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