Book Review: We Found Love by Allison Cassatta and Kade Boehme

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: We Found Love
Authors: Allison Cassatta and Kade Boehme
Heroes: Hunter Morgan/Riley Connors
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 214 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 5, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  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.

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Review: Wow! What a beautifully written story this is. I absolutely fell in love with Riley and Hunter.

Riley is such a sweet soul for someone who had so many bad things happen to him. First he’s abducted and kept for four years when he was only 6 years old. We don’t get very many details of his time in captivity, but we get enough to understand some of what he must have endured. Then he is recovered, only to have his mother turn away from him. He is then forced into foster homes, one to the next, as each either doesn’t know how to deal with him and his issues, or he is bullied. Then, he is involuntarily admitted to the mental hospital, where he loses yet another person he cared for, another patient. He attempted suicide himself, still has night terrors and episodes from his abduction and is not very open to any of their “therapy.” After 10 years at Hartfield with little change, he thus considers himself a “lifer.” Life just doesn’t ever look very promising for poor Riley. Then he gets a new roommate, Hunter.

Hunter has had quite a bit of trouble as well. He lost his mother to cancer, his boyfriend to drugs, and has become an alcoholic as a way to deal. After a bad binge, he ends up at Hartfield for treatment after his sister convinces the authorizes it was a suicide attempt.

Riley doesn’t make friends very easy. He’s been through quite a few roommates, but Hunter gets through to Riley in some way, and they just click. Their fragile friendship grows and they become closer, through secret nightly comfort hugs and magical trysts to the forbidden area of the hospital, an abandoned blocked off wing. Just when things seem to be looking up for Riley, the two are separated and only allowed minimal contact.

There is a lot of heartbreak in this story, but so much more shines through. Even though you know Hunter will get out in a matter of months and Riley likely never will, you keep hope that these two will find each other again. Riley has setbacks throughout as he tries to deal with his new feelings – caring for someone again, feeling needed by someone for the first time, the loss of yet another person in his life. But Riley and Hunter are there for each other even when they aren’t there physically. The support allows each of them to get better for themselves first so they can be better for each other.

I was riveted from beginning to end. The words just flow, and I felt like I was right there with them in Hartfield, right there on their first official imagination date and right there when they danced again in the open. I absolutely love when a book can make me feel, whether it is sad, anxious, apprehensive, etc. That, to me, is a sure sign of a good book, and this one fits that bill very nicely. Yes, this is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, but it is definitely worth the ride.

Overall Impression:  It was amazing

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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