From Love and Pain

H. A. Caine
From Love and Pain
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H. A. Caine
Release Date
July 2011
Action/Adventure Romance, LGBTQ

29 year old Adrian ran away from an imprisoning and abusive household at the age of 19.
For years he ran, living on the streets and in shelters, taking crappy jobs to save a little money. Ten years of struggling and now he is a successful partner of a security company. Under the guise of running the security company, Adrian and his best friend and the people who work for them help others who live unfortunately. Like Adrian, not one of his employees has a nice past. They're all running from something, never letting their guards down and they don't want others to suffer as they have.
But Adrian makes the mistake of falling in love with a young man when he's 27. For a while, he gets to experience what it's like to be a normal man. He never thought he could be happy, but Jaxon makes him the happiest man in the world. Only it can't last and Adrian is forced to leave or risk Jaxon's life. But his demons caught up with him long before he realized and now no one's safe.

Can Adrian save Jaxon before it's too late? And can Jaxon forgive him for walking away?

Book Review by Annette Gisby (author,reviewer)
Jan 21, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
188 people found the following review helpful
A short suspense novella that seemed a bit lacking in the romance department.

Adrian Santiago has been running for most of his life, always looking over his shoulder, worried about his past coming back to haunt him.

He met and fell in love with Jaxon and for the year they spent together, it was as if all the old demons never existed. But they do and now they threatened Jaxon. Adrian had no choice but to leave without explanation.

Years later, Jaxon's sister enlists Adrian's help in searching for Jaxon after he's been abducted. When Adrian looks at the file, he realizes that leaving couldn't keep Jaxon safe. For the same man who abducted Jaxon is the man Adrian's been running from for most of his life.

I wanted to like this story more than I did. There is a good plot and interesting characters but there are so many mistakes. Grammatical errors, typos, wrong word choices--"captures" instead of "captors", "past" instead of "passed", sentences beginning without a capital letter, a full stop after some dialogue instead of the comma they should have had. All these small niggles add up and mar my enjoyment of the book.

The romance between Jaxon and Adrian--I just couldn't feel it. I wanted to; they were both damaged characters and engendered empathy for their plight but I just didn't feel that spark between them. They were supposedly the love of each other's life, but I only knew that because the author told us so. I felt utterly disconnected from them during the love scenes, as if it was between two strangers. There just didn't seem to be any passion.

It's frustrating, because I think there is a really good story in here trying to get out and with a little more editing help, the book might have gotten there.
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