book in all the ones K.A. wrote mind you, but it was ok. This one for me was not as emotional and left me a tad detached from it. A little less info and detail wouldn't have done this story any amount of damage and a little less wouldn't have been a bad thing. Not really. I think with all the medical lingo and jargon a dictionary would have been handy for those of us not medically inclined. For me at least.

If asked what
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Toni (U.A.C.)
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have come to realize that K.A. Mitchell has a unique talent for writing people that at first I'd like to punch right in the mouth. Now I don't take this as a negative really, it's not bad writing. I mean I liked the stories in this series but I just have moments of wanting to be able to shake the characters and yell at them to stop being a prick. But this is all part of the plot and tension so I guess I'm going to have to just deal with it.

So I'd give the story four stars with a tendency for m
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Jerss
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A surprise. And a good one.
KA Mitchell has turned the usual stereotypes over and has Jae Sun Kim, a do-things-right semi-nerdy Asian doctor tops Shane, our taller, more muscles and white 'hero', a sea diver jock type.
I liked that Mitchell makes Jae Sun rather not-perfect. He seems rather unknowing about people and relations, and also too wanting to have things his way. He does find a way forward, he's very toppy over Shane, and makes Shane and us like that, and how he does it.
Shane is a good g
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Samantha
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-read, 2013-aug-mc
For some reason, K.A. Mitchell's writing seems to always click with me, and this was no different.

The story is about Jae Sun Kim, a trauma surgeon who has his carefully placed plans for the future falter and reacts by taking a random vacation, on which he meets Shane, a divemaster who acts on impulse and is quite the opposite of Kim's carefully maintained personality.

Though I spent all day, a lazy day, reading this, it felt like time flew by. I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic of the two and would
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liz
Jul 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good at about 25-30%. I put it down several times until that point. Then I read through. Like the other KA Mitchell books I've read, I think it ends somewhat abruptly. There are boatloads of issues, they build up, they resolve, and The End. It's not that I think there's more that NEEDS to be told. I suppose it's that I like to see some of the development after they break through. But that's not this author's style, as far as I can tell, and there's not anything wrong with it.

Overall, g
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dammit, liz
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well this was a pleasant surprise. I've never read this author before, but this book was lovely. I adored Kim and Shane, Kim especially. This is a pretty low angst, very sexy, smart and funny story. There were several moments I feared drama cliches were about to go down, but they were avoided. Instead, the plot was carried by awesome characters and good writing. Alright, the insanely hot sex scenes helped too (edging and chair sex? yes please). I also appreciated that these two were able to fall ...more
Tara
This is the third book in the series. And it fell a little flat for me. I mean I think it moved slow and then the conflicts seemed weird and like they were made bigger to force the story. Also there was some stuff that seemed to come out of nowhere. And this time bringing in the characters from the last book seemed odd as well. Overall it just didn't gel.
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