Vivi Anne Hunt
What People Say about To Trust and To Touch (Hurt Comfort MM Romance) - Book Reviews and Blogs
Hi precious peeps. :)
I just wanted to share some of the amazing feedback I've been getting on my new MM romance book - To Trust and To Touch, which is about a traumatized young man and a sweet single dad, and about the emotional bond they create.
I've selected some of my favorite reviews - some of them are anonymous, since I don't want to put anyone on the spot, and others will lead you to cool book blogs.
I just want to THANK YOU so much for reading my book and leaving a review! Seriously, it helps authors so much, especially indie authors. You're amazing.
Also, if anyone wants to know what my process for getting ARC reviews before Release Day is, I have outlined the process in detail in this article.
Now let's see what people are saying...
Here are some good ones that set good expectations for the book:
“This is a deeply emotional book.” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“A long journey of internal mental healing.” ★ ★ ★ ★
“A really nice age gap / trauma / hurt comfort read.” ★ ★★ ★
“If you like hurt/comfort and a patient, nurturing love interest, this book is excellent.” ★★ ★ ★
“The story is fast moving, but the romance has the feel of a slow burn.” ★★ ★
“I ended up being really charmed by the surprising sweetness in this story.” ★★ ★ ★
“The characters are written with empathy, caring and compassion.” ★★ ★ ★ ★
"A solid plot with plenty of twists to hold the readers attention but to me its the characters that truly shine. Genuine and authentic with layers of rich complexity." ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“What I loved about this book was that it felt very real.” ★★ ★ ★ ★
“This book is a must read. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful.” ★★ ★ ★ ★
“A story of real and true intimacy.” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Here are some reviews that made me cry. Literally.
“This is a treasure of a book.” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"It is a special story that felt like I had a privilege to watch unfold." ★★ ★ ★ ★
"The author has perfectly described the ugly side of this world, and the humanity that is still alive. If there are bad people then there are good people like Cyril and Alex too." ★★ ★ ★ ★
"The whole concept of this story is so beautiful that I'm sure many people are going to find a home in this book." ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Someone even said, "I thought this book would have kink. It did not."
It made me laugh and it's accurate - this book is a more emotional journey of a traumatized young man than anything kinky or smutty, and it's more feel-good than dark.
I suppose I kind of gave people the wrong impression. Lol.
Book Blog Reviews
First of all, I'd like to thank Gay Romance Reviews for doing a Cover Reveal with me. They're amazingly professional and hard-working people who help gay romance authors get noticed, and I have to say, they have helped me get a ton of new readers.
Now, onto the feedback...
AJ from The Escapist Book Blog said,
"Alex’s story is so sad, and I felt for him and all that he had been through. I could understand Sigh wanting to be there for him, and loved how he took his time getting to know Alex and slowly and patiently building trust between them. The story is fast moving, but the romance has the feel of a slow burn, with Sigh and Alex slowly opening up to each other and sharing what they are feeling."
True from Love Bytes Reviews said,
"It’s a slow burn, logical, because losing trust in humanity takes a while to gain, if ever. [...] It was an intense read, captivatingly written, I couldn’t put it down until I finished."
Heather from NotGuiltyofBooks said,
"This is a touching portrayal of a guy who has been marred by a horrific event that has altered his life. Leaving him feeling broken and like he may never be normal again. [...] I admittedly didn’t like Alex in the first couple of chapters, but his layers were quickly shown and became very human and interesting. It’s an emotional tale, but it has a lot of hope and optimism."
Dorian from Dorian After Dark said,
"Hunt’s writing style is easy to fall into – casual but clean, and always expressive."
My editor, B.K. Bass wrote a non-review saying,
"As social animals, our relationships often define our entire existence, and the foundation upon which we build all relationships—be they personal, professional, or societal—is trust. In Vivi Anne Hunt’s latest novel, To Trust and to Touch, the author gets to the heart of this matter using two characters who are fantastic foils for each other. One is trusting, perhaps to a fault, while the other is unwilling to trust at all."
Camille from Joyfully Jay said, *contains spoilers*
If you’re a fan of angst caused by misunderstandings, I think you’ll get into Alex and Sigh’s story. For readers who are looking for a thoughtful exploration of how two dissimilar partners can learn to trust one another with their insecurities…well, you’ll probably want to keep looking.
Finally, I would like to thank the following people sincerely for featuring my book on their website. I truly appreciate your help.
Elice Nange (Book Review)
Jade Boucher (Book Review)
Mirrigold: Mutterings and Musings (Release Blitz)
MM Fiction Cafe (Release Blitz + Giveaway)
Check out the book.
You can watch, but you can’t touch.
Alex performs at the infamous adult club, Kink World. He’s only in it for the money, and he has one rule: no touching. He doesn’t trust anybody that much. However, a chance encounter with a man who is the very epitome of the word safe may change all that. A man who runs a charity for abandoned queer kids, who has a five-year-old daughter, and who is unlike anyone Alex has ever met.
After years of focusing on raising his daughter and running his charity, Sigh’s status quo is shaken up when he meets a man covered in vine tattoos outside his brother's club. The young man stirs a longing he has ignored for far too long. However, he seems unwilling to let anybody in, so Sigh faces an insurmountable challenge to overcome these barriers and find some way to connect.
Will Alex ever let someone touch him? Will Sigh find somebody to fill the emptiness? Will the men find a way to heal together?
CW: SA, PTSD, unaliving, drug abuse, mature language, content, and violence