Book Reviews

Where You Hurt the Most by Anne Brooke

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Rent Boys/Escorts/Porn Stars / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 07-November-2018

Book Blurb

Adrian is more than happy as high-class escort for a number of regular clients. When his boss and dear friend asks him to entertain his nephew, Adrian readily agrees, but meeting Dan challenges him in ways he'd never imagined. Dan is scarred inside and out from an accident that destroyed a promising future. Despite Adrian's loveless lifestyle and Dan's withdrawal and anger, the two men forge a deep - if unnerving - connection. Soon they find themselves questioning the choices they've made and the futures they've mapped out for themselves.

Yet even bright young men like Adrian and Dan fear the unknown and take comfort in the familiar. Neither may be strong enough to step away from the life they know and toward the one they dare not hope for. But while it's true that love can't heal all wounds, it is the surest balm for where you hurt the most.

First edition published by Riptide Publishing, May 2012.

Book Review

Hurt and pain can manifest in many different ways. Sometimes it is very visible, as is the case with Dan who carries his scars on the outside. Sometimes it isn’t visible at all, because the scars are on the inside – and the man who carries them isn’t even aware of them. Those are easy to ignore since they are not seen, but they are no less serious. This story offers an interesting look at both types of hurt and the men who end up helping each other.

Adrian is an escort, and he is good at what he does. What’s more, he enjoys it and cannot imagine doing anything else. When he does his boss a favor and sees Dan, a chain of events is set in motion that changes the way Adrian looks at the world. It is almost unnoticeable at first, but the signs are there. Anne Brooke does an excellent job at letting the relationship build slowly, until she brings everything to a head and makes sure Adrian can no longer ignore what has been happening to him.

Dan is the one with the external scars and, for a while, this affects his whole outlook on life. He is more open to letting that change, once Adrian works his magic, and I thought that was fascinating. Maybe it is because his wounds are not as long-standing as Adrian’s. We only see his actions, but they are pretty clear. He only meets Adrian twice, but what they discuss and do reaches Dan on a very deep level.

This is a fascinating story about two wounded men helping each other. One helps the other intentionally, the other bit of support is unplanned, but the end effect is that both realize who they are, deep down, by figuring out where they hurt the most. If you prefer your stories with some depth, if the psychology of what makes a relationship tick interests you, and if you like seeing how, and why, wounded characters take charge of their lives again, then you will like this story.

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 39 pages/13800 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-August-2016
Price $0.75 ebook
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