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Love In Touch Paperback – October 25, 2013
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Okay, so first I'll admit that the first quarter or perhaps even first half of the book (if I'm being kind) really managed to keep my interest. I appreciated the fact that Kassie and Jake had a rough and relatively awkward start. Definitely no intsta-love. She didn't know how to read him any better than he could with her. Equal ground--I liked it. Add in an interpreter with trust issues and a bad attitude that made their communication even more tedious, and I thought this was going to be the book of the year for me. The emails started the downfall. They solved the communication issue too easily. Plus, the conversations the two of them had were...insignificant. There wasn't any cute banter or interesting stories that revealed either of their personalities. It was just this dry filler that sort of forced their friendship in the beginning. This created a trend for the rest of the book. Nothing either of them did together seemed sincere. It was boring and often awkward.
That brings me to my next issue: sex. Now I knew instantly going into this book that I wasn't going to be reading some dirty erotica or anything but here's the thing, Jake can't see and he can't hear. That implies smell, taste, and TOUCH are probably very important to him. After being so frustrated with the dryness of their communication, I was hoping that Jake would show more passion in others areas of their relationship. Instead his insecurities came across as very effeminate and lasted way too long for my liking. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a slow building romance regarding both physical and emotional intensity, but Kassie's and Jake's passion seemed to be just another thing hampered by his disability when I honestly believed that it should have been the one thing they experienced like a normal couple.
My last issue is centered on the ridiculousness of the secondary characters. I don't think I've ever read so many secondary characters that I hated in one book. They were all HORRIBLE. Granted, a lot of people in real life are horrible and they are horrible in the ways often shown in the book (self-centeredness, mistrust, and general cruelty), so I sensed a bit a realism here. On the other hand, it was ridiculous that almost every secondary character was so mean. LITTLE SPOILER: By the end I was actually laughing at the fact that Kassie was left with only a gaggle of giggling idiots for friends, and even at that she was lucky. END OF SPOILER. Only her roommate was a genuinely good person. Despite the stupid spats they had over him and his cruel boyfriend, her roommate was the one who consistently went out of his way to help her.
Overall, did this scar me for life? Hardly. There really were some romantic moments between Jake and Kassie and made my heart twist just right. I also think the author was keeping this book as realistic as possible, and I think in that regard she did an amazing job. I learned more about the struggles of being deaf AND blind more than I ever thought I would. Unfortunately, that meant that the book was often too slow and dull. The characters--even Jake--were underdeveloped and lacked a flare that made them interesting to read about. I would recommend this book purely because I think it promotes some deep thinking about being so disabled or knowing someone in that situation, but the romance is more than a little lacking.
Contains spoilers: I have no knowledge or experience with people who are deaf or blind much less who are unable to see and hear. Before reading it I could only see the downsides to trying to have a romance with someone who could not hear and could not see. It seemed like there would be too many challenges to always have to face. I was wrong. Jake had a lot to overcome. When Kassie, the h, met him he was living at home, with no job, no friends and had a limited ability to communicate. He felt lonely. With a lot of bravery, willingness to learn and Kassie's emotional support and love, by the end he was living independently, working and able to communicate effectively with other people. Also he was in love and Casey and visa versa.
I loved that the main reason Casey started dating Jake was because she was sexually attracted to him. She did not date him because she felt sorry for him. She did not date him to be a better person. She did not date him to be nice. She saw a cute guy and wanted him. I liked her. She was not a saint and showed understandable reactions to the challenges they faced as a couple. A couple times she wondered if their relationship was worth it and the fact that she questioned their relationship and had doubts is a good thing.
I am certainly no saint and was concerned the book would be preachy and a "clean" romance. There was no preaching at all. Also while I consider the book very tame in comparison to most romance books I have read, there was some sexual tension between the characters and some light smex scenes. In other words they would not bother people except those who do not want to read any but had something for someone like me who wants them included in an adult romances.
I read this book in one sitting. The story had a good flow and kept my attention. In summary, I thought the author did an excellent job and am willing to try another one of her books.
When Jake had the new tech stuff, how his world truly began to change..awesome what new tech can do for the D&B.. the bus driver and his actions, that happens more than any of us realize. Just ask anyone who uses a cane!
Again, Lucy, words can't express how much this book brought back so many memories...A true story for those of us who have lived with deaf and blind people.
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