I may have to stop eating chocolate for the next few days. The drama ramps up a bit when in the middle of the nightKaden helps Logan deliver a baby horsebecause apparently Kaden is something of a horse whispererOf course, of course, of course. I must not have been paying attention. I swear that all this book was missing was some explosions, animal abuse and a beheading or something But wait things reached the pinnacle when a dying child gets slipped inwith some possibly permanent paralysis. Then there are visions and a physical therapist who gives tough loveand I thought to myself "Is there no end to this?
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I may have to stop eating chocolate for the next few days. The drama ramps up a bit when in the middle of the nightKaden helps Logan deliver a baby horsebecause apparently Kaden is something of a horse whispererOf course, of course, of course. I must not have been paying attention. I swear that all this book was missing was some explosions, animal abuse and a beheading or something But wait things reached the pinnacle when a dying child gets slipped inwith some possibly permanent paralysis.
Then there are visions and a physical therapist who gives tough loveand I thought to myself "Is there no end to this? I had to give myself a shock to start my heart back up Fortunately there was an end and it was a happy one. Kaden and Logan build a family, surround themselves with friendsand there are surprises and sex in between. The last few pages made me smile with the implausibility of the scene.
I was all "Really? Are you serious? Oh, screw it. January 1, Justacat The angsty premise - badly abused young man coming to the country, finding a family, learning he deserves to be loved, etc. There was the lack of clear, much less consistent, point of view. And the constant reference to Kaden, by both the author and by Logan, as "the teenager" or "the teen" went beyond annoying why not just use his name?
He was 19 - hardly the age typically referred to as a "teenager" - and if he was old enough to be establishing a permanent relationship with Logan, he was old enough at least to be referred to as a man.
I could barely finish this book, mostly because of the emotional heavy-handedness and the clumsy and un-nuanced dealing with difficult issues; once I got to the sex, I was hard put to keep going.
All this, combined with the stylistic issues, made it impossible for me to have any emotional connection with the characters, despite the good set-up. And a good editor to rigorously point out and help address the telling-not-showing problem, to tone down the emotional extremism, and to act as a check for emotional realism, could make a huge difference.
I gave this 4 stars in What was I thinking?? Original review Oct 19, This book is written terribly, but at the end of a really bad day it was like a big dish of over-sweet ice cream with canned whipped cream and syrup: waaaay too sweet but just what I needed.
Engage brain in escapist mode and enjoy. January 1, Betryal Whereas I should be starting on the next book to read unfortunately my mind kept playing back to this one and even though I was only going to rate it I felt the urge, the need to write up my thoughts on this story in question. This is it for me. There are many factors I found disturbing within this story that perhaps the timing in reading this one was off for me, but I started it so I was going to see it through and damn well finish it even at the warning bells going off on stop reading it.
I found it just so. He has so much to deal with in life that I found it incredible he even made it to the point he had in the book without having tried to commit suicide but rather he becomie a cutter as an alternative to sever any emotional pain that deems to stressful for him to handle or cope.
Experience and see what life is all about. This is where it bombed for me. At what point was happiness and joy of life going to begin? Having said all I have to say, now I can move on, up and forward to the next book that a good friend has dissected as the proper read for me at this time in my life after berating me for having read this one.
Kisses go out to him. Unfortunately, the story in no way, shape or form worked for me. This story requires the complete and total suspension of disbelief for every single part, which is impossible. You can have one or two things require suspension of disbelief in a story, and still have it work, but EVERY element?
Click on the spoiler tag to see a breakdown of exactly what went wrong for me in this story. Be advis The narration by Jeff Gelder was very good, as I have come to expect and enjoy from him.
You should be over eighteen to click on the spoiler tag, because no child should be subjected to this kind of language. We find out his father died before he was born in a car accident and at some point his mother remarried at what age Kaden was when this happened is never disclosed to Gary, who turns out to be a pedophile.
He was threatened with more harm if he told his mother. What the fuck? The brutality and rapes begin in earnest at this point.
Over the next five years Gary proceeds to rape, beat, cut him with knives and razor blades, and burn him all over his body with cigars. Not a teacher, a neighbor?
I mean, I know it happens, but still. The world is full of motherfuckers sometimes. In the past, Gary has been careful to keep his cuts, burns, and bruises where they would be hidden under clothing, Similar ones ran the length of his back and arms. They were different sizes and shapes. A knife here, a cigarette there, a razor blade across his soft stomach, the tip of a knife heated to the point of glowing pressed against his nipples, leaving them puckered and ugly. No one checks him for rape?
What the fuck ever, fine. He is placed in an institution for two years. It takes two full years of psychiatric therapy and medicine to "rehabilitate" him.
As part of his process he self-harms, cutting or scratching his wrist because the "physical pain hurts less than the emotional pain. Kaden nodded and then looked down at his hands. Also, what employment agency person is going to offer some transient working nut job with obvious serious undisclosed issues to stay with them indefinitely??
No fucking way. All right, all right! Once at the ranch house Kaden has no problem whipping up huge batches of mouth-watering delicious dishes to feed all the hungry cowboys, much to the delight of the ranch owner, Logan Michaels. Coming to live in your house Not at all. Also, the obvious instant attraction Logan has for Kaden is doubly creepy because he constantly refers to him, in his own mind, as "the teenager", "kid", and "boy".
How does a fucking kid with his kinds of issues learn to cook? And for crowds? What - was it his job in the fucking piece of shit institution before they let him out? Shea takes Kaden to the honkeytonk bar for some dancing and Kaden is accosted by Franklin, who drags him out on the dance floor and forces Kaden, touching him, and scaring the shit out of him. Okay, okay. He tells Kaden about his parents, how to the outside world it seemed like they had a perfect family, but his parents fought constantly and then one day his father killed his mother and then himself.
Go fuck yourself. After some weeks in the hospital and some physical therapy Kaden is miraculously healed and walks again. Then his little girl friend dies. The end. There was no focus. There was no real heart to me. This was like a Jackson Pollock painting — all the angst and suffering splattered against a canvas. Even though the narration is good I cannot recommend it. This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.
The dialogue was crazy cheesy, like bad-poetry in motion. And the book was sad enough without throwing in a little girl dying of brain cancer and an unhinged asshole trying to 2. And the book was sad enough without throwing in a little girl dying of brain cancer and an unhinged asshole trying to rape Kaden. The sort of romance that starts — and I mean the very first sentence — with a rape.
Because that way we can get to all the saccharine declarations of love by hot cowboy and repeated instances of trauma being healed by the application of cock.
This book is abysmally awful on nearly every front, and dangerously so on matters of sexual trauma, queer identities, and disability. The protagonist of this book: has "violet eyes," is named Kaden, writes his feelings in song lyrics in a series of notebooks, is "delicate" and "tiny" and "feminine," can tame abused horses because he understaaaaaands their pain, is a cutter, can cook for twenty with no preparation or recipes, weeps at the drop of a dime, and did I mention the violet eyes?
Any one of those things, if written well, could be interesting or funny. Taken together, and written by this author?
Utter hilarity. Wow, this book was just And writing is beautiful, told from different povs, and in third person. He is terrified of the men who are bigger than him, and that often caused him to lose his jobs. Just when he thought that he was hopeless in finding a decent job, or finding any job at all, another opportunity came when the manager of the labor agency told Kaden that he has a cousin who needs a cook. The problem was that his cousin lived in Montana, which meant that Kaden would have to leave New York.
He accepted, because there was nothing to lose in trying. When he comes over to Montana, he meets Logan and his sister Shea, his new employeers. Throw in some horses, around 20 other workers on the ranch and He was abused as a child, both sexually and physically concerning that, there are only two short scenes about his past, and all the rest is said by him.
He suffers PTSD and severe phobia of men. He has scars on his body, but the worst are the scars on his soul.
Touch Me Gently
The temporary employment agency where he works has a job for him for the summer on a Montana steer ranch as a cook. He takes the job, and flies to Montana. He meets the owner of the ranch, Logan, a stunningly beautiful cowboy. Initially, Logan seems to be somewhat distant from Kaden, although there is a protective streak running through him. Logan protects Kaden from Franklin, the only "bad-guy" on the ranch.
Touch Me Gently
Customers who bought this item also bought. Touch Me Gently J. Kaden was just so broken he did not need that. This book is a gem from author JR Loveless.
Touch Me Gently (2010)
Bed of My Truck. Preview — Touch Me Gently by J. It almost seems that the author went overboard with genhly abuse yet this really does happen. It makes me want to pick up another book by this author to see if the style is consistent.
Gukinos Kaden is so traumatised from his child abuse, suffering PTSD, and with each page of the book he is slowly healing. Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition September 2, Publication Gentlly Often times the head skipping had me unsure whose head I was in at any given time or I was being told things that the character would have no way of knowing. It was the only thing he could do to save himself from emotional pain. Late in the Day. I must admit to some eye rolling at it at times.
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