A Touch of Tenderness by Merry Farmer (The Slippery Slope #4)

“You’re one of us. We take care of each other.” A Touch of Tenderness. Many of us need to hear that at some point, but Noah needs to hear that most of all.

From the blurb:

How do you love a man who is still in love with someone else?

When Beckett Smith meets Noah Cheevers at the bar of The Slippery Slope, sparks fly…but not the sparks either of them expected.

Noah came all the way to New York from London to win back the love of his life, Marcus Albright…who has already moved on with a new lover. Beckett is head over heels for The Slope’s co-owner, Graham Ravenswood…who won’t give him the time of day after the one night they spent together.

But neither Beckett nor Noah is willing to give up their quests for true love.

Except when they fall for each other.

Passions spark and the two friends become lovers, but Noah is sick. Everyone warns Beckett against becoming involved with a madman, but it’s too late. He’s already given his heart away. And when Noah’s mental state takes a turn for the worse, their new, fragile love is put to the test.

Will Beckett’s quest to get help for Noah bring the two lost souls together, or is Noah too wounded for even Beckett’s love to heal him?

Forewarning: Be ready for depictions of mental illness and Victorian Era treatments for manic-depressive disorder in this heart-wrenching, friends-to-lovers tale of love against all odds, overcoming adversity, fighting for a chance to be together, and proving that no one is ever too damaged to be loved.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Steam level – very spicy!

THE SLIPPERY SLOPE series consists of:


Ms Aimers Review:

A Touch of Tenderness has taken over the spot as my favorite book in The Slippery Slope Series which was unexpected. I never thought that anyone would dethrone Jasper’s story because I’ve loved him ever since his cameo in The Brotherhood. 

Noah never had anyone in his life who cared enough about him to learn how to help him manage his mental illness. Beckett had all the advantages he could hope for in life and is determined that he will be the person who will help Noah.

This is the first historical romance I’ve read that dealt with mental illness in such an authentic and thoughtful way. I alternated between tears and wanting to shake them and warn them to be careful, especially when they were outside the relative safety of the Bowery and Bleeker Street. Merry Farmer has outdone herself with A Touch of Tenderness! I’d give this book more than 5 stars if I could.

Rating: 5 Stars

A Touch of Tenderness is currently available as an e-book and paperback and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription