I don’t really know what to say about this masterpiece of a book. It is amazing and I can not seem to get enough of it. I crave for more constantly and I get sucked into the story completly. I recommend it, or more like, I recommend you read it for your own good or else you’ll miss out on life.
This book is captivating. Love the way it intertwines with her other books, yet all on its own as well. Getting to feel the way the characters come to life. Highly recommend this novel. Please look into Tie Him To Me and Lines Crossed by this other as well. They all connect together. ❤
What can I say? This book is actually my first BL book that I've binged read from start to finish and is good.
The flow is good and the characters going through their own emotions of love, pain, loss and finding their courage again is really relatable.
Author, this is my sincere words. Is a good book. Keep it up.
As a part of my new honest review swap policy, I will not hold back.
The novel has the protagonist Mark who has a medical condition that makes him feel uncomfortable and physically sickened when people touch him. Based on how he was raised, this condition of his has only worsened, because now he has developed some level of social anxiety along with this condition.
The POV shifts and time shifts are one of the best feature of this novel in my opinion. They create very natural transitions for the reader to easily pick up on.
As a university student Mark should be in his early twenties or late teens, so he has had dermatophobia for a long time. I'd imagine that his parents must have taken him for treatment but (based on how far I've read) Mark is like a completely new patient. His behavior, thoughts and general actions indicate that he has never gone for treatment. If he hasn't than wow, if he has then I think his condition is very over exaggerated. Because treatment for this kind of condition can be behavioral or even involve exposure to condition the body into accepting the situation as normal But Mark doesn't seem like someone who has gotten any treatment. Even the helpful things he remembers are from his mother and not a doctor.
But the worst thing of all is that MARKS CONDITION ISN'T ALIGNED WITH HIS SYMPTOMS. A patient of dermatophobia is not allergic to human touch. They have a fear of getting a skin disease.
The actual condition where the person is uncomfortable due to contact is called haphephobia. And if the person feels pain because of being touched its called allodynia.
Because of the usage of the incorrect condition I feel really upset with this novel as a whole. Mainly because BL stories like this usually have a lot of cliches (and it's not like this one doesn't have them). To use the incorrect condition to create a main character who is acceptable for the plot is a common thing for BL novels and even a bunch of tv shows. And I hate when they exaggerate a disease or misinterpret a disease. So I was really let down by the exaggeration and also the condition being incorrect completely in the first place.
(This point was not reflected in my rating because this might me being overly critical)
There are too many descriptions for things that aren't important for me to know. For imagination these descriptions are useful to a reader, but if a reader could get the same level of understanding with fewer words then I would prefer that. Cause for me not everything needs to be detailed to the point where I have to google what I'm even supposed to imagine. There are places where these details are okay and helpful but there are also many places where I think it's too detailed and unnecessary.
The grammar is good. Some parts seem off to me but it doesn't effect my reading experience. Other times I find that a sentence has many parts to it that might not relate to eachother. I pointed a particular part out as an example of what seems off to me so hope that helps the author understand what I mean. I'd also recommend in reviewing the initial chapters with a clear mind, because there are some parts where it's possible to exchange a word with something that conveys the meaning more properly. And also to find spots where punctuations are needed for the long sentence to make sense (also marked an example for this)
And I would 100% recommend revising the plot of this novel to fix the incorrect medical condition.
I really like your story and characters. Honestly thought High was going to be how I imagined him when you first introdued him, but he was nice. I enjoy Mark too, his depression I can relate too.
Now the problem for me is the grammar, a few words I was confused on, and I was lost by the dialogue that it kind of killed the story for me. But, I do like you writing style, it is descriptive and fun.
I really enjoy reading this story and learning more about the side characters met in the first book, Tie Him To Me, because High and Mark really do deserve their own story. I am really looking forward to next chapters and anxiously waiting to see how the story will develop. Great job Kat, your stories legit took me over and I have been obsessively reading every day for the past two weeks.