Release Day Review: Touch by Remmy Duchene

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/touch-by-remmy-duchene-9404-

Blurb
One can’t walk the path of darkness and expect to escape unscathed.

At eighteen, Foster Erickson stepped out of the closet into a world of homelessness, prostitution, and drugs. Years later, he’s pulled it together and is ready to rebuild.

Determined not to let the demons win, Foster starts university with a plan to keep others from making the same mistakes he did. The last thing he expects is Sylvester Roberts.

After years of working with his father, Sylvester decides to step out on his own. University at his age is strange, but for him, failure isn’t an option. After flunking a few tests, Sylvester’s professor assigns him a tutor—Foster Erickson. The moment they meet, Sylvester knows Foster isn’t like other guys.

As the darkness hovers and Sylvester begins falling, he will have to decide if helping Foster fight his demons will be worth it in the end

Review
This book intrigued me. At the start I wondered where it would go with the very difficult subject of rape. Foster has had a hard life. Strict parents, betrayal by his ex, homelessness, prostitution, drug addiction. We meet Foster when he is getting his life back together and the struggles he still has. The highlighting of his rare phobia of being touched is described very well. I got a good sense of the intricacies of his condition. Sylvester seems to be his opposite in many ways. He comes from money and doesn’t seem to have to struggle for anything until now. I liked how their relationship develops, with Sylvester building Foster’s trust and confidence in himself. I enjoyed the story but I felt there was something missing. I just can’t identify what. Maybe it’s because there wasn’t any conflict, Sylvester was very patient, possibly too patient. This positive story of overcoming adversity to reach the if that should always have been for me fell flat to wards the end.

3 of stars out of 5

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