Scarred Souls by T.T. Kove
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from netgalley; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: On a cold, wet afternoon Damian stumbles across a young man huddled beneath a tree crying his eyes out. He's got more than enough problems of his own, but is compelled to give the bloke a place to crash for at least the night.
Josh is used to being alone, and most days it's easier than trying to deal with people who can't, or won't, understand him. When Damian takes him in for the night, Josh assumes it's going to be one more go round of sex and get out in the morning.
Neither of them expects the friendship that develops, and they're far from prepared when friendship starts to turn into more.
Review: Based on the summary, you might be thinking this is your typical gay romance novel, but it’s so much more than that. Damian meets Josh one day when he sees him sitting in the rain, crying. Not giving it much thought, he invites Josh home and they end up spending the night together. Josh is used to people using him for sex, so he’s surprised when Damian turns his offer down. If Damian doesn’t want sex, why is he helping him?
Eventually Josh learns that Damian is essentially asexual. I don’t think I’ve read a book where someone was asexual, so I thought this was great. It should be given more awareness. There are degrees to being asexual, but the main idea is that people who identify as such just aren’t really interested in sex. Some will only have sex with one person, some do it to make their partner happy, and others aren’t interested in that aspect of a relationship at all. For now, Damian isn’t, but he is getting close to Josh. He cares about him, kisses him, and can sleep in the same bed as him. For Josh, he has a dark past when it comes to sexual encounters, so having someone love him without that aspect is new, but ultimately good.
I thought Kove did a good job with both Damian and Josh. They both have some dark elements in their past, but what they have gone through just brings them closer. They have issues and quirks that take time to understand, especially with each other, but again, this just proves that love comes in all “shapes and sizes” if you will and the relationship between these two was great to read about. I would love a sequel!