Author: Brooke Johnson and Natalya Parks
Cover Artist: A. J. Corza
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
*Warning: Mature content* You can only win someone’s heart once you’ve captured it. Nineteen year old Ryder Harrison grew up near a small town in Montana, working on the family’s ranch and in love with his best friend, Landon Pennington. That was until his Grandfather decided he needed to go to college in California. Ryder promised his Mom before she died that he would finish his education. Staying true to his word, Ryder packs his clothes, and heads to California, confident that it would all be one big disaster. The only thing he hadn’t planned on was meeting Bentley Carter. Twenty year old Bentley Carter has enough emotional issues to write his own ‘How to Cope’ manual. Surviving an abusive childhood, he made a personal promise to always stay true to himself, and never let emotions overrule his common sense. Content with his current life and friend with ‘benefits’, Ben is determined to not let his new roommate affect him. Uncertain about their places in the world, and with each other, Ryder and Ben struggle to understand the person who is not what they thought they wanted, yet who they are unable to live without. Living in a sometimes cruel and unforgiving world they are determined to embrace the reality of falling in love and the challenges that follow.
The Need to Touch is the very emotional tale of Bentley and Ryder. These men meet in college and instantly form a connection. Through the story we follow their meeting, falling in love, and the start of their new life.
This story has little plot other than the relationship development. There is no big mystery or excitement, but it still had enough forward movement to kept me interested the whole time. There was great character development and enough backstory for me to have formed a connection to these men. Each has insecurities and issues that they must overcome. Together they work through things and are stronger in the end.
The characters are good together in all aspects of life, including the bedroom. There is tons of sex in this story as the men are early 20s and horny all the time. But the sex was appropriate and enhanced the story and the love between the men.
The authors did a great job of writing the emotional aspects of the story. Lots of crying, heartache, and confusion that I could feel myself. But most of all, I could feel the love between these two men. It was portrayed so well that it surpassed all other emotions in this story. Looking for an emotional romance? Then this story is for you.
This is the first in the Stay True series and ends with a cliffhanger. I did not see the ending coming at all and now I want more. I eagerly await the next book so I can find out what happens next!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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