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Touch Me Gently

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,687 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
Always hiding his tormented past along with his scarred body, Kaden James finds it difficult to keep a job. Luck finally turns his way when he finds work as a cook on a Montana ranch, where he meets terrifyingly handsome Logan Michaels. Logan is different from any man Kaden's ever met, and before long, he finds himself falling in love with the big cowboy.But Kaden's nightm ...more
ebook, 206 pages
Published September 3rd 2010 by Dreamspinner Press (first published September 2nd 2010)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

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This is just too sweet, even for me.

I don't know what exactly is my problem, I was expecting an emotional story, but for some reason, I felt like the story was forcing me to be emotional with the constant crying and shocks of the main guy. Photobucket

Yeah I know he has a terrible background and I'm obviously a heartless b*tch, but he was just too sensitive to every single damn thing that happened in this book, so it kinda started to get on my nerves :D Yep, heartless all right Photobucket
And everything else i
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
Jan 09, 2012 ♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Drama like my man left me, took my dog and burned my house down on my birthday
Ode To Pure Melodrama

The story starts with Kaden,
a young man who's scarred inside and out.
He's had some trauma and is scared of big men,
so he gets fired from jobs again and again.

(I don't know how he lives in NYC where even crap apartments cost like $1000 a month and a kidney)

Someone takes pity on Kaden and sends him to Montana
where he's hired to be the ranch cook.
He meets his new boss Logan
Who's big but has tasty looks.

(the soap opera names should have clued me in to all of the melodrama that w
Oct 17, 2010 Justacat rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
The angsty premise - badly abused young man coming to the country, finding a family, learning he deserves to be loved, etc. etc. - is alluring, no doubt, as is the setting, but unfortunately, that's not enough to make up for the woefully poor execution. There's the lack of emotional realism; in particular, the fact that Kaden comes to the ranch so terribly traumatized that he can't even have a single lustful thought or feeling without having a panic attack - and having been this way for years an ...more
Emma Sea
Re-read, April 2014

What a load of unreadable crap! I gave this 4 stars in 2011. What was I thinking??

Original review Oct 19, 2011

This book is written terribly, but at the end of a really bad day it was like a big dish of over-sweet ice cream with canned whipped cream and syrup: waaaay too sweet but just what I needed.

Not one aspect of the story is believeable, the sex is an amalgam of every m/m cliche, the hero is a Mary-Sue, plus it gets all Christian at the end (huge turn-off for me). BUT, it
Sep 07, 2010 Betryal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whereas I should be starting on the next book to read unfortunately my mind kept playing back to this one and even though I was only going to rate it I felt the urge, the need to write up my thoughts on this story in question. I’ll guess it’s considered therapeutic to get it out in the open when a story niggles or torments you and speak about it while forgoing my own recovery. This is it for me.

It’s with great debate that I had rated this story a 4* and it was sitting at a 4.5 until a certain po
BWT (Belen)
Belens Audio Book Review

The narration by Jeff Gelder was very good, as I have come to expect and enjoy from him. Unfortunately, the story in no way, shape or form worked for me. This story requires the complete and total suspension of disbelief for every single part, which is impossible. You can have one or two things require suspension of disbelief in a story, and still have it work, but EVERY element? NO.

are you deliberately messing with me

Click on the spoiler tag to see a breakdown of exactly what went wrong for me in this story. Be advis
Jun 23, 2013 Lightreads rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance, lgbt, erotica
M/M. The sort of romance that starts – and I mean the very first sentence – with a rape. Because that way we can get to all the saccharine declarations of love by hot cowboy and repeated instances of trauma being healed by the application of cock. This book is abysmally awful on nearly every front, and dangerously so on matters of sexual trauma, queer identities, and disability. But I am weary, so let's talk about the ways this book is hilarious awful, as opposed to really unfunny awful.

The prot
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This was rather corny and got all super spiritual toward the end; there was a lot of pain and crying and healing. The dialogue was crazy cheesy, like bad-poetry in motion.

Kaden had a shit life, so I'm not sure why the author chose to throw more crap at him toward the end of the story. (view spoiler)
Final rating: 4/5 stars

"How did you stop a heart from breaking? How can you change someone's past?"

Warning: Prepare a tissue box or something similar, unless your heart is made of stone.

Wow, this book was just...loveable. I seriously loveeeeed this one, and i couldn't stop reading it! It's heartbreaking, funny and sweet romance. Don't get me wrong, i cried like hell in some scenes. And writing is beautiful, told from different povs, and in third person.
Sep 04, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished and I had to write and say how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story builds so slowly and is so well crafted that you feel as though you are healing right along with Kaden. It doesn't rush and I loved that. And him, as well as his sister Shea. I hope there will be more, I can't wait. I would love to go back over and over to visit. Or maybe Mitchell's story could be next. This book should not be missed.
Sep 21, 2010 Kassa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one up when I was in the mood for a pretty angsty, dramatic story. Unfortunately while Touch Me Gently tries hard to invoke emotion and a strong reaction due to the subject matter, I never connected to the story or the characters. I kept feeling as though the actions and emotions were artificial and manipulated by the author and story versus being authentic and real to the situations. The subject matter is a good choice for an intense romantic story but it never quite delivered on ...more
 ♥ ♥Lynn ♥ ♥
"I… uh… want to tell you about my past. Tonight. Um… I… just promise me that you won't hate me,” he pleaded.

As I read these words I lowered my head and cried. I have said these same words before. I was so touched by this book. This book shows the strength of an 19 year old boy abused and broken climb and claw his way back to trust again. I can not put into words how I feel about this book. If you have ever had to repeat those words then know you how hard and afraid it is to let someone else see
Don Bradshaw
This was an amazing and beautiful story about a nineteen year old man struggling to live after a childhood of mental and sexual abuse that started at age eight. Kaden is barely getting by in New York City. He can't hold down a job because of his mental state and his fear of big men which stems back to his step-father raping and torturing him. Being a slightly built young man doesn't help him either. It almost seems that the author went overboard with the abuse yet this really does happen. Kaden ...more
I’m giving this an extra star for the possibility of the story. The actual story idea is decent, young damaged boy goes to Montana ranch, which helps him heal. The execution though is beyond AWFUL! I didn’t enjoy this story at all. Unrealistic characterization and ridiculous plot devices take this story out of the realm of the plausible and just make it painful.

Kaden James can’t keep a job. Tortured and abused for years his scared body and fear of larger men make life really difficult for Kaden.
I've read this book twice now ... mainly to make sure that it was as awful as I remembered ... and it was. The following will contain spoilers so beware...


1. Kaden was a chick with a dick ... plus he was constantly referred to as "little one" or "the boy" or "the teen" was really annoying and not a little bit icky.

2. Violet eyes!!!! Nuf said!!!!

3. Kaden is at a Montana ranch ... not the most gay-friendly environment...he finds a m/m romance and doesn't question it despite the supp
Jan 27, 2016 Sarah_loves_books rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I DNFed at 50%. So sad :(

I really liked it up till 40%, but then something happened that I started to think about too much.

You see, Kaden was somebody who really should have been in a hospital, not fighting his way in the world. I really like books where a man saves another, who is lost, like Jim and Montana are lost in Sean Michael's Hammer world. But Kaden, he was more than lost, he was completely damaged by abuse. If he was out of hospital, then he really needed someone who was an angel, who
Monique ~ Sinfully
This was an audio book, sweet and easy listen to break the tedium of household chores.
Aurora Alexander
Sep 10, 2010 Aurora Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book for two reasons: One, I am a self-proclaimed angst whore and this book is a complete angst fest. Two, I love young (but legal!), small, feminine characters and Kaden fits the bill nicely.

The story is a bit over the top, both in the way Kaden is put through the wringer time and time again, and in the way the relationship between Kaden and Logan develops without a hitch. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it very much because I am one of those readers that can easily suspend disbel
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
This story was harder for me to rate than most other books. It wasn't a bad book, there are just things that you think.. ''s just that easy, huh?'. I just decided to read and not think to much into some things and just enjoyed the relationship grow with trust and love between the MCs and to get to see how much Kaden changes from the 1st few pages is a joy to see. He pulled at my heartstrings and I just wanted him to finally get his HEA.

Mar 28, 2013 Vishous marked it as hahaha-no-no-no  ·  review of another edition
if it's too sweet for Blacky, then i would probably kill myself...
Nov 16, 2010 Absynthe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, cowboys
This had such potential. It started well, good premise, interesting characters, but deteriorated as it went on. It got completely unrealistic and way too melodramatic.

In the beginning the characters were all compelling and believable, but about 2/3 of the way through the book it all went down hill. I don't know any straight men who's reaction to finding themselves attracted to a guy for the first time in their lives would be to shrug and just go with it without freaking out in the least, tiniest
Sep 20, 2010 Rikki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, glbt
I’m all for the tortured hero and all and, God, nobody can be disappointed in that respect. Poor Kaden has suffered a lot during his childhood and it didn’t even stop once he got to Logan’s ranch. This was a bit much, really. Can’t you give the poor man a break? I found the fact that there was another one of those perverts right there on the ranch somewhat disturbing. Talk about out of the frying pan into the fire.

There were a few more things that bothered me about the characters or the plot.

Apr 26, 2013 JR rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone with a few reservations
This is the story of an abuse teenager that lands on a ranch in Montana. Kaden James can't keep a job for long due to his abuse issues. He takes a job in Montana at the urging of his counselor. This becomes Kaden's lifeline. He meets a giant gentle cowboy in the owner Logan Micheals. His life changes forever. This is a very gentle loving romance. The best part of this story though is how the author understands the dynamics of abuse, not just sexual but any type. It makes the reader want to hold ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Nic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, cowboy
This is a story about overcoming the debilitating impacts of abuse. I enjoyed the gentle pace of the story and the slow development of the relationship between Logan and Kaden as they slowly learned to trust one another and open their hearts. Admittedly Kaden did appear to make huge steps forward without professional help but this could be forgiven in the context of the story. I am giving it 4 stars as I was really in the mood for a story about hope and healing so it hit the mark!
2.5 stars. The POV switching drove me crazy. I'd be reading from Kaden's POV, then the next paragraph would be Shea or Logan's, and it'd take me a minute to figure out what was going on. This was a sweet story, but everything was a little too perfect for me. I've not been through anything like Kaden has, but I don't think a couple of months on a ranch in Montana with some people who care about him would heal him quite so easily.
¸. • * ° *❧Gwen❧ •°**★
I love my cowboy books~

3-3.5 Stars~

This was a sweet a very sweet book, but for some reason in the mist of reading it I found that this book depressed me, but, that could be because it was about a damaged soul....but, what liked most, and what I'll always remember is that he get's warm arms gentley wrapped around him, and he touched him gently. And IMO to feel that between the pages makes this more than worth the read

Oct 25, 2010 Arzu rated it really liked it
I just finished reading and really loved this book. It is slow-paced and holds your heart from the beginning. Kaden is so traumatised from his child abuse, suffering PTSD, and with each page of the book he is slowly healing. Logan and Shea help him by offering unconditional love, caring for him and giving him a family.

I hope there will be a sequel 'cause I really would love to read more about this couple.
Mar 06, 2013 Mercedes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance
too much forced drama and corny dialogue in this book.
Deanna Against Censorship
I wanted to like this book. I loveeeee cowboys. I love the hard working cowboy with the soft spot for the guy that has problems. It takes courage to put your story out there but please have beta readers and check for errors and overuse of terms and phrases.

I do not like the constant use, to the exclusion of any other terms, of "kid", "boy" and teen (yes, he was nineteen but not from your lover). Both MCs were adults. One only 9 years older than the other. These terms were used constantly. Kaden
Concept- great.

Execution- poor.

This book would be much better if a draconian editor had taken it in hand and made it bleed red ink. The writing feels amateur, and a stern editor could have really helped clean it up. It is well proof-read; there were not gross typos and the like, but the shifting points of view were confusing and often repetitive. Even just cutting a lot of the redundant language would have made this a better read.

I was also annoyed that not a single thing in the ENTIRE BOOK was
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