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Touch Me Gently - J.R. Loveless

This one made me really uncomfortable.

One of the MCs, Kayden, was repeatedly raped and tortured by his stepfather after the death of his mother when he was a child.  Putting this behind spoiler tags even though it's obvious from the very beginning.

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Kayden is 19 at the time of the story and the other MC Logan is 28. The problem I had was the story constantly emphasizes the age difference, frequently calling Logan the "older man" while Kayden is referred to as a teenager a lot. Like a lot, a lot.  Logan frequently thinks of him as a "teen" or "boy" including during intimate moments.

Yuck yuck yuck.  Considering that Kayden was abused for years by a pedophile framing his relationship with Logan in terms meant to draw attention to his youth particularly in contrast to Logan's age at 28 seemed really distasteful.


I could maaayybe (though honestly, probably not) get past that if the rest of the book was any good but it really isn't.  I can't think of one element of it that I liked enough to salvage even a little of it for me. I can think of lots of other ways I didn't like it though.


Ran some searches on my kindle just to see those terms were as prevalent as I thought.

111 results for 'boy'

31 'teenager'

23 'teen'

4 'young man'

27 'younger man'