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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1St Edition edition (September 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615815740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615815746
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,991,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'd rate this about 4.5 stars, rounded up for Amazon's rating system. It's a very rich and rewarding tale with deeply-detailed and three-dimensional characters.

Kaden is 19 and suffered a ton of past abuse. The result is that he's scarred physically, mentally, and emotionally. He's on the short side, and large men generate panic attacks and flashbacks in him. Because of this, he can't keep a job for very long. When he loses his most recent one, the agent at the employment agency recommends he take a job for three months as a cook at his cousin Logan's ranch in Montana. With little choice, Kaden accepts and soon meets Logan.

Logan is large, but quite sweet and considerate. It surprises and confuses him that he seems to find an attraction to Kaden, especially since he's never in his life felt an attraction to another man before. It also frustrates him and tugs at his heart that Kaden is so afraid of him. He quickly surmises that some abuse occurred to Kaden in his past, leaving Kaden afraid of people, and terrified of large men. All he wants to do now is to ease Kaden's mind and help him heal.

The characters are nicely developed in this story. Kaden, Logan, and Shea (Logan's sister) are complex characters with distinct personalities. It's rewarding to watch these three very different characters interact. Logan and Shea are caring and gentle and try to help Kaden, but aren't sure the best way to do it. They don't know what happened in Kaden's past and realize that it will be some time before Kaden can verbalize the past abuse he's suffered. All they have to work on is what they can observe as Kaden simply isn't opening up to them. Still, they try, and it's these interactions that work their way into the readers' hearts.
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Okay I have to say it -- I loved this story, though the plot offers no real surprises, it is well written and keeps the reader from being able to put the book down. The author draws the reader into Kaden's world and you can't help but feel his pain and loneliness. You can only hope that everything will turn out okay. There were times when I just wanted to say "how much more can one person take?" yet the author brings it all together and makes it worth your while to read. The characters are interesting and well developed, even if Logan does occasionally come off as too perfect, it is just what Kaden needs. There are some steamy m/m scenes in the story which fit in perfectly as far as the context of the story. But I had a problem with Logan. He seemed really sure of himself and knowledgeable for someone who had never been attracted to a man before Kaden so it did seem a little fantastical, but again it works. I think this is one of those stories that just gives you hope and wants to make you believe in the healing power of a love. I would recommend this story to anyone, even those who don't particularly like m/m stories. - Ana
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By CM on June 29, 2012
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I cannot believe that 17 persons gave this novel 5 stars. I keep thinking that we read different stories. While the premise of the story is plausible, execution and characterization were a joke. It is badly, badly in need of an editor and especially someone who knows how to write the omniscient voice as I feel this is what the author was going for. If not, then Loveless, you need to know that you can't jump around in characters' head like that. One short paragraph with a character that has no real bearing on the story and we're in the person's head seeing what they feel. Totally unnecessary and distracting. And while trauma is quite visible and real, too much repetition of the same thing reduces your story to mulch. I got half way reading then started skipping pages looking for something that would redeem the story. Then I got to the epilogue, which for the length of the story was far too long and which seemed like a flimsy attempt at wrapping up something that was thrown in for effect and now needed to be concluded. No, no, no. That's not how it's done. This seems like a first draft which when edited several times could end up being quite a nice and interesting story. I'm scared now of purchasing anything else by this author and probably won't. I'm even more scared of persons who give such high reviews for something so obviously lacking.
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I hesitated before I bought this book because I thought that the concept sounded cheesy and predictable-- straight cowboy falls for the broken gay guy. But I bought it anyway, because I am a sucker for the underdog, and have been very happy that I did! Kaden is thoroughly believable and loveable, and Logan is just as wonderful, even though he does have a bit of a temper. The scenes portraying Kaden's panic attacks make you feel as though you are right there, and want to hold him and comfort him.

It is a bit hard to get over the straight cowboy suddenly wanting to be gay, but it works with a bit of suspension of disbelief. The way that Logan treats Kaden makes me wish that there were more of him! If you love a good romance, a bit of a tear- jerker, and a bit of predictability thrown in, please read this book.
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This book was beautifully written. It told the story of a nineteen year old Kaden who had been sexualy abused by his step-father, both emotionally and physically scarred he bounces from job to job because of his fear of large men. After gettting fired from his latest job he goes back to the labor agency and is offered a job a ranch Tony's cousin Logan. He accepts the job to cook and clean for Logan and the other ranch hands. Along his journey he forms a bond with Logan and begins to form a relationship with him.
Logan is the ranch owner who hires Kaden and right off the bat he can see that Kaden has had a rough life he wants to help him and along the way discovers a few surpising things about his sexuality...I don't want to spoil the ending or the heart-warming moments so buy this book, it was worth every penny I spent on it
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