Author: Remmy Duchene
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 2nd 2018
Page Count: 137 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
One can’t walk the path of darkness and expect to escape unscathed.
At eighteen, Foster Erickson stepped out of the closet into a world of homelessness, prostitution, and drugs. Years later, he’s pulled it together and is ready to rebuild.
Determined not to let the demons win, Foster starts university with a plan to keep others from making the same mistakes he did. The last thing he expects is Sylvester Roberts.
After years of working with his father, Sylvester decides to step out on his own. University at his age is strange, but for him, failure isn’t an option. After flunking a few tests, Sylvester’s professor assigns him a tutor—Foster Erickson. The moment they meet, Sylvester knows Foster isn’t like other guys.
As the darkness hovers and Sylvester begins falling, he will have to decide if helping Foster fight his demons will be worth it in the end.
Haphephobia (also known as aphephobia, haphophobia, hapnophobia, haptephobia, haptophobia, thixophobia) is a rare specific phobia that involves the fear of touching or of being touched.
Trigger Warning: Rape
Foster Erickson has been through hell and come out the other side. With a strong support system in place he’s finally ready to begin living life. However, his fear of being touched puts a strain on his desire to be “normal” again, and he fears that it will get in the way of the relationship he wants with his classmate, Sylvester Roberts.
The story was fascinating with Foster’s haphephobia driving much of the plot, but even though it was a dual POV I was left feeling like I still didn’t really know the characters.
I liked how patient Sylvester was, and the hurt/comfort aspect, and I liked how the relationship between Foster and Sylvester progresses, but I felt little investment beyond that in the story.
I would have liked to see the two together more – and not even intimately, but just doing the romantic things they did off page. There were some time jumps and sometimes I felt like I was being told more than I was shown.
Not entirely a miss for me, but I definitely wanted more out of it.