Better – Kindle edition by Jaime Samms. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking. Standalone book in the M/M genre. Available from Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, iBooks, Indie Bound. After filing. Posted on August 13, August 13, I don’t know where my original version of this book ended up. I’ve moved a few times since I first read it myself, the.
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Jesse is stuck in his own desperate wish to forget the painful shadow that continues to threaten him and any hope of a happy future. Read more Read less.
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Better by Jaime Samms
This book is an emotional journey into the lives of two young college men. One has been ‘broken’ by abuse and the other is supporting a brother who was similarly damaged and has resultant mental problems.
Although initially attracted, Jesse and Aadon need to work through many issues if they are to be together. The story is full of heartbreak and anger but also the desire to find a way to move on.
The subject matter includes abuse, rape and self-harm.
There are no easy answers and the author shows both men making mistakes as they navigate through a complex relationship. My only criticism is regarding the dominant side of Aadon which I did not find convincing. Reference is made to him looking for someone to submit and he sees this need in Jesse. He voices jaimee thoughts on control and trust and opinions about how a Dom should act. I didn’t see enough jzime his actions to support this side of his personality. The sex is limited.
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This book is more about dealing with issues and building the trust needed to establish such a relationship. The premise for Better intrigued me in the beginning.
Jesse is recovering from an abusive relationship and Aadon has issues of his own. The problem for me is that Jesse and Aadon, along with their annoying cast of friends, endlessly discuss their issues. The constant dialogue and the regressions of the character’s relationship made it hard for me to connect with them and made this a tedious read for me.
After deciding to review this book, I looked at jaike digital library and discovered that I have read one other book by Samms, which was very similar to Better. I also did not like that book for the same reasons I don’t like this one.
I will be placing Samms on my “do not buy” list. If you enjoy stories about super-sensitive men with abuse issues, Samms writing might appeal to you, but it’s not my cup of tea. The past can be a painful place to visit; people don’t want to recall memories that can’t be changed. They don’t want to experience the agony of wrong jsime and missteps; but the thing is, for better or worse, what happens in our past shapes our future.
We either confront our experiences and learn from them, or we deny them and inevitably get stuck there, allowing them to eat away at us, unable to move forward. Jesse Turnbul and Aadon Dounias are both stuck in the past; they are in denial, burdened with guilt and paralyzed with fear.
Until they can come to terms with these feelings, the ghosts of the past will continue to haunt them, preventing them from living a fulfilling life. I admired Jesse because as hard as it was to bettsr, after Jesse realizes that he’d jaine to face what happened in order to put it behind him, he takes immediate steps to rectify the situation.
He accepts responsibility for his part in it and works to prevent Kaime from hurting anyone else. It may seem backward, but having lived through the ordeal with Anthony and working his samks through the pain, humiliation, and fear actually makes him a stronger, more determined person. Aadon has a good heart, but what gives him problems is that he wants to fix both his brother and Jesse and it frustrates betetr because he can’t.
He tries to be patient, but walking on egg shells for fear of setting his brother off into a tantrum, or moving too fast and scaring Jesse, takes its toll.
It’s difficult for him to sit back and watch them struggle, but he realizes that they are the only ones who can help eamms yet he also knows that he will be there to love and support them when they ask.
Even though the book is dark in places dealing with rape, sexual abuse, BDSM gone wrong, and the devastation they leave behind, Jime bold presentation of the story and the tough issues it tackles are well worth the angst. If you don’t mind an intense relationship with an occasional bumpy ride, but also a happy ending, then I say give ‘Better’ a try. Thanks, Jaime, for an emotional, but enlightening read! Originally reviewed at Rainbow Book Reviews.
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