Where You Hurt the Most

Anne Brooke
Where You Hurt the Most
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
May 2012
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Adrian is more than happy as high-class escort for a number of regular clients. When his boss and dear friend asks him to entertain his nephew, Adrian readily agrees, but meeting Dan challenges him in ways he'd never imagined.

Dan is scarred inside and out from an accident that destroyed a promising future. Despite Adrian's loveless lifestyle and Dan's withdrawal and anger, the two men forge a deep—if unnerving—connection. Soon they find themselves questioning the choices they've made and the futures they've mapped out for themselves.

Yet even bright young men like Adrian and Dan fear the unknown and take comfort in the familiar. Neither may be strong enough to step away from the life they know and toward the one they dare not hope for. But while it's true that love can't heal all wounds, it is the surest balm for where you hurt the most.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Jun 01, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
198 people found the following review helpful
A short story about a wounded man and another who can all but be a healing balm to his misfortune. Beautifully written and characteristic of Anne Brooke, this story delivered an honest peek into two very different situations and left me touched and content.

Adrian is an escort who is true to the word. He provides comfort, friendship and company in addition to sexual favors, only his clients come see him for him, more so than for simple sex. Like he said it – "If my clients only wanted sex, they could get it far cheaper elsewhere."

Dan is a man who has been badly burned and disfigured in an accident and his uncle arranges him a meet with Adrian. Not everything is a piece of cake at first. Dan is hurting and no matter how much patience Adrian has, there need to be certain boundaries.

But despite a rocky start, after just one meeting they form a connection, words that reach far deeper than the outward appearance. Adrian is shaken by Dan, more than he believes he could be, and Dan is slowly changing toward a person just a tiny bit less bitter.

There is only Adrian's side of things showed here, but the story really isn't long enough for anything more. I particularly liked the writing which was so easy and understandable that reading was truly a pleasure. Wounded characters are my thing, so I was somewhat disappointed that we only got to see a glimpse of the guys and while their connection was bright enough to hold up the story, there was a lot more that could have been added to make the bond between them stronger.

Alike a lot of other books, this one ended before the interesting part began but even with that I don't think it's a story people who like damaged men should miss.
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