Beauty in the Breakdownby E L Esch
Genre: LGBT Contemporary
Luke Martin Cleary isn't out of the closet to his brother, and that's always been okay since he isn't involved. Then he meets Rowan, a fragile man with a dark past and one hot body. But Rowan's heart and body are broken and guarded, and it's going to take a lot of love to touch someone so completely untouchable.
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Genre: LGBT Contemporary
Luke Martin Cleary isn't out of the closet to his brother, and that's always been okay since he isn't involved. Then he meets Rowan, a fragile man with a dark past and one hot body. But Rowan's heart and body are broken and guarded, and it's going to take a lot of love to touch someone so completely untouchable. Literally.
Rowan Wilheim Nails is a man in pain. Ever since an abusive falling out with his ex-boyfriend, he's developed a phobia of being touched by another person--a phobia of being hurt again. So when Luke and Rowan meet at a bar and end up at Luke's apartment later on, Rowan is skeptical of spending the night in Luke's bed. There's only one thing he can do to make touching Luke's skin bearable--get drunk.
Luke hates Rowan's coping method, but how can he help change it when he doesn't understand Rowan's situation? By getting involved, he decides, even if that means divulging his secret to his brother. And so Luke begins breaking Rowan and his walls down, slowly and tenderly and maybe a little more roughly in the bedroom, but definitely without hurting him again. No matter how long it takes or how untouchable Rowan claims to be, Luke is determined to heal Rowan so that one day there'll be nothing between their hearts but each other's skin.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.
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This book was a surprise! Despite the genre not being my usual 'cup-of-tea', it was recommended by a friend and I'm always looking to support new authors. The novel was more than you usually get with an ebook, both length and content. The story and relationship between Luke and Rowan is well developed and comes to a realistic 'conclusion' (if relationships have those) which feels natural and as progressive as the feelings one gets when working through there own problems. Also, Rowans specific 'issue' was interesting to read about, adding a twist to the typical formula. Most of all, while the book has its share of 'mature content', it was nice to read a romance novel that was not solely constructed on the foundation of 'mature content.' All in all, a good first novel by an up and coming author, id like to see her write in one of my more preferred genres someday, but from what i can tell, she delivers in this one all the way :).