Touch Me Gently by J. R. Loveless
Publishing: Dreamspinner Press
Length: Full Length (206 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal play, mention of rape and self mutilation, thoughts of suicide
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Canterbury Bell
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 work 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?
When you begin a book by recalling the events of a sexual attack of a young man by an older step-parent you know that you are in for quite a ride. Touch Me Gently is the story of a damaged young man Kaden, and his difficult journey to self-acceptance and through that accepting the love of another man.
Kaden is the victim of a physically, mentally and sexually abusive stepfather. This creates a pattern of self-mutilation, no self-esteem, haunting nightmares and the inability to maintain a lifestyle or relationship, so Kaden wanders from place to place and from job to job. A difficult situation at a new job ends up with Kaden leaving for a ranch in Montana and taking a job as the cook. Logan Michael, the ranch owner and Kaden’s employer sees the results of Kaden’s life and find himself shocked at his own attraction to his young cook. With the help of his sister Shea, Logan is able to reach the inner soul of Kaden and help him heal his internal and external wounds while both men discover the healing powers of love and conditional devotion.
In truth, this is an emotionally difficult story to read but so worth it! J. R. Loveless has given us a full plate with every page but combines it all together in a story that will make you cry, laugh and smile. You carry the life of Kaden with you throughout the story and ride his emotional rollercoaster with a sigh of relief when you can finally see that life can go on successfully and happily if you are willing to open your eyes and your heart and accept that you are worthy of all the great things that life can bring.