4 Stars for We Found Love by Kade Boehme and Allison Cassatta #MM #Romance @kaderadenurface @dreamspinners

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Title: We Found Love
Author Name & Publisher: Kade Boehme & Allison Cassatta (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 5, 2015 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

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

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Triggers: Self harm, suicide, mental health issues, abuse, kidnapping

Where to begin…the very first part of the book was gripping.  The reader is thrust in to the middle of this horrible, yet awesome rescue.  He’s saved!
Then, fast forward and he’s broken, angry and lost.  Riley is someone you can’t help but be sympathetic for. He has lived through horrific events just to be cast aside, a “throw-away” kid.  I wanted to weep for him.
Then you have Hunter.  Equally broken, but from a different kind of pain.  His loss is one of love and when they meet, there is this connection – two broken people who find something in each other that they recognize.
The tenderness that Hunter shows Riley, the reciprocating feelings that Riley feels – it’s a beautiful relationship.
As the reader, I felt that this was a story that showed compassion for those who are struggling with mental illness, love for those who might feel broken and hope for those who are willing to work for it.
I also really enjoyed the support characters.  I wept for them just as much as I wept for the main characters when they were hurting.  I think that without the supporting characters, this story would not have been as powerful as it was.
Despite my reservations about healthy relationships, I think that it was a very well written and thoughtful story.
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AuthorBio

Kade Boehme 

Kade Boehme is a southern boy without the charm, but all the sass. Currently residing in New York City, he lives off of ramen noodles and too much booze. He is the epitomy of dorkdom, only watching TV when Rachel Maddow or one of his sports teams is on. Most of his free time is spent dancing, arguing politics or with his nose in a book. He is also a hardcore Britney Spears fangirl and has an addiction to glitter.

It was after writing a short story about boys who loved each other for a less than reputable adult website that he found his true calling, and hopefully a bit more class. He hopes to write about all the romance that he personally finds himself allergic to but that others can fall in love with. He maintains that life is real and the stories should be, as well.

Allison Cassatta

I am a married, 33 year old, female, with no children. By trade I am a network engineer with far too many years under my belt. My first book was published in 2010 by Kerlak Publishing, followed by a short story in 2011 through Dreamspinner Press. I don’t have any formal training, I simply write what I feel. I have a vivid imagination and love building dream worlds for my readers to escape to.

I recently discovered that I am a hopeless romantic and that usually makes for some very turbulent stories. As most know, love is a mountain and at its peak there’s infinite beauty, but it’s best appreciated after a difficult climb… that’s how I write. The world would be a boring place if we didn’t have to fight a little for what we wanted, now wouldn’t it.

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