Austin’s father deserts his young family, leaving Austin and his sister to struggle with poverty and neglect at home and bullying at school. When Austin’s first girlfriend kisses him in high school, he suffers a PTSD flashback to childhood abuse and scares his girlfriend away.
A Marine at eighteen, Austin returns home after four years with his PTSD aggravated by nightmares of war. He fears he’ll never have a sex life because he cannot tolerate human touch.
Daniel, a psychiatric technician with a speciality in PTSD, helps Austin readjust to civilian life. Over months of work together, trust grows between them along with an attraction they hide from each other, knowing Austin is straight and Daniel is gay.
A gifted healer, Daniel believes a sexual relationship between them could harm Austin since he's Daniel's client, though Austin is anxious to learn to touch again. But when their visits are scheduled to end, and separation looms, both men must deeply examine their concerns and untangle their desires for the future.
(Note: This book contains material that may be disturbing to some readers, including strong language, child sexual abuse, and consensual gay sexual situations. It is recommended for adult readers.)
Christelle's rating :
Ouch, I didn’t realize it would end up with a cliffie !! This series is about s slow-burn romance between Daniel, a very intelligent, positive, patient and caring healer and Austin who suffered so much during his childhood and his young life during the war.
I read this first part of this story with a lot of interest as I’m a strong believer of the power of “touch”. And I was not disappointed in the way it was presented, as well as the struggles of an abused child and an army veteran suffering PTSD.
It pleased me but also annoyed me as I felt that all this healing process took too much room over the relationship between Daniel and Austin, so I was pleased to see there is more to come as I could start feeling some connection between these well drawn characters by the end of this first part.
Yes, there is still a lot to figure out. I guess there's more to come with “Teach Me To Trust You" to be released soon : I’m looking forward to it.
ARC of “Teach Me To Touch You” was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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