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
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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.
"Good narration but the story falls far short"
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.
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.
Even though the narration is good I cannot recommend it.
"Surprise: I liked Jeff Gelder here!"
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.
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.
I loved this story from start to finish! I will definitely check out other stories by this writer
"Hooked from the Start"
Intense story.... hearing about Kaden's abuse was heartbreaking.
Really enjoyed the characters, the performance, and the story.
This was a masterful piece of story telling. You actually could picture all the joys and sorrows in the book as clear as glass. A must read.
This book had me tearing up, and smiling through the story. I really enjoyed it, as always I'm a big fan of the HEA. Kadden had much pain in his past that could threaten his future until he met Logan. Logan was patient and kind all the things Kadden needed. I would recommend this book to others. Jeff did a good job with his narrative giving then emotion and bringing them to life. I will listen to this again! I am also going to try other books from this author.
"From a victim to a survivor"
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.
"Almost, but not quite there"
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).
"nice and sweet"
A nice and sweet story with cute characters. Well read by Jeff Gelder. You'll enjoy it.
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