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?
©2010 J.R. Loveless (P)2012 J.R. Loveless
I was excited to listen to this – I really was. The book has so many things that I usually love, like age difference and the hurt/comfort theme. To my surprise, though, I found myself rolling my eyes more than just a few times as I listened to Touch me Gently, and I almost turned the audiobook off several times. It makes me sad, because I really wanted to like this book.
I usually love age and size difference between lovers, but Kaden just...never seemed like a man to me. In the whole book, I kept imagining him as a young, young boy – and sometimes even as a little girl! At the very beginning of the book, his physique is described as "almost effeminate”, and the way the teen flinches, shivers, gasps and winces when men come close to him makes me think of a scared little girl – not a man who’s about to start his twenties! If I wanted to listen to a straight romance, I'd have bought a straight romance!
Instead of feeling sympathy, I kept rolling my eyes when Kaden's reactions to men and memories went way over the top. I won't spoil the main plotline for anyone, but even if a man has been raped in the past, I doubt they’d literally drop to the floor and curl up, panicking, if a woman simply asks where they got the scar in their face. Despite this he goes out to dance wearing sexy leather pants (that I doubt he’d be able to afford, since he’s been living in a dingy and dirty building with hobos laying at the bottom of his staircase??) later that week.
Not to mention how his scar supposedly makes him ugly and insecure (which I normally would love) , but the first day at his new job, a man comes up to him, tells him that he's easy on the eyes, and asks if he wants to have sex! He isn't the only one: Logan, who's straight and has only been dating women up to that point, is described to be attracted to him from day one!
While I know Kaden's supposed to seem pitiable - even lovable - he just seems pathetic to me. As for Logan; I don't really like the whole "Gay for you" thing. He's been a straight man all his life, and when he's suddenly attracted to a guy much younger than him he just shrugs it off and doesn't give it another thought – No one else seems to think it strange that he’s suddenly dating a teenager either!
The story just seemed too unreal and inconsistent for me. Maybe someone else will like it, but I did not.
I was hooked within a few minutes of starting it and finished it spanning two days only. Beware that there's nothing particularly spectacular about the story line and plot. It is predictable and yet still was very special, a tribute to great writing. Also, a part of that is that I'm very partial to stories of rural America and the setting in Montana was particularly satisfying. I am going to niggle just a tad at the last 25% of the story wondering if some if it was really necessary or a tad overly dramatic, but that could never detract from the overall effect which is that it leaves you feeling very good and satisfied. I highly recommend it.
Intense story.... hearing about Kaden's abuse was heartbreaking.
Really enjoyed the characters, the performance, and the story.
This story was about a young man who is defined by having been the victim of brutal physical, emotional, and sexual violence at the beginning of the story and his journey to being a survivor rather than a victim. He is more or less rescued by his love interest in the traditionally sappy style of the true romance novel. I thought that the narrator did a good job with bringing the characters alive which was a major plus. I overall liked the story but I would not recommend it to anyone who might struggle with somewhat graphic descriptions of abuse that crop up occasionally during the story. There are also some additions to the plot that challenged my strongly honed ability to suspend disbelief, so if that sort of thing bothers you I wouldn't recommend this one.
I love that most of the story is fluff and romance spiced with comfort when needed. The characters aren't perfect, and I liked the pace in which they developed. The antagonist is a bit too much at times, but as he is hardly there it doesn't matter. I didn’t much like the last hour of the story, which is the reason why the story only gets 4 stars instead of 5. The first many hours are filled with meaning full moments that shows the slow healing, hope to move on, and the occasional draw back. While there’s also some (probably just as many) in the last part I just didn’t like the new characters introduced and their effect on the protagonist.
This is one of my preferred scenarios traumatized guy getting help to get healed and currently one of my favourite books. If you’ve heard Chasing Seth and found it ‘not quite heart-warming’ then don’t judge this book from that. Chasing Seth was a fine book well worth at least one listen, but this one is so much better.
Avid reader/listener of romance, action, thrillers, and spy novels.
Yep- it was a good story, with some action, like breaking a horse and defending a lover. It kept my interest for a while. I needed breaks from it every once in a while because of Kaden's violent past, but that's my damage, not the story's.
I liked the horse that Kaden finally broke, mainly because they were so alike.
It was kind of flat. That's semi-unfair because I compare all narrators to Holter Graham, who's the best narrator ever. Mr. Gelder did a descent job, though.
Logan because he was so kind and protective of Kaden and his little sister. He's the typical hero, but fights his feelings until Kaden really needs him.
I tried this story on a whim and wasn't disappointed. I love happy endings and this one had a great one.
Not really though some might find it touching. I found it was alright up to about 70% and then it got boring because it was just more of the same - Kaden's skittishness and insecurity and Logan hovering around like a mother hen, reacting to every nervous gesture from Kaden. It just went on and on like this. Very tiresome.
Predictable but nothing wrong with that. I read/listen to romances and expect an HEA or a solid HFN at least.
First, I hated that Gelder narrated Bulletproof from one of my favorite MM series. He did a horrible job there but I was so surprised by his work here in Touch Me Gently. The difference was detectable even in the meager sample that Audible gives. It was this that made me buy the book.
I have the ebook but had not read it yet. If I had read it first, I would not have bought the audio.
Maybe, if they were really into over the top sweetness btwn men.
The most interesting aspect was Kaden's journey to overcome his past. The least interesting was this weird relationship at the end with a little girl in the hospital. It didn't quite seem to fit the story and came out of nowhere. It was weird. Also, some of the dialougue was stiff and obviously not something a "real" person would say. I must admit to some eye rolling at it at times.
Logan admitting his love for Kaden.
This story is worth a listen but be warned it is over the top sweet. Don't get me wrong I LOVE sweet and tender, but this was way more. Also, the narrator does an OK job, but at time his narration is a little wooden. I've listen to other narrations from Mr. Gelder before, and he has never been one of my favorites. Although he does a better job on this than he did with Bulletproof (Mary Calmes).
Probably the characters. They are very well written and easy to imagine.
Kaden was my favorite character. Someone so sweet and innocent yet so badly damaged just tugs at my heart.
needs. some. improvement.
I would say that would be a tie between the two main characters, Kaden and Logan. They were both very well written and each had their own story to tell.
If your a fan of gay romance novels, you can't go wrong with this one.
"nice and sweet"
A nice and sweet story with cute characters. Well read by Jeff Gelder. You'll enjoy it.
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