Title: Touch Me Gently
Always hiding his tormented past along with his scarred body, Kaden James finds it difficult to keep a job. Luck finally turns his way when he finds a job as a cook on a Montana ranch, where he meets terrifyingly handsome Logan Michaels. Logan is different from any man Kaden's ever met, and before long, he finds himself falling in love with the big cowboy. But Kaden's nightmares won't let go of him so easily, and he's not just jumping at shadows. He has nearly a lifetime of abuse, horrifying memories, and pain addiction to overcome. Can Logan's gentle touch help Kaden heal inside?
Author: J.R. Loveless
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Purchased for Self
Published: September 3, 2010
Genres: Male Male Romance
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“The physical pain hurts less than the emotional pain.”
Kaden has experienced some of the most horrific traumas a person could suffer. The person who was supposed to protect him failed, inadvertently. The scars are both visible and internal. His short life has been full of suffering. His daily routine is a struggle. Kaden’s self worth has been kicked and poked to the point that it is nothing. He feels that he is nothing. The will to continue to live seems to be for nothing. He struggles with people, especially large men who could easily harm him. When the offer to take a job far away from everything he knows arises he knows he has nothing to lose.
All Logan needed was a seasonal cook to work through the calving season. What he gets is an emotionally traumatized teenager that he can’t get off of his mind. The more time he spends in Kaden’s presence the more he realizes that there is more to the man than he initially expected. For the first time in his life Logan finds himself attracted sexually to a man. The problem with acting on those thoughts and feelings is that Logan sees the haunted look in Kaden’s eyes. Logan recognizes the look of a scarred being without having to actually see the physical scars.
I love a tortured main character. They pull at all the heartstrings and can often create an emotional read. There was just a little too much here. Touch Me Gently combined everything that makes for an emotionally charged read and then overly compounded all of those components. It made for this too much of a good thing vibe, granted the good thing was all the bad that could possibly happen to one person. In the end it just made for an over the top of too much.