Friday, February 6, 2015

We Found Love by Kade Boehme and Allison Cassatta

Title: We Found Love
Author: Kade Boehme & Allison Cassatta
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Riley and Hunter
Release Date: January 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
It’s no surprise Riley Connors is dealing with issues. He was kidnapped as a young boy, and his parents abandoned him after his newsworthy return. He bounced from foster home to facility and back. Now an adult, ghosts from his past continue to haunt him. After a suicide attempt, he is locked away in Hartfield so that people can make him tune in to emotions he has tried to bury.

Hunter Morgan had the kind of love that spans ages. But the stress of college and adulthood became too much to handle, and the love of Hunter’s life turned to drugs. After he overdoses, Hunter finds himself soaring out of control on the same miserable path. His brother finds him and calls an ambulance, and the sister Hunter would rather not have calls it a suicide attempt, landing Hunter in Hartfield.

Finding love isn’t easy, but it can happen under the most dire circumstances. Together Hunter and Riley may be able to grow from their pain. But they will need to learn to live for themselves, letting love come second. 
My Review:
Wow. I stayed up WAY too late last night reading this book and am still blown away by it this morning. HUGE KUDOS to the authors on this one...taking two tortured, wounded souls like Riley and Hunter and letting them find love in a mental institution of all places. The unlikelihood of this story line working was HUGE, but they did it...and it's a gorgeous, heart-breaking, beautiful story that had me both sobbing and laughing out loud. I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Now, why you should go pick it up and fall in love, too...

This book is about two men who are flat-out broken. Riley has been in the institution (this time) for 19 months after trying to kill himself. Riley's backstory broke and shredded my heart. He was kidnapped at the age of 6, tortured and beaten for 4 years, before he was found. But then he was so messed up, his mom and dad abandoned him to the government system. Can you imagine what that does to a person? Even thinking about it now, I get weepy for him. He did nothing wrong and is coping the only way he knows how. 

New in the institution is Hunter. He's an alcoholic who's bender the day of his mother's funeral went too far. He drank entirely too much and then had a field day taking whatever he could find out of his mother's medicine cabinet. But his problems, too, go much, much deeper than just that. 

These are two men that are broken. They both have lost so much, but they've lost the ability to care for themselves too. This is not a light-hearted book. There are moments of pain and desolation that just about killed me to read them. But there's hope, too. There were scenes in the book that made me cry happy tears too for just how beautiful they were...the imaginary dates to New Orleans.

Then there's also the amazing cast of characters in the story...Bubba kept me laughing until I started sobbing. I wasn't sure I was going to make it through his sections of the story. Jerry and how he wants these guys to make it mentally. You can tell that he sees they can heal, even when they don't believe it. Riley's, I did not expect to be so blown away by him/her (?) at the end. 

There are so many powerful messages to this story and I applaud the authors for their bravery in tackling this kind of truly tough subject matter. I fell in love with these two heroes and think you will too. Buy this won't regret it. It's beautiful!

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