Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Where You Hurt The Most by Anne Brooke

Where You Hurt the Most by Anne Brooke
Riptide Publishing
Short Story: 44pgs
Rating: 4/5

Adrian is more than happy as high-class escort for a number of regular clients. When his boss and dear friend asks him to entertain his nephew, Adrian readily agrees, but meeting Dan challenges him in ways he'd never imagined.

Dan is scarred inside and out from an accident that destroyed a promising future. Despite Adrian’s loveless lifestyle and Dan’s withdrawal and anger, the two men forge a deep—if unnerving—connection. Soon they find themselves questioning the choices they’ve made and the futures they’ve mapped out for themselves.

Yet even bright young men like Adrian and Dan fear the unknown and take comfort in the familiar. Neither may be strong enough to step away from the life they know and toward the one they dare not hope for. But while it’s true that love can’t heal all wounds, it is the surest balm for where you hurt the most.

Anne Brooke is a master of conveying emotions on pages; I am always blown a little away when I read one of her stories. Where You Hurt the Most was no exception and I found myself making a connection with characters, and it all had me thinking where I hurt the most.

Adrian is a high-class escort, and he is quite happy. It’s not really a sob story about him hating his life, and he can’t get out of his job. It’s his job and he takes pride in it, and wants all his client to get their money’s worth. Until his boss asks him for a favour. Adrian would do anything for his boss, so he jumps at the chance to entertain his nephew, but entertaining wont be easy because Dan is both physically and emotionally scarred.

The first meeting between Adrian and Dan is electrifying, there is a chemistry charged in their conversation and the illumination of beauty meeting the beast. Every conversation, every sexual encounter Dan remains behind his sweater hoodie hiding his badly scarred face, and hiding all that he is. The contrast is exceptional, because Dan is young and was out going and gave everyone is all. Adrian hides behind is work, and does anyone truly know him? It all is reversed; the one who hides is showing everything and the one who never hid from everything is hiding behind is hurt. I absolutely adore that!

The writing is superb as to be expected, and I wonder how deep the author goes to tap into human emotions so beautifully. I always walk away from an Anne Brooke story smiling, thinking, and believing in many things. Love heals all wounds and sometimes you find it in the most unexpected places and it can be so very beautiful. Another winner by the awesmazing Anne Brooke.

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