RATING: BUY IT
Unforgiven by Ruth Clampett drew me in from the beginning and never let me go. Jason + Dean stole my heart as I went on a journey with them. This is a M/M romance, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about survival, true love and being comfortable in your own skin.
Jason is on the path to becoming true to himself. He has always known he has been gay on some level and now he is ready to act on those feelings. Dean has always been his best friend and Jason has loved him for years. He has been the rock that has gotten Jason through the nightmare that was his childhood. Dean had never considered being with a man until he saw Jason with another man and suddenly he is seeing his best friend in a whole new light. Their story is one of finding love in someplace unexpected and sometimes you do meet your soul mate when you are a child.
This story of these strong men coming to grips with their sexuality and their feelings for one another really hit home for me. I had a relative who struggled with being gay and never felt like they could come out to the family for fear of rejection. This book does an excellent job of portraying those fears of what people around you will think and how scary that can be. The vulnerability a person has as those closest to them could walk away because of who they choose to love. Watching Dean and Jason navigate these choppy waters left me in tears as I cried for something my family member was never able to do.
The other gut wrenching part of this book is the abuse that Jason suffered at the hands of someone who is meant to be a protector and someone he should have been able to trust. Years after the abuse, Jason is still so broken and lost. On the outside, he has it together, but on the inside he is completely falling apart. Reading this story and living through Jason’s abuse was horrific in so many ways and so hard to get through, but knowing that he becomes strong enough to face what has happened to him and finally move forward gives me hope for so many out there that have suffered at the hands of someone they trusted.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—this book was a hot M/M read, but it was so much more than that. It made me think and feel very deeply. I saw two people who loved each other so deeply and it didn’t matter what package they came in—they were true soulmates. Even though life wasn’t what either of them had pictured, they made it into their own happily ever after. This will be one that sits with me for a long, long while.
As of 3.7.17, Unforgiven is available on Kindle Unlimited.