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A Fostered Love by Cameron Dane

I have always found that Cameron Dane's books have an high emotional level impact and this last one is not different. What maybe I found different was that the story is "normal", nice and sweet, without paranormal elements, and so maybe more linked to reality.

Jonah and Christian were foster kid in the same home. Not really kid truth be told, more young men, at 14 and 16 years old. Maybe since they were similar in age, or maybe since she saw ahead of them, Marisol, the woman who took care of them, put them together in the same room and asked to Jonah, the older, to be as an older brother for Christian, to play as role model. That last part didn't work right, and Jonah made the bigger mistake of his life and went in a juvenile prison. But before he was taken by the cops, Christian shout out his love for Jonah to everyone who could hear him. That was the last time Jonah and Christian were together in the previous 15 years, even when Jonah came out of prison, he didn't come back to Christian, on the contrary he tried to cut off any bond he had with him other than Marisol. But now Marisol is dead and she asked him to help Christian to renovate her home and then sell it for raising money to donate to child care. Jonah can't deny this last wish to the only woman who showed him love, and so now he is again in front of Christian.

Jonah is the typical abused child. Having no one shows him love for the first 14 years of his life, doesn't teach him as to do it. The only person he thought was his only love bond, even if an abusive love, turned him to the system. And when Marisol entered his life, it was too late for him to learn how to love. What he felt for Christian is not exactly love, it's more a protective feeling: even if Christian had his problem with his own family, there are still hope for him to grown and become a good man, and so Jonah reflects in him what he knows he can't achieve. Christian becomes Jonah's hope for the future, he will have the good life he can't have. But Jonah doesn't achieve his goal becoming Christian's protector, on the contrary, he decides to leave him: Jonah considers himself not worthy of Christian's love since the man deserves someone better than him.

Years later Jonah is forced to face again Christian; in the last 15 years Jonah hasn't really had any relationship with another human soul, nor friendship or love. He is like an half man, like the single wing he has tattooed on the shoulder, he is not complete. Probably if Christian had a good life for his own, he would let him in peace, but Christian is alone. At first Jonah continues to deny what he and Christian himself really desire, but then he rushes to the center of it: from not wanting Christian to almost trying to hiding him to the world to have him all for himself. There is a rollercoast of emotion in the book, no half measure, and there is definitely a changing in the characters: at first Jonah appears to be the one in charge, he is the one who decides if starting or not the relationship, but for real, I believe that is Christian who sets the pace. Jonah is always on an edge, his feelings are raw and primitive, and Christian always soothes him. He did that in the past when they where teens, and he does it again now, both in their day-to-day life than during sex; Jonah bounces and Christian welcomes, and with his welcoming he is also dictating the relationship, and this evolution is reflected also in their lovemaking: at first Jonah is only able to take, to be the one in charge, but more their relationship evolves, and more Jonah becomes the one on the receiving side.

In Jonah's first attitude I really can see the foster kid, the one who has nothing and to whom all was stripped away; Jonah has the urge to take and hide (even the sperm of his lover!), and to do that in an hurry, since maybe someone else could arrive and take it from him. More the soothing presence of Christian arrives to him and more he starts to relaxe and to enjoy what the life has in reserve for him.


Amazon: A Fostered Love

Amazon Kindle: A Fostered Love

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Cover Art by Anne Cain


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 28th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
I've wanted to read this, and now of course I want to read it even more. Look at that stunning Anne Cain cover! Wow. Thanks for a new book to add to the pile, very intriguing.
Mar. 28th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)
As I said, it's more homey than expected, and very centered on emotion. Elisa
Mar. 28th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
I have to agree with ZAM about both the book and cover. I really want to read the book now and if you're ever running low on artists to pimp (as if *thats* possible), maybe consider doing an article on Anne Cain? Her artwork is really stunning and has helped sell books I'm sure.
Mar. 28th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
I already featured Anne, more than one, and I believe I was one of the first to interview her. The post is so old that you can only find it on my archive, since LJ was not yet born:


Mar. 28th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I didn't know it was there..
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Mar. 28th, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)
Not really detailed, I focused more on one character than the other and practically only on his feelings, but it's like I read the book ;-) Elisa
Apr. 5th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Ancora una volta Mrs Dane mi ha entusiasmato. Sia per la storia in generale e i personaggi, sia per le piccole cose, come i tatuaggi di Jonah.
La singola ala è stupenda - e nella copertina Anne Cain l'ha resa splendidamente - ma la chiave con le due ali è magnifica.

Ho appena finito di leggerlo e sono ancora tutta presa dalle varie emozioni, ho quasi saltato la cena per non staccarmi dalla storia e rovinare lo stato a cui mi aveva portata.
Apr. 5th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Si anche io trovo molto bello il fatto che inizialmente il protagonista si tatui solo una ala, come se sapesse che fintanto che non sarà riunito al suo vero amore, non sarà completo (anche se è una consapevolezza inconscia, e la sua giustificazione per non avere la seconda ala è per l'ennesima volta il non considerarsi degno di "volare").
Apr. 5th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Per quanto Jonah sia più massiccio e in apparenza più *forte*, è decisamente Christian ad avere il controllo. Perlomeno nella loro relazione, perchè Jonah mi pare confidente per quel che riguarda gli affari e tutto ciò che non è strettamente sentimentale o coinvolge la sfera sociale.

Chris dà l'impressione di essere un uomo padrone della propria esistenza. Anche quando era 14enne.

Mi hanno intenerita tanto i flash del passato.
Apr. 5th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
> Mi hanno intenerita tanto i flash del passato

oh beh qua con me cadi sul sicuro, io ancora mi leggo gli Young Adult perchè mi piaccione queste storie. A proposito, ti consiglio il primo libro di Josh Aterovis, trovi la recensione nel mio LJ, un romanzo che secondo me ha avuto poco passaparola, ed invece è molto bello. Io l'avevo preso in ebook, ma si trova anche in stampa. Elisa
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