More Than Enough by T.T. Kove

Title: More Than Enough                  Word Count:204 pgs

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb:A relationship’s all about compromise… but can we find one that satisfies us both?

All I’ve ever wanted is a relationship—but I’m too socially awkward to connect with people. All through primary school, I was the victim of severe bullying and on the home-front my parents were neglectful. All this has left its traces… and no matter how much I wish for something more, all I get are quick one-offs with people who’s only interested in sex.

Then, at the holidays, I meet Thomas. Not only is he incredibly attractive—but for the first time, I can truly connect with someone. But then it turns out we’re not compatible. While I crave sexual intimacy, that’s not something Thomas is willing or capable of giving.

So what is more important to me? Intimacy or connection?

My Review: These two characters have been secondary ones in previous ‘More’ novels. Thomas is the uncle that’s basically been taking care of all his siblings children by opening up his home to them. Thomas is a doctor and he leads a very busy life. Throughout it all, he has always done the right thing. He has found the time to take care of all his nieces and nephews and given them the love that they never got from their parents, his siblings.

It is during Christmas vacation that Thomas meets Leo, Alex’s brother. Alex is Andreas’ boyfriend who Thomas has been so kind in letting into his home. Leo is instantly drawn to Thomas’s aura. He seems to be  a man who is so kind and patient with his family. That is like a lure for Leo as he is not used to seeing families being so caring of each other. Leo and Alex’s home life was quite turbulent with parents who were neglectful.

Thomas and Leo get to know each other really well when they start going on long walks away from the family. They are both struggling in their own way. Thomas is getting anxious about being alone since most of his nieces and nephews are getting ready to go away to college. Leo is just not used to being surrounded by so many people. Leo knows he is socially awkward and he feels like he will always be alone and this scares him. They comfort each other and the pull is so irresistible that they start kissing. When things start getting too heavy, Thomas pulls away.

Thomas admits to Leo that he feels their connection, but he explains that he is asexual and will not be able to pursue a physical relationship. Leo is willing to learn how to be with someone who is asexual, because he is not willing to give up the connection that he feels. They hide their relationship from the family, until they can figure out where it is going. Leo needs to go back to finish college which is in another city.

Leo continues their long distance relationship by going back every weekend with Alex to see Thomas. Their bond grows stronger , but it gets harder for Leo literally, to keep his hands and erections away from Thomas. Thomas explains that he is not disgusted by watching Leo pleasure himself, he just can’t participate. Leo feels a bit embarrassed and he struggles with his conscience and making his erections disappear. He doesn’t want Thomas to feel like all he wants is sex, but his body has not gotten the memo that sex will be off the table in this relationship.

As they become closer, secrets begin to unfold. We get a better understanding of how messed up Thomas’ family truly is , plagued with sexual predators and mental illness. We know from previously, that Jorgen , one of Thomas’ nephew was sexually abused by his uncle. Also, Thomas reveals in confidence to Leo that his father sexually abused his sister for years before she killed herself. That abuse resulted in a pregnancy,  the child is none other than Ben , Thomas’ nephew who he raised from birth. This sheds new light and understanding into why Thomas might be asexual. If all he was surrounded by was unhealthy sexual relationships when  he was younger, maybe this is his mind’s way of finding something ‘ normal’.

They both keep on working out the kinks in their relationship. They go away to a cabin for Thomas’s birthday and both come to the conclusion that they need to tell the others about their relationship. In a way it was very anticlimactic when Leo told Alex because he already had an inkling that something was going on. Turns out that the cousins know as well and they all discussed it and are very happy that Thomas is finally happy. They are both making plans for the near future and settling in nicely as a couple. I give this my ratings of 3- it was ok. You can give it a try. It was very hard for me to wrap my mind around Thomas’s asexuality and I lost the connection between these two characters a little.

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