Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Scarred Souls by T.T. Kove


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!

13 comments:

Melliane said...

Oh it's a different topic there, I don't think I've ever read something like that so it's intriguing.

Tracy Terry said...

Sounds good to me and I'm especially happy to learn of a book with an asexual character. Thanks for featuring this.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Asexuality is something we as a society are just starting to explore and understand. SO it's great that we already have books like this. I actually downloaded this one from Netgalley thinking it was just another gay romance. But this is even better.

Kindlemom said...

I love that author's are doing more of this because I do think people need to be aware of it.
Glad this ended up being a really good read for you.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I haven't ever really read a book with some who is asexual. It is nice to see this author bring this topic to light. It sounds like a fascinating read.

Claudia Arroyo said...

I don't think I have ever stumbled upon a book where any character is asexual either ha ha! Glad you enjoyed this one :)

Claudia @ My Soul Called Life

Krysten Quiles said...

Oooh that sounds interesting!

Erika Sorocco said...

Definitely sounds like an intriguing piece!

xx

Brandi Kosiner said...

They do sound like great characters to read about and nice to hear its not just another gay story, and really shows the different shapes and sizes of love

Midnight Cowgirl said...

It does sound like an interesting story!

Jasprit said...

I do like how the author decided to look at an issue a lot of books haven't really focused on and I'm glad that you were able to enjoy this one! Great review! :)

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

The asexual part of the story sounds fitting to the story too, so that works, and definitely a different thing in a story.

Sherry L said...

Such a different read then the ones I'm use to! I want to pick this one up ASAP! Your review is great and definitely has me hooked on Damian and Josh's story! Thanks for sharing!