Title: Touch Me Gently
Author: J.R. Loveless and Jeff Gelder (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date:January 20th 2012
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.17 stars out of 5
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?
The narration by Jeff Gelder was very good, as I have come to expect and enjoy from 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? NO. Just…no.
Add in the POV switching from sentence to sentence and from paragraph to paragraph, the sex being a cliched mishmash of m/m sex scenes, getting all Christian and God is great! at the end, the CONSTANT use of “older man/younger man”, “the bigger man/the smaller man”, “the cowboy/the teenager”, “kid”, and “boy”, the last three being especially creepy given Kaden’s past, so much of the story being “told” and not “shown” and you have a BIG MESS.
There is too much happening. It makes me sad, because there is so much potential with the character of Kaden and all the possibilities for this to have been a hurt/comfort story of substance. It just wasn’t. 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.