3 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Less Than Three Press, Reviewed by Jules, T.T. Kove

Review: Scarred Souls by T.T. Kove

Title: Scarred Souls (Scarred Souls: Book One)

Author: T.T. Kove

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 264 Pages

At a Glance: What I’ve decided I’m going to take away from this book is a little bit of hopefulness for these guys.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: On a cold, wet afternoon Damian stumbles across a young man huddled beneath a tree crying his eyes out. He’s got more than enough problems of his own, but is compelled to give the bloke a place to crash for at least the night.

Josh is used to being alone, and most days it’s easier than trying to deal with people who can’t, or won’t, understand him. When Damian takes him in for the night, Josh assumes it’s going to be one more go round of sex and get out in the morning.

Neither of them expects the friendship that develops, and they’re far from prepared when friendship starts to turn into more.

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Review: I’m finding this to be a tough one to review. It was a very tough one to read; if I hadn’t been reading it for review, I likely wouldn’t have finished it. I don’t mind angst – I have read many books that were tough but in the end I found to be beautiful – however, the angst here was a bit excessive, which is simply not how I personally like to spend my reading time. But, the more I sit with it, the more I realize there were aspects that many may find appealing in a story, and that the author was ultimately trying to write a story of hope.

The subject matter is very dark for the most part. Between our two main characters, Josh and Damian, T.T. Kove covers sexual abuse, substance abuse, self-harm, depression, borderline personality disorder, domestic violence, and suicide. Scarred Souls is definitely the perfect title for this book. Josh and Damian are absolutely scarred souls, and looking back on the story, almost every single character in it is scarred to some extent. I found it exhausting that with the exception of two very minor characters, who have very little page time, there were NO happy people in this book.

I understand wanting to tell a story about troubled characters. Wanting to write an abuse-survivor story. Wanting to simply educate readers about the different hurts that people can feel, or a certain facet of mental illness. However, not only is it my preference, but I also believe it’s more realistic, to have some more-or-less stable and happy people in the story. The closest this book got was Silver, Damian’s best friend and roommate, who I liked very, very much. Silver is a tattoo artist, and since the next book scheduled in the series is apparently titled Inked Souls, I’m going to be saying my little prayers that we will be getting Silver’s story in that book!

So, what I’ve decided I’m going to take away from this book is a little bit of hopefulness for these guys. Though it’s extremely difficult for Josh, given his BPD, Damian has given him reason to have little glimpses of hope for the future. Damian accepts Josh for who he is. Doesn’t pressure him to “get better” or be anything or anyone he isn’t capable of being. It feels realistic for Josh, and attainable, I think. And, for Damian, Josh has allowed him to finally be able to be close to a person and have it feel right. Maybe his natural connection to Josh will eventually lead to even more comfortable intimacy between them. It certainly seems bleak throughout the majority of the book…but, who knows? Maybe these guys will be okay after all.

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5 Stars, Less Than Three Press, New Adult, Reviewed by Janet, T.T. Kove

Review: More than Anything by T.T. Kove

Title: More than Anything

Author: T.T. Kove

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 380 Pages

At a Glance: Each page brings us closer to happiness, and the ending is fitting for the tone of the whole story.

Blurb: Arriving home after work one evening, Jørgen sees a young man who looks adrift and out of place—and who promptly has a seizure on the sidewalk. Jørgen takes care of him until the seizure passes and then, not knowing who to contact, takes care of him for the night. After giving the kid, Geir, a ride home the next morning, he expects that to be the end of it. He doesn’t expect Geir to be a student at the vocational school where Jørgen works as an electrician. He definitely does not expect to be drawn to Geir time and again, to want things that will never be possible for two people with more obstacles between them than can ever be overcome.

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Review: This was a wonderful book on so many levels. I don’t know how it should be classified, but I guess New Adult would be best as the characters are NA, but the themes of the book are very dark and anyone with triggers for multiple types of child and sexual abuse should not read this book. I personally felt so much pain for the characters that it was a difficult book to read, but there was such a hopeful undercurrent that flowed beneath the text I just had to keep turning the pages.

This book is a journey into the lives of two young men, one still a high school student and the other just a few years out. We learn about them as they meet and develop a friendship, and as they find comfort and companionship with each other. An attraction is there but they are not ready to act on it. Jorgen and Geir have growing up to do before they are ready to love and commit to one another, but they are aware of this and set themselves limits—friends first. This feels real to the reader and helps to set the tone for the progress of the story. I liked the way the author set the book up into several parts: each stage of the story was layered carefully so as to not overwhelm the reader with the details of the characters; rather, letting us learn about them and digest the information so each page took us forward with Jorgen and Geir at a comfortable pace.

One of the aspects of the book that I really enjoyed was the location. More Than Anything is set in Norway, and the author is able to give the reader a sense of the country, its landscape and the lifestyle enjoyed there, while creating a colorful backdrop to the characters. Geir’s father works on one of the North Sea oil rigs, flying in and out to the rig via helicopter on rotation, and this compliments the Nordic flavor of the book whilst underscoring the feelings of loneliness Geir suffers from. The language in the story also emphasises the setting, with characters names and descriptions of homes, as well as the different names for things that the characters either eat or see. I found this to be very consistent throughout the book, and it made for a smooth read with an added depth due to this.

Even though there is such a horrible amount of abuse to read about, it is over. The healing and recovery from the abuse is the focus of the story, and we travel through the book with a sense of hope that remains constant. All of the growth for the characters we are so invested in is positive. Each page brings us closer to happiness, and the ending is fitting for the tone of the whole story. We are left with a feeling of pleasure and a sense of happiness. I would call it a HFN with more happy to come.






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Guest Post and Giveaway: More Than Anything by T.T. Kove

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Writing About Illnesses

Jørgen has always suffered from panic attacks, but back when his first character came to me (like, ten years ago, would you believe it?) I was young and didn’t know much about mental illnesses. But last year, when he came back, I knew exactly what was wrong with him: Jørgen suffers from PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. He has issues with touching, with crowds, with dark and enclosed spaces. He has issues with intimacy and a difficult time dealing with his family. He’s had a hard life and it’s not sugar-coated. Jørgen is damaged and it’s not going to be magically repaired. Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, and welcome back to another peek at what we have in store for the week ahead, which, as usual by now, I guess, will include lots of great author visits, giveaways, and reviews.

Here’s what we have on tap:


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MondaySusan Mac Nicol kicks things off for us this week on her Love and Punishment Blog Tour

Jay Northcote will also be offering a Backlist E-title giveaway today along with Sammy’s review of The Dating Game

Lex Chase also drops in today on the second leg of her promotional tour for Americana Fairy Tale

TuesdayJason Lloyd drops back by on his Salty Aftertaste Blog Tour

And Nya Rawlins also joins us on her Pumping Iron Blog Tour and Giveaway

Wednesday – We have author J.A. Rock with us to help in the countdown to these final weeks before GRL

And to go along with the GRL celebration, we’ll also be hosting the cover reveal for the anthology From Chicago With Love, a compilation put together exclusively for GayRomLit

Author E.S. Skipper also joins us today on the Flight of the Kiwi Blog Tour

ThursdayLou Hoffmann joins us today on The Key of Behliseth Blog Tour and Giveaway

We’ll also have Lissa Kasey with us on the Hidden Gem Blog Tour

FridayKindle Alexander stops in today on the Full Disclosure Blog Tour

And we’re also kicking off what will become a monthly installment here at The Novel Approach – Dinner and a Book With Piper and Poppy – featuring, who else? Piper Vaughn and Poppy Dennison

SaturdayT.T. Kove stops by today on the More Than Anything Blog Tour and Giveaway

Elin Gregory will also be with us on her A Taste of Copper Blog Tour and Giveaway

Sunday – And finally, to finish up the week, we’ll have Poppy Denison and Rhys Ford with us on the Creature Feature 2 Blog Tour

And Brigham Vaughn will also join us on the Partners Blog Tour

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And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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Interview and Giveaway: Summer Fever by T.T. Kove

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TNA: Hi, T.T., welcome to The Novel Approach, it’s great to have you here with us today. Why don’t we start by having you tell us a bit about yourself?

T.T.: Thanks so much for having me over!

Well, there’s not really much to tell about me. Born and raised in Norway, currently studying for a bachelor in English Language and Literature after I had to quit my first “career” due to allergies. I’ve always loved to write, and I hope to live solely off it one day. Being an author is really all I’ve ever wanted to be. ^^ Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, and welcome back to anyone who’s popped in today to see what we’ve got in store for the week ahead!

If you missed my announcement on RJ Scott’s blog about the Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways we’ve got coming up at the end of the month and into the first week of October, I’ll repeat the news here because, well, it bears repeating. We’ll be doing a giveaway of SIX baskets, courtesy of Team TNA’s GayRomLit featured and supporting authors. Each basket will include $25 in E-Gift Cards to various retailers, as well as E-books from the following participating authors: Jordan L. Hawk, Erica Pike, Zathyn Priest, DH Starr, Rhys Ford, Sophie Bonaste, Ethan Day, JK Hogan, Rafe Haze, LE Franks, Edmond Manning, Jacob Z. Flores, Jamie Lynn Miller, Lex Chase, RJ Scott, Sherrie Henry, Katey Hawthorne, Charlie Cochet, Deanna Wadsworth, and a late but very welcome addition to the giveaway, Z.A. Maxfield.

That’s a lot of titles and a lot of gift cards to give away, and I’m so excited to get the party started in just a few weeks’ time!

But for now, here’s what’s happening this week. Continue reading

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T.T. Kove’s “Measured Doses” Takes A Look At Infidelity – Reviewed by Jackie


“You didn’t just cheat on me; you cheated on us.” – Steve Maraboli


Title: Measured Doses

Author: T.T. Kove

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 110 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: After his father beats him, Chad escapes to the only safe haven he can think: his former teacher, Dion. But when he arrives at Dion’s door, it’s opened by a stranger—who promptly finds himself catching an unconscious man.
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T.T. Kove Tells The Story of “Yesterday’s Tears”


“There are some secrets so toxic you can’t share. Especially if you love who it is you’d have to share with.” ― Joyce Carol Oates


Title: Yesterday’s Tears

Author: T.T. Kove

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Pages/Word Count: 55,000

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Damian’s world is irrevocably altered the night his aunt and uncle are brought into his A&E, victims of a terrible car accident. Grief-stricken and lost, with nowhere else to turn, he calls Josh—the man he loves, and who left him.
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T.T. Kove Is Here To Introduce “Yesterday’s Tears” With A Giveaway!



When Character’s Switch Things Around

Yesterday’s Tears was supposed to focus only on Josh and Damian, from the short stories Scarred Souls and Reunited, but a new main character also felt like introducing himself during the writing of it. His name is Matt, and he’s Damian’s younger cousin. Now, Matt and I had a plan once he decided to be a part of the book. It was nicely laid out there, the plan, and he was agreeable to it. Until he goes and changes his mind.

I had Matt’s love interest all figured out. He’s been there long before Matt came along, even. They totally wanted each other. Then comes another character, who was meant for another bloke, and he wants to be Matt’s friend. OK, sure, if he wants a new mate, who am I to deny him that?

I didn’t except what happened. I didn’t expect them to hook up and to actually like each other in that way. Nonetheless, they did and they messed up my entire outline completely. Not just the outline for this book but for the next one as well. Thanks a lot, lads, very helpful indeed, was my reaction to this. I was miffed, to say the least.

As it turns out, this was all just a switch of places, because the intended love interest for Matt suddenly wants to get it on with the intended love interest for Matt’s new love interest. This is confusing, isn’t it? Don’t worry, it is for me too. At least it worked out in the end. The lads are happy. I guess I can’t begrudge them being happy, right, even if their happiness did happen with the wrong person.

Thanks so much to The Novel Approach for hosting me today! If you want to check Yesterday’s Tears out, here’s the blurb for you:

Damian’s world is irrevocably altered the night his aunt and uncle are brought into his A&E, victims of a terrible car accident. Grief-stricken and lost, with nowhere else to turn, he calls Josh—the man he loves, and who left him.

Meanwhile Matt does not know how to live in a world where his parents aren’t, especially when the rest of his family seems capable of handling it while he wants only to hide from the world. His only solace is Adam, whom he wishes was so much more than the man he occasionally has sex with—and who apparently has been keeping a secret that ruins the only comfort Matt had left.

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And now, here’s an exclusive excerpt:

“That’s enough!”

“What the bloody hell are you doing?” Matt yelled as Mathilda ripped the covers off of him. “Get the fuck out of my room!”

“You’ve been lying in this bed long enough, Matt, and I’m sick and tired of it,” Mathilda snapped. “I am going out tonight with my friends, and you are coming with me.”

“No bloody way.” Matt tried to snatch his duvet back, but Mathilda held them out of his reach.
“I am not standing by and letting you fall into a depression,” Mathilda told him sternly. “Life has to move on and you’re not even putting any effort into it.”

“It’s only been a week, Mathilda!” Matt yelled. “Let me have them back!” He held his hand out.

“No!” Mathilda clutched them tightly. “You’re getting up, you’re taking a shower, and you’re coming with me!” The look in her eyes said she wasn’t going to give up until Matt agreed to go with her.

“Maybe your mates will be there too.”

“I don’t want to meet my mates,” Matt snarled.

“Then you’ll meet new people! No matter what, you’re getting out of that bed. I’m dragging you out if you don’t do as I say.”

“As if you could!” Matt snapped, but he got up. Maybe there’d be alcohol; that would be a really nice way to spend the evening. Plastered and blissful. That was the only reason he decided to go with her, because he certainly didn’t want to meet any new people. Or old ones, for that sake.

“Serena is picking us up in half an hour. You’ve got a lot to do, so you better get going.” Mathilda nodded towards the bathroom with her chin.

Matt glared at her, but did as ordered. She stood clutching his covers until he was out of the room, then he heard her dumping them on his bed before she too exited his room.

“I’ll be in my room trying on clothes.”

He slammed the bathroom door a little harder than was strictly necessary, just because he felt like it. She had no right bossing over him like that. She was not his mother. However, she might provide some alcohol, which would be good right about now.

Matt jumped in the shower and scrubbed himself clean. He washed his hair twice for good measure. When he was done he stood in front of the mirror and regarded himself as he used a towel to dry himself. He seemed thinner than he remembered, but then not having eaten much for the last few days did that to a body.

He wrapped the towel around his waist and took out a smaller one to dry his hair. He walked back to his room to find suitable clothes for a night of alcohol indulgence and he settled for his skinny, black jeans, a white tank-top and a tight, black sweater. Matt supposed he was rather fond of black. He grabbed his belt and a pair of socks, then went back to the bathroom. As he dressed and once again ran the towel over his shaggy, black hair, Matt’s gaze fell on Mathilda’s make-up, which lay scattered atop the washing machine.

Matt had always been rather fond of eyeliner, though he’d never actually used it himself. Mostly because of the whole keeping-his-sexuality-a-secret business, because his parents were bound to suspect if he started wearing make- up. Why had he never dared do it before, anyway? It wasn’t like they would care about the make-up or the fact he was gay.

He felt a pang of regret and sadness and he stood clutching at his chest for several minutes before it let him go. Once the wave passed, Matt grabbed Mathilda’s eyeliner and set to work.

When that was done he ran his hands through his hair, ruffling it up. It’d just have to be wet; he didn’t have time to dry it.

“I’m done!” he called out to Mathilda when he finally exited the bathroom.

“I’ll be down in a minute!” Mathilda yelled back.

Matt contemplated going over to ask what she was doing that was taking so long, but if she was standing there in her underwear, or worse naked, he did not want to see it. Instead he dashed into his room to get his phone, suddenly feeling excited about the prospect of getting plastered.

Yesterday’s Tears will be released on November 20th, at Less Than Three Press!

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